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PasoBaby_CarolU

Bad hay

A good friend here went out to find one of her gelding covered in diarrhea yesterday.  Got him to the vet, re-hydrated and blood pulled for salmonella.  She took him home only to find her other gelding down with colic.  Got him up and to the vet...not an impaction but bad gas and cramping.  Both are OK now.  They concluded it was a bad bale of alfalfa, so neither is getting any more from that supplier.

Just a little warning to inspect your feed.  This hay showed no signs of mold, but it doesn't take much.
Clarissa

I just canít think right now what itís called. But there is an illness horses & cattle get  from eating hay that is contaminated by dead animals killed during the hay making procedure that has similar symptoms to those you wrote of Carol.

It can be duck eggs that get broken & trapped in the fresh cut hay. All sorts of animals get trapped in the cutting process, rats & mice, rabbits, snakes, ground dwelling birds, other baby animals. Of course there would be many others aorts of animals in other parts of the world.  
TakinabreakFromtheVirtual

Botulism.   That's what I was thinking too....Clarissa.
I found a dead mouse baled up in one of our bales.   By the time I found it, the bale was 1/2 gone.   I threw out the 2nd half, but I suppose sometimes it happens.
PasoBaby_CarolU

Botulism and salmonella can both be caused by hay (and pelleted feed) contaminants.   There was a barn full of Belgians lost here many years ago to botulism in there pelleted meal...I think 12 horses.  By the time they found it with the first horse to go down, it was too late for all the horses.  

On a sad note, her old horse was put down last night.  She tried many things, bran, oil, etc. and even on massive pain meds he was still in pain.   He was 30 years old.   She put him down at home in his stall with her holding his head.  He was a good horse but it was time.
Clarissa

Botulism  of course! I was thinking Brucelosis which I knew was not the right condition!  
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