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post #1 of 4 Old 06-09-2010, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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could she be depressed?

Hi All,
Some of you have probably been following my post about my 23 ish year old TBx Clyde mare not feeling well lately. The vet came out, gave her some pain meds, put her on bute, and we've been treating her for an abcess all week...she is still very sore but seems to be coming around.
But suddenly yesterday I notice a serious change in her demeanor and attitude. She is normally very bright and happy, she comes to the fence, she fusses over my young daughters. Yesterday, it was like we were not even there. She could have cared less about the carrot bag, which normally she is wild for. We had to actually go into the paddock and talk to her, and her eyes just looked distant and....I donno, sad?
So my question is, can horses get depressed? She's not been out on the trail for over a month now, and she is the type that enjoys a nice walk through the forest (she is semi-retired, we don't want her to work too hard because of her age.) What can I do for her? I was thinking of hand walking her and grazing her, etc. It just breaks my heart to see her so listless.....should I call the vet back out? I am at a loss for my poor old girl!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-09-2010, 08:10 PM
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How much Bute has she had? That stuff can be very irritating to the tummy. Maybe your horse is just feeling the effects of too much Bute. It would expain her not wanting to move around a lot. Any chance she'll eat bananas? They tend to soothe the stomach and a pretty good natural remedy for horse ulcers.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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I am actually not sure how much bute she is getting...the vet perscribed it and the barn staff dole it out, I will certainly look into that....mind you, she is about 2000 lbs, so how much is too much?
Bananas? Really? I must give that a try!
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-09-2010, 08:19 PM
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Every horse is different, but bute bothers my horse on the very first dose. I think it's like aspirin, can affect some but not others.

I forget where I read about the bananas. I was researching ulcers last year and there it was. Hopefully that's all it is and she'll perk up once she's off the meds.

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