Originally Posted by farmpony84
I have a 29 year old TWH that has been off his feed off and on for days now. I came home from work the other day and he was down, completely down, groaning and heavy breathing, he had dirt in his eyes. I called the vet thinking I was going to have to put him down but while I was waiting I decided to give him banamine and some alfalfa. I also worked his back legs and massaged them, by the time the vet arrived he was ready to get up. Since then, sometimes he eats... sometimes he doesnt. I know he's old, but is there something anyone has tried to stimulate appetite and mood in an older fellow? He still has a lot of spunk in his old arthritic body and I'd like to keep him ticking as long as I can.... But I want him to be comfortable too....
What were you originally feeding him? You might try giving him some grain...I've never seen a horse turn their nose up to grain.
I'd talk to your vet and see what he suggests.
Your horse will let you know when it's time.
Like I said, definitely sit down and talk to your vet and see what he thinks.
I hope your horsey gets feeling better