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    12-28-2011, 08:00 AM
Green Broke
He doesn't look so good. Worm belly? Hay belly?

A 9 year old stallion should kind of be round and cresty in the neck. He's thin in places he shouldn't be thin. I'd have a vet looking at him.

A pic of his grandpa at 27 years old shows better overall condition
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    12-28-2011, 08:22 AM
Wow he looks nothing like a stallion! He has no muscle, or crest and like you say, no spark... he just looks... sickly. I think a vet check is important here, gut instincts are good haha. He may be lathargic because he has no condition. Try to look into his past, ask owner for photos etc to see if he has always been this way, or if its a more recent change.

It could be do to with worms- encysted (sp?) worms don't show up on egg counts but have the same effect on the horse, and like someone else said, wormers don't always work. If his teeth are bad get him sorted and see if any improvements start showing.

Like others have said, vet check asap so start convincing the owner lol
    12-28-2011, 12:30 PM
Have the vet do a fecal for sand!!! (and parasites) When they have a gut full of sand it will look big, hang down, etc. Even if you don't think they are exposed to it, they CAN be. Trust me, been there, done that. If he does have sand in his belly, it's painful, and can become or death. They will have you put him on Equi-Aide, Sand-clear, which are both psyillium, to help clear him out. Good idea for any horse...give for 7 days each month as a routine. (I worked at an equine vet for years.... :) )
    12-28-2011, 12:32 PM
What is he being fed?
    12-28-2011, 12:57 PM
I think as MLS said he should be checked out for Ulcers. He almost seems anemic by your description which would definitely account for his lack of interest etc. If he has untreated ulcers there is a possability. In any case I would have him checked out if he were mine.
    12-28-2011, 01:38 PM
If he were mine, he would definitely be checked out by a vet. I'll talk to Peggy tomorrow and bring up some of the problem he might have. He currently gets two flakes of hay a day and a coffee can of Stock & Stable at night.

I cut the video down in length, here's the video:
    12-28-2011, 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
He currently gets two flakes of hay a day and a coffee can of Stock & Stable at night.
Only two flakes of hay?? A day?
    12-28-2011, 02:00 PM
^ Yes. If they were mine they would be getting at least double that, but alas, they're not.
    12-28-2011, 02:24 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, I'd have him looked at, I don't like that belly. Every horse I've ever seen like that has had sand in them.
    12-28-2011, 02:34 PM
Can you post pics of him please?
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