I'll try to keep this short- old horse, late 20's. Horrible teeth, missing most in the back. She has been on 8 quarts a day of sentinel performance LS, soaked with beet pulp also and free choice soft green grass hay. Up until Sunday, she was eating it great. All of a sudden she stopped.. wont touch it. She had some moderate swelling in her cheek area close to her mouth for a few days. Vet came last night and it turns out the swelling was from irritation from biting her cheek or sharp points from her teeth cutting in. He floated her teeth and said she should be all set.
I know the most reasonable explaination is that her teeth were hurting and she didnt want to eat.. BUT she is eating her hay! AND she is more than willing to eat her "friends" grain, whether its soaked or not. Im so confused.. its not a new bag of grain.. already half gone. I tried the beet pulp alone, the grain alone, and the grain mixed with beet like usual. Wont touch it.
Is she going senile? Anyone ever had this happen?
I am afraid to just switch her to another senior feed because she is prone to diarrhea. If I start slowly she will lose weight for sure til she is up to her large quantity that she usually gets. SUggestions? Sorry, I gues its not so short.