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post #1 of 39 Old 04-16-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy An ideas on what could be wrong? please?

The last few days have been bittersweet with my Curly,
We had the most amazing riding lesson ever with a top dressage instructor (not my normal instructor) and she was amazing!

That was saturday morning early.
Saturday when we got her home she wouldnt eat, we figured she might be tired.
We gave her her feed at night a good few hours later and she still wouldn't eat.
Yesterday when i went out to her she still wasn't eating her feed, she also wasn't right (personality ways) there is nothing physically visible and her riding was great saturday, but she was very withdrawn and not interested in anything not even cuddles which is very unusual.

We are at a loss what to do, out local vet does horses but they are not exactly experienced and because she has no real symptoms so to say im worried they will say there is nothing wrong with her.

If she is still of her food this afternoon we are going to have to seriously consider calling them out but does anyone have any ideas what could be going on with her?

I am very worried! She is like my best friend.

Thanks in advance!

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Have you taken her temperature? Pulse? Capillary refill? How is her breathing? (normal, slow or rapid?) Has she lost a significant amount of weight? Are there any "sore" spots on her body? Like, any areas that she doesn't want you touching?

How are her stools? And is she drinking and urinating?
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Have you taken her temperature? Pulse? Capillary refill? How is her breathing? (normal, slow or rapid?) Has she lost a significant amount of weight? Are there any "sore" spots on her body? Like, any areas that she doesn't want you touching?

How are her stools? And is she drinking and urinating?
Havent taken her temperature, i cant take her pulse because if you put a stethoscope to her chest she shudders her skin until you take it off.
Her capillary refill was normal yesterday.
Her breathing seemed heavy but at her normal rate (if that makes sense)
She hasn't lost weight but put it on (this is intentional)
No obvious sore spots no.
She is drinking yes i didn't see her urinate but her stools are normal.

Thankyou for your reply!

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Well, I'd give it another couple of days and see if she improves. If she doesn't or gets worse, then I'd call the vet.

Since she's off her feed, I was wondering about ulcers? But typically she'd be testy and acting sore. Biting at her sides. You could try seeing if she'll eat some tums (like 15) and see if her appetite improves.

Maybe she caught a bug and is trying to fight it off? If her temperature is normal and she's not dehydrated, I'd wait and see.

Does she graze?

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Well, I'd give it another couple of days and see if she improves. If she doesn't or gets worse, then I'd call the vet.

Since she's off her feed, I was wondering about ulcers? But typically she'd be testy and acting sore. Biting at her sides. You could try seeing if she'll eat some tums (like 15) and see if her appetite improves.

Maybe she caught a bug and is trying to fight it off? If her temperature is normal and she's not dehydrated, I'd wait and see.

Does she graze?

What are tums?

I will see if i can take her temperature today, i don't think she was dehydrated yesterday.

She wasn't really grazing she lives in a 5 hectare paddock and she was just standing there with her head low but not eating constantly she would have a half-hearted nibble every so often but not like normal.

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I agree with CLaPorte, that ulcers are a good possibility, there is a stud at the barn I work at who just lost his personality and appetite, no sore spots or biting at stomache so his owner had been scoped and they found ulcers after treatment he is right back to his "cocky" hungry self :-p

I would try to find a qualified vet to come out and have a look if she does not improve very soon. Keeping an eye on temp, water consumption/urination, bowel movements etc is a great idea even just so you have as much information for a vet if needed, even more if it's not a horse vet!

Best of luck I hope your mare gets better soon :)
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You can check for heart rate on the big artery that runs over the lower jowl/jaw bone. If she shakes off the stethescope you may not be applying enough presure.
Two days of being not right is call for a vet visit.
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You can check for heart rate on the big artery that runs over the lower jowl/jaw bone. If she shakes off the stethescope you may not be applying enough presure.
Two days of being not right is call for a vet visit.
I agree that is the case but the vet will most likely not be able to give us an answer and we would then need to take her to the equine hospital, we are not rich so wanted to see if i was worrying over nothing or not.
If she is still not right today we most likely will be getting a vet out.

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I agree with CLaPorte, that ulcers are a good possibility, there is a stud at the barn I work at who just lost his personality and appetite, no sore spots or biting at stomache so his owner had been scoped and they found ulcers after treatment he is right back to his "cocky" hungry self :-p

I would try to find a qualified vet to come out and have a look if she does not improve very soon. Keeping an eye on temp, water consumption/urination, bowel movements etc is a great idea even just so you have as much information for a vet if needed, even more if it's not a horse vet!

Best of luck I hope your mare gets better soon :)
How do they get ulcers?

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How's the poop department? If she's not passing anything she won't eat. I'd remove all feed except for hay and see that she has loose salt, either pickling or kosher, and water. Is she on turnout? If not she should be or lots of hand walking. If she's like this more than 24 hrs. you need to get the vet out. He may be a general practise vet but don't dismiss his capatilities.

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