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    01-22-2011, 01:10 AM
  #11
Foal
Awhh! Minis are so cute<3
     
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    01-31-2011, 06:48 PM
  #12
Yearling
Well, they are not much.....
Me Jo is usually this curly all over, but seems this mild weather we were having put a straightening effect on him. LOL

He is the only one out of our six that curls.
I was just wondering if some where down the lineage line, if some minis have a bit of Curly Bashkir in them?
Possibility?



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    01-31-2011, 10:28 PM
  #13
Weanling
Ohhh< I really like the first picture, the legs! So cute!

I need to clip Boo again. I always leave his legs furry though.

I have the vet coming out tomorrow. Boo has had diarrhea for a little too long now. Please pray that he just has something simple and it is easily remedied...and that the vet bill is not too high!
     
    02-01-2011, 12:37 AM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
Ohhh< I really like the first picture, the legs! So cute!

I need to clip Boo again. I always leave his legs furry though.

I have the vet coming out tomorrow. Boo has had diarrhea for a little too long now. Please pray that he just has something simple and it is easily remedied...and that the vet bill is not too high!

Oh no, hope every thing is okay with the little guy!
How long has he had the runs, and has it been intermittent with normal movements?
Have you changed any feed?
Has he been de-wormed recently?
Do you think your new boarder is maybe causing him stress?
Has he been grazing in a new area?
They do not try and drink the pool water do they?

SORRY!
I know you said you have the vet coming out tomorrow.
I just go into this "mode" when some thing is going on, and just start running through all the possibilities.......


Please let me know what the vet determines.
I will be waiting anxiously to hear that Boo is going to be just fine!
     
    02-01-2011, 07:36 AM
  #15
Weanling
Thanks for your concern!

Another reason I want to clip him...I need to check out his body weight! I just realized he looks like he has lost some weight, hard to tell under all that curly hair!

You make some very good points, and after doing some googling, there are quite a few things I now realize it could be...

How long has he had the runs, and has it been intermittent with normal movements?-yes, sometimes it is "almost" normal, a few times it has literally been squirts, but mostly it is like a well formed cow pattie.
Have you changed any feed? YES! I really suspect this is it. I used to give them about 1/2 cup 10% pellets, morning and night. They grazed in a front pasture most of the day, I brought them back to the paddocks/stalls every night. The pasture is not very lush, but I felt good they were grazing, didn't feel a need for hay. The new boarder eats sweet feed and T&A hay. SO...I stopped buying pellets, started giving them SF (I did it gradually, used up my pellets by mixing with the SF) and I also added the hay to their diet...truly, they share about a 1/4 flake morning and night. Although I suspect Bruno gets most of it. My other VERY stupid thing I do (I now realize it was stupid) is that now that they "share" a stall I feed them on the ground. I think maybe he has gotten some sand in his belly.
(when I say "share" a stall, they are never locked in, I just mean they share a paddock now and the stall is left open so they can go in and out as they please.)
Has he been de-wormed recently? no
Do you think your new boarder is maybe causing him stress? they are never turned out together but their paddocks are next to each other and I have to admit, she is MEAN towards them. I tell my husband, "Wow, that paso is the most beautiful horse when her ears are up and she is happy...but when she lunges towards the minis (usually before meal time) with her ears back and her eyes glowing, she looks like a SATAN HORSE!"
Has he been grazing in a new area? No, but now that they share a paddock AND it is dry/wintery...there is more dirt in the paddock than ever. Used to be more grassy.
They do not try and drink the pool water do they? LOL, no, the pool is fenced off.

Anyway, thanks for asking these questions, got me thinking and googling. I will let you know!
     
    02-01-2011, 12:27 PM
  #16
Weanling
Ok, vet came. Really did not like the way he looked (although I had to assure him, he has always been lethargic/mellow....although maybe he has never felt very good?) He listened to his tummy, didn't hear any sand, but then put some poop in a clear plastic bag with some water...a tiny bit of sand settled into the bottom, so he said it would not hurt to to do 7 days of Sand Clear....Bruno too.

He said I should be worming them every 8 weeks (my original vet said every 12 weeks, BTW, original vet moved, I had only used him once) AND he said they should be getting a flake of hay EACH a.m. And pm. I am shocked by that...other vet said 1/4 flake each a.m./p.m. He said no more sweet feed, go back to 10% pellets. He went ahead and gave them both a worming injection. He said he could test for Cushings ($125) but might as well wait and see before paying that much. He said his coat (see? This is actually ON TOPIC for this thread!) being so thick and growing back so quickly is a sign of cushings. I will say, he does not drink very much, and does not pee very much, so we will wait on that test.

I had been getting my hay at a place nearby that is convenient, vet was not happy with the quality. Said the alfalfa looked good, but the timothy was very "stemmy." Said the place I go is notorious for poor quality. I kind of knew that...that place is not run very well. The "good" feed store is far, and there is a minimum for delivery. Will have to see what I can work out, maybe share an order w/a friend.


Obviously the pic at the beginning of this thread is Boo just a few weeks ago, so he doesn't look HORRIBLE, but I do see his hips sticking out a bit more. I want him to get back to being the cute little boy in my pictures in my profile.

Anyway, thanks for caring! Will keep you updated!
     
    02-01-2011, 05:03 PM
  #17
Yearling
Whew!

Well that sounds like some good news then, you know, compared to what it could have been.....

A de-worming, some sand clear, and getting his diet all straightened out, hopefully that does the trick!
I will keep my fingers crossed that he is back to his little 'ole healthy self in no time!

Did the vet recommend pellets as well as a full flake a.m and p.m., each, temporarily to get weight up? Or as regular maintenance?
Sounds like a lot, especially since you are in a milder climate.

I do know we all need to adjust to our specific minis needs.
But just as an example...
Mine all get a half flake a.m. And p.m., each. I do not supplement with any other feed, and they all maintain their weight just great, even with our periodic -20, and below, temps....
(Although I do feed a bit more hay during those cold snaps.)

The only other thing they get, (besides water), is a really good free choice mineral. And, then of course limited grazing once weather permits.

Thanks for taking the time to let us know what the vet said!
I am such the worry-wart, even when it is not my own.....



     
    02-01-2011, 06:46 PM
  #18
Weanling
Thanks for caring!

Yeah, I will have to confirm what he meant about the flake am/pm. That does sound like too much. I mean, Bruno's weight is good, but the vet said he should have that much, too! So I think he means that I should continue with that feeding! It sounds like too much to me, also. Hmmm....

And anyway, I am not sure what this has to do with diarrhea??? Well, I guess the sand clear, more regular worming, and switching back to pellets will *hopefully* take care of it.

Can you tell me about "free choice mineral?" I will google later (gotta take DD to lacrosse practice now!) but just wondering.

Also, do you think minis should have a salt lick?
     
    02-01-2011, 08:26 PM
  #19
Yearling
So the vet did not give you a direct cause of the diarrhea?
My best guess would be the change in diet.


You said you switched from pelleted feed to sweet feed right?
Even though you made it a gradual transition, Boo just may not be able to handle the s.f......


Could also be that the stemmy hay may be hard on his digestion as well?
Don't know. I'm sure you could give the vet a call and find out his thoughts for certain.
When they go over a bunch of things in one visit, I am sure they are use to people calling to clarify.


Oh, and here's a link to the mineral I was speaking of. Nature's Essentials:
http://www.horse.purinamills.com/products/naturesessentials/ECMD2-0032706.aspx

It takes the place of a "salt" block, it is a much better, complete supplement....
I give it to all my horses, loose to the "big" horses, and the block to the minis.


     

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