I only have a question about 1 of my horses, Horace. The other 2 seem fine, and, in fact, Horace, seems fine, now, too. I've just not run into this before & wanted ya'lls input to see if I'm being paranoid.
I feed once a doy, & they have hay roll & pasture all day long (they are non-stalled 24 hours except for feeding). Horace gets 2 scoops Seminole Gold Chance 12+ per day. On Thursday, I had them in the yard & front pasture (my lawn service! Lol) & then stalled them to feed them. Everything was fine & normal @ this point.
When I let then out a little while later, I noticed Horace hadn't eaten all his feed (he normally is the 1st to finish) & was just standing there, not moving around much. Normally, they all go to the other stalls to see what they all left behind. Every so often, he nodded his head down to his chest. His tummy felt fine & I heard gurgle sounds from the gut & he didn't feel "off", or show any of the "classic" colic signs. He sniffed the hay a little, but didn't eat any, but let me massage his throat a bit (in case he has something cought in it) & still he nodded down a few times. Then he moved away & began eating the hay.
When my husband came out, he asked what was wrong, I told him, & he said he didn't eat all his feed the night before, either. ( I was at work, so I wasn't there when they ate) When I called my husband the next day (he was home, I was @ work) he said he was fine. When I fed them all last night, Horace seemed to be like his normal self, finishing all his feed and finishing 1st again. So everything seems to have worked itself out. Does anyone know if this was just an "off" day or could it be something serious? (Now as a note, I am overdue for thier worming. I have the stuff, I've just been sick & taking care of my kid who has been sick, too as well as working over time @ work! I'm going to do it this week - finally off tomorrow!)
oh....and now my husband (he's the cow one, remember...) is saying he was talking to someone and "they" are saying that "if horses have pasture & hay to eat then they only need 1 scoop of feed a day"! I'm just hoping that he doesn't decide to cut costs & only give 1 scoop on the days that I work!