What to Do About Horses With Loose Poop
Q. For the last several months my horse has had chronic loose stools. I had the vet out and she has investigated but can’t find anything wrong. She’s suggested that, because my horse is otherwise healthy, I shouldn’t worry about it. However, I can’t help but think there’s something wrong. Plus, the loose manure coats my horse’s legs and is irritating his skin. I’ve tried most of the probiotics available at my feedstore with no impact. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Chronic loose manure or passing water after manure is an issue horse owners often ask me about. It appears to be a condition that plagues many horses and is certainly distressing to owners. My first recommendation is always to have your vet examine the horse to rule out issues such as sand in the large colon or internal parasites, which can cause loose manure, as well as pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria such as salmonella.
Assuming the horse has an otherwise clean bill of health, I do have a few things I typically try and that often help. Which I try first depends on the horse’s history and the information the person managing the horse provides me
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