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post #1 of 4 Old 04-13-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Numb lips?

I've had my horse, Bandit, for seven years, and I know virtually everything about him.

Thursday night I was doing some stretches with some little treats, and I noticed he wasn't taking them from my hand with his lips, but instead his teeth. Bandit is always very gentle when taking things from my hand, and he usually just pulls it up through his lips.

Bandit was opening his mouth very wide, grazing his teeth on my palm, and even at times dropping the treat. Not using his lips at all. He was acting completely normal, very happy, I took his tempurature but that was normal as well.

He was floated under a year ago, and I ride him in a hackamore. He is eating grass, and hay normally (I didn't watch him while he ate grain, I'm going to tomorrow), he is still using his lips because I had him do this "smile" trick.

What could make him suddenly eat a treat out of my hand so differently? I had two other people, who have never fed him before, give him a treat and they said it was very weird.

He has a small scratch on the top and botton of him lip, but it's just a scab and as been there for a few weeks. I'm thinking he may have zapped his mouth on the electric fence, but I've been stung by that before and it just feels like a pinch and then it's over.

I'm quite worried, any thoughts on what's going on?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-14-2012, 01:17 AM
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Maybe his lip hurts where it was cut/zapped. Do they feel cold? Cap refil normal (If you pinch them does the blood flow return or do they stay white for a long time)? Thats all I got. Cap refil is for shock and sometimes my horses lips are just kinda cold just because but it could be his nose is in that annoying itchy, ouchy stage of healing and most importantly if he is eating fine then just try it when its healed and dont worry yourself to death!
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-14-2012, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply! (:

His lips are not cold of different colored, he still uses them just not when he eats. He may be hurting from the zap- maybe a burn or something- and I just can't see it. I'm hoping it'll get better in a few days.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-14-2012, 12:23 PM
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If it's something new then I would definitely call a vet for their advice if not a visit.

Horses are like therapy ~ and almost as expensive
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