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Pale, porridge-like stool in 6 day old mini foal

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Pale, porridge-like stool in 6 day old mini foal

Postby auntie Kim » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:05 pm

Hello, new here; really need advice on this. This little guy will officially be 6 days old tonight and everything about him and mom has been absolutely perfect health wise. However; today he seems quieter and is passing oatmeal coloured poop with like consistence. He's still nursing normally and peeing fine (also has been eating mom's manure regularly). I realize that foal heat is likely imminent but I just thought I better ask about this as things can go south with these wee ones so quick. Thanks for any advice or suggestions!
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Re: Pale, porridge-like stool in 6 day old mini foal

Postby Jos » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:24 pm

What's his temperature? That's probably the best indication of if there's a problem in this situation at the moment.
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Re: Pale, porridge-like stool in 6 day old mini foal

Postby auntie Kim » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:59 pm

Thanks so much for responding Jos; his temp as of an hr ago was 37.8 C. So far he's still nursing and peeing regularly and his poops are alternating between very loose to liquid; still beige in color (not yellow or brownish) It's pretty warm again here today so I have them in the stall under a fan until it cools down later. It's his quietness that has me wondering and I also noticed today that he often has his tongue stuck out the side of his mouth and he's not quite as coordinated today. I hope to God it's just the heat but will continue to monitor closely. I should say also that this is not my mare and foal; they belong to my new neighbors and they haven't been horse owners before. I have my own horses and boarders here but it's been 10 plus years since my previous foaling experiences and the mention of veterinary care produces an "oh geez" look so I'm watching baby like a hawk and trying my best. Hopefully it resolves without further trouble but I'll post an update as we go. Thank you again.
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Re: Pale, porridge-like stool in 6 day old mini foal

Postby Jos » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:22 pm

Keep monitoring the temp. and perhaps set up a mister to keep the foal cool if the ambient temperatures are hot where you are located. Don't hesitate to call the vet if in doubt though - these little duffers can crash and burn in the blink of an eye...
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