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    01-21-2012, 11:58 AM
Green Broke
Not eating well

My wife's two and a half year old colt has only ate about half the grain she's given him the past couple of days.

Normally he gets two cups of strategy and two cups of crimped oats morning and night, along with free choice mixed grass hay. He might be a little off on the hay to, but still loves his peppermints and has no problem with them.

His adult teeth are coming in and it appears he's have some difficulty with the process.

I'm thinking this may be somewhat normal but I will admit am just a little concerned as usually his favorite time of day is feeding time.

How long does the process of acquiring new teeth last?

Any advice or comments appreciated.
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    01-21-2012, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
Is he behaving any differently? How about elimination - are his stools normal (consistency, frequency and volume) and is he drinking/urinating at typical levels?
    01-21-2012, 12:31 PM
Maybe it's something with his teeth if they are coming in now. I just got my wisdom teeth out and didn't eat for 2 days lol We all know if our teeth don't feel good it's no fun to eat :(
    01-21-2012, 12:56 PM
Maybe he's getting too much grain and getting full?

Eitherway I hope it's nothing serious :)
    01-21-2012, 02:57 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by themacpack    
Is he behaving any differently? How about elimination - are his stools normal (consistency, frequency and volume) and is he drinking/urinating at typical levels?
Good questions, thanks! I'll try to observe.....

I went out in the pasture to walk the fence line and check the hay ring.....he saw me and came galloping to, this is normal....picked my pocket for a couple of peppermints....also normal...he appears to be grazing.

The wife tells me stools and water intake are at about normal levels.....not sure about urine....

I opened his mouth and checked his fronts....looks like the double row of teeth has disappeared and the adults are in, at least, the fronts are in. It's hard for me to tell about the rears.....I'll try to feel around the back ones tonight....

I've rubbed his gums with my fingers the last few nights....and he seems to like that for a little while.

I can't say the little fellers in bad shape because he isn't.....but does seem to be a bit uncomfortable when he chew's something with texture.
    01-21-2012, 03:01 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Maybe he's getting too much grain and getting full?

Eitherway I hope it's nothing serious :)
Thanks. I was thinking he was filling up on hay and not eating his grain.

The amount of grain we feed hasn't changed in months, and with cold weather here, and the grass low, they spend a lot of time at the hay ring.

I'm certain it isn't something strongly suspect it has to do with teething.
    01-22-2012, 03:21 AM
Hay may be easier for your little guy to chew while he is getting his adult teeth in
Maybe you could try soaking the strategy to help soften it for him. Why he would eat peppermints and not grain is a little puzzling, maybe he just likes the peppermints a lot more than his grain?

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