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post #1 of 5 Old 02-27-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Older horse, lays down after eating a few bites

A friend has an 18 year old mare who recently has started to eat a few bites of food, then she will lay down, some times just "sitting up" other times layed out all the way. She will lay there for 10 minutes at most. Then get up and finish eating.
Doesn't do it all the time, every 3 or 4 days maybe. And doesn't seem to be in destress or hurting, no looking or biting at her tummy.
At any other time she is munching grass and moseying around with her 11 month old filly. We did consider the remote possiblity she is preggers, but don't think that she is...

Any suggestions would be helpful!
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-27-2012, 02:47 PM
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my 6 year old QH was doing this same exact thing...turned out that she had a pretty bad impaction and colic case going on.
Never would have thought she was not acting like she was hurting would just eat a few nibbles and then lay down for a bit and get up and finish it off.... none of the typical colic signs at all.
She did this off and on for about a week and I had the vet check her out anyway that is when we found out. Thank goodnees she is just fine now
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I would think eating a few bites and then laying down is abnormal, at least if you just put the food out.

But I have a similar circumstance with an 18 yr old mare and her 19month old colt and usually after eating for an hour or two they will both go lay down and take a nap together, then get up later and finish eating. So eating some and then napping and getting up to eat more later I would say is normal.
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my 6 year old QH was doing this same exact thing...turned out that she had a pretty bad impaction and colic case going on.
Never would have thought she was not acting like she was hurting would just eat a few nibbles and then lay down for a bit and get up and finish it off.... none of the typical colic signs at all.
She did this off and on for about a week and I had the vet check her out anyway that is when we found out. Thank goodnees she is just fine now
Hhmmm she just told me about it, but said it has been going on for over a month. And she is "going" just fine, not runny or hard. So we figured colic wasn't it.
I'll suggest she talk to her vet.
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Is she only eating literally a few bites and then laying down? Or is she just napping before she finishes her hay? Napping this time of year is pretty common, especially if it's sunny and warm.

I find my guys like this almost every day around 11 am. But they eat hardy before they nap. Is your girl interested in her food at all?
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