Old Horse, Is He Okay?
My horse kinda scared me today. When I got to the farm I went to go get him to let him out in the pasture with the other horses. We have been keeping him in a stall for the last couplle of days because of the weather. Anyway, I went to go get him and he was laying flaton his side. I didn't think much of it cause he got right up and nickered to me as soon as he heard me. After I let him out, he was standing over with the others for a while, but then he layed back down on his side. So we got him up and took him around under the shed, we started to take him back to his stall but he was trotting with Rosie and Jake so we just led them all around to their covered area. He went under, and layed back down. He just layed thid time though, not flat out on his side like before. I don't think he was colicing cause he was moving around and everything and wasn't showing any signs like biting at his stocmach or trying to roll. But then why was he laying down so much? Is it just the weather? He did the same thing last year after it snowed too. He also didn't eat all his food. What does this all mean? Also, when I say he is old, I really do mean old, as in 36 years old. Yeah, I know, wow! Anyway, thank you anyone who can help :)
I don't like to have to tell you this, but it sounds like your horse is close to his time. What he's doing, especially if it's out of the ordinary for him, is extremely close to what the horses who died of old age, have done at my RI's barn. It also sounds like what my cat did the week she died. I really hope I'm wrong though.
That's what I was afraid of. With another storm coming in this week, ohhh....... :,(
It could be anything, I have a young horse who loves to lay in the snow and will do the same thing.
There is no way to say what is happening from what you have said. As you are worried, I would see how he is tomorrow and get a vet out.
Maybe his teeth are bothering him. When horses get old they wear their teeth down to nothing. Depending upon what type of grain he's getting you might want to try a senior feed for him.
You might want to get him checked out just to be sure there's nothing happening with him I lost my 29 yr old mare back in Oct. She started staying away from the other horses, by herself. One day she was in the stall in the am, laying down and she couldn't get up. She tried but her legs just gave out. She was done and ready to move on so I called the vet and helped her along. As long as your boy can get up and down, and eats, he's probably ok. Don't let anyone tell you to put him down because of his age. He'll tell you when he's ready to go, they always do. good luck with him, he's had a great, long life.
My old guys - 31, 32 and 40, lay down alot. If something out of the ordinary happens and they have been really alert for a while they may lay down 5 -6 times a day up to an hr a time. The 31 yr old lays down sometime, stretches out on his side & sleeps so sound his tongue falls out of his mouth. :shock: The first time he did I was sure he was dead.
Watch your boy's behavior, his eating and voiding or if he starts stocking up bad. If there are any changes then you may have a problem. I wouldn't panic over him just laying down alot though. He has spent 36 yrs balancing 1000+/- lbs on those 4 little legs. He's tired and maybe even a little sore.
If he was just laying down more I would not worry.
But if he did not finish his grain and he would lay down every time you were not fussing with him I would say you have some form of colic.
Certainly not something I would have left with out calling the vet.
When my old guy had an impaction colic he just laid on his side all stretched out. No trashing, no fussing. Just totally stretched out.
I would not have thought much of it, since he sleeps that way, but he would not get up. Once up he laid back down.
thank you everyone for all of your replies. He ate hs food this morning :). I think he maybe his body is just tired from keeping warm in this weather. He is back out with the others since yesterday and I think that helped a lot. I will be sure to update this if there are any changes though :)
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