No, I've had horses off and on since I was 12. I give my horses enough hay to last throughout the day or night when I'm there but the barn owner doesn't. I have asked her repeatedly to give him more and she will for a while then starts to ration again. She feeds enough for an adult horse in good weight who is not in heavy work - but not enough for a colt, or a horse being ridden consistently, etc. Unfortunately this is the only place to board a horse within a three hour drive, so moving him is not an option. I can fill hay nets for him but that will only work on the days that I'm there - I can ask the barn owner to fill them but I don't trust her to do it consistently. I am there as often as I can be with my job, but I am on call and I never know when I'm going to be around or not. As stated before, there are no turnout options here. I suppose I can ask her if I can rig up a temporary hot fence somewhere but there would be no shelter and the only grassy area is too far away from any water source. I called an equine specialist yesterday because my Podunk local vet isn't open on weekends, and while she couldn't give an idea of what the cause is (I figured as much, it's nearly impossible to do over the phone) she did say a rectal palpation would at least let us know if something more major is going on. But if there was an impaction, he wouldn't be pooping at all would he? As far as I can tell he only doesn't poop during the 3 hour episode every morning.
Yes I was wondering if perhaps ulcers are the cause. I'll have to read up on those, never had experience with them before.
Arabians I wanted to call this morning and get a quote for a colic assessment so I'll ask about a fecal count when I call. I agree that perhaps there's something else going on here, and trust me if I weren't flat broke he'd have been seen on day 1. At this point I can no longer sit back but the equine specialist I spoke to yesterday quoted me up to $1500 for a colic assessment that includes physical exam, bloodwork, ultrasound and a sample of belly fluids and I just don't have that. I don't. In another month or two I'll have that kind of money but right now I can't do it. I'd just like to add that the weight loss is from not graining (he always has been a little on the skinny side without it) and from 4 missed breakfasts or reduced breakfasts in a week. Before the colic he looked like the above picture ... but as
has pointed out just because a horse LOOKS healthy doesn't mean it is.
I'll mention to my vet the strangulating lipomas. See what she thinks.
Thanks all for your input, I am working today and won't be back in town until well after the vet is closed today but I'll see if I can get him seen tomorrow.