what causes a horse not to eat hay???
So my BO called me last night (monday night) saying that April didnt even touch her hay from Sunday night feeding and then they switched out to the same crop but different bale and still nothing. The BO went and checked on her several times throughout the day and she was laying down a lot (usally only does during the night), but was drinking water, ate her grain, passing manure, and urinating (doing this more then normal)... her gums where healthy pink, and her temp was normal. April was also acting down...not her normal excited self.
Well basically the BO said that she didnt feel that it was colic and if it was her horse she wouldnt call a vet at that time... so I told her to keep me updated and went to bed (well tried but didnt sleep well). So this morning I got an email from the BO saying April was acting more like herself (always talks when she sees grain) had eaten most of her hay... acting like nothing was wrong...
What causes this? I did give her the 5-way shot on Sat. Evening and told the BO but she was fine on Sunday... April in the past has left hay but that was because it wasnt the greatest stuff and the last couple months hasnt left any sign of ever eating the new stuff. I did ride her sat afternoon (not hard but a little stroll in the arena)
I guess im just kinnda lost on why she was "off" for a day. It probably was nothing but you sure can get worried in a hurry.
Thanks everyone for listening to my ramble
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