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post #1 of 10 Old 10-15-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Off her feed...?

4 yr old Andalusian/NSH mare was on 2lbs Ultium twice daily.. Yesterday she stopped eating her feed. She ate her hay and that was it. It doesn't smell bad, but it was a bit dry. We added molasses -Didn't work. We opened a brand new bag of Ultium and she didn't want that either. So we tried a handful of strategy and she ate it. We mixed the ultium and strat and she ate it some what. She has been on ultium for months.

She doesn't have a temp..she is drinking water fine. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 04:31 AM
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maybe her teeth?

or she maybe just dont like the taste?

i saw that often, that horses wont suddenly ate their feat!
than we tryed a new one, and everyting was ok...
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 07:58 AM
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she could be starting to get sick. she doesnt HAVE to have a temp to be getting sick.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 02:02 PM
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If any of mine go off their feed I'm on alert, mine are little pigs. She may not find the food to her liking anymore, but I would be keeping an eye on her.

Did you check her gums for colour? Good gut sounds? Looks alert?
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 02:08 PM
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hmmm... personally, if my horse were completely turned off to food like that, I would call the vet. A horse can't go off it's feed and be fine for long

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She is eating hay and drinking fine...acting lively..She just had her teeth done a month ago. I havn't had a horse suddenly stop eating their feed unless there was something wrong with it but shes not even eating the new stuff but she eats the strategy..reluctantly eats the strat/ultium mix.

Her owner WANTS her on I guess shes SOL?

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 10:39 PM
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well my sisters tb will suddenly decide she hates a certain kind of food [even if shes been eating it for months/years] so we have to switch her to something else...eventually she will decide its okay again. i think the fact thats see is willing to eat the strategy is a good sign. maybe she just doesnt like ultium any more

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-16-2009, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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I think thats soo odd but mine are pigs! I'm kind of glad her horse doesn't like it... I dislike having 4 different feeds because I lose my by in bulk discount..another thing boarders never think about (small mini rant!)

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-17-2009, 12:38 PM
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The very first thought in my head is gastric ulcers. Not eating concentrate feed but still eating hay is often the very first sign that owners notice. And a horse may eat a different concentrate for a few days because they haven't yet come to associate that particular feed with their belly hurting. I would recommend that you talk to our vet about the possibility of gastric ulcers.

But as everyone has said, going off feed at all is a sign that there is a problem and is reason to call the vet.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-17-2009, 01:51 PM
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I agree with Cindy (even though I'm not an expert).

Something else came to my mind reading: Did something happen or could there have been something bad tasting in the bucket when she ate, which makes her associate the food with a bad experience? Just a thought...

Better call the vet though.


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