Horse Poop 101


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Susan Deakin says:

    I have a little horse that I bought about 8 years ago to use for beginner lessons. He doesn’t work hard, believe me! He has always had loose stool bordering on diarrhea all the time! I’ve tried different feeds, probiotics, whatever the vet suggested. Nothing works. Sometimes the stool looks okay but then later it’s watery again. I really hate it for him when he gets his tail all messed up (he has the most beautiful thick, long tail that has to be trimmed, it gets so long). I figure it must be something from an earlier life before my ownership…perhaps worm infestation damage? He’s probably about 17 or 18 now.

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Susan. What comes to my mind is ulcers. What does he eat currently? And is he kept on pasture or stalled?

      • Pauline says:

        She is fed hay most ly as grass doesnt grow very well here it seems to get worse if she,s had perhaps to much hay what would you suggest giving her so i could cut down a bit on the hay thanks pauline

        • Casie says:

          Hi Pauline,

          Sorry, I’m a little confused–are you talking about ulcers? If so, I’ve heard good things about feeding aloe vera and slippery elm powder.


  2. Robynne Catheron says:

    My TWH gelding, George, has the most sensitive system I’ve ever known. The second he steps out of the trailer he has diarrhea, and it usually takes several hours for his poop to become somewhat solid. Dr Dan (The Natural Vet) recommended I double up on his Bug Check because it’s high in vitamin B, but that doesn’t work. I’ve tried Chill from Omega Alpha, also no joy. We trailer out several times a month to organized rides, trail competitions, clinics, parades (the worst, because it lasts throughout the entire parade), etc, so it’s not like he’s not used to trailering. He practically loads himself, so I know he’s not stressed by traveling. He loves other horses, and never kicks or bites or shows any signs of aggression. He’s fantastic on the trail, brave and willing to try anything, and he’s always so curious about unusual things that he has to touch everything with his nose. I’m hesitant to ask our vet, because he isn’t holistic at all and I’m afraid he’ll suggest something chemical.
    I know you aren’t a vet, and in no way am I asking you for a diagnosis, but have you ever known or heard of another horse with this problem?

    • then5925 says:

      If it’s only on these certain occasions, when you take him away from home, I would guess it has to do with ‘nerves’. I had a horse that would get very loose poop every time we went to a barrel race, even though she wasn’t a nervous-type horse. I believe, like some people, horses can internalize stress and show very little on the surface. This may be what’s going on with your George. Have you tried a prebiotic with him (not sure if the products you mentioned contain pre or probiotics)? Also, there are some acupressure points that you can use to calm the digestive system when you’re at a ride, etc, (if you’re interested in using them.)

  3. Karla Wooden says:

    My new horse has a orangish color to her manure and smells awful is that normal. I have other horses and they don’t have that

  4. Chris Phelps says:

    My t/b horse is underweight and does half sized manure piles up to 20 times per day. Is there anything that can reduce the amount of manure piles and any suggestions for weight gain. He is middle aged.

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