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hammer_time
Reg. Jul 2007
Posted 2017-04-20 8:18 PM (#7341027)
Subject: How to fix loose stool?



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Horse used to have nice, large round manure balls.  Now they are more loose.  Nothing alarming, not diarrhea, but loose enough that I want to dig deeper.  Been more loose for about a month now.

He was getting alfalfa AM/PM, and supplements and grass hay at lunch.  Supplements include 1lb Renew Gold, Tight Joints Plus, &  1 cup oats.  Added Solitude IGR about a month ago and Forco 2 weeks ago.  I removed BioMane 2 weeks ago.  He does get psyllium 7 days a month.  

So a month ago we upped his grass hay intake; I thought the alfalfa might have been too rich and he needed more forage to digest.  But no major change after a month.  Now that I'm analyzing it, I think it all started when we began feeding Solitude IGR for fly control.  So I will stop feeding that and see how it goes.  But he's also due to be wormed and teeth are getting done this Sunday.   Horse is otherwise happy and healthy with plenty of energy.  

Any other ideas/ experiences? 


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Red3
Reg. Aug 2006
Posted 2017-04-20 9:18 PM (#7341041 - in reply to #7341027)
Subject: RE: How to fix loose stool?



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I agree with stopping the Solitude and seeing how it goes from there.

Also, doing a fecal egg count prior to deworming him would be better then just assuming he needs dewormed. Due to so much resistance occurring amongst dewormers, it is now considered best to do fecal egg counts prior to deworming, as this can help determine if that horse has a high enough worm load to warrant deworming. Low shedding horses are actually desired because they help keep the resistant population down and the non-resistant population present. I hope this makes sense!
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wyoming barrel racer
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2017-04-20 9:24 PM (#7341042 - in reply to #7341041)
Subject: RE: How to fix loose stool?


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If that doesn't fix it, Forco is really good. I tried it the first time on an old horse that always had loose stools. 
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hammer_time
Reg. Jul 2007
Posted 2017-04-20 11:37 PM (#7341059 - in reply to #7341041)
Subject: RE: How to fix loose stool?



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Red3 - 2017-04-20 7:18 PM

I agree with stopping the Solitude and seeing how it goes from there.

Also, doing a fecal egg count prior to deworming him would be better then just assuming he needs dewormed. Due to so much resistance occurring amongst dewormers, it is now considered best to do fecal egg counts prior to deworming, as this can help determine if that horse has a high enough worm load to warrant deworming. Low shedding horses are actually desired because they help keep the resistant population down and the non-resistant population present. I hope this makes sense!

I usually go off the fecal and he's typically clean! But I know pinworms and tapeworms don't show up on fecals so I deworm in the spring and fall. Need to check with the vet (prob do a fecal) to see what's best for him. I still need guidance!
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