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    02-03-2013, 04:58 PM
Well someone has to do something, the horse needs a vet.
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    02-03-2013, 05:05 PM
There is nothing we can tell you to help this horse other than get a vet out or end this animals suffering. This is sad and animal cruelty, if your friend can't afford a vet, can she afford a bullet?
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    02-03-2013, 05:06 PM
What is she eating? How much? How much hay and what kind? Does she have shelter? Is she blanketed in bad weather if there is no shelter? When was she last dewormed and with what? Has she been treated for tapeworms and encysted strongyles in the last 6 months? (meaning a powerpack or Quest)

Assuming she is being given access to a proper amount of calories in a day and a good quality of forage with adequate protein and her deworming is good, there are only a few things that would cause this.

A. Teeth problems preventing her from masticating her food properly. Need a vet

B. Illness or cancer. Need a vet and blood tests

C. Malabsorption or possibly even hind gut acidosis. Need money and probably a vet.

So...There ya go. The horse is about a 1.5 on the scale looks like. She has a big problem and could be turned in to AC for a horse that looks like this with no vet care being provided. Its no joke. Horse is emaciated. That hair is hiding how bad it is.
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    02-03-2013, 05:06 PM
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She needs to give that horse to someone who can take care of it if she can not afford the vet. Either AC needs to confiscate it, give it to rescue or free to someone willing to take the risk. Something needs to be done - that is pure neglect on your friend's part.
    02-03-2013, 05:13 PM
Gee! I hope the local animal control/ welfare get wind of this and take the horse out of there. Ignorance is not always bliss. This is pathetic.

GET A VET! How many times do you have to hear that?

Bet your friend ate lastnight.....this is why I waited a long time to have a horse, and instead of having a horse I worked with horses. People who disregard the welfare and needs of animals in their possession and are too selfish to put the animals needs before their own really sicken me.
    02-03-2013, 05:14 PM
Deffo see if your friend will call the vet. I would be less likely to think she had a blockage and more likely to think she has liver issues.

For the liver the main red flags are sudden extreme weight loss, lethargy, dull coat, pale, not interested in feed.

If yet he horse has a blockage she would be showing some signs of impending colic, her droppings would be a telltale sign.

The vet would know which tests are best suited to her.

Please let us know how she gets on and good luck x
    02-03-2013, 05:16 PM
Jeez, forget an online diagnosis....get the vet!
    02-03-2013, 05:22 PM
It's always an awful situation when you have to stand aside and can't do anything. If your friend says she can't afford a vet I am afraid all you can do is see if she will surrender the horse to a rescue. Other than that unfortunately because she isn't your horse you can't really do anything.

I feel for you, I really do. I was in the same situation for 6 months with a young horse who turned out to have cancer, he was eventually seen and operated on and his owners decided to at that point get rid of him, so I jumped in and took him off their hands. That's my Clydesdale gelding. But I know EXACTLY how you feel xx
    02-03-2013, 05:33 PM
What part of Tenn are you & your friend in? If it is close by, I would consider taking it in if your friend wanted to find it a home that can care for it - or at the very least get it put down so it does not suffer anymore. I know some of the vets around here pretty well.....
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    02-03-2013, 05:59 PM
I had the same thing happen to my old mustang last year. He never got as bad as your friend's horse but out of the blue he just started losing weight/muscle and even when I doubled and then tripled his feed he showed little appetite. I was able to work out a payment plan with my vet and we ran a bunch of blood tests. Turns out it had something to do with his colon (although they said he seemed gassy as well and probably was experiencing some stomach discomfort). They gave him some bute, which got him eating again. They had me hand graze him 3-4 times a day for at least a half hour (I don't have grass in my pasture). They said that grain was easier than hay on his digestive system and they had me put him on an all-grain diet for a couple of weeks (I was feeding Triple Crown Senior). They also recommended a supplement called biosponge. You can get it in a paste but the powder is cheaper. When I started feeding him hay again I started with alfalfa and eventually moved back to the grass hay he was on before. He made a complete recovery and is now fat and healthy once again. I hope this helps!

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