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post #81 of 98 Old 11-09-2014, 12:15 PM
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Scotttheappy -- please read through threads before replying. This horse has improved greatly since the original post. I know you edited your post, but it still wasn't clear if you got that the situation is much better now.
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post #82 of 98 Old 11-09-2014, 12:35 PM
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Defiantly to thin in that second picture.. the first he looked good.
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post #83 of 98 Old 11-09-2014, 03:29 PM
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post #84 of 98 Old 11-09-2014, 05:32 PM
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Any updates on the fella? Did he get to a vet?
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post #85 of 98 Old 12-02-2014, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, well it's been quite an eventful month... Leon's results came through and he has no worms, which should have been great news but he is still struggling to gain weight.
Everyday our 10 chickens have been keeping him company in his field, but unfortunately a neighbours dog got loose and killed 8 of our chickens. It was horrible and I think that Leon was traumatized as his whole character changed for a few days. Normally, the minute he hears my car, he's at the fence waiting for me and as soon as he sees me he starts whickering to me, instead he just stayed at the other end of his field and lost interest in his food.
I spent as much time as possible with him and whilst combing his mane I found a couple of ticks which I removed, but I could see a sort of orange coloured crust near the bite mark that I assumed was an infection. My dog gets ticks every so often (even though I use the Frontline drops every month, and have been using the same product but in the spray form on Leon's mane) but I've never seen any sort of discharge so I spoke with the vet and he prescribed a course of antibiotics. This seems to have done the trick and he's perked up no end and is back to eating as much food as possible.
The vet said to wait until just before Xmas to see if his weight picks up (I'm using a weight tape to help gauge any changes) and if we don't see an improvement, then we'll get some more blood work done.
I took him for a ride yesterday and he was full of beans. There's one place where the ground is soft so we usually have a trot then a short canter but he was so excited that once his hooves hit the grass he gave a couple of little bucks and cantered straight away, so I'm hoping that this is a good sign and an even better sign that I didn't fall off!!
I'm hopefully getting a new camera (if Santa's kind to me!) then I'll be able to post some better quality photos but if I don't get chance to post again soon, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas! xx
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post #86 of 98 Old 12-02-2014, 05:44 PM
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Ticks = lyme disease possibility??? Did the vet have any comments about that?
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post #87 of 98 Old 12-02-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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The vet wasn't too concerned as there's no swelling near the bite marks and he's not showing any signs of stiffness. The only concern was his change in personality for a couple of days but as he's back to normal the vet believes that he was just upset by seeing and hearing our chickens being killed. I also don't think that Lymes is as prevalent here as in US because we don't have the deer tick, just the normal dog ones. There was a bad outbreak this summer of a similar disease caused by ticks that killed loads of sheep but thankfully no other animals, so that was one of the first things we were worried about. For now we're just letting the antibiotics do their job and keeping a close eye on him to see if any other symptoms appear. The best thing is that I've found a vet who actually seems to be able to help!
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post #88 of 98 Old 12-02-2014, 10:40 PM
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So glad things are looking up!!

Sorry about your chickens but I wouldn't worry about him in that regard. I'm sure it was upsetting (blood, fussing, etc) but horses rarely have any special attachment to birds. If you could find another equine (a donkey would be fine) that may be something to think about.

I wouldn't worry about the orange crust, it's very common around here. Well so is Lyme lol but there's no relation between them.

I'm glad he's feeling great!! Weight is obviously important but the fact he's feeling so much better is just fantastic!!

Thanks for the update!
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post #89 of 98 Old 12-03-2014, 10:05 PM
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Yes he is thin! I see the scars but it also looks like he has hives. The scars on his back are very likely welcoming rain rot, you might want to get a vet out to check him over asap!
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post #90 of 98 Old 12-03-2014, 10:44 PM
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Sigh, I guess this is one of "those" threads. Please read all the updates before posting!!

Even if you must shortcut the 9 whole pages at least check the last few to see if your reply is even relevant. The OP updated on this same page.
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