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    02-10-2013, 10:42 AM
Welcome to the forum from a fellow Albertan (okay, I'm a recent addition).

I hope the vet has an answer for you. If she is eating and drinking well (sounds like she is) then there must be another cause.

Did you own her last winter? What can you tell us about her history? Has she a good natural coat and plenty of wind shelter? What breed is she? Lots more information for us might prompt more suggestions, but I'm interested in what the vet says.
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    02-10-2013, 06:28 PM
You said the hay was not an issue, and as someone above pointed out if she is eating it w/o balls of hay laying around it is propobably not entirely due to teeth. Dropping weight w no clear reason is alarming. And, yes, I have seen it before in a very healthy relatively young horse, but I hesitate to say the reason so as not to put the thought in your mind. It was cancer, but that is only one of hundreds of things that can cause rapid unexplained weight loss. I would get a straight mineral supplement (in addition to a block) such as moorman's or the like.

What did the vet say?
    02-11-2013, 08:49 AM
This is all great thank you all.
She is eating her hay fine, no clumps of hay. As well her hay is put in a black feed bin which has no spillage at all so she is getting everything. She doesn't waste anything. Her manure looks normal no long pieces of hay nothing. She does look dehydrated I do give her tiped water and she drinks it just fine as well as the stuff in her water trough. The hay is heavy, it's a great quailty I had a plant geneticist check it before I bought it. I don't think she needs to be adjusted but it's worth looking into. I can ride her fine and she doesn't seem to be out at all.
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    02-11-2013, 09:50 AM
Originally Posted by TruleyInspired    
I can ride her fine and she doesn't seem to be out at all.
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If possible, I would stop riding her until you work out what's wrong and get her weight back up. If she's struggling to utilise the calories she's eating already, exercise will just mean that more go into that effort rather than getting her weight up. There also may be an underlying issue that means that riding isn't a good idea anyway, so I'd lay off the exercise until you know what's going on with her.
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    02-11-2013, 03:37 PM
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
What kind of hay and how much does it actually weight? What brand of feed and what s the weight of the scoops? You need to start by weighing everything and figuring out the amount of calories she is getting in a day to start with.

Also, You might think about hind gut acidosis. It can be a problem leading to poor doers and horses that wont seem to gain no matter what they eat.

Also, you want to be absolutely positive your horse has been dewormed for tapeworms and encysted strongyles which can be problems that most dewormers do not take care of. Quest plus is the top bar for both of those together.
If you can address these questions, we can give you more info.
    02-11-2013, 05:21 PM
Please draw blood to get an idea of what is going on. Also most wormers battle generic worms, when a specific TYPE of worm could be bothering your horse. I'd also have the stool analyzed via your vet to a lab.
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    02-11-2013, 06:24 PM
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Trinity/Cat and others have all made good suggestions that you need to address, same as looking at mineral/bitamin deficiencies but if it was my horse and based on some past experiences I would have those blood tests done ASAP to rule out kidney or liver damage and cancer and check for heart problems.
Hope things work out OK

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