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post #1 of 6 Old 02-02-2013, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Sudden loss of appetite in 2 mares

I have 2 quarter horse mares one 16 the other is 22. I rescued them 2 years ago and other than discovering the older mare has heaves they have been healthy happy girls that flourished in my care. The younger mare will do just about anything for food, but this morning when I went out to feed and turn out I discovered neither mare finished last nights grain. Their hay is finished and each have clean water available. Neither is showing signs of pain of any kind, temps are regular, regular breathing, no abdomen distension, and I observed them both drink water this morning. They're acting a little off, but nothing severe or obvious to anyone but me. There has been no change in diet, exercise, or stress levels. I'm worried, but I'm also broke. Should I just keep an eye on them or go ahead and call the vet?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-02-2013, 02:25 PM
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That recently happened to mine too. I had just restocked the 3 kinds of feed I use - a pelleted feed, a ration balancer & a fat supplement. Through process of elimination it was the RB, I returned it. Though it looked & smelled fine there was something they didn't like.

I hope your cause is an easy find also.
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What is your weather like? Two days ago it was 50+ here. Today we have five inches of snow. It can effect them.

Are they still drinking normally? When was the bucket cleaned last?
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I'm in Oregon so we're pretty mild here. It had been raining but it's dry today and yesterday. I'm a few days into the bag of grain I feed and it seems fine to me, no funny smell or appearance. Water buckets are cleaned every couple of days as needed and I washed them out Thursday night. Other than stray hay floating on top it looks nice and clean. I did clean out their big trough of water and buckets today and refilled with fresh because of their behavior. They both responded to my urges to trot out in the field and showed no signs of unwillingness or pain. I've pushed and prodded all over and not finding any signs of pain or resisting to being poked. I would think colic but they are showing NO signs of pain. I'm worried a neighbor might have given them something bad, but they're usually pretty standoffish to strangers. I'm trying to keep a close eye on them for any worsening symptoms and keeping my fingers crossed that it will pass soon.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-02-2013, 05:22 PM
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I would just keep an eye of them for the next few days. If they stop drinking or become lathargic, though, it's time for the vet asap.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-03-2013, 12:02 AM
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Keep a close eye out for signs of colic. Not eating was the first sign for my mare. If two horses come down with colic, there must be a specific cause - eaten sand, eaten something funny, etc.

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