Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Queensland Australia
Will definitely monitor his water, he was like that when I got him, he is around 25 and is of Australian Stock horse with predominately QH I would say so guessing he may have been nice and plump at some point and if he aged as this happened then his skin may not have shrunk back down as I know mine just isn't like it use too LOL. Being a nurse I do take notice of the bodily fluids, Urine is pale straw colour and nil strong odors, Stools are formed and moist nil deviations away from normal there, tongue is pink and moist and will take more notice of skin test. Will be def looking into it though so thank you for pointing it out. Might head to the shop and see what they have to give him to boost him up! Love that shop it is like a horses chemist.
He is on Equilibrium with all of the minerals and vitamins and salts, the later pics are not long after a bath so that is why he may look wet. This time of year is our hottest with humidity that you could cut a knife with, a sweating horse is a good thing for here, those that don't sweat end up with the puffs really bad, but again will check on the water issue of amounts for the day. I do not dry feed him, it is very moist as can only imagine eating a loaf of dry toast.
I did notice that in front of his hips reasonably hollow too when I got him but that is improving, I know I use this as a sign on my other horses if needing a drink or in telling people they need to do something if their horse is suffering from an acute illness but I had not had a horse that was poor in condition like he was so contributed it to not much meat on his ribs/hip region.
Thank you thank you thank you, keep it rolling as I can only learn from this and he can only benefit!!!!