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post #11 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 11:58 AM
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Get a vet. The dull coat could be anemia. Oscar used to have a shiney coat then got colic and shortly after was anemic. His coat was dull and staring and the vet gave us a tonic to give him. Now he's the happiest horse around and his coat is amazing! Get a vet.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 12:05 PM
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Chiming in with the others to get a vet out and have a complete health screening done on your animal, including blood work.

His 'sweetness' could be due to lethargy or just plain not feeling well. I know when I'm feeling crappy, I'm hardly a bouncing ball of energy.

His dull coat worries me. That's usually a sign of something seriously wrong. Plus, as the others have said, rainrot should not still be an issue after a year. I can clear up rainrot in several weeks, unless it's a really bad case. Even then, it shouldn't take more than a month or two at most.

I'm thinking your horse has health issues that haven't yet been dealt with properly.
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 12:16 PM
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Is he UTD on everything? Dull coat also signals worm infestation. Definitely time to get him looked at and get it sorted now!

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post #14 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 12:31 PM
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Yep, I agree with the others...you need to get a VET OUT ASAP!!! Also...as some others have stated...check your stall cleaning, horse grooming etc. Make sure that everything is clean, groom your horse everyday! Make sure that the arena that you ride in is free of poop piles and that it is clean, and be sure to have it drug out everynow and then. Another very important thing...walk around your pasture (or the pasture that the horse is kept in a majority of the time). Make sure there is no garbage in them, no puddles of water that sit there (there is so much disease and breeding organisms in those puddles of water, that is where a majority of horses get diseases, because they drink the filthy nasty water). Which brings me to another point...clean all water buckets and water troughs as well as feed buckets. Don't use just water, put some bleach in there, and dilute it (of course) with water and wash it out really well.


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post #15 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 01:05 PM
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Do you give him anything for his coat? Ground flex works really well , I'm not sure how much it costs where you are but its $30 a bag here and that lasts for about 3 months ! It may also help with the rain rot :)

I'm sure he's very cute regardless , and really I'd rather a horse that has a few off things but is well behaved them some huge shiney coated horse that is a jerk to be around .

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post #16 of 16 Old 06-05-2010, 01:32 PM
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I agree with the others, get a vet out there! That would be the first step in the right direction. You can't really do anything for him until you know what's wrong with him.

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