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post #1 of 16 Old 07-05-2013, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Idk what's going on with Red!

My horse is a 7 yr old gelding he's huge and healthy we went to the ranch today to go feed him and found him walking very slowly and stumbling around a little. He's been drinking alot if water and his eating habits haven't changed. He is due to get his shoes replaced he's a bit overgrown but hasn't thrown any. His hooves are in generally good condition apart they need trimming. His mucous membranes are moist and there is no swelling of his face or joints not has he lost any weight but I went into the stall and tried to give him hay by hand just to see and he looked at me like he really didn't even want to take any steps toward me. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-05-2013, 12:34 AM
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Call the vet. That sounds far from normal and better safe than sorry.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-05-2013, 12:56 AM
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Laminitus? Heat/weather related?
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Yes my immediate thoughts: founder or heat stroke plus if he was vaccinated recently he maybe reacting to that. Whatever it is, please get in contact with a vet asap.
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Laminitus? Heat/weather related?
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It is really hot but he has shade and water ?
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Yes my immediate thoughts: founder or heat stroke plus if he was vaccinated recently he maybe reacting to that. Whatever it is, please get in contact with a vet asap.
No recent vaccines
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-05-2013, 06:51 AM
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Please, call the vet. It is impossible to guess what could be wrong without seeing the horse, but from what you describe it could be serious and needs professional assistance.

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-05-2013, 08:01 AM
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Call the vet. Whenever your horse acts oddly enough to cause concern, run to your vet, not to us. It's better to have a vet fee than a dead horse.
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It is really hot but he has shade and water ?
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Even with shade and water it is possible to have heat stroke especially if he had been moving around at some point (eg riding, etc).

If it is difficult to get a vet out, even a phone conversation with the vet may be useful at this point (and may be free or at least considerably cheaper than having him/her physically present).

Good luck.
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Even with shade and water it is possible to have heat stroke especially if he had been moving around at some point (eg riding, etc).

If it is difficult to get a vet out, even a phone conversation with the vet may be useful at this point (and may be free or at least considerably cheaper than having him/her physically present).

Good luck.
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