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Just noticed today that all 4 of my horses are passing shiny black manure. Never saw this before. No change in feed or water. Have started feeding a few carrots now and then. Any ideas? Is this a concern? Thanks

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Are there trees in your pastures? If so, check to see what bark they are chewing. It's that time of year. Sap is rising and makes trees tasty. And no, black is usually not a good color for manure.

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Black stool usually indicates blood. With all four horses passing the same color, I'd be inclined to check their surroundings to see what they're eating that could be causing this color .... and if the horses aren't showing any other unusual behaviors or symptoms, I'd want to give my vet a call on Monday.

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Recent delivery of hay?

Another thing, have you kicked the piles open to check the color inside?

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I've heard of equine urine turning red in snow and owners panicking at the "blood" ... I wonder if this is a similar phenomenon but with poop?

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Possibly. Thats why I wonder what it looks like inside.

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Just a reaction to the air then. I think you are ok then.

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