I hate posting here - because it's usually when something is wrong :(
We think that Cowboy has an ulcer. He is showing a few symptoms - grinding teeth, sour mood, super-slow eating, discomfort, sensitivity ... and plus he's a TB. AND he has been in a pretty good workout lately. I've never had this problem before. I don't know what to do :(
I've heard to give them no grain, and lots of forage. So he's stocked up on only hay for the night. Should I just leave him out in the pasture for the weekend? Keep him out of the stall? But I feel like that's not enough. I know no Bute - Another reason I think he's got one. He was a little sore after our last show (last Saturday) so we gave him Bute on Sunday. So that might have something to do with it. Do you give Banamine to a horse with Ulcers? I'm going for no - sounds like giving the wrong medication for the wrong problem. But I think he needs something.
We are obviously going to get a vet. But the parents are leaving for New Orleans tommorow, which is a heck of a long way from here. And they refuse to get the vet while they aren't here. So it's Tuesday at the earliest that the vet could come. Knowing them, it will be more like Saturday ... they don't share concerns about my horses. They'd rather sell 'em. But I want to know what I need to do in the meantime. What do I look for that would tell me he needs a vet NOW! As in an emergency. I know he needs a vet asap, but asap seems pretty far away x.x
Thank You for your help :/ I know it seems hanous not getting him a vet - but I don't make the rules... I just want to do what I can.