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post #1 of 3 Old 06-17-2017, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Need help identifying

I'm not new to horses by no means. But, my 19 year old gelding that has never had anything wrong with him is acting different.

We have ALWAYS kept him in shape and on barrels and he is on Tribute Kalm N EZ (which I love!) anyways, my gelding is in a 100 acre pasture. He has lots of grass but also every other plant in the field. He and 3 other horses forage for food and have never had a problem before!

Well here in South Georgia we have had a bit of a drought. For the past 3 weeks we have had rain almost non stop which causes everything in the field to bloom. Needless to say, we're now in a slight flood, standing water and so on. My gelding the past 3 weeks has had one thing after another going on.

The first week we had one day it finally hasn't rained so I decided to trail ride on the high ground, well he was acting up more than usual so I looked in his mouth and his gum line (towards the front teeth) there looked like a circle of gum line just gone. So I walked him back to the pasture. Fortunately he has not have a problem eating and the dentist said just don't ride him until it has healed.

The 2nd week on the one day that wasn't raining I saw him laying beside the tack room. This is VERY uncommon for my gelding he loves to roll but he does not just lay there and NEVER lets me get near him while he is laying. Well I went to go see him and he wouldn't get up. Wouldn't roll, and acted lethargic. Note I was there at 1:30 pm for the farrier and he was fine. I came to feed up at 530 pm when I found him laying. I had to push and pull for him to get his feet under him and get up. I called the vet he said sounded like heat exhaustion, but it was only 81 which is cool for this area.

The 3rd week he has been acting lethargic, mopey but still eating. This week he is a little mopey and has these random burns on him from almost like rubbing (the fly spray I use has always worked and had no relation) so from my tack store owner, vet and dentist say it may be something out in the field he is eating on. Any suggestions for the south east area? Note he is being separated today for a week in a smaller pasture that has some grass to see if it just him or something but the field.

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-17-2017, 11:23 PM
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He needs a complete exam that includes blood draws (CBC and chemistry panel at the least).

And not by the vet who said 81F worth of heat was getting to him.

With the wild weather you're having, anything or a bunch of things could be wrong:

1. He could be experiencing founder from distressed grass first, then the almost overnight turn to green grass.

2. With all plants flowering , he could have eaten something toxic.

3. He could have had a mild colic event, caused by weird weather conditions and/or something he ate.

4. It could be something I have t thought about.

Please find a vet who will do a lameness exam and take some blood tests:)
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-18-2017, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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I know he isn't fowndering, and the vet didn't come out and look at him, he was at another call at the time so I was trying to describe to him what was going on. He has never had problems before which makes me thinks it may be plants. another horse out in the field has been having similar symptoms, which is why I am separating my gelding in a small pasture (2 acre) that's higher ground and only grass for a week. if he still acts the same then ill call the vet to come out but if he acts fine then ill know its something out in the field! I called the Ag agent for my area and they don't do walk outs any more but they do send books with pictures and names of plants specifically in this area and poisones to horses!
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