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Poor Bubba was trying to colic this morning. (He has a sensative tummy for a ...
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    Unhappy How many times should they poo?

    Poor Bubba was trying to colic this morning. (He has a sensative tummy for a mule and this is not unusual) He didn't finish his breakfast although he wanted it badly. I called the vet who told me to go a head and give him Banamine. That worked and with in 1/2 hour he began to graze. I am concerned though that he hasn't pooped and his gut sounds are decreased. He is always mopey kinda like Eeorre (sp?) so it's hard to say if he is feeling depressed. I gave him the Banamine at 11 and it's almost 2pm and he hasn't gone down since the shot. He is back in his stall so I can see if he poops and he ate a small bucket of bran with oil. The vet says if he takes a turn for the worse it will be within 6 hours of the shot. I have to head to work but my husband will be coming home around 3pm and hopefully be able to stay with him until 5pm...then he has to go back to work. I guess my question is....how often should a healthy horse poo? I should know this but when under stress I always second guess myself.

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    Is this an equine vet or someone who does a mixed practice?

    Generally it is not recommended to just give banamine without a vet exam unless a horse is extremely colicy and trying to throw itself down and then the vet should come out asap and examine the horse. We would also not recommend feeding anything for several hours after giving banamine because if you are dealing with an impaction or a torsion you are just adding more buildup behind the blockage.

    I would strongly recommend that you take him in for an exam to determine the nature of the colic as you may just be prolonging the issue.

    As for how much he should poo, each horse is an individual and it will also vary depending on what their diet is....we have a mare at the clinic who poos enough to fill a wheel barrow 3 times a day (TB mare) and others who 1/2 fill it twice a day. Overnight is generally when they poo the most. I would look for piles that are moist (break them open to see if the inside is moist) and of a normal size and that he is passing at least 4 piles during the day.
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    My appaloosa filly poos like no other. She goes at least once an hour. Don't quote me on this...but I think I remember hearing somewhere they should go at least once every 3 hours. But Ryle is right, it varies from horse to horse. If your poor guy isn't going to the bathroom normally and isn't really touching his food, I would either get the vet out or take him to the vet's for a checkup, just to make sure he doesn't have an impaction. Best of luck!
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    It seems every vets answer to colic here in Florida was....shoot him with Banamine and call me in the morning. Consulted 7 different vets (as far as I know all Equine) at 2 different barns on various degrees of colic in 4 different colic episodes and that is ALWAYS thier first response. In California (I've owned horses for 25 years and only had 1 horse colic once in Cali....here in the 5 years I've been in Florida I've had all 3 of my horses colic) I'd never even heard of Banamine...if a horse coliced they'd be out ASAP with the tube. They may have shot them with Banamine but it wasn't a barnyard staple like it is here.
    Bubba has now passed at least 3 full sized poops since this morning and his gut sounds have increased. He has not layed down since 11am so I'm hoping we are out of the woods this time. He is well passed the 6 hour danger zone. His poops do look a bit dry for him...it's hard to tell his water intake because he shares the trough with Echo but they drain it about ever other day. I need to get more electrolights....

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