My stallion Soda Jerk ("Morgan") definitely went in to a noticeable depression when his liver enzymes became elevated. He usually knickers, then trots past me as soon as I open the gate to his stall. When he was sick, he just stood there with his head drooped in a corner. When he did move it was very slow and clumsy looking. I'm glad the signs were so obvious as it let me know to take action.
We never figured out what got him (poisonous plant?) but he got better with banamine, dewormer, thyroid-l and keeping him off the pasture for a while.
My driving mare has proven to me that she absolutely hates to go to shows. At this last one, she spent all day laying in the stall with her head down and eyes closed. She was eating, drinking, and P & P, so I knew that way she was OK, but I watched her closely. On Sunday I didn't even hook her up, just brought her home. She immediately perked up, and went trotting around her pen. She never looked like that again, so she's off the show string permanently. Too bad, because she's an exceptional mover, but I won't put her through that again.
No itâ€™s not my new filly, itâ€™s the boys... Midnight & Billy, both have been off a little with feeding with our busy days here lately, but to day was the first day that they both hardly eat any grain or hay, & seemed to lie down a lot, (no colic signs)
I put them both out side for a few hours, also some times when they arenâ€™t lying down, their penis is dropped.
Could it be this heat? We have had really hot days & ice-cold nights! Nothing is un-normal, no shows, no traveling (sp) no contact with joy, nothing
I'm very worried, my dad hates vets, & only has him come out for shots & to put down older animals... my dad thinks horses should "fix them selfâ€™s" almost, & doesn't like using medicine (sp?)...Heâ€™s been with horses all his life too... & usually wont listen