I was supposed to take Emi to a neat in-hand only horse show today, but she's experiencing a pretty significant bought of diarrhea. I've written before that she has chronic loose stool, but this is worse than normal. Tuesday night I was working her and she pooped. It looked great and very normal, but as the week progressed it became really runny and she has been gasey and squirting since Thursday. She seems to be feeling alright and is eating well. I took her temperature this morning and it was normal. I started her back on probiotics on Friday night so I'm hoping to start seeing some improvement.
I bathed her last night and was just starting to braid her mane and she pooped a big cowpie pile and was then squirting and I firmly decided she wasn't going to the show. I know for sure she didn't need additional stress to add to her current GI trouble.
They did have a hay change about 2 weeks ago but she was fine on the new hay for over a week. I have also started turning her out with out her grazing muzzle but the pasture is super dry and there's not a lot out there so I don't think that's the issue. My other two ideas were that maybe she is in heat and that's the problem or perhaps the actual heat (it has been in the high 90's here) has caused it? This is by far the worst she has ever been I'm just not sure where to go from here.
I was readying a box of ulcergard yesterday which said that chronic, intermittent diarrhea is a sign of ulcers. I feel like they should be unlikely due to her management and living situation but maybe that's the problem. She's had a clear fecal check in the last couple of months so I don't believe it's parasites. She gets grass hay, pasture, and 1 cup of grain twice a day. So, any suggestions?
After finishing with her I decided to go ride Benny since it was finally cooling off. On my way to the barn I was feeling tempted to sell them all. Then I had a super duper late evening ride and I changed my mind. :) Benny's canter has come so far since I got him. The last two rides it has felt completely normal. I discovered that the quality of the trot prior to cantering has a direct impact on the quality of the canter. I know...I'm not sure why it has taken me that long to connect the dots but it's really true. To finish off our great ride I gave him a bath and called it a night. I'm so thankful to have such a fun horse to ride right now and I left the barn feeling much better than when I came.