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    05-12-2012, 06:47 PM
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Yearling
horse acting weird

My 5 year old pait gelding is acting weird. He will eat a bit and lay down roll a little eat and get up eat walk around eat. Whinny. He got a rop burn on his ankle yesterday but we put stuff on it today. I did see him poop a little bit ago.

What could it be? Or is he just acting funny?
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    05-12-2012, 06:54 PM
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Green Broke
Could be a lot of things - or nothing - it is definitely a reason to keep a very close eye on him. What are his vitals? Did you listen for gut sounds? When he passed the waste, was it a normal amount, normal consistency, not overly dry or wet?
No, a rope burn on his ankle (how did that happen?) should not cause this sort of behavior. Although, I am curious about the "stuff" you put on it - a reaction to the remedy would be more likely to cause off behavior than that sort of injury itself.
     
    05-12-2012, 07:01 PM
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Yearling
He was tied up with a long rope and got it around his ankle (our other two do well so he was only on for a little bit) he was acting like this before I put the antibiotic spray on. It wasn't a lot it was about 3/4 of what he normally poops. I did listen but didn't hear anything right away.
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    05-12-2012, 09:23 PM
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Trained
Im going to guess mild colic. But, the forum isnt a place to diagnose illnesses. That's what vets are for.

Side note: don't tie horses up with long ropes. Its asking for trouble.
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    05-12-2012, 09:38 PM
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Showing
As long as he keeps moving he should be okay. If not then I would hand-walk him (keep him moving) and start keeping track of how much water he's drinking.

When he was caught up in the rope, was it just his foot or did he get cast (rolled and got stuck) or did he pull back, etc ?
     
    05-12-2012, 09:40 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
As long as he keeps moving he should be okay. If not then I would hand-walk him (keep him moving) and start keeping track of how much water he's drinking.

When he was caught up in the rope, was it just his foot or did he get cast (rolled and got stuck) or did he pull back, etc ?
The whole "keep them walking/moving" approach to colic has actually become considered as outdated - allowing a horse to rest quietly (not rolling) is becoming more accepted.
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    05-12-2012, 10:02 PM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
The whole "keep them walking/moving" approach to colic has actually become considered as outdated - allowing a horse to rest quietly (not rolling) is becoming more accepted.
Outdated? What is this, fashion week?

If it works, it works. In experience we had a horse acting just as the OPs, the icing on the cake was when she tried to sit down with a kid on her. We got her up and walked her and within 4 hours she was pooping fine and much better.

So from experience, that is my advice to the OP. Outdated or not, it worked for the mare better than letting her sit down. Plus it gives the owner something to do, rather than sit around and worry they can actively do something to help ease their horse :)
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    05-12-2012, 10:13 PM
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Yearling
We had a horse colic last year walked for 6to8 hours and lost him.... he got it cought on the back and started to kick but got it off. He was walking around a lot today when he was out and seemed to be feeling better.
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    05-12-2012, 11:01 PM
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Yearling
Went out to check on them tonight and they seemed fine he was walking normal and he pooped again, when we walked in they all were eatting hay and took alfelfa(?) cubes from us. And munched happily.
     
    05-12-2012, 11:11 PM
  #10
Showing
Good news! Has he drank any water?
     

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