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    06-09-2010, 05:45 PM
a sick horse question

There is a horse at our barn who is sort of sick(not sure whats wrong..thats why I say sort of). He is thin and has a hard time keeping weight. So the BO asked if she could put this horse in my horse's stall because it has a dutch door that looks outside. So we said sure..no problem.

But I am now wondering....after this horse gets better,should we scub down the stall and put down fresh shavings? This horse is using his own water and feed buckets. If so,what should we use to clean the stall?

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    06-09-2010, 06:00 PM
Its a good idea to scrub down in between horses anyway.
    06-09-2010, 07:00 PM
I agree that you should clean the stall everytime a different horse uses it, but you need to figure out what is wrong with the horse and not that they just put weight on so they are better. How old is the horse does it have any other signs of illness? When is the last time this horse had it's teeth done? In many cases losing weight is a sign of poor teeth condition. (not always) but a great start to figuring out what's wrong with him. You can't just cover up an illness or hope it goes away and if it gets worse should seek a vets opinion. GOOD LUCK!
    06-09-2010, 07:13 PM
Has he recently lost weight or has he always been thin?

My last mare was always underweight, no matter what we tried. The vet tested her for everything and found nothing. I think she was just a lot older than we were told. She had worn her teeth down so bad from cribbing that it was hard to age her that way. When I went away for college, though, I sent her to a friend of a friend's farm to retire, where she passed away only a couple months later. Never found out why...the farm owner didn't consult a vet or anything. So maybe there was something wrong with her that the vet just couldn't figure out, or maybe it was from old age.

Sorry that doesn't have anything to do with your question. Just thought I'd share my "thin horse" story =P Definitely scrub down the stall, though!

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