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post #1 of 5 Old 07-06-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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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!.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-06-2011, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Also, he doesn't have a fever! forgot to add.

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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.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-06-2011, 10:33 PM
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Is there any possibility that he has laminitis or founder?
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 12:25 AM
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I agree with Cherie. It sounds like impaction, which is blockage in the U 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.

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