Originally Posted by roro
You should do a dehydration test on him. You pinch a flap of skin on their neck and see how quickly it retracts back. If it hesitates, then he is dehydrated, if it springs back he isn't. Sunken flanks could indicate poor intestinal/digestion health, so check his diet as well, although I would really need pictures of him to determine this. In the mean time, you can feed him electrolytes to make up for the water he isn't drinking, and if you give him supplements/grain you can put extra water in so his water intake increases. Make sure your water source is clean and fresh as well.
yup I know how to do a dehydration test. This was one of the first things he does and it springs back fine :)
All he gets in his diet is: free choice grass, a biscuit of hay a day and his hard feed consists of lucerne chaffe, stud pellets and a small amount of steam flaked barley. He gets a complete supplements with electrolytes included.
His poops are normal as can be which wouldnt indicate digestion probs would it ?? Not sure but I wouldnt think so
As I said, his water in cleaned out every day and refilled with fresh water.
Honeysuga - as I mentioned in my initial post I have tried adding molasses to his water but it doesnt help. I also mentioned how I keep his water in the shade to stop it heating up ;)
He has good muscle so I wouldnt imagine that to be an issue either