September 17, 2011 One of our members went with a friend to see a horse that
was for sale. When she saw the condition of the gelding. low body score of 2 and severe diarrhea, she knew immediately
that it was in danger and called the sanctuary. The owner had only had the horse for about 2 years and it was thin when
he got him. It had a very bad colic at some point and had had diarrhea ever since. A veterinarian diagnosed
a malabsorbtion condition and prescribed a supplement but the owner did not purchase it and could not remember the name of
The horse was supposed to be a 10-year-old registered American Quarter Horse. With his lovely
confirmation, this is possibly true. The owner had been trail riding him despite his thinness and the horse never completely
recovered to its true weight. His tail had also be cut above the hocks to keep the diarrhea out.
We dewormed Kit Carson extremely slowly in hopes that this will help
him. He had not been wormed in at least 6 months when he came to the sanctuary. We also put him on probiotics,
pelleted feed, and dried beet pulp to slow motility. These steps have not cured his diarrhea though he has returned
to full weight and from outward appearances appears to be a completely health horse. Bloodwork and fecal exams have
not indicated any sources of his diarrhea. We had the veterinarian treat him with panacur for the possiblity of
encapsulated parasites and plan to also treat him for Lawsonia Intercellularis, a bacteria that lives in the intestines.
We also had bloodwork to test for EPM. He tested positive and has now completed the 10 day treatment. We are watching
him carefully and keeping our fingers crossed that this will cure his diarrhea. No stone will be left unturned
in trying to cure his diarrhea so he can be placed in a home one day.
|Kit Carson, April 7, 2012
|Kit Carson, June 25, 2012.