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post #21 of 47 Old 04-20-2013, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Bowel movement... not much there, but he passed some well formed apples... when Ward (hubby) hand fed him, he ate with no tenderness ... no swelling under his jaw or tenderness...no temp, gums healthy pink.. seems completely fine other than the whole not eating thing... Vet says he'll come out, but doesn't see the point unless I see some sort of distress...

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post #22 of 47 Old 04-20-2013, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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4horses, that is an excellent suggestion... I'll try the Tums and ask vet about ulcers in the am...

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post #23 of 47 Old 04-20-2013, 02:06 AM
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4horses, that is an excellent suggestion... I'll try the Tums and ask vet about ulcers in the am...
I might be totally off, but can you finely chop hay for him maybe, with a garden shredder for example, so he doesn't really have to chew well, but would have the needed fiber to keep him warm and help buffering that stomach acid? Maybe you could run this by the vet? And if it's only for nights, to hold him over till his next senior mash.
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would beet pulp give him that fiber to help dilute the acid?... he has been on alfalfa pellets and oats, soaked, so he hasn't been on grain at all... I have long worried about him only being on two feedings and having an empty belly for the majority of the day... maybe I could feed him in three meals, one in the morning, one right when I get home at 4, and then a snack at around 10? Of course this is assuming I can get him to eat...

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He shouldn't be longer than 4 hours without food. Anything soaked he will eat fairly fast and what he doesn't eat goes bad. That's why chopped hay as a last meal for the night on top of at least 3 meals during the day would be best. Or maybe even a small slowfeeder net with the softest hay you can find. He can pull out little at a time only and might actually chew one blade at a time. And it keeps waste to a minimum.
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Can't do 4 meals a day, but can put a hay net in his pen and let him go to town, it would last all day, compressed bales are already chopped and compressed... I could try that for him... then give him his mashes am, afternoon, and pm...

All assuming I can get him to eat, of course... hoping the Tums does something... I'll know more in the morning...

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Can't do 4 meals a day, but can put a hay net in his pen and let him go to town, it would last all day, compressed bales are already chopped and compressed... I could try that for him... then give him his mashes am, afternoon, and pm...

All assuming I can get him to eat, of course... hoping the Tums does something... I'll know more in the morning...
Fingers crossed. Leave him a little hay too for the night. So he has the choice. Keep us updated
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hows he doin today?
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Has he eatin' anything today?

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He's the same. Its a beautiful day outside, warm and sunny. Birds are chirping, just beautiful. I went out and he was standing in the middle of his paddock. Normally he sees me, nickers, and makes a beeline for his stall. Today he stood there, ears up, eyes bright, but just stood there. I called him in, and he walked in... no stiffness - just ambled in.

I checked his stall, he had moved the hay around, but no quids were there, so he hadn't even tried to eat it (normally he eats it, chews it up, then spits out the balls of hay)... his mash was all in his bucket as well. Tums didn't seem to have much effect...

I got some equine senior (his favorite!) and some oats, mixed with warm water and put it in a feed bucket for him... he nosed it and slowly picked at it... I gave him a really good grooming - his weight actually looks pretty good, and there was a quite a lot of pee in his stall so he has been drinking.

I put Daisy out next to him, she keeps him company.

I'll check on him again in a while. He looks fine, not depressed, not in distress...just completely disinterested in food....

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