Zanhar has asked me to pose a question on the blog in hopes of gaining some insight.
Hello Mercedes – I have a question I’d like to throw out to your readers, especially since there are some Morgan boosters out there. A few months ago I took on a boarder (my dear Harry died at the ripe old age of 38). This is a 22 year old Morgan gelding, bursting with personality and always on the go (I can see why people like these horses!) but unfortunately his owner is a newbie and hasn’t been terribly helpful in sorting out this problem. The horse is in excellent health – a bit overweight actually and I am trying to ease that back. He gets hay, pasture and supplements including pro-biotics and virtually no grain – in fact I’ve stopped the 1 pound a day he was getting. He is really gassy, long noisy farts all the time. He’s constantly hungry – it’s hard getting him to diet so I feed him multiple small meals. He produces a phenomenal amount of manure – 15 piles to six from my thoroughbred who is 16.1h and this little guy is 14.0h. His manure is totally normal in color and consistency. He isn’t colicky and does not seem in any kind of discomfort.
Any ideas? Are Morgans prone to this? Is it indicative of something or just a benign peculiarity?
I’d really be interested in what anyone can offer.