Thinking about poop when owning a horse, donkey or mule is a full-time job. Is the poop firm enough, too firm, or not enough poop? Poop in the equine world is a big deal :) When I was down from the semi truck accident I was constantly asking my husband How Does The Poop Look? My poor husband was like “It’s poop Melody, lot’s of poop! Thank GOD he has learned the importance of learning what each of our equine’s poop should look like or not look like. :) Donkeys are very efficient with their food so if you are new to Donkeys you may be surprised how hard the poop of a donkey is. On the positive side not much smell from a donkeys poop compared to my horses poop. Donkeys use every single calorie and save it for a rainy day.
Natural equine ownership is the safest way for us horse, donkey and mule owners to care for our domesticated equine. Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm our equine poop is picked up twice a day and added to the compost pile, water buckets are cleaned and fresh water is added every other day. All of our equine are fed on the rubber matting floor swept clean before each meal to prevent sand colic.
I started fecal sampling a few years ago as Over Worming can make our equine worms resistant to wormers just like antibiotics for people. In addition when we over worm our equine we are destroying the immune system of our beloved equine. Select Equine Wellness Magazine to read a bit more on this subject. Each farm needs to have a plan to keep the equine as healthy as possible so read, read, read to stay updated on equine ownership.
Collecting a poop sample is easy; get a plastic zip lock bag, write the name and date, go to the barn pick up two fresh poop balls and place them in the bag. Make sure to get the fresh poop sample to your vet right away. When my vet comes to the farm I have three little zip lock bags waiting for him, please remember to ask your vet about hot and cold weather considerations of fecal samples as I am not a vet only sharing what we do to keep our equine healthy.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!