What could be wrong with him?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

What could be wrong with him?

This is a discussion on What could be wrong with him? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse sweating what could be wrong

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-06-2011, 03:27 PM
What could be wrong with him?

He's not my pony, so I have no decisions as to what happens to him, but I was just really curious as to if you guys have any idea. My BO/riding instructors pony has been sick lately. We used him in pony camp, and one day we noticed that he was sweating badly and puffing-it was only 80 degrees, nothing that he hasn't been through before. Plus he had only been walking, standing, and trotting a little bit. We immediately got the rider off of him, took off the saddle, and hosed him down. He has had all dewormers and vaccinations. We've also noticed that anytime he has a rider on him back (none of which have been too big for him) and they are just standing (not walking) he parks out, and then he will step forward, stand there for a moment, and park out again. Since that day we haven't put a rider/saddle on him at all. We put a fan in his stall, although I haven't seen him standing in front of it much. Unless he is eating or there is a lot of noise around, he lays down. He has been passing urine and stool perfectly fine-we did check to see if there was any dirt blocking his urine flow (there wasn't.) My BO has had me walking him around everyday to get his exercise so his legs are stretched. She says 'walk him 10 times around the dressage arena everyday, unless he says he absolutely cannot do it. If he is feeling good that day, see if he'll trot with you' Its been about 2 weeks. Throughout those 14 days, I think I've had 4 days where he told me he couldn't walk. I've had 2 days where I thought he felt good enough to trot, but when I asked he said he didn't want to. Anybody have any guesses as to what is wrong? I'm really sorry about the novel! I had a lot to say but I'm bad at shortening things up!.
Sponsored Links
    07-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Also, he doesn't have a fever! Forgot to add.
    07-06-2011, 10:06 PM
Super Moderator
Treat him for sand. I have seen many horses, gelding in particular, that would stretch out and only urinate a little. Pretty soon they did it again.

The first time I saw this was with a pony horse at the race track. After about a month of acting exactly like yours, lethargic, sweating, just not feeling well, he severely coliced and died.

A post Mortem exam showed a complete sand blockage and over 20 pounds of sand in his gut.

In the 40 years or so that has transpired since, I have run into or been called numerous times by horse owners to ask why their horse was acting like this. I told them to flush the sand out and absolutely every single one passed a lot of sand. A couple showed colic signs, but must were just uncomfortable, listless, stretched out and were droopy. I have bought a couple of horses that looked like that. They ALL passed sand and a lot of it.

Once the blockage is complete, it become a lethal colic or a surgical colic, often times with poor outcomes.
    07-06-2011, 10:33 PM
Is there any possibility that he has laminitis or founder?
    07-07-2011, 12:25 AM
I agree with Cherie. It sounds like impaction, which is blockage in the you turn part of the intestines. This can quickly turn to a severe colic attack so watch out. Impaction can be of sand, worms, or "rocks" that come from a build up of nutrients in alfalfa. It doesnt sound like worms since he has been on dewormers but what is he fed? And is it possible that he could have picked up some sand or dirt in his feed/water?
Laminitis is unlikely unless he is leaning back on his rear legs and his hooves are hot to the touch. It might be worth checking though, if the vet comes out, laminitis destroys the coronary band and causes the hoof wall to curl in and causes MAJOR pain.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
who's in the wrong? lilkitty90 Horse Law 19 02-18-2011 08:44 AM
What did I do wrong? islandponi Horse Grooming 19 01-25-2011 08:11 AM
Am i doing wrong or right furandfeather Horse Training 6 01-09-2011 01:29 PM
Its never wrong to look right? Tasia Horse Talk 11 01-08-2011 05:48 AM
Something wrong? zurmdahl Horse Health 7 03-22-2009 09:15 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0