I have a 9 year old show horse, 7/8 TB 3/8 Irish draught, light type 15.2 hands, he was diagnosed with metabolic disorder some 4 years ago, and some other issues, he was recovering well on new management, and then hurt his foot and had to be box rested, he formed an obsession with water, and was peeing excessively, not eating grain or hay, and on restricted grass, extreme weight loss and was diagnosed with aneroxia and also we were advised that his problem with over drinking was in his head, not physical. We rationed his water, however this made the problem worse as he became obsessed even more with water, he would drink rather than eat.
Intially we were told he could only be on grass out of the sun, due to the
sugars, but last year we took the decision, as he not longer had laminitas etc. that we would put him out to grass for the summer with some
young stock and he was also give steroids and vB
to encourage his
appetite, this seemed to work, but it would appear now that this was
more a steroidal affect, as as soon as these were stopped he went backwards which is often the case.
We took him home, and began feeding him again and he began to improve
although he lost weight during the winter months. As he began to gain weight again in the summer, we have been working him lightly on the lunge, over poles etc. and his muscle has begun to improve, as he was
completely wasted with no muscle tone whatever. He is enjoyed his
work, and has been ridden on occasion just light work, by a very light weight rider.
He is out in the day, and he grazes all day long, he was
eating his hard feed and some haylage up to two days ago, but now he
has gone back to not eating when in his stable, but there is not enough good in the grass at this time of year to sustain a healthy weight.
He has been fully checked over by vets and has stays in two different Vet Hospitals in the period and they can find nothing physically wrong with him
has anyone any suggestions, or come across some like this before.
I live in County Wicklow in Ireland.
24th October 2011