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post #1 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Loss of appetite

So yesterday and today when I came down to the barn to feed breakfast, Blaze hadn't finished her hay from dinner the night before. Her gut sounds normal, not fever or signs of colic or discomfort. Her feet aren't hot. She eats all her beet pulp and grain with no issue. The only thing I can think of is her teeth, but they were just floated 8 weeks ago. Could it be from stress? We put a different horse in the stall next to her a few weeks ago, so maybe she's stressed about that... I know get the vet out. But I want to watch her and see how she does for a little while.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 02:02 PM
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If she seems physically OK the next thing I would look at is the hay. Different batch, kind, musty, dusty-that kind of stuff.
Throw out the hay she hasn't eaten & offer new hay, maybe from a different bale or area.
I hope she's fine.
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Yeah, I threw it all out anyway because I want to be able to gage how much of the new stuff she's eating. I tried giving her beet pulp and she only picked at it this time. But was also picking at her new batch of hay. She was just blanketed a week ago, and its relatively warm out today, so I took her blanket off. Thanks!
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 02:35 PM
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If she doesn't need the calories to keep warm or replace what was used while working, she may simply not be hungry.
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Yeah, that's true. She's never not hungry, but with her blanket on that makes sense. Thank you!
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Okay- so a little update-

I gave her grain at dinner time. She took a few bites and walked away. I checked her gut sounds- normal. No fever still. She pooped as soon as I brought her inside- typical. Her feet aren't hot (I always check her feet because she's prone to founder.) Gum color is normal, skin tenting was normal. She's drinking plenty. But pacing in her stall when I was handing out hay to the others. Like she was hungry, but her grain was still sitting there barely touched. I mixed in some water and a little wheat to turn her grain into a mashy mess, and she gobbled it. Then she gobbled her beet pulp (soaked in warm water.)

Sooooo I am thinking even though she just had her teeth floated, she could have something else going on with her mouth... So if it doesn't get better within 24 hours, the dentist is going to be coming over. No fun!

Any other thoughts about what it could be?
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 08:21 PM
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sounds like her mouth is sore. Maybe the floating loosed a tooth. Sometimes an actual Vet is better than a horse dentist, as there may be a more serious problem, infection, cracked bone.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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True. I will make my calls either way. I felt around and pushed on her jaw and mouth from the outside (didn't put my hand in her mouth) and she seemed irritated and tried to pull her head away. But this girl doesn't like to be touched anyway, and would probably do that even if she wasn't in pain... She also chews wood every now and then, I was thinking maybe she hurt her mouth with a splinter or bumped it on something...
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