Senior horse with loose manure - advice please???

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  1. plunky

    plunky Senior Member

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    I have a senior horse (34 years old) that has been passing loose manure the past few days. My vet was out 3 days ago for fall check-ups & said that it is probably because he is older & is having a hard time digesting his food.

    My horse is at a good weight, has a shiny coat & otherwise seems healthy. He does seem a little sluggish but usually does this time of year when it starts getting cooler. There have been no changes to his diet, routine, or anything else. He does not have a fever. He gets about 2 lbs Purina Senior in the AM & 2 lbs in the PM. He also gets unlimited coastal bermuda hay, a mineral salt block, a regular (white) salt block, and of course fresh, clean water. He is also dewormed regularly per my vet's recommendation.

    Is there anything I can do to help with the loose manure? I'm really worried about this causing him to lose weight, cause dehydration, or even just make him uncomfortable - especially with winter coming. I was thinking of getting pro-biotics, could that help? Any thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? PLEASE!! This is my childhood horse that I have had for 18 years so I will do whatever it takes to make him feel better :(
     






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    Chow Senior Member+

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    I have not noticed any of the older horses at the rescue having loose stools so I don't think it is necessarily age related. Have you noticed any changes in his drinking.....is he drinking a lot more than usual?
     
  3. plunky

    plunky Senior Member

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    I haven't noticed him drinking more but he's out 24x7 with my other 2 horses so it's hard to tell. I could put him in a pasture by himself to monitor the water intake but I'm worried about stressing him?
     
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    I will be at the Rescue tomorrow and ask to see if they have any ideas.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member+

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    Probiotics in his feed every single feed. Friend of mine had the same problem exactly. She fed the same feed as you and the addition of the probios (small scoop) to each feed stopped the diarrhea.
     

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