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has anyone had a problem like this? My 22yr old morgan gelding suddenly started losing ...
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    Unhappy drastic weight loss and diarrhea

    has anyone had a problem like this? My 22yr old morgan gelding suddenly started losing weight and having constant diarrhea after turnout this spring. No toxic plants in pasture. My vet took a blood sample and can find nothing wrong. The horse wont eat either. He has been wormed taken penicilin and mendazoale in case there was contaminated water. He doesnt have a temperature either. Strangely he cant get enough salt lick. We had to take it away from him. Up until last fall we had other horses with him for the last 20 years, and this is a new one on me. My vet is stumpted as well. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Gosh I'm not sure!
    Thing I can think of are if hes up to date on his wormer. Mabey somethings not working right. The salt is because of him having diarrhea and gettting dehydrated. Have you tried to take him off the pasture? Keep trying didferent opptions they also have herbal stuff you can buy to help the diarrhea that help. Or give him lot of electrolytes. I'm just running off the top of my head what I can think of. Does he have a fever? I hope you get it all figured out.

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    Definately give him electrolytes. Your vet should already have told you that though. Take him to a second vet.

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    Give him electrolytes and give him any salt or mineral blocks. Last year when my horse was in for a while due to bad weather she ate her entire mineral block and was sick for days. We took away the mineral block and gave her elevtrolyts instead. Now I break up the mineral block and put small pieces in her feed bucket so she can only have a small amount and there is no chance of her eating the entire thing again.

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    I would definitely get him some probiotics. I had a very, very sick gelding a few years ago who was on massive amounts of anibiotics which caused the gut flora to be stripped. He would not eat, had very bad diarrhea and was eating his stall mates manure, not his own. He was trying to put the good flora back into his gut. Anytime any of my horses get diarrhea the FIRST thing we do is get them a tube of probiotics.

    Also we had a 31 year old Morgan boarding with us for several years. When he cam e to our ranch, he had chronic diarrhea and was very, very thin. We started him on daily probiotics (Fastrak or Forco). His diarrhea went away and never came back, and he actually got too fat. The daily probiotics also helps the horse to utilize his food better.

    I would find something that your horse likes, maybe senior food, oats, anything to get him to eat.

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    As hes an older horse,its a possibility that his kidneys are playing up,are you absoloutly sure he cant eat acorns?
    is his teeth rasped?
    its vital for you to,slowly change his feed,too much cereals willmake any horse sick as the small gut cant absorb them,add water to his feed,but not waterlogged or this may add to the problem,
    dont feed him bran,it will make him have the runs and it expells usefull calcium.
    add electrolytes to his water,or feed,you may have to bottle feed him to make sure hes getting them,especailly if hes not eating up.
    over endulgence of salt licks is telling you that hes lacking somthing in his diet,
    the dehydration is also an indicator that hes not holding enough salt,the sodium is the thing that keeps the water levels right in him.
    if your worried that hes eating to much salt then add a tablespoon to his feed yourself.
    senior feed has all the right stuff in it to keep him right,.

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    how is your horse doing today and what have you tried so far?

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    what wormer do you use on him? if you have ovet there use equimax, its the newest on the market so the worms havn't built up immunity against it.
    has the vet checked his liver?, kidneys?, teeth?, could he have a vitamin or mineral diffiancy?
    hope your gelding is ok, i know ho wworrying iit is to have and old horse of yours ill.

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    You said he started having diarrhea after he was on spring grass? Sometimes my horses have really loose manure for a while at the beginning of spring when the grass comes back. He wont eat anything either? Give him electrolytes and try to get him to eat hay and grain. Keep him off grass for a little bit. There are several diseases where diarrhea is a symptom.I would get a second vet.

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