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post #1 of 7 Old 01-02-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is he fine?

Well, i was so stupid not to look at the weather forecast yesterday, so I gave Luca a thorough grooming session. and guess what? Today, it's raining all day long. Luca is paddocked 24/7 and actually loves rain. But...today while giving him his breakfast, he seemed agitated, often walking away from his food, standing still like a statue amd then going back to his food. He was probably doing this because my sister was playing around with her lease-horse (who doesn't get any hard feed at the moment because he's a bit overweight) and maybe Luca wanted to join in. But then I noticed that he was also shaking (or having muscle spasms?). The muscles in his shoulders and near his hips were tensing and relaxing really quickly. I thought because he got stripped of the vital oils to protect him from the rain yesterday because of my stupidity, he was shivering? So I put him in our "stable", a sandy fenced area under our woolshed to dry him off. I felt behind his ears after a while (why didn't I do it earlier?! ) and they felt toasty warm. Good. Luca had also stopped trembling, so I guessed that he was fine and put him outside again because the rain had stopped, finally. The rest of the day will be fine and tomorrow it will be warm and sunshiny again But still, I just wanna know if it's normal because yesterday something else happened:

Our new neighbours wanted to have my horse and my sister's lease horse Fleet in their paddock to have it grazed off. But I noticed that that paddock had almost NO grass and there were those grain thingys (dont know what they're called, but i'll post a pic as soon as I can!) everywhere!!! Literally covering the whole paddock! The water trough was okay, although the water wasn't crystal clear, but Fleet drank it no problems. But Luca, my fussy boy, wouldn't have any. Well, after half a day of letting the horses graze there (Luca seemed to like those grain things but I dont even know if horses should eat them, that's why I removed the horses from that paddock.) I took them back to our paddock. But I was shocked when I found Luca not himself anymore. He usually prances around excitedly when I halter him. But he was just standing there like he was about to fall asleep. His eyes were half closed and dull. His front leg joints seemed swollen but they were not hot, just a bit warm like they're supposed to be. I tried his reflexes by clapping my hands by his head and he blinked. That was one good thing. But then I sat in the fence in front of him, which he normally dislikes but this time he only gave me one slightly dirty look and then put his muzzle in my lap. He normally pins his ears back and threatens to bite me (but he never does, he just bares his teeth.) because as a foal, a cat once pounced on his back from a fence and now he's wary of people climbing fences. But the more work work with him in that, the better he gets. But still, this was not the normal Luca. I tried to lead him out of the paddock, he barely managed to lift his legs. He behaved like he just woke up, although he was wide awake before I went to catch him. I will not put him back in that paddock until I find out if that grain thingy is bad for horses or not. Do you guys think Luca will be okay? I can send pics of him and his joints. The joints are not swollen anymore, though and he seems to be his old self again (apart from the weird trembling)? Sorry about the long post, maybe I'm just overreacting...


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-02-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Here it is

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psc04795f4.jpg

That's the grain.


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Those are just grass seed heads.
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That's cereal grain. He's ok, probably just wore out from all the excitement. :)
He was shivering because he was cold, I put a rain coat and hood on my little gelding when it rains because he gets cold and shivers like crazy. However, I have been known to bring him in the house where it's warm and dry him off with towels... I think he knows how to pull my heart strings, because if I don't realize its raining he will whinny for me at the back door and bully his way in when I open it!
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Phew, I'm glad he's fine. I feel so stupid, lol. I guess I'm just over protective of Luca


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I put a rain coat and hood on my little gelding when it rains because he gets cold and shivers like crazy. However, I have been known to bring him in the house where it's warm and dry him off with towels... I think he knows how to pull my heart strings, because if I don't realize its raining he will whinny for me at the back door and bully his way in when I open it!
That's too adorable!!!
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I'm originally from NZ.....there wasn't a flourish of new growth in that paddock at all? Just thinking rye grass and staggers that's all......
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