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    04-07-2008, 08:27 AM
  #1
Green Broke
I wonder

As some of you know I have a 2yr old paint gelding. Well, I think there is something wrong with him. He doesn't act like a normal 2yr old. He is not active, he is constantly sleeping. He poops and pees alot. He is always standing spread out with his *ahem* out. All my horses are shedding, but not him, he isn't even close to shedding. Also, it takes him abnormally long to heal from wounds. Once he got a pretty good gash on his head about 6 months ago. It has yet to heal complete. Its close, but not completely. He is very very lathargic, he just stands around or sleeps. I constantly see him laying down. He doesn't run around like normal 2yr olds. He is very sickly looking, he looks like he has a diease. He is a pature horse, staying out in a dirty (muddy) pasture. He eats alfalfa hay only, and he is pretty pudgy. I work with him every now and then and every time I do, he worries me even more. Just something about him isn't normal. I am going to start beinging him in and keeping him in the stall. So I can controll what he eats, drinks ect. And see where it goes from there. But my question is, does it sound like he has a sickness? Or does it sound like its just him?
     
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    04-07-2008, 08:41 AM
  #2
Showing
Thats a tough call Delete. I assume he is wormed regular and his sheath is cleaned. The only horse I had that acted that way was HYPP and died from it. She was like that too, very lathargic and would fall asleep while being tacked up. Maybe some blood work is in order for him to see if he has some deficiancy. Its not normal for a 2 year old to act that way.
     
    04-07-2008, 09:05 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Thats what worries me. He has Impressive in this bloodlines very close in his bloodlines. But supposedly his parents where both HYPP/NN. He doesn't fall asleep while being tacked up....yet. But he does sleep a ton.
     
    04-07-2008, 10:54 AM
  #4
Showing
Delete, have you thought about West Nile? My friends horse was kinda "loosing taste of life" like you describe and it ended up being WN. :( She was much older though...
     
    04-07-2008, 11:33 AM
  #5
Trained
Delete, if you have $50 to spend, i'd invest in getting him hypp testing. Maybe his parents were really positive, but they lied to get a quicker sell.
I'd rather be safe than sorry.
I'd also call up your vet and tell him what you told us. He might be able to pin point it just from the description, if not, maybe get him out there to have a look and do like blood work on him.

I hope he is healthy and that his laziness is just him.
     
    04-07-2008, 11:47 AM
  #6
Showing
Aww, that doesn't sound good. :(
I'd also get a test, just to be safe. You never know, like Appy said, people may try to make the horse sound better by lying.
I hope he is going to be okay.
     
    04-07-2008, 01:04 PM
  #7
Foal
From the sounds of it, I'd say some blood work is in order.
I'd also keep him seperated from the others untill my Vet could figure-out what's up. Ya probably don't want them drinking from the same water neither.

Good luck.
DGW
     
    04-07-2008, 03:55 PM
  #8
Green Broke
As sad as it sounds I honestly do think its HPP. (I just read up on it and the Y is not supposed to be included ) I says It is more common in horses fed potassium-rich feeds, such as alfalfa. (Of course they have to have the gene too but that brings it out quicker.) It also says Generalized Weakness and Collapse. Both which he has had. In an HPP attack the horse walks and move very stiff "which I often see him do". Most of the signs point to HPP. I will get the blood work done, if it turns out to be positive, I don't know what i'll do. Here are some pictures of him. You can see how sickly and how lathargic he looks. Note: The chunks of hair missing are wounds that are still healing :(

     
    04-07-2008, 04:04 PM
  #9
Trained
Aw.. poor babe, He just looks...weak... I think you're on the right track with the blood work and all...Best of luck to you!
     
    04-07-2008, 04:17 PM
  #10
Trained
I'd definitely get him tested them. I overnighted Vega's hair samples and I got an e-mail and then a letter with her results. It took less than a week to get her results back.


I don't mean to butt heads with you, but on the AQHA, they have it has HYPP, and I think they'd have it the right way, and I've found more information on it by typing in hypp than hpp.

I've posted this link a lot, and I found it extremely helpful.
http://www.bringinglighttohypp.org/

Also giving him Karo Syrup is said to help if he's having an attack, but maybe try giving some to him and see if it helps out or not.
I'd also try and get him a new diet ASAP too.
     

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