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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: fecal liquid when grass pasture is gone

Hello Cindy,

This situation is often resolved through trial and error, until you either find the culprit or discover a solution. Dietary change is the first thing you look at. I often see this kind of problem when horses are placed on a predominantly hay diet after grazing all summer. The hay could have grasses to which your horse is sensitive or it may have mold or fungal infestation.

I see that we are going to meet for a consultation soon, so I will be going over your horse's entire history, medical records, and diet in detail. I expect we will come up with a solution.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Cindy Couillard
My 18 yrs old gelding has had fecal liquid discharge for the past 4 yrs which
occurs in late fall(Nov/Dec)and goes thru spring(April).
The one thing that changes in Sammy's diet is the absence of the grass pasture
during this timeframe. I've tried probiotics, bee pollen, chylophyl powder to
name afew and nothing has worked in stopping the discharge. I would greatly
appreciate any recommendations you can offer.

Thanks much,

Cindy Couillard
Green Bay WI

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO