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    06-21-2010, 02:49 PM
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Blue is acting listless. Not sure if he is sick, depressed, or just plain hot. I'm going to take his temp when I get home. What is normal? (I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I always forget)...
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    06-21-2010, 02:53 PM
A horse's normal body temp should be anywhere from 99 to 101 degrees, with 100.5 being considered the average.

Anything higher than 101 could be cause for alarm.
    06-21-2010, 03:01 PM
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He did not eat his breakfast and did not finish his dinner. I left him in a stall and my mom called to say she's checked on him twice now and there is at least one big pile of poop. (I put him in that stall at 7am though- there should be more but maybe it's scuffed around) I did not leave him with hay or grain, just water....

I have no idea what could be wrong... :(
    06-21-2010, 03:04 PM
How hot has it been where you live?

It's been in the middle 90s here, and my boys will hide out in their stalls until twilight. They have free run to go in and out, and I've noticed they'll stay in if given the chance.

It's not unusual for horses to have a mild colic when the weather changes so dramatically.

His not eating does concern me. Mine eat no matter what the weather.

You might want to give him hay and no grain until he perks back up. Hay and water are fine, especially if he's feeling a little icky.

Like people, they can get overheated. Does he have a fan? Many horses do well if left in their stalls with a fan blowing on them.
    06-21-2010, 03:05 PM
Sounds like it is time to call the vet.
    06-21-2010, 03:19 PM
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I just called my mom and she did confirm only one pile of poop today. I told her to leave it in the stall because I want to see it. (She lives next door) I told her to go give him a little hay. She said he has not drank any water either. It's so hard to tell when you have an already super quiet horse how bad he's feeling. But he's definitely not right. I get off work in another hour and a half. I'll take his temp and then probably give the vet a call. It is hot here, in the 90's.

I have not given any banamine because I wasn't sure it was a colic type situation but I'm starting to think that may be the case.... I did change from Purina brand pellets to Southern States but that was about 15 bags ago...? (2 or 3 weeks)....

Riley and Blue have a paddock together, they are in the padock during the day with 2 open stalls. I turn them out at night but they can still go back into their paddock and their stalls. I actually took him to an inside stall this morning so that I could see how much he pooped through out the day. I don't have any fans in the barn but I could bring on down. That's a good idea.
    06-21-2010, 04:08 PM
If you have the $$ for a mister, it could help with the heat, too. Hubby's uncle rigged one up using a garden hose, but I'm not sure what kind of orifice he used.
    06-21-2010, 04:11 PM
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I have no electricity in my barn yet so anything I do is by generator or extension cord.... :(
    06-21-2010, 09:26 PM
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Called the vet and gave a description, she said it sounds like a virus, gave him some banamine and will re-check his temp in the AM. If he's still running a temp then she will have to come out and see him. She wants me to take his temp AM and PM for the next couple days... :(
    06-22-2010, 07:49 AM
Fingers crossed he is feeling better quickly.

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