Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction because my 24.5 TB gelding is my soulmate and it is killing me to not be able to solve this (going on year #5). This year, I thought I FINALLY had it solved but BOOM: like clockwork, the problem is back:
NO EXAGGERATION, for the 5th straight year, (ALWAYS in the Fall, around Oct/Nov), my gelding with literally go from TOTALLY NORMAL to loose stools within a 12 hour period (NOT diarrhea but similar to what others have described where a small amount of liquid comes out while pooping as well as in between)… small amount of liquid but MASSIVE amount of soiling.
ALSO LIKE CLOCKWORK, around Mar/April, the problem will resolve overnight.
For the first several years, I assumed it was the hay because the problem would ALWAYS start (and similarly ALWAYS resolve) following a new batch of hay. Bad / tainted hay is unlikely though because I have 2 horses and my other horse has NEVER had issues. Also, I’ve tried buying hay from like 7 different places, I’ve tried 5 different types of hay, and NONE of that makes a difference. Going in to the 5th year, someone had suggested to me to STOCK UP on hay from Spring / Summer when my gelding is normal (with the hypothesis that it was the richness of the CUT of hay that was causing the problem VS say type of hay or particular hay vendor)… so this year, I did just that. My gelding was FINE for a month and then in early September (WITHIN 12 hours of being sedated for routine care), it started. This has me very concerned because it points to a far deeper imbalance that is obviously triggered by small things (like a new batch of hay (prior years) or in this case undergoing a SINGLE dose of routine sedation) VS if it were strictly isolated to the Fall/Winter cuts of hay (where I could simply solve it by stocking up on hay from Spring/Summer).
Bloodwork is normal and parasites have been ruled out. I’ve had 2 locals vets tell me, ‘awww, it’s nothing, he’s just got the winter squirts; a lot of horses have that.’ And a 3rd vet recommended Probios which did absolutely nothing.
I also had VERY HIGH hopes in For Love of the Horse, as their products CURED my horse of uveitis, (after the vet had given up and was talking surgery!!!). But for this issue, it’s SOL (literally and figuratively).
Right now, I’ve got my gelding on some BioStar products (TOP, TOP quality!) and their GI formula got excellent reviews in other cases where ‘all else failed’ but I’m at about the 2 week mark and (while still PRAYING it’s just going to take time), there has been zero improvement to date.
The year the problem started was my geldings FIRST year at my new property (about an hour away from where I lived previously) and similar altitude / similar vegetation); but someone did suggest that it could be allergies since I live in an area in the Southwest something is always blooming/growing, 12 months/year).
I have my horses at my home so contact with other horses can be ruled out, as can stress from travel. They are retired and living the dream life. But my poor gelding really suffers for many months each year and I want desperately to get him well. Thank you!