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post #1 of 13 Old 02-13-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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hey, I think my horse is sick but not sure what's wrong. he's normally pretty happy and alert, he's a paddock horse so spends the day grazing. loves carrots. for the last 2 days he's been really lethargic, he's not interested in carrots or chaff or museli. there was some white discharge coming out of his nose. I think he is a little dehydrated but he isn't really drinking. it is summer here so there is no green grass in his paddock and its 40 degrees. he was in no way interested in me putting the halter on him. do you think this sounds like something obvious or the start of something serious? I have spoken to the vet who got me to check a few things but had no obvious ideas.

thanks for any ideas
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-13-2013, 11:47 PM
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I suggest getting the vet out to examine the animal themselves, if nothing they suggested over the phone helped.
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-13-2013, 11:54 PM
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Could be a variety of things. Vet time.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-14-2013, 04:18 PM
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I'm guessing the vet probably asked what his temp /respiration etc were? Has anything in his environment changed? Workload? Feed? Weather? Missing barn buddies? All things to take into account. A drasic temperment change is nothing to take lightly. If in doubt, have the vet out! (hey that kind of rhymes!) You would rather have it be a false alarm than have it progress into something serious that could have been avoided/caught early on.

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post #5 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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getting the vet out isn't an issue since its my sister haha. He did eat dog kibbles a week ago though, we think he may be constipated, he seems a bit perkier today but still wont touch his chaff or carrots, i've gotten some hay from a neighbour and he has been eating that, he's been drinking a bit aswell but i wont be happy until he will eat a carrot again!
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 01:09 AM
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It may be strangles. You better get it checked out asap!

After all, better to catch it sooner than later! And better to be safe than sorry!
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for you suggestion but I do highly doubt It Is strangles. This horse has been fascinated and he is 22 and lives in a paddock with no other horses and has not been in contact with other horses for over 3 years.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 03:27 AM
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Strangles can be airborne, OP. And the vaccination doesn't actually work IME. When the outbreak happened a couple of years ago, a friend's horse got very sick. They nearly lost her. She was vaccinated but we think [unconfirmed] that it was strangles. She got an abscess in her lungs in the end and nearly died. It took her two summers to recover well enough that they didn't feel like they were going to lose her.

Vet time. NOW. In this heat, if he's not drinking A LOT he can get incredibly sick incredibly quickly [at the least, IMO, this horse needs fluids]. Talking to the vet over the phone is, quite simply, NOT ENOUGH. And before you get started on money, stiff bikkies, you have horses, you should expect vet expenses. ESPECIALLY with older horses. I am 3k in debt from vet bills over the past 6 or 7 months but if one of my horses needed to see the vet I wouldn't hesitate.


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post #9 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 11:25 AM
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ANYTIME my horses turn their noses up at a treat it's vet time.

You say you think he is constipated? No fresh poops out there?
Vet time. Impaction isn't anything to play with and especially if he isn't drinking water.

If the vet says it's okay for him to have hay I would soak it.

Hope everything turns out well.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-15-2013, 11:28 AM
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If the vet didn't have you do this go out and place your ear on both sides of the horse and see if you hear gut sounds. If you do are they hard to hear, very loud, what?

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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