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post #11 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 07:29 PM
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^^ Yes, good point Cruiser. I have assumed that wasn't the case, that the horse isn't actually going hungry, just preferring the junk food. But if the horse is off it's food generally for any period of time, I'd treat it seriously.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 07:32 PM
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Thanks loosie the only reason I mention it is because my mare was eating all the grain you could put in front of her, just not her hay. No one thought that could be a symptom, and it was.
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! :)
The apple cider vinegar sounds like a brilliant plan!
And he's still chunky thanks for your concern tho :) I will keep an eye on him though!
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 08:24 PM
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Meant to ask Cruiser, what was wrong with your horse? Was it related to high starch/low fibre at all?
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You didn't say how many pounds of grain you were feeding. My horses get only timothy hay during the winter and do quite well on it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-19-2011, 08:41 PM
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Loosie my horse was put to sleep because salmonella poisoning, the vet just wanted to treat her for colic (she was mildly gasy from it), and nothing else. I searched for another vet they ran tests for weeks (it wasn't showing up in the testing), until salmonella appeared in a fecal. At that put it killed her liver and working its way into her kidneys. The only symptom in the first two weeks was not eating hay, of course she dropped 400 pounds give or take in the 6 weeks, and other things. She was eating her grain though.
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-23-2011, 12:59 AM
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This is a serious problem, get the vet out.

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post #18 of 19 Old 11-27-2011, 03:04 AM
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My horse would not eat bad quality hay when I got a bale from my usual feed store... Usually he has extremely good quality hay that smells wonderful when you are handling it, but this time it was pretty yellow and not that great... She would just leave it in the stall and step all over it.

Another time she would not eat hay is when she had a cold/respiratory infection. She wouldn't eat the hay and a day later had boogers all over her snout. Both times she would eat the grain as usual as if she had been starved for days... Just a thought
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-27-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I had the vet come out last Monday and my vet thought I did not need to be feeding sweet feed and switched to oats and he eats all his hay every feeding :)
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