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post #1 of 27 Old 03-14-2010, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Whats happening? HELP!

Help! My pony Bart(19yo) is acting weird. This morning when I went up to feed him he wasnt interested in his food, he would take a small bite, chew a little, then spit it out! Whats wrong?? I listened to his stomach for like 30 seconds and didnt hear anything and then I made him walk and he walked just fine(he is prone to lameness) he wasnt trying to lay down just looked like he was trying to chew with his tounge sticking out. Whats wrong? What should I do? Is it his teeth? Do I need my vet?
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-14-2010, 11:21 AM
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Yes, you really should call your vet. The lack of appetite and lack of gut sounds both point to a possible colic. If you know how, go ahead and count your horse's respirations and pulse as well as taking his temperature. Also look to see if there are fresh piles of feces in his paddock and note if they are dry or slimy or normal looking. Knowing these things when you talk to your vet will help him to determine if this is a true emergency.

Until you talk to your vet, take all food away from your horse (including hay) and just provide water. Watch him for any signs of pain and for further defication.

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Before you call the vet... Is it the same food and SAME bag? I had similar problem with my horses 3 weeks ago: opened new bag of Triple Crown (I've been feeding same feed for couple month) and they REFUSED to eat it. Jemma somewhat ate, but Kiara behaved same way as your horse. Obviously something was wrong with the feed in bag. :( I switched them to another one and they were just fine.
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Well, my horse Dozer is eating it fine, so is the donkey Radar, I opened this a day or two ago and he ate it then. I think it is a mouth problem, not colic, because my mom said she thinks he is trying to eat just is spitting it out because it is causing him pain :( We are getting numbers for equine dentists right now.

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I am with Ryle on this one. If you have no gut sounds it is a very serious situation. If you know how to take pulse and respiration rates as well as a rectal temperature you should do this and CALL THE VET. A phone call is free. Let the person with medical training and experience make the decision on whether your horse's life is in danger or not, that is what they are there for!!! Good luck with him.
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I know its not colic, he is pooping, my dad says he hears gut sounds now, and if he was he would be laying down and acting lame(those are all the symptoms he had last time he colicked so I am positive it isnt colic.

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It's better to be safe than sorry, don't you think? I would just call the vet, explain what is going on, and go from there. Not all horses try to lay down when they colic. And not all horses cease pooping when colicking. I would just call to make sure.
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Well, my horse Dozer is eating it fine, so is the donkey Radar, I opened this a day or two ago and he ate it then.
I'd get the vet then (at least call and describe what's going on and get the opinion). There is a possibility he could of bite on a bug and burn the mouth or throat. Or anything else. In any case, it's better to be safe then sorry.
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Look, if I had the money the vet would have been out here at 7 in the morning when I first noticed. But, I am only 14 and just spent my money on buying some pets I have no money and have no way to get the vet out unless my parents feel its necessary. I called him he said that Bart doesn't have colic probably just a sore mouth because one of my sister's friend rode him yesterday and was hard on his mouth >( If he is still sore tomorrow, we will call both the vet and the dentist.

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No need for sass, if you don't have money why are you buying more pets? Horses that are colicing can be pooping and have gut sounds (they may just be reduced). You should learn to take vitals (heart rate, respiration, temperature, digital pulses, etc.) from your vet, these can be important to tell them when you're concerned about your horse for *any* reason. And just to remind you your post says HELP PLEASE!! We tried to help by giving you the best advice and you just sassed back. No one wants to help someone who is going to throw attitude.
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