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post #1 of 5 Old 06-14-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My horse ate a small fake flower

Tonight I took my horse out to the large arena to walk him over poles. I just walked him on the lead line, wasn't riding. He is not a jumper, and walking over poles is intimidating for him, but we have been doing it a lot, and he has gotten very good at it. So I took him off of the lead rope and began walking him over the poles at each jump. At one jump, the display has fake flowers in a box. One of the flowers had fallen off and was on the ground by the pole. Vin sometimes stops to sniff the pole before he steps over it. This time he went to sniff, grabbed the flower immediately, which is when I saw it. I grabbed for it and he trotted off immediately. He knew EXACTLY what I was after and gobbled it up, then he realized he was in trouble for leaving my side. I snapped his lead rope back on and went through a few more exercises to make sure that we finished our time together with no doubt that I was in charge. This whole time, I am totally panicking in my head about the flower he swallowed. I texted the barn owner, and she as well as one of the hands assured me they will watch him closely overnight and tomorrow. I am just so sick about it, we were having such a great little practice, he was trusting and following commands, and now because of one little thing, we blew the whole "respect" thing by running off AND I am petrified that he is going to colic......of course, there is no question that if he shows any sign of distress the vet will be called ASAP. Has anyone else had any experience with a horse eating something small but indigestible?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-15-2012, 05:24 AM
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If it was small - I wouldnt panic - Im sure they eat worse when out at pasture... I know horses that have eaten all sorts of things (mine tried to eat my book the little toad)

Honestly though dont panic - Im sure he should be fine... keep an eye on him but I cant see it being too major... Unless it was a HUGE flower or made of something toxic
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-15-2012, 05:25 AM
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Mines eaten - wood posts, a pom pom of a hat..., a leather strap of a cover, she pretty much chews anything she gets her hands on being young and still mouthy..
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-15-2012, 09:56 AM
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hehehe...Saw the title of your post and I thought, oh, lord, that's just the kind of thing Huey would do. He wants to put every little thing in his mouth. Leaves, pieces of wood, I've never found him with a rock in his mouth, but I'm sure that's just a matter of time...he wants to nose in the muck bucket in case there might be a few pieces of hay in there that haven't been through anyone's digestive tract.

I'm hoping by now you've passed an uneventful night and that your boy is showing no ill effects from the flower. Probably find it in his manure today, looking just like it did yesterday, only a bit worse the wear for the trip down his system. I'm sure that some day you will look back on this and laugh, but in the meantime, know that you have plenty of company with the rest of us who lose sleep at night worrying about our horses. :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-15-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the posts guys. It's good to know I'm not the only one. So far, so good. He's apparently pooped, but no flower yet.........that just sounds wierd!
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