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post #11 of 45 Old 02-03-2012, 08:20 PM
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Take his temperature. ASAP.

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post #12 of 45 Old 02-03-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm not seeing what your seeing with the tail? I thought you were talking about all the dirt/poop under it at the top. Unless you mean how he's holding his tail up? He pooped right before I took the picture so he still had his tail up a bit.

I don't really have a way to feed the hay separately, he HATES being locked in so that would cause more stress. And if I separated the paddock that would be worse because they are so herdbound. And what I mean by him chasing the other horses off is he decides he wants a different hay bag for whatever reason, so he leaves his stall and walks into the other and pins his ears back. No real chasing or running.
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Ok, I will go find the horse thermometer and post back when I'm done.
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Temp read 98.1 the first time and 98.2 the second time. He has an appetite (he wasn't happy that I took him away from his food to take his temperature) and seems to be acting normally. But he looks not as perky as usual (does that make sense?).
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Temp read 98.1 the first time and 98.2 the second time. He has an appetite (he wasn't happy that I took him away from his food to take his temperature) and seems to be acting normally. But he looks not as perky as usual (does that make sense?).
Well, he doesn't have a fever. What was the last dewormer that he had? Do you rotate dewormers to make sure you cover a wider variety of worms?

He looks awful skinny to be a dominate horse during feeding time. Granted, not being worked is going to make him loose muscle mass, but not to that extent. Obviously it's best if you get a vet out right away, but we all know how money problems can be. Try giving him more hay, grain him, maybe a senior feed that has beet pulp/rice bran in it? A good diet will get him to gain weight but if he has under lying health issues, no amount of food is going to help.

Keep an eye on him and have the vet out when you can.

I had a mare that had a bacterial infection and dropped weight like that. She was lathergic, still had an appetite but no amount of food helped her. After 10 days of antibiotics from the vet, she was a new horse, and within 5 weeks, she was at a healthy weight again. It was in February she caught it. Vet was super confused by how but with a horse, anythings possible...

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I don't remember off the top of my head what wormer he had last. I wrote it down somewhere but it must have got lost/thrown away when I moved. Pretty sure it was just Ivermectin.

I am 100% sure he is the dominate horse.
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Well...Hmmm...LoL. I've exhausted my brain thinking about possible reasons...

Thank goodness I have a vet that I can make payments to if needed. I'd just call and get out and let her deal with it and worry about the bill later. LoL. That's what the degree is for. Of course she's been our vet for over a decade so we've built up a good system.

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post #18 of 45 Old 02-03-2012, 09:43 PM
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Rowzy what's his history like?

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I have had him for around 3 years now I think. He has been healthy. The only non-routine vet visit was because of a minor injury to his suspensory ligament last winter. No colic or anything that would be related to weight loss. Normally his weight fluctuates, but not this fast and not to this extreme and it is usually related to changes in hay (when I get the new hay in), season changes, or when I fence off the "pasture" in the fall. He doesn't crib but he is a wood chewer. Maybe its related to that?

I was thinking of getting some senior grain tomorrow. Any brand recommendations? I think my feed store has triple crown, Purina, and LMF. Or any other feed (with it or something that would be better)? How much should I feed?

Unfortunately I know my vet doesn't take payments. They recommend the "Care Credit" card but I don't have any credit so that's out of the question. I would have to come up with the full amount or figure something out with my parents.
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He could be deficient in something which may explain the wood chewing. It's worth looking into.

I think he has something missing in his diet. Maybe he isn't absorbing all of the nutrients in his feed and hay. I put my boy on probiotics and he's finally keeping weight on. It's worth doing though

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