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    07-12-2012, 08:42 PM
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more health issues with the bailey...dehydration?

If having a broken jaw, 4 vertebrae out of place in his lower back, having a stifle injury, and being underweight and being brought to an auction isn't enough ...seems the poor guy just doesn't want to drink anymore!!!

Called the vet and she suggested putting salt in his feed and water to kinda kick start the want to drink for the night. Tomorrow we are going out to get some paste electroyltes to give him directly and add some powder electrolytes to his feed and water.

So far still no weight gain on the poor fella either, yet he is still eating his 4 mushy meals a day with 3 different weight gainers supplements. Nutritionist at blue seal has him on sentinel performance LS and Succeed, and smart digest and Mass (a liquid ) all soaked in water and a bottle of gatorade. No noticable difference yet other then a perkier in attitude but they say that's a sign but usually the last sign he is on to full recovery.

ANYWHO...

Is it normal for arabians to not drink during the heat?? All the other horses who are non arabs are drinking a ton of water to stay hydrated in the heat but not bailey :/ with all his other issues the last thing I need is him getting dehydrated.

Any info on dehydration in arabs is much appreciated.
     
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    07-12-2012, 09:28 PM
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Trained
Arabians tend to not drink as much water as other breeds. (I swear my Standie thinks she's part Arabian.)

Instead of looking at just how much she is drinking, look at other symptoms as well -- how much is she urinating and what colour is her urine? Look at her eyes and mouth for moisture. Do the skin pinch test.
     
    07-13-2012, 09:56 AM
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Thanks northern I will try to watch him like a hawk today to try and get a sample of his urine and do the skin pinch test.

I just feel hopeless for this guy :(
     
    07-13-2012, 10:11 AM
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Showing
He probably isn't feeling too good. Are you sure he isn't drinking? Did you mark his water trough?

I think the salt and electrolyte paste will help a lot.
     
    07-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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What's her temperature? Is she overheating?
     
    07-13-2012, 10:49 AM
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Showing
Horses are inclined to drink soon after sun up and again before sun down. Water must be available during those times as many horses will not drink during the day, regardless of heat. See if your horse will lick blackstrap molasses from your hand. If so try adding about 1/4 cup to a pail of water after his supper. Toss in a tbsp of household salt. Do offer him free running salt such as pickling so it's readily available. Horses get a sore tongue from licks which are designed for raspy cattle tongues. I have added finely chopped apple to the water, with salt. The horses I've encountered prefered that to apple juice. Too much salt in his water and he may not touch it.
     
    07-13-2012, 10:51 AM
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Green Broke
You could try soaking his feed and hay as well.
     
    07-13-2012, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
He probably isn't feeling too good. Are you sure he isn't drinking? Did you mark his water trough?

I think the salt and electrolyte paste will help a lot.
i wouldn't be feeling good either if I had half the things wrong with me that he does. :( the poor guy
     
    07-13-2012, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
What's her temperature? Is she overheating?

Temp 99.9 F which is normal for him :/ as for over heating I do not think so. He has been hiding in his shed during the day to stay away from the sun. We moved all his food in there to encourage him to eat.. he will not leave that shed from 11am-3pm no matter what enless we go out to see him, then he comes running to the gate.
     
    07-13-2012, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Horses are inclined to drink soon after sun up and again before sun down. Water must be available during those times as many horses will not drink during the day, regardless of heat. See if your horse will lick blackstrap molasses from your hand. If so try adding about 1/4 cup to a pail of water after his supper. Toss in a tbsp of household salt. Do offer him free running salt such as pickling so it's readily available. Horses get a sore tongue from licks which are designed for raspy cattle tongues. I have added finely chopped apple to the water, with salt. The horses I've encountered prefered that to apple juice. Too much salt in his water and he may not touch it.
yeap that is when he does most of the drinking. When we feed in the morning before sun up and after sun goes down. He will be at the trough taking in water like he is a camel or something lol

Blackstrap molasses...will have to get some.
As for standing salt blocks and running salt have both out for him because he tends to be picky in what he likes from day to day. I can't do apples with his jaw enless I mush it into applesauce form so he can slurp it..he did like that in his feed when I first got him :p I shall try it again

Thanks
     

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