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post #1 of 8 Old 12-08-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Horse wont finish hay

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So lately my gelding hasn't been finishing his hay. Its good quality alfalfa hay, and he was getting about 4 flakes a day. Now though, he isn't even finishing 2 flakes. Vet said he is roughly 1500lb and my 900lb mare is eating more than him! This horse is not a picky eater and normally there isn't a blade of hay left. He has a history of ulcers so is it possible that he's got them again?

Thank you!

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-08-2013, 05:40 PM
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If it was one of mine...i'd be concerned that he's not finishing his hay,Yes possible ulcers may have returned.Any other info? other behavior changes,exercise,other feed,stalled,stools,sandy soil...
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-08-2013, 06:02 PM
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Always a good idea to take the horse's temperature, too. Even if it's normal, it is good info if you call your vet.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-08-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing has changed lately, his attitude is fine, no change in exercise, feed, etc. I went out this evening to check his lower back since last time he got ulcers he had back pain and sure enough his back was sore
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My gelding currently dealing with ulcers and also doesn't finish hay. He perfers his pellets over hay right now. I soak the pellets so their like a mash when fed. We are having really cold temps 20s and 30s below zero..

So lack of roughage is making for a very cold horse....iam also feed high quailty alfalfa he hardly eats 3lbs of it.
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how did you treat his ulcers before? With his history I'd try treating him with some omeprazole/ulcerguard
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-08-2013, 11:01 PM
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What's his diet? Is he on solely alfalfa? If so, I'd be changing that for starters. I do believe alfalfa can be a great feed for horses BUT it is very imbalanced if fed as the sole or main diet. It is very high in protein, calcium & phosphorus, among other nutrients, which can cause problems due to overdosing & imbalance if it's not fed as *part of* a balanced diet. Older horses can have additional problems with too much protein, due to reduced gut/liver function too.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-09-2013, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Last time I treated it with Ranitidine (don't now if I spelled that right) Our horses are on 24/7 pasture (with free access to stalls/shelter) so they spend quite a bit of time grazing in the pasture as well. Oh, he is also 6yrs (if that makes a difference)

I ended up calling my vet today because a certain horse decided to attempt combining loping + bucking + turning= injury. And now his left front and left rear legs are swollen and his left knee is swollen. With more details vet suspects either a sprain or bone chip in his knee. He agreed it sounds like the ulcers are back so he is mailing me Previcox for his legs and Ranitidine for the ulcers.
I'm ready to wrap this horse in bubble wrap!
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