Last summer in June-July, my mare lost her appetite and slowly and surely stopped eating. My mother and everyone who boards at the barn told me I was crazy, but I panicked that first time this happened. She presented with loss of appetite (first she started disliking the alfalfa, then daily supplement bag and even apples) and enormously loud gut sounds while having normal poos and pees. She would stand in the middle of her turn out and I, standing at the fence over 6 feet away, could hear her stomach rolling. A week after she stopped eating the supplements she started hoofing and showing pain and we took her to the vet and, long story short, she had no ulcers that could be found on a scope, no impactions, no sand, her hind gut (intestine) was just swollen. She was sent home from the hospital with no real medication (We were given eclipse omega 3 liquid and gastro guard which made no real noticable difference) and when she didnt get better, our vet gave us prednezone. Within hours of the initial injection, she was back up eating right, her stomach sounds were a more normal volume and within two days she was herself again.
Within the past month she's started having loud gut sounds again and slowly losing her appetite even though she finishes everything before morning turnout, even the breakfast she's given about 2-1 hour before turn out. She'll eat her supplements but generally only eats half of them then the other half sometime during the night (we supplement her with daily wormer, platinum performance, daily psylium, red bran and flax seed), and I am terrified she'll have to go on steroids again. About three weeks ago I had the vet come how and do blood work and it came back identical to the blood work done in the hospital in June, but since she had started to get her appetite back by the time he got back to me on the blood work, we didnt put her back on the steroids.
I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced anything like this and has any ideas to the possible underlying cause? It's alright to tell me I'm crazy, but I recently lost my gelding who was my best friend and the idea of my mare getting sick with such and obscure illness with a radical treatment worries me enough that I get sick.