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    04-20-2013, 01:02 AM
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Does he *enjoy* chewing up hay? There's a horrifically ancient pony where I board in the same situation, only we give her a timothy/senior feed mash (she has cushings) and every now and again she'll refuse to eat her feed instead of practically barreling you over for it.

If I give her a bunch of plain grass hay she'll happily chew/wad the hay for a few days and then go right back to eating her mash like she'd never been off her feed. Our Vet said the same thing about it may be the beginning of the end but so far she's bounced right on back to normal each time.
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    04-20-2013, 01:03 AM
Sending thoughts and prayers your way! He is a handsome guy!
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    04-20-2013, 01:03 AM
I know it's horrible. I've never had to be with a horse it's whole life... But I've owned rats and I had a rescue once. I love rats, I know it's weird, but I swear they are good pets. Anyway, they never die peacefully... They always get cancer or just go senile so when it time I would have to put them down using dry ice. (Very complicated I can go into details if anyone really wants to know).
Worry to hijack your thread, it just made me think of all my little babies over the years. :'(
    04-20-2013, 01:12 AM
He does like his hay... I don't give it to him too often, as hay is pretty expensive to just throw out... but now that you mention it, maybe that would encourage him ... I'll go throw him some and see what happens... I need to check on him anyway...
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    04-20-2013, 01:14 AM
What a beautiful little guy he is......he will let you know when it's his time.......keep us posted on how he's doing.....
    04-20-2013, 01:17 AM
Originally Posted by Ace80908    
He does like his hay... I don't give it to him too often, as hay is pretty expensive to just throw out... but now that you mention it, maybe that would encourage him ... I'll go throw him some and see what happens... I need to check on him anyway...
would he eat the hay if you pour some warm water over it to soften it a bit?
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    04-20-2013, 01:27 AM
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Could he be cold?

Lacey (age 28 this year) will often get a sort of "sucked up" look and go off her feed if she's cold. Once I throw a warm blanket on her, she de-sucks and goes right back to her normal self pretty quickly.
With the temperature swings you've been having, he could just be having a difficult time adjusting. Is there anyway to perhaps throw a blanket on him tonight and see if he's feeling better in the morning?
Especially with the fact that he can't really eat hay, his "belly furnace" may need some extra help.

He looks very loved! He's a lucky guy. :)
    04-20-2013, 01:43 AM
I just went out and checked on him and got new pics :) They show how he's looking tonight... he wasn't interested in the warm water, I threw the hay for him and he was interested in nosing it, but didn't eat any of it... even wet, he just doesn't have enough teeth to actually chew it properly. His food bucket was still full :(

Wallaby, tonight is actually much warmer than it has been... I didn't have anything other than a light sheet that will fit him, and vet said he still has enough hair that it is better to leave the light sheet off because it will compress his hair and actually make him colder.. but he is in a closed stall with lots of bedding. (I had asked him about this a month ago when the weather really started dropping, under 0 at night)... he made it through those really cold days without going off his feed... but these temp extremes may be causing him problems. That's why he looks like he needs a good grooming, I was afraid to pull that hair off - he needs everything he's got...

This is a bummer... I really appreciate everyone's comments and concern - I'll keep you all posted.
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    04-20-2013, 01:51 AM
He doesn't look like he's in distress. Have you checked his mouth, something lodged between the teeth maybe? Bowel movement?
Try an apple or a carrot grated. Or applesauce as was already suggested.
    04-20-2013, 01:54 AM
Could he have ulcers? Any horse on a high grain diet without hay has a tendency to get ulcers. The first sign is refusal to eat but without any signs of being in distress unless the ulcers are bad.

I just dealt with this with a friends horse. He went off his feed, wouldn't drink, was laying down but not distressed. The vet came out, listened to his vitals- all was normal. Tubed him full of fluid, Calcium, and oil. He came out of it fine. Started him on Ranitidine 3x daily.

What you are describing sounds very similar to ulcers. My mare went through a bout with ulcers as well. Her only sign at first was refusal to eat grain, but I didn't know what it was til she had a full blown episode of colic with fever. Turned out she had ulcers so bad she was anemic. Only sign before that was a slight tendency not to want to finish her grain- she would nibble instead of eating at once.

I would go ahead and give him about 15 tums by syringe. Should see some response in the next hour or two. Tums is short term relief though- only lasts a few hours. You can get the human ranitidine at CVS pharmacy- the dosage is probably 10-15 pills for his size, but I'm not entirely certain about that.
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