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post #1 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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What is she doing?

Hi all!
Okay so, everytime I feed my mare she acts strange.
I have fed her several different kinds of hay but it hasnt changed. She only acts like this when fed hay. She is out on pasture 24/7 and the grass is (surprisingly) still green enough to support the horses. She also just had her teeth done and she's 3yr.

She will take a few bites of hay, stop, shake her head, walk around, lower her head until its touching the ground and stay like that, sometimes she'll try to lay down or kinda kick. She also keeps looking at her stomach. Then she'll start eating again.

I don't think it colic since its only when she eats hay, she'll then go out and graze without any issues.

My dad suspects that she's not use to eating the hay. Im worried its something else.

When riding, she also acts up to being cinched (tries to lay down, paws, tries to move around) she also pins her ears to leg pressure (you dare to kick, your eating dirt in 2 seconds flat)

Any ideas?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 07:55 PM
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Sounds like ulcers to me the looking at stomach and kicking and pawing her stomach is bothering her.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 07:57 PM
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I have to agree with above it sounds like ulcers, all the signs are leading to her stomach. I worked at a race track and there was a horse I remember with ulcers and he would shake his head like you have explained, not eat his hay, act like he was going to lay and pin his ears to anything that crossed his path. We found out later that is was indeed ulcers, and the poor thing was just in pain

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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So, I take it its time for a vet visit? Perfect, just perfect

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-26-2012, 05:11 AM
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I'd have a vet out and an equine dentist


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post #6 of 7 Old 11-26-2012, 09:26 AM
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Sadly, yes it's time for a vet visit. Ulcers are treatable though.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-26-2012, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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So I went in to the animal hopsital to talk with one of my vets before english class (which Im currently in :) ). I told them everything that's been happening and they said it does sound like uclers. But, they didnt need to see her. They just gave me a bottle of Ranitidine, and said to let them know if it works. If it does then I need to put her on a supplement afterwards.

If it is uclers, Im really looking forward to seeing any changes in her attitude
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