How to Treat Diarrhea in Horses with Ayurveda


Diarrhea is very common in horses. It requires proper management to keep the horse in a healthy state. The horse’s digestive system is very similar to that of the humans. The horse is an herbivore i.e. the diet it consumes is of plant material. It is unique in its own way and the diet should be given very carefully to the horse to maintain its digestive system in good health. The diarrhea in horses along with its features, diagnosis and management will be discussed in detail in the following article.


Diarrhea in horses can be a result of a fluctuation or disturbance in the routine diet. When the cause of diarrhea is a simple stomach upset it will get back to normal by itself without the administration of any type of medicine. If the diarrhea is accompanied by any other type of symptoms, then it may need some urgent medical attention of a veterinary doctor.

Diarrhea in Horses


The cause of diarrhea in horses could be a normal diet upset i.e. any change from the normal routine diet. The cause of diarrhea may also be an underlying infection such as parasitic, bacterial, viral, etc.  There may be a variety of reasons that may result in diarrhea in horses. Some of the causes may include stress (long time spent in extreme temperatures), intestinal parasites, malfunction of intestines, other infections and some rare cases of cancer, etc.


Horses present the following symptoms when they are suffering from diarrhea. The feces passed by the horse are softer than normal. The feces may emit a very bad smell. The color of feces in diarrhea may be of greenish – brown color. The feces are so thin that they break in semi solid forms depicting the undigested food. The feces may be in semi solid form or totally watery in consistency.


The veterinary doctor will diagnose the causes of diarrhea through the clinical examination. The clinical examination will include clinical observations along with the history taking of the case. The veterinarian will examine the cause by enquiring about the recent diets given to the horse and the physical activity performed by it. The blood and fecal samples can be taken and sent for the lab investigations. If there are any worm infestations or any bacterial infestation, it could be diagnosed through various lab investigations.


Usually the diarrhea in horses caused by diet upset resolves by itself within a few days and does not require any medical intervention. The diarrhea accompanied with any other systemic symptoms or abnormalities requires proper diagnosis and management. The medical management for the diarrhea in horses will include correcting water and electrolyte imbalance, cyathostomiasis, corticosteroids, analgesics, etc.


The diarrhea can be correlated to atisara in Ayurveda. Atisara (diarrhea) is considered to be a result of agni dushti (imbalance in the digestive elements). The agni (digestive fire) is responsible for the proper digestion of the food consumed and the nourishment of the body. When the balance of agni (digestive fire) is hindered, the consumed food is not digested properly and it leads to abnormality in the stool consistency. It is very important to keep the agni (digestive fire) in its natural state to maintain the healthy state of the body.

The main aim of the management of atisara (diarrhea) in horses is to correct the levels of agni (digestive fire). This will need restricting the causative factors resulting in atisara (diarrhea) along with administration of medicinal herbs. There are various Ayurvedic preparations that benefit the health of horses and improve the condition of atisara (diarrhea) in horses such as digestion support, Mahashankh vati, Motion stop,  etc.


Planet Ayurveda is providing various preparations of natural herbs such as digestion support, Mahashankh vati, Motion stop tablets etc. which are prepared using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the digestive health of the horses. All the herbal products manufactured here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors and fillers. These products are hundred percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with deep knowledge of Ayurveda and many years of experience. The formulations are prepared strictly according to the procedures described in the samhitas (classical texts) and therefore are very effective in promoting health and curing the diseased state.

Herbal Supplements for Diarrhea in Horses
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Mahashankh vati is prepared by the combining various medicinal herbs and minerals such as Shunti (zinziber officinale), Pippali (piper longum), Shankha Bhasma, Tamarind Bark, Vatsanabha (Aconitum ferox), etc. The combination of these herbs will impact the body’s digestive system positively. It improves the agni (digestive fire) of the horse’s body. These drugs help to improve the digestion of consumed food and the residual undigested food. The combination will help increase the appetite as well as relieving pain.

Dosage– Mahashankh vati should be given six tablets twice a day with lukewarm water.


Motion stop tablets are prepared by planet Ayurveda. These tablets contain natural extracts of the following Ayurvedic herbs such as – Kutaj         (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Bael (Aegle marmelos), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Anar (Punica granatum), Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), etc. The combination of these herbs will help to improve the condition of atisara (diarrhea).  It improves the overall digestive system of the horses.

Dosage – Motion stop tablets should be given six tablets twice a day with lukewarm water.


Halorhena + Capsules prepared by planet Ayurveda. These are prepared with the pure extracts of the Ayurvedic herb Kutaj (Holarrhena antidysenterica). It is known to be a very effective agni deepika (improves the power of agni). It is very beneficial in various digestion problems such as atisara (diarrhea), arsha (piles), etc.

Dosage – Halorhena + capsules should be given six capsules two times a day.


Digestion Support capsules are prepared by planet Ayurveda. These capsules contain natural extracts of the following Ayurvedic herbs such as Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare), Dhania (Coriander sativum), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeerak (Cyminum cuminum), etc.  These drugs help to improve the digestion of consumed food and the residual undigested food. The combination will help increase the appetite and improve the overall digestive system of the horses.

Dosage – Digestive support capsules should be given two capsules two times a day.

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From the facts and information presented in the above article, it can be concluded that diarrhea in horses may be a normal stomach upset or could be an indication of some severe health concern. Proper attention should be given to the health of horses to maintain them in a healthy condition. The Ayurvedic preparations mentioned in the above article such as digestion support, Mahashankh vati, Motion stop tablets etc. are very effective. These medicinal preparations help to manage the condition of the digestive system of the horses in a healthy state. Hence, avoiding the cause of atisara (diarrhea) and administering appropriate Ayurvedic formulations relieves the problem,

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda Private Limited, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit