I have a 4 year old warmblood gelding with fecal water syndrome, that I am looking for some suggestions for. I bought him last winter and didn’t notice this when trying him or at pre-purchase exam. Could have been washed up or not there. Pre-purchase vet didn’t mention anything. Got him home and he had this, but chalked it up to new home/long trailer ride stress, etc…
His poop is very much a fecal water issue. He has normal poop with excess water. He will occasionally have soft poops when stressed, but pretty infrequent.
Vet has examined him and noted he had slight increased gut motility on one side. Nothing alarming though. Ran blood and his protein and organ enzymes were normal. His immune cells were within normal, but with 40% neutrophils and 60% lymphocytes (which is apparently the opposite of usual but within normal). Did a fecal, which had some fecal egg count, so he was dewormed. This was attributed to potential immune cells. Everything on this end seems normal now, and has been for several months.
Gelding tends toward being anxious, but seems to internalize a bit. Low in the pecking order. He is a bit girthy and does not love being brushed on hind end. He gets turnout from 7:30-2:30 most days. We are boarded so I can’t control hay type.
What we had tried:
-Psyllium 1 cup – this has helped the most. It keeps the fecal water ALMOST gone, but never completely and it gets worse if his routine is change
-Changed his grain to low allergen food. He now eats hay cubes, top dress grain and his regular supplements including flax oil. Regular hay inside, pasture outside in summer.
-pre and probiotics. Various types, don’t seem to change anything but still on this.
-Rice bran, didn’t change anything
-Bio-sponge, didn’t change
-A different clay base supplement, didn’t change anything
-Succeed, currently on week 3 and it doesn’t seem to be helping
I asked the vet about ulcers and she doesn’t feel this is the issue, so suggested not treating for that. He gets chiro and PEMF, nothing major mentioned there.
Edit to add December 9 update post:
Hello all, thought I would provide an update and look for some more wisdom.
We did about 8-9 weeks of omperazole, which maybe helped?? I am not sure really, as the fecal water/squirts were almost gone but never really left. His girthy-ness and dislike of being brushed never changed. Moved him to a new home in this time, which brought on the fecal water as it seems to clearly be tied to anxiety. He settled into his new home better then I could have expected and acts very calm…but the fecal water is still there (probably worse with the upheaval of the move). Continue omperazole through this move.
Vet feels its likely hind gut. Can also still hear faster gut sounds on exam, as noted in original post.
We are trying him on Secure Guard Gold. We JUST got access to this through my vet in Canada, previously couldn’t get it here. I know several of you mentioned it so my fingers and toes are crossed it helps. He’s on day 5 now, so will do a longer trial and see.
Still on pysllium. Also tried to marshmallow root powder without much results.
Thanks! Oh, the woes of a poopy horse.