Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Osceola, Wisconsin
Tuesday morning: my mare would not eat her hay. Stood virtually still looking at me, then the hay, then me, then hay. Weird.... Pick up the hay and put it near her mouth - she chows down. Grain has to be lifted up for her to eat too (we usually feed in a feed bowl on the ground). She's put out to pasture and within an hour she's moving around and grazing just fine.
That night: no problems, lowers head to ground to eat.
Wednesday: nothing unusual.
This morning: will not lower her head to the ground again. She was shaking some too (?) Eats her hay out of a hanging bucket. I hold the feed bowl about chest length and she eats, however slow and under protest because we've added bute. Out to pasture - within an hour back to normal.
I'm really puzzled.
Now, she does stall next to a filly that no one likes and I've seen her strike at her with her head. Could she have hurt her neck? She's going to see an equine spine specialist in a couple of weeks for a lameness mystery that's been present without these symptoms for a very long time, but I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar issue?
My MIL is the barn owner and when I mentioned chiro today she visibly cringed... (((Sigh)))