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    04-21-2008, 03:08 PM
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Old horse off his feed

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....
     
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    04-21-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: Old horse off his feed

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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
     
    04-21-2008, 03:25 PM
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He is fed equine senior twice per day. He does not get any pain supplements because he'll refuse to eat his feed. He gets timothy/orchard grass hay twice per day. He is turned out 24-7 to help his arthritis. He also gets a flake of alfalfa once per day...
     
    04-21-2008, 03:27 PM
  #4
Yearling
What are you feeding now? And how much? Has he had any other symptoms? Is he drinking well?

Grain wouldn't be a really good choice for a 29 yr old horse, it's very likely he hasn't got the teeth to really chew grain well. And also since ulcers would be one of the things on the list of possible causes grain wouldn't be a good choice.
     
    04-21-2008, 03:59 PM
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I'm still giving him his equine senior twice per day but he only nibbles. He was eating fine until he had his "incident", that was last monday. So it's been a week that he has not been eating well. He's only nibbling his hay and he isnt drinking as much water as the others, although he is drinking. I am going to make an appt to get his teeth floated, well, for him it will be just the filing of the outside and then making sure there is no impaction. His teeth are actually in much better shape then my 25 year old QH.... He is also acting depressed...
     
    04-21-2008, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84
I'm still giving him his equine senior twice per day but he only nibbles. He was eating fine until he had his "incident", that was last monday. So it's been a week that he has not been eating well. He's only nibbling his hay and he isnt drinking as much water as the others, although he is drinking. I am going to make an appt to get his teeth floated, well, for him it will be just the filing of the outside and then making sure there is no impaction. His teeth are actually in much better shape then my 25 year old qh.... He is also acting depressed...
what happened last monday? Was that the time when he was laying down?
     
    04-21-2008, 05:02 PM
  #7
Yearling
Are his vitals normal? Capillary refill normal? Gut sounds at all four quadrants?

You might want to offer him a mash, nothing fancy just add some water to his senior feed. If he has teeth problems this may help.

I would also be getting a blood panel done, he could have something going on. A horse off their feed really needs to be looked at by a vet. Combine that with depression and I would be doubly concerned.
     
    04-21-2008, 05:20 PM
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All vitals are normal, he's not pooping normal amounts but he's not eating normal amounts either. When he does poop, it's solid and healthy. I think I might add some warm water to his feed tonight, see if that does make a difference. The vet was out on Monday when he was down and all was functioning normally. I just made an appointment to get teeth floated next Monday, hopefully things will look up between now and then, otherwise I may have to have the vet out again... I'm just worried that the old boy is shutting down... 29 really isnt that old for a walker though... of course I'm a QH person so he's the only walker I have, but I've known walkers to live into there late 30's.....
     
    04-21-2008, 06:00 PM
  #9
Yearling
Hope he turns around. We have a 30+ pony and some day's she really shows every one of her years. That's about the time we start thinking her time is getting short and then BAM, a few days later she's talking to us like always.

You could maybe grate up a carrot or two and add to his mash to entice him to eat.
     

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