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My horses urine was a dark orange color this morning. What

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My horse's urine was a dark orange color this morning. What could this indicate? She has no symptoms of discomfort.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jamie replied 7 years ago.

The horse has photoactivated pigments/dietary pigmentation in the urine that give an orange or reddish color normally. I get calls every year about this when the first snow hits the ground; the urine in the snow can turn a "bloody" color that is quite alarming to a horse owner unfamiliar with it.
That being said it would probably be best to have your vet look at a urine sample to make sure what you are seing is not blood coming from a urinary tract infection, bladder stones or kidney problems.