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    10-14-2010, 01:24 PM
My horse won't eat!

I have a 7 YO racing AQH. He's currently in race training so he's being exercised a couple times per week. He's is in great shape! But now, he won't eat :( he'll eat hay and some alfalfa but no grain. He's currently on Omolene 200. And he gets his doses of vitamin B12, complex-B, and C. And also iron supplements. He hasnt been eating (besides hay) for about a week. I don't want him to lose weight cause then it affects his exercise. What can I do to get him to eat? Or what's going on with him?

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    10-14-2010, 01:40 PM
Talk to your vet. If he is going to be kept in that hard of a workout without eating properly I wouldn't waste time with guess work.

Can you maybe turn him out on some grass? It'll help with the extra feed part and maybe he could be feeling the extra stress of the hard workouts. Chill time might be needed. I've known a mare that when she gets too stressed out during show season will quit eating her grains until she gets a day to relax in her pasture.
    10-14-2010, 01:42 PM
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Check his temperature to see if he's running a fever. Is he drinking plenty of water? I usually don't give them more then a day or two being off their feed before calling a vet.

Also, with a strenuous excersize routine, he could be suffering from ulcers, something else to check...
    10-14-2010, 02:04 PM
I have had lots of eatting problems with my horse over the years as well. My vet has always suggested Ulcers to start if your horse stops eatting and doesn't have a temperature and showing no other signs. There are several ulcer meds on the market. You could always try the ulcer gard for a few days and see if that helps him. It's completely safe and won't hurt him in any way! Also possibly try taking his supplements out of his feed. Perhaps he doesn't like the taste. My horse is the same way. I can't get him to eat any supplements in his feed. Always have to give them orally. Also my horse would get just tired of the type of grain he was eatting but the omelene 200 is typically really yummy to them. I'd say try first w out supplements an see if he's lost interest in those. Is he drinking ok?
    10-14-2010, 06:01 PM
Is it the SAME bag? Different bags bought SAME time?

I run into similar problem last year: got 2 or 3 bags from the store and horses refused to eat the pellets. I must admit it did smell rather strange as well. I ended up trashing those bags (as the store refused to take them back, of course, saying "they are not fresh anymore" ) and got different from other store. Never had problem since that.

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