Meconium is a foal’s first manure that consists of glandular secretions and digested amnion. It is typically dark brown, black or green and passed within a few hours after standing.
It is sticky, smells like fetal fluids, and looks more like dog feces than horse manure. If it is not passed within 24 hours of birth, it is considered impacted.
Male foals (colts) are more likely than females to have very firm impactions of this first manure. It is a common cause of straining to defecate. It can lead to abdominal pain (colic) if it causes complete obstruction.
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The prognosis is good if the problem is a simple meconium impaction and it is promptly treated. However, some meconium impactions can be difficult to treat, require special enemas and may even require intensive care.
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