I didnt think the advice to to exert him was a good idea either, but she's a professional, so I did.... My hubby came out of the house and told met o do that, and I asked what in the world that was supposed to do, and he said it might help loosen or work it down. The horse's name is Utah btw, but he usually leads like a gentleman, and he didnt want to lead, and he laid down twice and I made him get back up.
I had to run out (I wouldnt have if I had known the vet was such a (insert mean word here)... I have a green broke horse, and I need to ride her everyday plus Im doctoring a cut on her foot.) But I figured, vet is on it's way, so he'll be fine, and if not they'll call me. I didnt leave him to the vet alone btw, MIL, brother in law, hubby, and Uncle were all out there, so I went to tend to my horse.
They did put him on antibiotics-penicillin shot actually twice a day.
So I ran back when I finished with my horse, and was asking my uncle (who's better with this horse stuff than MIL), what they did and I relayed that to you. I asked both him and MIL about his teeth. Apparently all the vet said that she thinks he's about 14, but she will agree with 12 if that's what the previous owner had told them.........
No one pressed to see if it was his teeth? So I asked and the uncle doesnt think that the vet knew how to check the mouths?!?!
Anyway, I guarantee that its his teeth, b/c he isnt a fast eater. He's super super slow to eat.... I am wondering if all that grain was from the bucket I gave him or if it was from him eating the yard grass (maybe getting a dirt clump I didnt see), or if its been accumulating for a day or so... If its from me and the grain, I feel bad, but at the same time, I have to give them grain! He was a good boy!
Im trying to remember anything I left out, but I want to make sure I get this right. Thanks for all the food and grain ideas. I think the inlaws got more work than they anticipated with him, lol... But he's a real sweetie! I knew something wasnt right! They didnt have the money for the vet, so my hubby lended it to them.
Now, I'm hoping he didnt dip into my horse training fund for my gelding, but I think Utah is worth it. Buck (my gelding) may have to wait till winter or fall to get broken, lol....