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Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I hope I can assist with your concerns today.
Is your horse looking bright & alert?
Eating hay & breathing quietly?
Can you listen for gut sounds?
OK, then it really sounds like there is not too much worry just yet. You might want to try & listen for good gut sounds the next time you are with him by gently resting your ear on his flank area just behind his ribs. Listen on both sides. You can also pick up an inexpensive stethoscope at a pharmacy & makes things a little easier.
Since you indicated that he was out in the field, are you sure he did not defecate at any time while outdoors?
You know, it is always better to go back & check, otherwise you will worry all night.
And yes, if there is no manure in the stall, but your horse is quiet & comfortable & your can hear gurgling in the gut, then I would feel comfortable to recheck in the morning. If there are no stools in the morning, that is the time to call the vet as your horse may need to be oiled.
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