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post #1 of 4 Old 10-03-2010, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Im needing help with a problem that occured today when I went to see my horse. He had been stuck in a stable for most his life and basically beeen abandoned so I've taken him on loan and brought him closer to me and is now grazing in a field. He's in a field where theres hardly any grass so his laminitis doesnt come back but today when I went to visit him his stomoch started making funny noises and his droppings are quite runny. I thought his stomoch may be upset as he hasnt been grazing for quite a few years?? Can anyone give me advice or what may be wrong with my horse?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-03-2010, 04:50 PM
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a quick change in diet can couse that, has he been seen by a vet?

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-03-2010, 05:01 PM
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Yep, a quick change in diet (from grain and hay to grass) can cause stomach upset. A heavy dose of wormer on a heavy worm load can also cause stomach ickies. Generally you start with 10 minuet turnout, slowly working your way up to an hour and longer.

He could also just be having an icky day, ate a plant that he wasn't supposed to. I'd watch for signs of lethargy, not wanting to eat, pale gums, stumbling gait, wanting to roll or getting up and down. I'd also check for signs of a fever or high temp (a quick way to check is to lay your hand on the inside of the back leg, if it feels hot or is sweaty, not a good sign).

Whats his weight? When was he last wormed?

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-04-2010, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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No I havent called a vet yet Im in the process of doing so as I need to do a all over check on him. I've no idea if he has been wormed he has pretty much been abandonded all his life. He is 9 years old. Im going to ask the owner as I've just taken him on loan for now.
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