ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Mucus coated poops

Re: Mucus coated poops

Ramey Peticolas-Stroud (ramey@wvi.com)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 09:18:38 +0000

Stacy A Berger wrote:
> I have noticed some horses have mucus encapsulated poops at the
> end of an endurance ride, and also in some horses that have coliced.
> What causes this and what does it indicate?
> Stacy Berger-Olsen
> Gilroy, CA

Hi Stacy,

The mucus may be sluffed intestional wall tissue. In most cases it is
not a problem althought it should always get your mental wheels
spinning. Why did it sluff-off now? Often it's stress related but an
increase in core temperature seems to also promote the discharge.

As for a response, we look for ways to reduce the temperature of the
horse during rides and increase probiotic administration. We also look
for ways to reduce the horses emotional stress (i.e. pacing, TTeam-work,
finding a trail buddy, etc.).

Hope this answers your question.

Ramey and Cynthia Peticolas-Stroud

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