So, in efforts to condense my two questions into one thread- here it goes.
1. My new guy who I brought home last Friday likes to itch on EVERYTHING. He ended up colicing on Saturday night and I never noticed he itched excessively until Monday. He didn't do it (to my knowledge) until after he coliced. He broke my salt block holder because he had to itch his tail. He itched his mane, nose, face, ears, tail head, etc.
First thing I thought of was worms so I bought wormer and will be doing that later this week. I am planning on putting him on some probios first then worm him.
He has a bite on his shoulder that I put corona on that he now itched excessively making it alittle raw. I sprayed wound spray on it and he went into his stall.
I also noticed that he itched under his jaw excessively and he made it raw. When I noticed it, there were little gnats in it and I immediately put swat on it.
Other then worms, what could it be? Other then moving barns and the hay being different he is still on the same ration balancer as before.
2. He is a haffie around 14.2 and vet estimated alittle under 1000 pounds. He is chunky but not obese. He looks good to me considering all my critters are easy keepers. Haha. He will be pastured with 6 other horses on 60 acres. (Soon to be condensed into 15 acres) he has never foundered to my knowledge but he does have a mild cresty neck. No fat deposits though anywhere else on his body. His crest isn't hard but is a bit firm.
I don't need him foundering so how would you guys suggest be the safest way to pasture him? I was thinking of a muzzle but I tried putting it on him once and he was NOT happy and has never had one on. Not to say I can't continue to leave it on him and force him to get over it. Lol.
He is stalled at night so he will only be grazing for less then 9-10 hours a day.
He is also low man on the totem pole and if I muzzle him he won't be able to defend him self when he gets "introduced" to the herd.
Any and all input is very appericiated!
Here are pics of the bugger :) Posted via Mobile Device