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    07-16-2013, 07:27 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by RiverBelle    
I am very interested to hear what the vet says. So keep us imformed!

I never knew that bugs could hinder a horse when it came to their weight. My gelding has lost a few pounds since I got him, and I was getting worried (vet is coming out tomorrow), but I have noticed that the bugs here are a WHOLE lot worse than where he came from. It makes sense though!
Okay I will keep you guys updated :) vet said he can come thursday I really don't think he'll find anything though but maybe I'll be surprised ;)

& I know right? I didn't even think that the bugs would make a difference but yeah makes perfect sense!
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    07-16-2013, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by RiverBelle    
I am very interested to hear what the vet says. So keep us imformed!

I never knew that bugs could hinder a horse when it came to their weight. My gelding has lost a few pounds since I got him, and I was getting worried (vet is coming out tomorrow), but I have noticed that the bugs here are a WHOLE lot worse than where he came from. It makes sense though!
A friend of mine has a horse that has to stay stalled when bugs come out because he will spend so much energy stomping or rolling and will drastically lose weight. Sounds crazy but it can happen! Most of us are lucky enough that our horses aren't that bothered by them.

Hopefully the vet will not find anything seriously wrong but will just tell you to change diets. Good luck!
     
    07-16-2013, 08:34 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Sorry but unless the stress of the bugs are causing ulcers I find it very hard to believe that the bugs have caused that much weight loss. He is in very poor condition and honestly not sure how he was even let to get to this point. Especially since you say he never gained it back after he was sick.
     
    07-16-2013, 09:22 PM
  #24
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@poppy1356
I don't think you're following this right. I never said bugs caused the weight loss. He lost it during winter and hasn't been able to gain it back. Your post kind of confused me. & it seems like you're blaming me when in reality I've done nothing wrong, I'm not starving my horse so I don't see the need to come off kind of rude.. :/ sorry that's just how I took it

I'm here because I don't know what I can do to help my horse because obviously what I'm doing isn't working and I've learned things - like the bug thing but no I never said that was the cause of the weight loss I just thought that was neat and it made sense
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    07-17-2013, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by AdrenalineRush    
@poppy1356
I don't think you're following this right. I never said bugs caused the weight loss. He lost it during winter and hasn't been able to gain it back. Your post kind of confused me. & it seems like you're blaming me when in reality I've done nothing wrong, I'm not starving my horse so I don't see the need to come off kind of rude.. :/ sorry that's just how I took it

I'm here because I don't know what I can do to help my horse because obviously what I'm doing isn't working and I've learned things - like the bug thing but no I never said that was the cause of the weight loss I just thought that was neat and it made sense
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Not at you, just pointing out that bugs alone wouldn't cause this much weight loss unless they caused a secondary problem. Just seemed like others thought stomping from bugs alone could do this. I never said you were starving your horse. You are feeding free choice feed so there has to be something inside your horse causing this weight loss. Nothing that you will be able to see from the outside without a vet. You might be able to guess and try a few things but the vet would probably be faster, provided it is a good knowledgeable vet.

Make sure the vet looks at the possibility of ulcers, IR/cushings as well as a full cbc to make sure organs are functioning correctly. Even if your hay wasn't good quality I wouldn't expect this much weight loss. He is very underweight. See how the topline makes almost a shelf looking area from it being so sunk in? That is the last to go on a horse and the last to fill in.
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    07-17-2013, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Not at you, just pointing out that bugs alone wouldn't cause this much weight loss unless they caused a secondary problem. Just seemed like others thought stomping from bugs alone could do this. I never said you were starving your horse. You are feeding free choice feed so there has to be something inside your horse causing this weight loss. Nothing that you will be able to see from the outside without a vet. You might be able to guess and try a few things but the vet would probably be faster, provided it is a good knowledgeable vet.

Make sure the vet looks at the possibility of ulcers, IR/cushings as well as a full cbc to make sure organs are functioning correctly. Even if your hay wasn't good quality I wouldn't expect this much weight loss. He is very underweight. See how the topline makes almost a shelf looking area from it being so sunk in? That is the last to go on a horse and the last to fill in.
Vet is coming tomorrow so we'll see. I don't see what you mean with the topline..
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    07-17-2013, 09:10 AM
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Green Broke
The very first picture. You can see the dip behind the withers but that dip extends through the whole top line making a shelf like appearance. Anyways that part is the last to be lost when a horse is losing weight.

The white part around his eyes, is that part white or does it have a yellow tinge to it?
     
    07-17-2013, 09:21 AM
  #28
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I think I kinda see it.. Still don't quite understand how it looks like a shelf - maybe I'm just stupid :P

He doesn't have white around his eyes maybe its just the sunlight? I can take a picture of his face if you want..
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    07-17-2013, 09:27 AM
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You might have to lift his eye lid a bit but the part that is supposed to be white, like in the corners and around the colored part. That should be white. If it has a yellow tinge that is jaundice and can mean issues with the liver that can be caused by many things.
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    07-17-2013, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Sorry but unless the stress of the bugs are causing ulcers I find it very hard to believe that the bugs have caused that much weight loss. He is in very poor condition and honestly not sure how he was even let to get to this point. Especially since you say he never gained it back after he was sick.

Bugs can make a horse lose quite abit of weight iv seen it happen. Bugs were iam are horrible if horses don't have a dark shelter to go in its bad. I mean that can't stand still for a second. Bugs are out full force by 9AM Flys that bite , horseflys, deerflys and mosquitoes.

Then night comes and the mosquitoes drive them to run to get away from the swarms. Sprays work for a short time but that's it.

If my horses didnt have their dark bug free barn to go into during the day theyd be skinny. Bugs drive them insane. Doesnt matter if they are on pasture 24/7 they still lose weight. So yeah bugs can take the weight right off and in a hurry.

Don't think that's the case with OPs horse but could be part of his problem.
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