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    03-10-2010, 09:23 AM
  #11
Weanling
Wasn't saying they don't grow, but in him they tend to grow slower in the colder months, so we usually push the trimmings out a week, maybe 2 since in the winter the budget is tight due to lack of hours at work.

But I have the farrier coming out in a bit today, I've been messing with his feet and he seems to have some heat above the hoof... I've been cleaning them out and putting bannixx on them, I'm thinking either thrush since it has been really muddy with the warm weather melting the show or he has an absess coming in *sigh*
The farrier will know for sure today, hopefully what ever it is stops, I may have to get antibiotics for him if it is bad. I freak out when he's down, although he gets up right away.

Thanks for all the info tho! I had read about the REM sleep before.... most people thing horses only sleep standing, I get that question a lot from non horsey people when I tell them I have horses.
     
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    03-10-2010, 11:35 AM
  #12
Trained
I've never heard of thrush getting so bad that your horse has to lay down to relieve the pain. Nor have I ever heard of putting a horse on antibiotics for thrush. The trim will allow more air to get into the area, and a good thrush treatment for a few days will clear it right up. I just highly doubt he's laying down because he has thrush. O_O
     
    03-10-2010, 11:47 AM
  #13
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
This may be a little off topic but a horses hooves grow in the winter about the same as any other time of year. Your horse still needs regular trims.
Kevin - the hooves do grow slower in the winter. Regular trims can be delayed.

One source: (there are many more)

How a Horse's Hoof Grows - eXtension
     
    03-10-2010, 11:55 AM
  #14
Weanling
I had a mare who needed antibiotics for absess, not thrush, I was referring to an absess when I mentioned antibiotics. I had that mare go lame with thrush tho, she layed down when she had the absess.

Anyway, the farrier left, found nothing in his hooves, no abnormal heat, he said the heat I felt was normal and I probably overreacted (which sounds like me) but you can never be too careful. So hooves good other than being a tad long (which I knew). He said that he would guess he's laying down because of the warm weather, finally minimal snow on the ground since its been in the high 40's for a few days.

He also said that me having to put down my TB could have a lot to do with it, it may just be sinking in that Magic is not coming back and he's depressed/sad since he was with Magic for almost 2 years, just them 2 for the most of it. He was pretty much raised by Magic, from a yearling til now.


I'll keep an eye on him and go from there.
     
    03-11-2010, 04:01 PM
  #15
Weanling
Alright, I had the vet out today to do a physical on him.

He's got a bit of a belly ache from what we gather since the only thing that has changed with him is his laying down. All vitals are good, Thank God!

I need to start a good bran mash on him I'm going to get the stuff tomorrow but am not quite sure what to get since I've never done one before, any ideas?
     
    03-11-2010, 04:08 PM
  #16
Green Broke
My horse has been lying down more recently, I think because of the temperature increase, spring is coming!
     
    03-12-2010, 05:20 PM
  #17
Weanling
I wouldn't notice a difference if he wasn't laying down every few hours, he's obviously in some discomfort.

My mare is laying down more too with the weather being nicer just not as much as my gelding.
     
    03-12-2010, 09:15 PM
  #18
Trained
So the vet agrees he is in discomfort/has a problem? Said it's likely a bellyache? Why? What made him think that? What does he think the cause is, or how does he propose to find out/treat it? One question that hasn't come up yet is his diet/feed regime, which is the usual cause of colic. Analysing what/how much/how often you feed will be helpful if you would like further advice.
     
    03-13-2010, 01:04 PM
  #19
Weanling
Lets see if I can answer all of your questions:

Yes the vet said he most likely has a belly ache because he is frequently laying down and all vitals are good and strong. And there are no signs of colic. Fecal came back clean as well.

Cause unknown so far but he told me to feed bran mashes once a day for 3 days and see if that helps.

As far as feed, he was on a safechoice, alfalfa pellet, 12% all grain sweet feed & pellet mix, with a ratio of 3 to 2 to 1. For hay, they are fed off square bales but they are just about never out, they have continuous hay, it's a alfalfa/grass mix.
My vet had me add some Purina Senior feed to his grain as well as some bran to help clean him out.

Old feeding regime:
-grain 2x day, approx 8:30am & 3:00pm
-hay all day

New feeding regime:
-Bran mash in the morning, 8:30amish
-safechoice, purina senior, bran, applesauce & molasses
-grain 2x day, 3pm & 10pmish
-same as above with the addition of senior feed & some bran
-hay all day

Unfortunately I must feed around my school and work schedule.
     
    03-13-2010, 01:16 PM
  #20
Trained
Applesauce and molasses are both very high in sugar and aren't going to do your horse any favours.
Bran mash actually has no laxative effects on horses and can actually be quite detrimental to a horse's digestive system.
I can't comment on safechoice or purina senior, have never used either.

I disagree with you vet on the feeding regime. Nothing she has suggested (except for perhaps the removal of grain) is actually good. If you want to add fiber, fat and weight gain to your horse's diet, beet pulp is the best way. Were it my horse, I would keep him on free choice hay and water, add a free choice mineral supplement and then feed him beet pulp twice a day.

No matter how you are altering your feeding regime, please make sure to do it slowly and gradually or you will have a colic on your hands.
Good luck!
     

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