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    10-05-2010, 05:31 PM
I really need some reassurance. asap.

So I am currently a junior in college. I moved my pony, Zoe, up to college with me for the first time this year. She has been at the new place about a month. The past couple days have been so stressful. I have a big exam in a couple hours and I just got a call from my trainer saying my pony seems a little under the weather. I had noticed when I went to see her last night that there was some grain left in her feed bucket but not a lot. I just lunged her the past two days in the indoor and she had seemed pretty slow [something quite out of character for her], but I didn't think too much of it and planned to ask my trainer tomorrow if she was the same way when I went out to the barn.

Anyway, my trainer said she seemed maybe a little colicy this morning. She picked at her grain and didn't eat much hay and she has been laying down quite a bit. She gave her just a little banamine this morning, but she said she didn't seem to change much. She took her temperature with a couple different thermometers to be sure and if anything, it seemed low. So she put a blanket on her but she said she wasn't shivering or anything. She also said she definitely has sounds in her stomach so that's good.

I'm just freaking out. I'm at a new place. At my old barn, I was so close with the owner [she owned Zoe before me] and trusted her completely. Being on my own is scary and this is the first time I have really had to deal with my pony being sick and I just want to have some reassurance. My trainer said it doesn't seem anything bad enough to call the vet yet because the vet wouldn't be able to do anymore.

As I said, I have an exam in my night class which is completely out of my focus now. But I can't get down there til tonight because of it. Any advice/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My trainer is highly respected around this area and is so knowledgeable so I trust her but I don't know if I should ask that the vet comes out.

Thanks so much
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    10-05-2010, 05:38 PM
The weather's changing, you moved your horse from a familiar barn to a strange one, and she's still getting used to her new environment and herd dynamic.

Any one of these things could trigger a mild colic, but she's had to deal with so much so fast I'm not surprised she's feeling a little icky.

Your BO sounds like a knowledgeable horse woman, and from your description your mare merely seems 'off'. Not really sick, just not her usual perky self.

I'm sure the BO will keep an eye on her for you, and should anything change for the worse she'll let you know.
    10-06-2010, 09:10 AM
I agree with SR.

How is your horse today?
    10-06-2010, 10:12 AM
Green Broke
Ya, so many new changes. Just keep an eye on her and even maybe take her out for a walk by hand. As long as there is gut sounds she should be ok. Maybe give her some probiotics in her grain when she if she eats it. Or, you can get a tube and give to her by mouth like a wormer. Hope everything gets better.
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    10-06-2010, 11:09 AM
Thanks everyone! I know I am overreacting about this whole thing, but I have only owned her a little over a year [riding her for about 5 though], so I haven't really had to deal with her being sick before. I've never had to get the call "Your horse doesn't seem to be doing too well today," so it just scared me maybe a little more than it should. Hah

But anyway, she isn't much different today =/ I went last night as soon as I got out of my exam. I hung out in her stall with her for about a hour. While I was there, she was eating some hay and she drank some water, so I figured she was getting better. I went again this morning, and she had eaten her grain earlier which is good, but still doesn't look so great.

She is just so sluggish and sulky it seems. While I was there I tried to hand-feed her some hay, but she didn't take any of it. Eventually she slowly walked over and took one bite, but then she just goes back to the same corner and kinda stands there with her head down. It's just really out of character for her, so I'm still a little worried. I guess I just have to wait it out though
    10-06-2010, 11:15 AM
You've taken her away from everything and every one she knows. It does take some time to settle in to the new environment. My suggestion would be to treat her as normal as possible so she doesn't pick up on the nervous energy from you.
    10-06-2010, 09:16 PM
So I got a chance to go to the barn again this afternoon. On the way, my trainer texted me and said she had a fever of 102.5. She gave her some banamine.

So I guess now we are just waiting things out. I asked if we should called a vet soon, but she said all they will do is pull blood and tell me she has an immune response going on but if I wanted her to call them, she would be happy to. She also said they would just tell us to control her temp with banamine which is what we are doing.

However, she did recommend that if in a couple weeks she isn't better, we might want to do a Lyme titer.
    10-07-2010, 09:31 AM
I am not sure I would wait a couple of weeks. If she is not much better in a week I would be calling the vet for sure. Heck, if the temperature continues for more than a couple of days I would be calling the vet.
    10-07-2010, 09:37 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I am not sure I would wait a couple of weeks. If she is not much better in a week I would be calling the vet for sure. Heck, if the temperature continues for more than a couple of days I would be calling the vet.
    10-07-2010, 12:26 PM
Thanks so much, everyone for getting back to me!
She doesn't have a temp today but is still sluggish and not eating well.

I'm just a little worried, because she has been at this new place a month and this is the first time she is acting this way. A horse at my old barn had lyme disease and when it would act up, he would kinda act the same way.

Do you think I should just have a vet come out to test for Lyme disease to be sure?


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