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#1 Jean A

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

So..the old gentleman said that the one mare had 'scours'..and he had wormed her. The vet, when testing blood, also wormed the herd. With what, I don't know. She had dried up..but the stress of an hours trailer ride, and a new home, seemed to begin it all over again.

She has loose stools, though not what I would call watery. Formed as she goes, but a puddle when it hits the grass. It looks between cow and horse manure.Her rear and tail are a disaster. Glad it's warm, because someone is getting a bath tomorrow!

I really doubt that worming again would help..or be appropriate (twice in a month already?) I can't find biosponge anywhere, and one place suggested I try a probiotic. She is not showing any signs of distress..acts completely normal. They are all eating the same (the mares' hay is different now), but the previous owner fed them all from the same round bales.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

here is some bio sponge good luck.I hope she feels better soon. Check with your vet :) I know that sometimes change of food and new area will stress horses as well. Did your vet check her stool?I use this bio sponge on a foal it worked great.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:39 PM

We have used kaopectate
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

Maybe you could try some sand clear, it is sold at tractor supply, it'a a five day treatment. I once bought a mare that had chronic lose stools and it helped her. Just a suggestion, as most mini's are kept on dry lots.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:42 PM

I'd try real pumpkin, yeast or sand clear. I have had great success with feeding the horses, dogs, cats and kids real pumpkin when they have had the runs. Works great. A few tablespoons a few times a day and you'd be suprised at the outcome. Brewers yeast also works great if they have a nervous stomach. You can buy it from Purina in a tub.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

Thank you, folks! I looked at the sand treatment..wondering if something other than worms is going on. I have never gotten animals from a totally unknown background like this. Will try each suggestion, one at a time until we get it figured out.

Our vet hasn't seen them yet. He will think I have gone nuts..but that's ok, haha. We have an aged Angus heifer and 2 mini-donkey geldings in another pasture. All 3 are curious about what's happening in the lower field, it will take time though, before we let them get close.They want the barn back, so am glad the weather is beautiful.

All 3 horses are wonderful..calm, easy to lead..and put up with nearly everything. I hope that includes a completely inexperienced equine midwife. At this point, I'd rather deliver my own baby by myself in the barn..be less nervous!!! Course..I have 7..lol

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:11 PM

Yogurt does wonders for diarrhea too!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:16 PM

Yogurt is great stuff..

I am just happy she isn't ill..just messy. She's roan with a white rear too..<sigh>

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:46 PM

Some causes are worms and sand in the gut.
Sometimes a couple weeks on Metronidazole antibiotic is needed to get the gut working properly... I've seen it work many times in horses with chronic diarrhea.
Meanwhile, be sure to slather Desitin or a diaper rash cream around her anus and below after bathing ... Looks ugly but helps prevent burning and irritation.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:57 AM

All the above and Activia is very good.

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