February 12, 2016 at 11:37 am
Our organization has a 20 yr old quarter horse mare who has been having a lot of loose stool lately. I blame the poor quality of hay since usually she never has a problem. I had her on Probios and Tight Joint in with a cup of Enrich plus which if she ate it, her stools would start firming up but when she didn’t (she didn’t like the taste of Tight Joints) it’d go back to diarrhea quickly. I just started her on the Smartflex herb free senior pellets (she’s allergic to either yucca or devils claws from trying to feed her buteless) about a week and a half ago along with the probios and am planning to keep her on the probios for at least another week or two until she gets used to the smartflex since it has prebiotics and probiotics in it. Her stools are much firmer to how they used to be but she still has a little diarrhea come out when she farts causing her to swish her tail ferociously. Should I wait a while longer to see if this stops? I know the barn should be breaking into the new bales of grass hay soon that should be better quality than what she gets now. She’s also getting a flake of Alfalfa since she’s not wanting to eat the grass hay currently being fed.February 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm
You could also try timothy, if you can find some that is good quality (not so easy this time of year), or even hay cubes, mixed with a LOT of water. I give mine both as supplementals to the regular hay, and have no problems with them.
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 17, 2016 at 8:57 am
The facility that she’s boarded at does not offer Timothy and I can’t see the organization buying any for her…I tend to have to pay for things as they don’t see some things as necessary like the SmartFlex herb free senior feed. It seems that the Smartflex senior herb is finally kicking in and the pre/pro biotics are working (as well as the joint supplements in it!). I checked in on her yesterday and her butt was still clean from Monday’s butt wash. 😀 It also looks like we are into the new batch of orchard grass as well! *thumbs up* Thanks Joe-Joe!February 17, 2016 at 11:32 am
Glad to hear things are better. Timothy hay cubes are not expensive (about $25/bag), and one bag lasts my three horses a month or more. Just something to keep in mind. What kind of hay are they giving?
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 17, 2016 at 11:55 am
We have a choice of Orchard grass or Alfalfa. The orchard grass has been pretty stemy so we opted to do half and half since Cassie was losing so much weight due to not eating much of the orchard. The diarrhea has been present for the last few months and we just recently started her on a flake of Alfalfa about two weeks ago so we know its not from that.February 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm
In my opinion, orchard grass has as much nutritional value as popcorn (none at all), and alfalfa can be way too rich for a lot of horses. I like a timothy/alfalfa mix, when I can manage to find it.
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm
We go with what we have. We have her on a flake of Alfalfa am and pm in hopes to help her gain some weight back. Once she does, she’ll be back to orchard. Would love to feed timothy if it was an option and I spend so much on my own horse boarded else where, I cant afford to buy timothy for her, if she were my horse, it’d be a different story of course. She does have a grass pasture that she’s turned out in daily (as long as it’s not raining) so she has that forage as well.
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