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post #31 of 43 Old 07-17-2013, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Did not know that! Good to know!! I'll go check
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post #32 of 43 Old 07-17-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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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.
Yeah definitely not the main reason for the weight loss. Might be interfering with weight gain but that's about it.. I gave his hay in the run in shed this morning so the bugs won't bother him as much if he wants to eat hay instead of standing in the pasture getting eaten up. Going to get more fly spray tonight
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My horse is covered in welts from mosquitos but she's still fat as ever. I can see it causing weight loss from the stress it might cause but not just from the stomping/moving as long as they still have feed. Fly sheets help with that too. The bugs are absolutely horrible by us but even the horses that came out of winter skinny are nice and plump on the pasture.

Now I would say that the bugs could stress the horse so bad they could get ulcers and that is where the drastic weight loss could occur. The horse does look miserable, so I wouldn't rule that out.
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The horse does look miserable, so I wouldn't rule that out.
He looks miserable? Skinny yes, but I wouldn't say miserable. He's quite perky and always happy to see me and loves to get out on the trails (though I'm not going to ride him until he gets some weight put on)
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Oh in that first picture his face doesn't say happy. But could be a number of things, my mare gives that face when she see's her fly mask.
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Bugs CAN considerably shorten eating time, and not all horses are stoic enough to ignore them and keep eating. My mare runs, literally in the shed, leaving her alfalfa, when the mosquitoes show up. So when it's bad with the bugs, I feed her inside.
He could have a stomach- or intestinal problem from all the medications he certainly had to take when sick.
Hay could be low in nutrients, so can be pasture. Sometimes, even if it looks lush and yummy to us, it could be plants horses don't like.
Adding some alfalfa should help, especially if he has tummy issues.

I'd have the vet check him over for sure, and go from there.
And bug spray . Ultrashield lasts a few hours, at least, Mosquito Halt all day, and wiping it on instead of spraying gives better coverage, IME, and saves spray, too. I use a spot- on repellent AND spray, when it's really bad. It's all about making him comfy, to help him use his groceries effectively.
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He probly was miserable in the pics it was hot, flies were awful, and he didn't want to stand there to get his picture taken.. Haha poor guy! But as far as being miserable from pain I really don't think so.

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Bugs CAN considerably shorten eating time, and not all horses are stoic enough to ignore them and keep eating. My mare runs, literally in the shed, leaving her alfalfa, when the mosquitoes show up. So when it's bad with the bugs, I feed her inside.
Yeah I noticed he stays in the shed too I just thought it was because it was cooler in there but makes sense that the bugs were bothering him. I put his hay in the shed today so hopefully that helps a little.

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He could have a stomach- or intestinal problem from all the medications he certainly had to take when sick.
The only thing he was given was penicillin, my dad gives the cows shots since we have a dairy farm and the vet said it would be safe to give to him. & thank God it worked! But in that time he was sick he didn't touch his food for about 2 days.

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Hay could be low in nutrients, so can be pasture. Sometimes, even if it looks lush and yummy to us, it could be plants horses don't like.
I personally don't think the hay is low in nutrients we have local horse people around here buy hay from us with no problems but his pasture is pretty bare now.

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Adding some alfalfa should help, especially if he has tummy issues.
Can totally do that

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I'd have the vet check him over for sure, and go from there.

And bug spray . Ultrashield lasts a few hours, at least, Mosquito Halt all day, and wiping it on instead of spraying gives better coverage, IME, and saves spray, too. I use a spot- on repellent AND spray, when it's really bad. It's all about making him comfy, to help him use his groceries effectively.
Thanks so much!! & yeah would want him to be uncomfortable!
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If the pneumonia has left him with copd (heaves) then getting the weight back on may be an uphill battle. Is he having to share the hay with other horses? If so you need to be mindful that they're not driving him away. Horses do that with older horses as the older ones often don't fight back. I always set out twice as many hay piles, spaced well apart, as there are horses.
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If the pneumonia has left him with copd (heaves) then getting the weight back on may be an uphill battle. Is he having to share the hay with other horses? If so you need to be mindful that they're not driving him away. Horses do that with older horses as the older ones often don't fight back. I always set out twice as many hay piles, spaced well apart, as there are horses.
Aren't heaves like coughing? & I have a yearling but he is in the other pasture with my cousins horse and cows. Rocky is in his own pasture because he gets picked on badly by the other horses and his pasture is closer so I can see him from my window. So he has hay all to himself

EDIT- I just noticed in my previous post I meant to say **wouldn't** want him to be uncomfortable ~ sorry!!

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When did you put him in his own pasture?
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