My horse is laying down a lot and eating VERY slowly?

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    03-30-2013, 10:36 PM
Exclamation My horse is laying down a lot and eating VERY slowly?

Hey guys, tonight I got home and Chief was laying down. He had been laying down before I left home, and it's not like him to lie down that much. When I fed him this evening, I went out to the yard and I was calling him but he wasn't moving, so I opened the gate and the sound of the chain woke him up. When he finally got up, he didn't move, and he was very slow and calm. I poured his food and he just sat there yawning over it- he usually eats like there's no tomorrow. I went out to check on him about 15-20 mins later, and he still had quite a bit of food left. He would have usually been done by then. I ran out of feed yesterday and could only give him half a scoop (usual is 1 & 1/2), and a flake of hay. This morning I was stil out so I didn't give him any feed, but extra hay. Does anyone know what might be going on?
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    03-30-2013, 10:38 PM
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Colic ?? Are there gut sounds ? Are his feet hot to the touch.. founder, colic, twisted gut.. get a VET.
    03-30-2013, 10:42 PM
Call the vet.
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    03-30-2013, 10:43 PM
Yes call a vet too many possibilities and most arent good, call your vet asap
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    03-30-2013, 10:49 PM
Alright will do. Thanks ya'll.
    03-30-2013, 10:57 PM
OH his front right hoof was a little warmer than the other at the top, but not hot.
    03-31-2013, 01:57 AM
Please let us know how he's doing.
    03-31-2013, 02:41 AM
So the vet came out pretty quickly. She said it was probabyl mild colic since he did not have a fever. She pumped some water mixed with some powder into his stomach. She gave him a few injections, and gave me a syringe with some Banamine for me to give to him around lunch time tomorrow. She also cleaned his sheath for me. (: So he should be feeling better tomorrow, and if he is still acting funny in the next few days, she said to call back because it may be West Nile. He's out eating some hay right now, I can now sleep tonight. :)
    03-31-2013, 11:34 AM
Glad the head the visit went well! Please keep us updated!

When a horse does strange things like that, it's better to call the vet if you're not sure what's going on than it is to wait. Situations can progress and if you get the vet involved early they will have it in their mind that they might need to come out later on.
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    03-31-2013, 01:08 PM
Chief is definitely feeling better this morning. He eating hay, and moving around. Have to give him the shot of banamine soon.

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