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falarah
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From:Stagecoach NV
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posted 03-05-2004 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for falarah     Edit/Delete Message
My horse ate all his food this morning and seemed fine. This afternoon he stopped eating? Never has he stopped eating before, he is always one of the first to hit the food tray, just like this morning. This afternoon I had to cox him to even come into the feed area and then he just stood there with his head hanging down. What could be wrong with him and what should I do? I'm worried! Please respond to my concern. I haven't done anything different....

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Berriano
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posted 03-05-2004 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Berriano     Edit/Delete Message
take his temperature. if it's at all high, consult your vet.

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falarah
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posted 03-06-2004 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for falarah     Edit/Delete Message
I have 6 horses, two geldings, which one of them is Proud Boy, a stallion who is 2 1/2 yrs and three mares all running together. I've noticed that Proud has bites all over him and that my other gelding moved up in the peaking order. Could it be that he got a number done on him from both my stallion and other gelding, as he was above them in pecking order but now it seems that he is third in line as far as the boys go. I'll take his temp today....

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Berriano
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posted 03-06-2004 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Berriano     Edit/Delete Message
If he was number one, and standing strongly in that position, it's not normal for him to be bumped down so abruptly. The other horses may have noticed him being different, and obviously weaker, and took advantage of that. If he was standing strongly as number one, and he got so badly beaten up and could barely hold his own, he could very well be sick. Especially if he's lethargic, and not cleaning up his grain. Speak to your vet as soon as you can, if he is sick, them catching it early could save you a lot in vet bills, and save your horse a lot of suffering.

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falarah
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posted 03-06-2004 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for falarah     Edit/Delete Message
When I woke-up this morning and went to feed horses, Proud was right there for his portion. I watched him for along time last night and this morning to see if he might show signs of colic, he didn't. He's eating now and drinking. Not eating like he did, but taking breaks in between eating. I noticed him coughing and slight runny nose. Thinking he might be coming down with a bad cold? He doesn't want to be messed with and he won't eat treats out of my hand like he use to? As long as he is eating & drinking, I think I'll just watch him close ...

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Samsintentions
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posted 03-08-2004 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds to me like he could have a bug. You do reaize its not safe to have a stallion running loose with geldings and mares, right? Once a mare comes into heat, your going to have fights,and may end up with some serious injuries.

I would consult a vet, and try to separate your horses. If at all possible, I reccomend gelding him.

Like stated before,horses do not change order in their herds. Alpha is top. Any changes show problem.s

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