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        07-23-2009, 04:55 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Whats wrong with her?

    I just recently got my first horse/pony, a yearling paint filly named Legacy. I went out to check on her around 1am and she was perfectly fine, came to the gate as soon as she heard me. But about 5 minutes ago I went out again, and she didn't come when I called so I went into her run-in shelter she was laying down, and didn't get up when I went to her, however I nudged her probably 2 or 3 times, and she got up no problem. But she was stretching her her neck out and opening her mouth (not sure how to describe it. Kinda like she was trying to clear her throat?). I also then thought I felt a lump under her jaw. But when I left the shelter she followed me the whole way to the gate like she always does, and stayed watching till I went in the house.
    It's been raining off and on all of yesterday, and for the last couple mornings its been chilly enough I wore a light jacket.

    I know I'm bound to start noticing things I never would have before, and I'll probably worry over things I needn't but this really has me worried. I'm going back to check on her in a few minutes.

    Please help!!
         
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        07-23-2009, 06:40 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    Stress from being moved can bring out strangles, shipping fever etc. I would take her temp and vital signs. Strangles will start with a horse being lethargic, not eating well etc. They usually feel much better once the lump bursts. They also usually run a fever

    Sending good thoughts
         
        07-23-2009, 06:43 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I've got no help but I hope you find the answer
         
        07-23-2009, 07:28 AM
      #4
    Foal
    I did just get her on Saturday, so that's probably it thanks, I'll do that as soon as possible, and keep a close eye on her. I've gone out twice since my first post and she met me at gate like usual both times.
         
        07-23-2009, 09:03 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Don't want to sound harsh, but if you REALLY worry about something with your horse call the vet! Forum is not the best place to get advices about horse's health if something is serious or it's an emergency (I'm not talking about gaining weight, dealing with scratches, hoof cracks issues and other "long-term" things, which are not fatal and can wait for some time).

    As for your horse, she's still very young and most probably was just sleeping and didn't hear you. One of my yearlings was like that too - she fall in sleep and didn't hear anything until you actually got to the shelter and wake her up.
         
        07-23-2009, 04:23 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Have you taken her vitals yet?
         
        07-23-2009, 04:36 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Strangles or choking maybe? We had a nice case of the strangles last year at our barn. It kind of sounds like that. It's not fun and it can get gross.
         
        07-23-2009, 10:28 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Don't want to sound harsh, but if you REALLY worry about something with your horse call the vet! Forum is not the best place to get advices about horse's health if something is serious or it's an emergency (I'm not talking about gaining weight, dealing with scratches, hoof cracks issues and other "long-term" things, which are not fatal and can wait for some time).

    As for your horse, she's still very young and most probably was just sleeping and didn't hear you. One of my yearlings was like that too - she fall in sleep and didn't hear anything until you actually got to the shelter and wake her up.

    I did call a friend who is a vet, took her vitals and everything was normal. I feel like an idiot because I apparently did just wake her up.

    For years I've owned large snakes and reptiles, and know that its usually a waste of time to go to a vet for them(even a vet who supposedly specializes in reptiles), because they seldom help the animal, and many die because of the wrong treatment , so the solution is to talk on reptile forums, to reptile owners who've gone through it, and can help.

    So if somethings wrong the first thing I think of is the forum, forgetting that equine vets DO know what they're doing, and wont hurt the animal worse.
    Sorry, just wanted to explain myself a bit.


    Thanks everyone for the help!
         
        07-24-2009, 08:18 AM
      #9
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Barbaro4evr    
    For years I've owned large snakes and reptiles, and know that its usually a waste of time to go to a vet for them(even a vet who supposedly specializes in reptiles), because they seldom help the animal, and many die because of the wrong treatment , so the solution is to talk on reptile forums, to reptile owners who've gone through it, and can help.
    Ha-ha-ha! I guess reptile vets are more rare (at least good ones!). I see your point. I had similar issue with the cat (unfortunately even good vet I had was wrong), now I go to the handicat forum when I need an advise.

    Unfortunately some people when it's a real emergency (obviously not your case) still come and brag on forum for 2-3 days (instead of calling a vet) until it's too late to do anything. So it was more of the comment (or advise), not a critique in any way.
         
        07-24-2009, 09:03 AM
      #10
    Showing
    Yeah, some horses sleep like the dead. I went out and actually sat on one of mine for a minute before he finally woke up. LOL. Congrats on the new filly and welcome to the forum. You picked a good one. There are tons of really nice, helpful people here.
         

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