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post #11 of 15 Old 06-15-2008, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. and yes I am working off the AAEP's Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue.

I own the local feed store. and it will cost me $17 a bail to get grass hay brought in.

I now have a call in with a new vet. My 3 other horses are starting to drop their head to the ground and throwing it around. They are not under weight not are they losing. They are acting like its something in the ears and I will have the vet check that when they come out.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-15-2008, 03:19 PM
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Are they gentle enough to let you look in the ears? Run your thumb just inside and upwards and see if you get any blood from smashed gnats/flies. You could rub a rag soaked with fly spray just on the inner fuzz of the ears and see if that helps in the mean time (at least it won't hurt anything) since they are swinging their heads.

A more thorough exam by a vet to check for ticks down inside the ear canal may still be needed, but it could just be gnats getting in the ears, since all of your horses started doing it. Just a thought, at any rate.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-16-2008, 07:00 PM
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if she was with other horses she might just be at a state of shock. THey are herd animals so with out the heard in a new place she migh be a bit frantic. The wieght loss may be from new grazing habbits almost all horses loose wieght after a move. I wouldnt give her that much alfalfa at a time. She could become more high strung than she already is try half a scoop of nutrina feed and no more than 2 flakes of alfalfa

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-16-2008, 08:20 PM
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That sounds very much like colic to me. I'd call a vet out, too hard to diagnose by reading. it really sounds like colic to me.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-19-2008, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry it toke me so long to post a reply. I had a new vet come out and look at all my horses. With the Arab she is anemic(sp?) She had something in her ear. AS for the horses showing the same behavior. the vet says there is nothing wrong with them it appears they are acting the same way as the arab for the attestation.
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