Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Shitty question

This is a horse feces, which has survived at our pasture about a year in this form.

Just nearby we could find another feces, but in no circumstances – older than just two weeks (as our horses just from two weeks time have an access to this part of the pasture).

Keeping horses for years already, I was always seeing this strange difference: some excrement survives long in an apparently unchanged form despite heat and cold, rain and snow – whereas other rots within few hours and disappears almost immediately.

Just for the illustration: this was made by our Margire yesterday early morning while they were leaving the winter paddock after their breakfast.

Few others examples of fresh or nearly fresh but already rotten and disappearing feces see:

So – what is interesting in so trivial fact? Well – nothing to laugh at, Ladies and Gentlemen!

First: it definitely could indicate a horse health, diet, digestive ability, possible parasite invasion (within a horse body or at the pasture soil…) and thus – future performance. However, studying horse physiology I never found an authoritative answer of  “a shitty question”: which kind of excrement is “normal” and which indicates some specific problems? What is better for a horse to defecate: with solid, resistive to external influence, rock hard, year round surviving feces – or with milder, quickly rotting and disappearing excrement..?

As you may see from this (very fresh) example, the difference is not in an “initial form” of an excrement (cause leaving the horse body, our “fast-rotting” excrement looks exactly the same way – the only difference is, that they lost its form very fast now…):

Anybody knows the answer? Is there any literature about this question?

And second: as a gardener (a very fresh one…) – I definitely prefer “a fast-rotting feces” to these “long-surviving” ones! What to do, to have mostly these first ones – if only it’s OK from the horse health point of view?

Friday, September 14, 2012

We are pregnant

It's official: all three our mares are pregnant. We expect foals in April - albeit it wasn't possible to determine the exact dates as they all three are pregnant for the first time. At the moment, according to the vet, everything looks good...