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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Horse laying down more then usual

My sisters horse, Flicka, is laying down a lot lately, she is still eating and drinking but not as much as the others.

She seems to be sore around the girth area and behind her shoulders, under where your knee would go if you were sitting on her. She is in a new paddock, very safe, Diamond Mesh and a large-ish area, with 3 other horses in her paddock.

they were in that paddock for a day and night before we went away for a week. My uncle looking after them, checking them twice daily. But when we came home Flicka was laying down on the hay while the rest were sleeping.

Usually she would get up when we walk to her, but she doesn't anymore.

I don't know if she just feels overly safe, or if theres something wrong.

Also my mare, the 'boss', kinda beat her up... not bad, but flicka always tries to get up her, so she has a few nicks and scratches but no cuts or swelling.

sorry this is so long /: but im really concerned cause my sisters horses always seem to hurt them selves, and her two favorite have passed on, if she looses flicka, honestly i don't know what she would do.

We also haven't ridden her since we've been back, (two days). and she seems a little doppy...

but this is 110% not colic. We've had that before, and I know all the symptoms.


thanks heaps, and sorry again for such a long post /:
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 09:28 PM
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Have the vet out. It is better than waiting around while her condition could be getting worse.
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yeah, I was thinking that... but it's weird, cause she doesn't seem to be in pain. but I'll tell my sister that she should /:
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It could be anything from her horse has found a new comfy spot to sleep and sees no reason to get up to the far extreme of something being seriously wrong.

There is a whole gamut of various things that could cause a horse to be fatigued.
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If a horse is lying down more than usual, I would difinitely investigate. It tells me she's in pain in some way. Does she limp? She might have been kicked or hurt in some way? My horse made herself sore by kicking out at another horse and hit the fence. But, she's old and the extra activity made her sore. I always worry about founder or abcess when they lay down a lot.
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How hot is it? What is the humidity? Have you checked her temperature? Gums? You can't really say it's not colic because there are so many different kinds and the symptoms can change depending on the situation. Not saying that is the issue. I would check the temp....

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My filly lays down alot, but is perfectly healthy ,she just enjoys laying down

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My filly lays down alot, but is perfectly healthy ,she just enjoys laying down
It is not wrong or strange that horses like to lay down and nap.

The only thing that is of concern in the OP's post is that she said the horse is laying down quite a bit more than it used to.

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If a horse is lying down more than usual, I would difinitely investigate. It tells me she's in pain in some way. Does she limp? She might have been kicked or hurt in some way? My horse made herself sore by kicking out at another horse and hit the fence. But, she's old and the extra activity made her sore. I always worry about founder or abcess when they lay down a lot.
She does have scratches on her from the other horses, but no bruising swelling or limping.


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How hot is it? What is the humidity? Have you checked her temperature? Gums? You can't really say it's not colic because there are so many different kinds and the symptoms can change depending on the situation. Not saying that is the issue. I would check the temp....
Checked her Temp, Respiratory and heart rate/pulse. All normal, slighty on the slower side on heart rate, but that's normal for her... but her stomach sounds like a volcano.

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