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        09-24-2009, 03:08 PM
      #11
    Started
    Ulcer seems very likely to me, I'll look into that and discuss with my vet.

    She hasn't eaten much yet because she spooks every time a bug flys or leaf falls so she trots off into a new corner snorting. She is TERRIFIED of her water tank and shakes when I lead her near it, likewise will not stick her head in a bucket. I have not been able to get her to drink yet.

    On her trailer ride here (very long) she only pooped once and they were smaller, hard balls which tells me she wasn't drinking enough before the move so again this must be typical for her.

    Again, from what I know of her this is how she's been with the owner whos had her for several years. She is thin threw the topline and none of the other horses at this place were so I'm sure she's never been a good eater.
    She took interest in her grain this morning and ate about half of what I offered her before a cat ran by and she pranced away snorting. I walked the grain up to her and she just stuck her nose in the bucket/wouldn't eat however.

    She has three hay piles in different locations but hasn't eaten more than a mouthful if anything.

    Her eyes are "bright" and not ill if that makes sence but she is not "right". I am having a vet check her but I am 99% positive this is not medical. Her lack of interest in eating and her whole personality itself seems linked to something emotional which seems really, really strange.


    Edit to ad: She is current on everything (Shots, de-worming, farrier) right now however came to the previous owner years ago with hooves that had never been trimmed and she had worms.
         
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        09-24-2009, 03:19 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Maybe she is depressed and has been for the time her previous owners had her. Maybe she lost a buddy and never got over it. You never know.

    A friend of mine had his arabian on anti-depressants and I do believe he has weaned him off of them (That horse had other problems too).
         
        09-24-2009, 03:23 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    You could try a product called Rescue Remedy

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    We've used it for horse's that don't trailer well.
         
        09-24-2009, 05:12 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I havent personally used that on horses, but I have, well my parents really, on their lab during thunder storms. Works real well!

    And I have used it on myself.
         
        09-24-2009, 06:10 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    It could be emotional , I think that it is the best to have a vet check her.
    My Mustang was depressed for a few days after his buddy left the barn. I thought he was sick but couldnt find anything wrong..he soon found a new toady and seemed fine after that. Good Luck , I hope you find out what is wrong and get her back on the right track...
         
        09-24-2009, 06:30 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Broken record time....you need to be sure it's not physical. Get the blood done, and do the thyroid. Thyroid is not standard on most profiles so you have to ask for it. If it's gastric ulcers, clues can be found in theblood, but diagnosis can only be made for certain using gastroscope. Get a fecal done. Even though the previous owner says she was wormed regularly, you don't know for certain, or with what product. Horses with infestations can look very healthy - yet have MAJOR problems with bugs. Have a good look in her mouth. Bad teeth or a sore in the mouth can cause big problems. Just a few suggestions- we had a yearling who displayed similar behaviour, and it was a combo of the above problems. Ask your vet if regumate might help her? Maybe she is a pouty mare? I don't know if that can happen to that degree, but it's worth a shot.
    Please keep us posted about her! Good luck!
         
        09-24-2009, 07:21 PM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    May be she just needs a friend there? Like pony or goat? Have you tried any companion yet?
         
        09-24-2009, 09:39 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Looking in her mouth is a great idea!! I had a mare that stepped on a rein and cut her tongue on her teeth.
         
        09-24-2009, 11:14 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Barrelracer Up    
    Looking in her mouth is a great idea!! I had a mare that stepped on a rein and cut her tongue on her teeth.
    I've been shocked a number of times that other seemingly unrelated health, lameness,behavioural and traing issues are related to problems in the mouth. Now it's the first place we look!
    If you can get a vet with a speculum to hold open the mouth, that is the best. Than you can get in there with a flashlight and have a thorough look. It's crazy how much can go wrong in there!
         
        09-25-2009, 08:17 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
    broken record time....you need to be sure it's not physical. Get the blood done, and do the thyroid. Thyroid is not standard on most profiles so you have to ask for it. If it's gastric ulcers, clues can be found in theblood, but diagnosis can only be made for certain using gastroscope. Get a fecal done. Even though the previous owner says she was wormed regularly, you don't know for certain, or with what product. Horses with infestations can look very healthy - yet have major problems with bugs. Have a good look in her mouth. Bad teeth or a sore in the mouth can cause big problems. Just a few suggestions- we had a yearling who displayed similar behaviour, and it was a combo of the above problems. Ask your vet if regumate might help her? Maybe she is a pouty mare? I don't know if that can happen to that degree, but it's worth a shot.
    Please keep us posted about her! Good luck!
    ditto!
         

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