Older horses and bad Diarrhea,Any help?

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  1. *Aftica*

    *Aftica* Senior Member

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    Hey Guys, I am looking after an older horse ,for an elder lady at our barn.Anyways last winter we had him on pepto due to his manure issues.it made his manure to hard. Anyways I noticed his diarrhea is getting worse,I mean it use to be fine to wash his tush twice a week and it would stay clean.Well now it is crazy and getting frustrated. Does anyone have any help with this? I just want to get his messiness down to a healthy level ,mind you he is in his 30's
     






  2. Arabians Rule!!

    Arabians Rule!! Senior Member

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    What is hay is he on?

    My arabian who is 24 had diarrhea issues last winter and he was on oat hay. Alfalfa made him too hot. Talked to the vet and she said the crop was probably really dry and coarse and was causing it, so we switched him to grass. Haven't had issues since!
     
  3. calypsoscarnivl

    calypsoscarnivl Senior Member+

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    Have you tried giving him probiotics? I have a friend whose PAint had chronic diarhea which cleared up when she put him on probiotic powder
     
  4. *Aftica*

    *Aftica* Senior Member

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    We grow our own hay and I believe but not certain so don't quote me on it,it is timothy/alfalfa mix.
    He's not on any probiotics but he is on Hoffmans mineral supplement 1/4 cup twice a day. I can talk to his owner about putting him on a probiotic but doubt she will.
     
  5. AllAroundRdr

    AllAroundRdr Senior Member+

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    A Pre/Probiotic IMO is essential for a horse who doesn't have bowel issues, but even moreso for one WITH. A horse who's older should certainly be on one to keep the benificial gut bacteria producing which is essential for good digestion and allows the body to absorb the nutrients being fed.

    Is this horse being fed any added salt/eletrolytes on a daily basis to help replenish the liquids he's losing so readily?
     
  6. Finallyownhorse

    Finallyownhorse Senior Member+

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    My old gelding gets runny poo too. I hate it. I just did a power pack of wormer and that seems to have helped A LOT. I read about it in Horse and Rider magazine.

    I also feed him a ration balancer and he has access to a mineral/salt block at all times.

    My Senior horse book says diarreah in older horses is very common. I guess their digestive system just doesn't work like it used to.
     
  7. ejforrest

    ejforrest Senior Member+

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    Sand in the gut will usually show its self buy giving a horse diarrhea and it can be consistant until it is taken care of with a sand treatment. Get the horse on a psyllium product for 2 weeks(usually a 7 day treatment is recommended but since this horse has had this problem for a while, he could be full of sand and it will take this long to get some of it out.)
    Then treat him every 7 days out of every month. He could be too full of sand for a regular treatment to work and the vet should be called out to clean him out with a stomach tub. Then a monthly treatment be giving with psyllium.
    If a vet is called out the horse should also have a FEC done. The current deworming program he is on could no longer be working and he could be full of parasites. Parasites will cause constent diarrhea. If he hasnt been treated for tapeworms you might want to have him dewormed with a tapeworm treatment. Tapes dont show up in FEC's.

    I wouldnt waste my money on probiotics because:
    "No one has been able to show that they are effective in horses. Solid research proving probiotics worth to horses is missing."
     
  8. jumpthemoon

    jumpthemoon Senior Member+

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    We have a number of retired horses where Keven is boarded. A majority of thirty+ year old horses cannot properly chew hay.

    Try feeding something like a mixture of Senior feed/ Senior pellets mixed with soaked hay cubes twice a day. You need to feed about 1 1/2#-2# total of the horse's body weight depending in total feed; weighed before soaking the feed with the water. So for a 1000# horse this might be 4# (about 1 1/3 scoops using a 3 qt. scoop) of senior feed/pellets mixed with 6# (2+ 3qt. scoops, the hay cubes are hard to scoop) of hay cubes (soak the cubes after scooping); fed twice a day to equal twenty pounds of total feed. Some horses need a bit more ; some a bit less. Some variation of that (some feed beet pulp and pellets) can also work well. No hay or minimal hay (some senior horses will eat the leaves of alfalfa hay but cannot chew the stems). :)
     
  9. *Aftica*

    *Aftica* Senior Member

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    We had the vet out the other week,She took a blood sample and a culture sample.both came back great nothing wrong.He got 5 days worth of panacure.He finished that on Tuesday.

    His diarrhea is there but only when he *****,His manure is all solid.So now the owner is going to tri a biotic to help rebuid his stomach lining.We also took him off his chaste tree berry.for his cushions.

    Thought I would update everyone
     






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