Very Sick Horses! Please Tell Your Opinion!
My cousin, Chris (owner of Booger, Skeeter, Chigger, Festus, and Smoky)...he's in some trouble...with his horses. I'm trying to get some other 'opinions' on what he could do (other than get a vet out...the horses desperately need it)...
Anyway... the two horses that really need a vet out are Booger and Smoky...
Booger: She is the better of the two... but she is VERY skinny, but VERY bloated (it's not worms either, he has been deworming her every two months).... She is eating and drinking well, but you can see her ribs. She is in a pasture with a young stallion, a young mare, and a young mule. She is only about 18 years old, but looks about like a 22 year old horse that isn't taken care of. Chris doesn't want to have to put her down, because he and her have been together for all her life. He cherishes that horse. Money is not a problem when it comes to her (or Smoky). He currently has her on joint supplements, (I don't know what kind of feed), unlimited hay and umlimited water. She also has the runs, badly.
Smoky: He is a whole nother story! I've seen bad looking horses, but he has to be the worst! He is only about 13, but he looks like a 40-sometihng year old [pasture nag] horse...bag of bones! He does crib...badly... You can see his ribs THROUGH his winter coat, feel virtually every bone in his body, his sides are sunk in badly, and his neck is 'sunk in' too! Chris has told me that they are pretty much having to make him eat and drink. He's gone off his hay (which in unlimited in the amount he eats), gone off feed, and gone off water. I think he is dehydrated. He has also been on a 'every two month deworming' schedule. Both his back legs are swollen, but he isn't lame. He also seems to have a bad cold, but isn't coughing. (I'm beginning to think that he has some sort of internal infection). Also, I can run my hand down his side and his hair just falls out by the roots, which is leading me to believe that he has some sort of cancer or something. His nicker sounds scratchy... I'm not sure what to tell my cousin other than get the vet I use out...and get some bloodwork done! This horse has been taken to the vet (not the one I use though) and the vet just gave them some antibiotics, which they have used up.
Does anyone have any clue as to what could be wrong with these two horses! Money isn't a problem to my cousin, he'll find a way to get it, just as long as he can get these two horses healthy again. He really doesn't want to shoot either of the horses, so please voice...(err, write) your opinions!!!
What could he buy that might help! Vet experts/techs, please tell me what you think!
Please don't just respond and say 'get a vet out' I told him more than once today when I went and looked at his horses that they need a vet, and he's agreed to call the one I use in a few days (either that, or I'll call him myself and talk to him over the phone