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    02-04-2012, 02:07 AM
I have put him on supplements (Quitt, and something else that I can't remember the brand name of, just a general supplement) before to try to fix the wood chewing (he has done this for a long time). It slows him down... maybe but its probably just hopeful thinking. I am fairly sure that's a boredom thing because he only does it when he is in the paddock or stalled.

What should I add as a supplement? Do you have any recommendations?
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    02-04-2012, 02:08 AM
Unfortunately that's a part of horse ownership, to be ready and able to provide vet care when they need it (and they always do). There has been more than once that I went without food just so my horse could get the care he needed.

For a horse to suddenly start dropping weight like that, there is something much more going on than just needing different food.

He needs to be seen by a vet.
    02-04-2012, 02:15 AM
Originally Posted by Rowzy    
or figure something out with my parents.
That's what you need to do, your horse is looking in pretty poor shape and needs to be seen by a vet.

It might be worth considering a free lease so that the person responsible for the horses can provide vet care when it is needed, if you are unable to at the moment.
    02-04-2012, 02:16 AM
Well I was going to worm him and increase his food to see if that helps. Obviously there is probably another underlying problem but the vet is only open for regular hours Monday through Friday and I can't pay an emergency vet fee unless it is actually an emergency. So I am going to try to put some weight on him until I can get the vet out, and keep an eye (or actually have my friend keep an eye on him, but she's more experienced then I am) on anything getting worse for the next week or so. If not I can figure something out with my parents maybe. They might be able to get the Care Credit card and I can pay them or something.
    02-04-2012, 02:16 AM
Could it be ulcers?
    02-04-2012, 02:24 AM
I have been trying to care lease him but nobody wants to care lease a trail horse in winter...

I'm not going to let my horse go without care, but I just wanted advice on what to do until I can get him to a vet. It might take my parents a week or so to figure out how to get the vet money, and that would be after I convince them that he needs to go to the vet. They aren't horse people, and my moms response when I told her that he dropped weight was maybe that it was the snow/ice storm we had, and that I should give him extra until he puts weight on. If I can't convince them it will have to come out of my loan money, and I will have to figure out the -max- I can spend and have enough to pay rent and other essentials. Unfortunately my vet isn't the best at giving accurate estimates, which makes sense because things tend to add up, especially if they are unexpected.
    02-04-2012, 02:28 AM
I understand that it's not easy and I sure as heck don't have much or any (depending on the day) of an emergency fund. However I would call this an emergency. Your horse appears to be starving when he was previously doing well, and nothing in his diet has changed.

He will not put on weight before Monday, so you are basically watching to see if he gets worse. In my opinion, this is not the correct way to deal with the situation.

It looks like a boarding barn from the photos, did the barn owner/manager not give you any indication that your horse is wasting away?
    02-04-2012, 02:45 AM
It isn't a boarding barn, it is my parents place. He has been blanketed, so it wasn't noticeable.

My reasoning is that I don't think there is a difference if the vet sees him tomorrow or on Monday unless something changes. However, if there's a 200+ dollar difference in price (emergency and farm call fee, I normally haul in) that's 200 dollars I could have spent on treatment, when money is limited everything counts. Do you see my reasoning?

I will keep a close eye on eating, pooping, drinking, temperature and behavior and make a call based on that. If anything gets even a tiny bit worse I will call the vet this weekend. But as of right now he is in the barn, happily eating away with normal pooping and drinking. I spent some time with him and he seemed to perk up to his normal self as well.
    02-04-2012, 04:54 PM
Erh, I'd have had the vet out yesterday and found some way to pay the bill.

Where there's a will, there is a way.

I'm not rolling in money, but if I ever have a big vet bill in for any animal, I use my rainy day money, save or part payments.

IMO if you can't afford the care, you shouldn't have the animals.

Honestly, that horse needs a thorough check from a vet before anyone can say anything.
Check for worms, ulcers, stress, or anything else. That sort of weight loss isn't natural.

Good Luck
    02-05-2012, 08:26 PM
There are horses that come into my local rescue that look better than this horse. He needs vet attention now, but had someone been keeping an eye on him, he should have had it a long time ago. Blanketed horses need to have their blankets removed MINIMUM once a week to check their conditions, especially in the coldest part of the winter. This horse looks sick. It does not take a long time to qualify for Care Credit, instant financing. Get it done ASAP and get the vet out.

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