So I brought Lakota home in December and she's been doing awesome getting accustomed to her new life. The past month or so, she's been acting weird. She coliced pretty bad but we figured it out and she's been doing better.
The thing is, she's been losing weight lately. I've been giving her extra grain and hay in the evening time, and she's turned out on a round bale with a horse who she's really connected with. They're two peas in a pod.
She's just been acting sad lately. She sometimes won't eat all her grain. She isn't excited about being turned out onto her round bale. She has been standing alone away from the other horses a lot lately. When I'm out there, even after we get done riding or doing groundwork, she just stares at me by the gate like she's sad that I'm leaving.
The other day I brushed her and put her halter on and hopped on bareback and took her for a ride in the pasture and just let her graze for about an hour. She seemed really happy to be doing so. She always seems happy to see me and to have something to do.
The other day I went out there and she was off standing in her shelter facing the back wall all alone while the other horses were eating hay. I'm really worried about her because she's not eating and she just seems so down.
My BO called me this morning and said she's been acting strange and that she left half her grain and one of the two flakes of hay in her stall last night. She said when she turned her out onto the round bale, she just walked past the hay and straight into the shelter in the corner and just stood there all alone. She went out there to pet her and try and get her to eat, and she nibbled, but she just seemed down she said.
She lived her whole life (she's 9) in the same place where she was born, raised, and trained. She was kept in a pasture with her 2 babies that were 2 and 4 years old. I think she's maybe sad about missing them. All the other horses are mean to her except the 2 that she's kept to pasture with. The haflinger follows her around and seems to really like her, and the other horse is her best friend and will protect her from the other horses that pick on her. It's like she's an outcast or something.
If anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate it. I'm going to call the vet and ask her if she has any suggestions for the weight loss, and I'm going to see her as much as I can. In the beginning I was out there 5 times a week, but I've been sick for the past week and a half and I haven't seen her in a week.
Thanks for the advice.