Older horse, lays down after eating a few bites
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Older horse, lays down after eating a few bites

This is a discussion on Older horse, lays down after eating a few bites within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse lays down after eating a few bites
  • Horse lays down doesn't eat then is fine

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-27-2012, 03:39 PM
  #1
Foal
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!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    02-27-2012, 03:47 PM
  #2
Foal
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
     
    02-27-2012, 05:13 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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.
     
    02-27-2012, 05:14 PM
  #4
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by leapoffaithfarm    
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    02-27-2012, 05:19 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg izzysleep1.jpg (72.3 KB, 85 views)
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
never mind horse flies eating my horse they are eating ME! netty83 Horse Talk 11 07-21-2011 11:57 PM
When Do I Worry When My Horse Lays Down? Rosebud64 Horse Health 9 04-25-2010 11:47 PM
Horse bites! Ray MacDonald Horse Training 17 03-04-2010 09:12 PM
horse that bites nldiaz66 Horse Training 23 08-27-2008 06:21 PM
horse that lays down while riding hunt_rider Horse Training 9 07-05-2008 09:36 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0