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Lethargic/Listless horse plus ear and eye scratching/scrapes.

Not sure where to start so I will just wing it.

My 4 year old has never had problems with scrapes or anything but since I got my 2 year old she has had a couple here and there which I just chalked up to the joys of having 2 horses together. Anyway, she has rubbed her ear raw. I'm thinking she might have bugs and will call the vet tomorrow and get something just in case. This morning she didn't have anything and now it is raw. When I sprayed her for flies this evening I rubbed some on her ear and lightly sprayed her ear a bit.

My 2 year old has always had random spots of skin scraped off but now she has it above her eye. It is like a huge bald spot above her eye. (if you want pictures I can get some tonight or tomorrow morning). It isn't bleeding or anything it is just skin scraped off. I can understand my 4 yr old having bugs in her ear but what would make a horse scrape above her eye?

Next, my 4 year old is a fairly relaxed horse in general but she is my baby. If I come out there she comes to me right away for attention and if I bring food she is for sure coming to me. In the past couple of days she will wait where she is for me to bring her her grain while my 2 yr old is right with me begging for food. She just seems very lethargic. Also, while she is very slow on the ground for leading, as soon as I hop in the saddle or bareback she gains a whole pile of energy. 2 days ago I hopped on bareback and it took a lot of effort to get her to extend her trot and lope. She is the perfect horse so while she didn't really feel like it she did trot and lope when I told her but she just didn't go any faster then she had to. Yesterday I hopped in the saddle and took her along the road and she was a bit better but she seems a bit off. As in, she is normally very collected but now she wasn't useing her hindquarters very much. If I asked for her hip at the trot or lope she would still move it over perfectly but if I wasn't asking she would just go along pulling herself (still used her hind end but not like she should). Also, she is not perky at all. I could forget the slowness but the fact that nothing seems to interest her (except when my dad appears out of nowhere haha) is just the icing on the cake. If a stranger would see her she would probably just seem like a normal lazy horse but I just know that isn't her. She has been fed 1 flake of a large pure alfalfa bale a day which we bale ourselves and it is the best hay out there (my brothers are in charge and we ship most of our stuff to the states so they really know their stuff). She also gets front runner loose minerals twice a day along with beet pulp. She has access to clean water all the time as well as salt. I just got front runner phase 3 yesterday that I started feeding her as I figured she probably needs more energy food.

I am going to be calling the vet anyway tomorrow and I am just wondering if I should get him to come down and take blood samples or something. Or should I just assume that it is the fact that we have lots of flies this year.

For the feeding thing, does anyone have suggestions or things that I should change for her feeding schedule? She has been doing really good on what she gets until now and obviously the phase 3 hasn't kicked in yet so don't know if it will help.

If I have missed anything that would be useful to know just ask. I will try to go out again this evening and get some pictures of the ear and eye on my horses. I have had horses on this yard for 12 years and never had any problems so it shouldn't be that something has changed in our yard. And since I have never had this problem I don't know what to do about it other than ask on here and ask my vet.

Thanks for reading.
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