The Suddenly Anemic Horse Mystery...Aggh! HELP!
Okay, so last Thursday, the 10th, I gave Buck, my 4H project, a bath so I could get pictures for 4H papers. He was acting perfectly normal, like Buck (jittery, spunky, energetic, spinning-in-circles and stepping on my toes, etc.), then I took the pics and rode him a bit (I forgot my girth that day so I had to ride bareback). Then I took him back down to his pasture and put him away.
On Monday morning, I was finishing up my schoolwork when Buck's owner called, saying he was down and not wanting to eat. I finished my work and headed over to see what was up. He was in a stall, moving around, interested in the strands of hay on the floor, but a bit slow and, surprizingly, lazy.
I groomed him a bit until the vet got there, then the vet took some blood samples and gave him some banamine after cheking his heartrate (12 bpm) and his temperature (96* F). His gums were pale, also.
Tuesday, the vet came back. The blood tests showed he was anemic. His owner got a 2 mo. supplement, and the vet said he'd gome back about when the stuff was gone.
I said hi to him after the vet left, and since he'd been turned out in the compound by the stalls, he was loose in the compound. I called to him and he came trottin' right up to me, acting just about normal (he's usually a little more calm right there by the barn).
My question is - how could he just, all of a sudden, be anemic? He wasn't on Thursday. Could he have eaten something? If it was in the hay or grain, the other horses (being older) certainly would have showed the same signs. I thought that, since he hasn't been wormed in almost 6 mo., could parasites be attached to the insides of his intestines, sucking blood? The vet didn't think so, though.
Sorry I've made a book out of this weekend, but I'm really anxious here. I don't need to be riding him much until next spring, maybe just patterning him around barrels, since I hope to use him for all-around stuff.
Please, anyone with ideas or suggestions, even questions, please share!
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