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post #1 of 3 Old 01-14-2013, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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colt not eating his grain

I have an 8month old colt who for the past few days hasnt touched his grain. Which is weird cause he never leaves a drop in his bucket. Hes had grain since he was 4 days old and now just doesnt seem interested in it. He does drink his water, and was eating his hay really good until the other day when i noticed him just nibbling at it. Eating like one straw at a time. Hes been in a stall for the past couple of months working on weaning and ground work. I just started turning him out in his own corral during the day and back up at night. that the only change ive made in any of his routine. Im worried it may be colic... but hes drinking water, and is pooping regularly. There is nothing lodged in his mouth that seems to be creating stress in his mouth. Im at a total loss. Even the vet doesnt know what to think of it from what ive told him over the phone. He cant come out until tomorrow afternoon to check on him, but i just pray there is nothing serious with this. He hasnt eaten any grain in almost 3 days.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-14-2013, 11:19 AM
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I might be completely off with this, but did you have bot flies?
I went through something similar years ago with my colt, same age. He wouldn't eat his grain, only nibbled at hay for about a week. Nothing else wrong, no signs of colic etc.
Vet said it could be migrating bot larvae. They get ingested when they lick at the itchy eggs, larvae hatch and bury themselves in the mucous membranes in the mouth, emerge after a while and being swallowed to attach themselves in the stomach lining. The emerging can cause enough irritation for some, mainly young horses, to go off feed.
Since that happened, I worm with Ivermectin right after the first frost, if there were bot flies and haven't had that problem since(15 years)

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-14-2013, 11:37 AM
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He could have a new set of teeth coming in. 3rd incisors should be coming in how and he could be having some pain issues with them.
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