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post #1 of 4 Old 04-17-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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A little off

This morning I relized that my almost 4 year old miniature horse gelding Cookies, was a little off. He ate his grain , but he was up and down all morning. He laid down flat, and relaxed his neck. (this is not unusal for him, just only once or twice a day) Anyway, as I said up and down all morning. If I came and looked at him he would get up, but I did relize that he wasn't drinking as much as normal. It's hard to tell if he ate his hay, beacuse he's pastured with my other mini, Starlight. He doesn't have any grass in his feild. He does seem to need his teath floated, as he is have trouble eating. Could this all be from needing his teath floated?? Also, he's not being as scoaical with his pasture buddy star, And he's just not acting hiself.
Tonight, I think i'm going to give him a grain mash, so maybe it will be easier to eat for him.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2011, 08:01 PM
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I wouldn't worry just yet. He seems to have no real big signs that say "something is wrong here!!!"

I would keep an eye on him for the next few days. If his behavior continues, he becomes lethargic, or doesn't eat or drink, then call a vet out to make sure he's doing alright.

Some horses just have lazy days, where they just wanna bask in the sun and enjoy themselves. He may just be feeling lazy today :)

Like I said though, keep an eye on him, making sure he's eating and drinking, and see if it improves in the next few days.

** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-18-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will take your advise.
I do think that with the grain mashes, he's eating better. I didn't realize he needed his teeth floated so badly. I don't think that makes all of the behavior, but if it helps him eat until the vet comes to float them, I might as well.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-18-2011, 08:09 AM
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I think as long as he is eating you should be fine, as soon as he seems off it I would get the vet out, it may be colic.
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