I have a 4 year old Quarter Horse named Chess. I just recently (about 3 weeks ago) moved him from where I got him from to a new pasture. Everything was going great until a week ago (sunday) I went out to feed him and noticed a very bad limp. The farrier had been there a week before and said that nothing was wrong. I later found out that he cut his heel sometime during the night. We never found out what he cut it on. I called the farrier and he said to just keep it clean and use Corona Ointment. He is much better on his foot now but he is acting weird. He eats good and everything but he has been laying down and farting alot. His poop has also been a little soft/runny for the past few days. I searched it on google and it said something about gas colic. Can someone tell me more about this? I feed him 2 scoops of ManaPro Sweet 10 morning and night due to him being a little under weight. I also feed T&A twice a day. He was only getting it at night because he was out to graze during the day but, due to the injury he has been kept in more. When he hurt his foot we gave him some banamine for 3 days to ease the pain and I just wormed him 2 days ago. Could the way he is acting be caused by this? I have been around horses for 13 years but I havent seen this before.
Is he on grass? If so, was he introduced to it slowly?
Is he still limping? Is he lying down and rolling, or just lying down?
Yes, he is on grass. We haven't had him out very much this week due to his injury. Yes, he was introduced slowly. He is still limping but very slightly. Ive only seen him roll one time during this time. He just lays there. Then gets up when I start working with things around his stall.
I know of several horses that just like to lay down in the sun for a while, and the first few times I saw it I got concerned until I realized it was just their personality and habit. His poop could be a little runny due to a bit of stress, different feed since you've been keeping him in more now, or just the after effects of the drugs. As long as he isn't rolling around a bunch, and is still having regular bowel movements, I would wait a few more days, and see what happens. If he continues to have runny poop, or his symptoms start to get worse, or he develops more concerning symptoms, then I'd call your vet.
Thanks so much. That does make me feel better. He hasn't been laying down in the sun. Its been in the stall. Do horses lay down because of boredom? The poops only seem to be runny in the morning time. They are regular during the day time. When he is out he runs like crazy and eats grass. Nothing weird when he's out of the stall. Its only when he's in.
Cut out the grain and feed him more hay. Give him more turnout time. Stalls have a LOT more bacteria and nasties in them than your pasture. His cut will heal faster if he's outside more. Just wash it and put ointment on it once or twice a day.
Leave him on an all-hay diet for a few days. Once he starts to feel better, add in the grain slowly back to his diet. Start with just 1/2 scoop a day for a few days, then 1 scoop, then 1.5 scoops for a few days, then 2 scoops. If the symptoms come back, then you know it's the grain. Stop and just feed more hay to put his weight back on. It will take longer, but it's better for his system.
Read page 2 of this article on nutrition.
MyHorse.com - Let Your Horse Eat Hay
I feed my horses just hay, hay pellets, and Nutri-Plus supplement, no grain. I use flax seed (whole or milled) to put on weight (up to 1 cup a day).
Heel lacerations should at the least be WRAPPED and a horse stalled. Otherwise these areas of high movement heal slowly and with a high incidence of proud flesh. (While farriers are great sources of information for the actual HOOF, they are not trained in treating wounds of soft tissues. ) Heel lacerations actually can be quite serious and medical treatment recommendations these days actually are to put a cast on the foot.
The Horse | Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery
As for the farting and soft stools, it's very likely that something in the diet is upsetting the GI tract. Removing everything and going to a straight grass hay for a while is a good way to determine if it is diet related. Then you slowly start adding things back in--supplements, concentrate feed, pasture--and watch for more soft stools or gassyness.
Thanks Ryle. I wanted to wrap it but was told by 2 farriers that it is not good to wrap it..especially during rainy season because it could cause an absess. I think he paws alot because last week he cut the back of his ankle on something in the pasture. Ive seen him paw a few times so I know he does it. Ive been cleaning it with peroxide and putting corona ointment on it twice a day. Should I wrap both areas now? Im calling the farrier out today to check on his foot. Ive called the farrier I normally used a few times to have him come out and got no reponse so Im switching farriers. The soft stools has stopped but the farting is still there. About 2 weeks ago I switched his food from MannaPro Stables Choice to MannaPro Sweet 10 due to him being under weight. I mixed the feeds for a week and then started feeding straight. He wasn't farting or anything before that so I'm going to switch the feed back. The lady that I got him from had him in bad conditions. She would leave him stalled for 3-4 days without letting him out or cleaning his stall. As a result, he developed thrush. I had a farrier check him a few weeks ago and was told that his feet look good and that the thrush was under control. She would also feed him less than the other horses because he was not her favorite.
If he's underweight, you should feed him more hay. You can add alfalfa pellets to his diet for extra quality calories as well. Page two of this article gives advice on thin horses.
MyHorse.com - Let Your Horse Eat Hay
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