Originally Posted by sbienusa
I am really sorry to hear that he is so sick. Sending prayers your way. ;(
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Thanks. It's not looking so good. Poor little guy is skin and bones. Vet says there isn't anything he can really do for him...it's his liver that is causing the problems - can't metabolize the alfalfa properly.
We are providing supportive care - he's eating and drinking just fine, as long as he's with the rest of the herd - separate him - even a little, like in an adjacent pen (we tried that) and he refuses to eat.
Going to pick up some more timothy hay pellets on my way home and start upping his pelleted hay and beet pulp - both in amounts and frequency - slowly, of course. It will either work or it won't. All we can do is hope he can recover.
We may be sending him to a ranch a few miles away - they have a LOT of special needs horses and have troubled kids come in and help take care of them. The way Junior loves kids and attention, that may be what is best for him. Assuming we can get him through this most recent crisis, of course.