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    12-20-2011, 11:07 PM
Odd behavior....PLEASE ADVISE

A friend just purchased 2 horses and is keeping them at my place while he finishes his corrals. 1 is a 2 yr old stallion and the second is his mama. They have been at my place for 2 days now and this morning everything seemed normal when I fed them. At lunch when I came home the mare was laying down and I thought nothing of it but when I came home this evening she was still laying down but in a different spot. At feeding time she was still down (only on her knees not fully layed out) and I havent noticed her biting at her belly or kicking at it. I entered her corral (20x20) and tried to get her up but she refused. When I got the food out she did get up and began to eat but eventually layed back down (on her knees) and continued to eat. I have never seen this behavior before and wold like some advise. I already called the owner and gave him a heads up that he may need to call the vet but I don't know what else to do. She was brought from a large pasture where she was with 5 other horses and she did leave a 3 yr old daughter behind. She is now in a 20x20 corral with the stallion son with my 2 mares on the other side of the fence. PLEASE ADVISE.

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    12-20-2011, 11:10 PM
She needs to see a vet, for multiple reasons. Sounds like colic or some other serious pain issue. Gut noises? Are you sure she's not giving birth, too? Her son should have been taken away from her or gelded a looooong time ago. Odds are he's already bred her.
    12-20-2011, 11:13 PM
I second Bubba. A horse laying down for unusual periods of time is always a serious issue. Has she been checked for pregnancy? If she's not already, she will be very soon living with a stud. Horses don't care about things like inbreeding.
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    12-21-2011, 01:39 AM
One word: Vet.

You should inform your friend, call the vet and have the vet do a pregnancy test.
    12-21-2011, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
One word: Vet.

You should inform your friend, call the vet and have the vet do a pregnancy test.
Thank for the reply everybody. I called him last night as soon as I deemed something was out of the ordinary and he is making contact with the vet this morning. I do hear gut noises and honestly the pregnancy issue NEVER crossed my mind. I have been blessed with healthy horses so when it comes to this I am lost. I will try and put her in with my mares but I am concerned about fighting because mine are shod.
    12-21-2011, 10:59 AM
Maybe when the vet comes, your friend should inquire about gelding the colt. Otherwise, you may well find yourself with more than one mare in foal.......just a thought.
    12-21-2011, 11:14 AM
If she's already sick I would not put her in with a new group of horses as she's already stressed.
She could be colicky from going from a pasture situation with lots of room to move to a small confined area assumingly eating hay. I suspect she is impacted if not in labor.
    12-21-2011, 11:17 AM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Maybe when the vet comes, your friend should inquire about gelding the colt. Otherwise, you may well find yourself with more than one mare in foal.......just a thought.
I totally agree..... that's the last thing I need is my mares having little ones
    12-21-2011, 11:30 AM
She needs to see a vet ASAP. Please keep us updated.
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    12-21-2011, 12:08 PM
First thing that popped in my head was laminitis, especially if she is lying down AND still eating. I'd keep her off grain until the vet examines her.

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