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Horse WILL NOT drink!!
kk_sue
Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 2:56 PM (#7396026)
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My mare got spooked and ran into a fence on Monday she has several facial fractures and spent 48 hours at Elgin. She was on an IV the entire time she was there then I brought her back Wednesday evening and she has not touched water since then. I’ve been fighting with her fever which spiked at 103.2 Thursday evening. After giving her alcohol baths and icing her legs all the time and giving her Bute every 12 hours I’ve finally got her temperature to maintain between 100-101 but she still won’t touch water. I’ve tried electrolytes, Gatorade, pedialyte and Zesterra but nothing is encouraging her to drink. I have been feeding her a mash with a bunch of water and electrolytes in it so I’m able to get some fluid in her that way but still not much because she doesn’t want to eat much at all. Even though I make it into like a paste I assume it still hurts to eat. I’m probably only getting 2 gallons of water a day into her that way. I talked with my vet and she said just feed the mash and electrolytes and watch her very closely. But I’m still really worried. Any suggestions????
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Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 3:32 PM (#7396027 - in reply to #7396026)
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I would be worried, too. I would talk another vet about your concerns.
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Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 3:39 PM (#7396028 - in reply to #7396026)
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What do you have her drinking water out of?  Was she drinking good while at the vets?

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Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 3:44 PM (#7396029 - in reply to #7396026)
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Soaked grass or alfalfa pellets real soupy, and soak her hay in a bucket for about 15 mins, pour the dirty water off of it, put fresh clean water on top of it and hang in it in her stall or pen. It will make it softer easier to chew. Hope she feels better soon! 
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 3:45 PM (#7396030 - in reply to #7396028)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-12 2:39 PM

What do you have her drinking water out of?  Was she drinking good while at the vets?

They have automatic waterers so you can’t really tell how much Che was drinking there but she was also on constant IV fluids there. She has a 6 gallon bucket that she’s always had for water in her stall it has a really wide top so it shouldn’t be a problem with hitting her face on it. She also has buckets with water hung up in her stall
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 3:47 PM (#7396031 - in reply to #7396029)
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Soaked grass or alfalfa pellets real soupy, and soak her hay in a bucket for about 15 mins, pour the dirty water off of it, put fresh clean water on top of it and hang in it in her stall or pen. It will make it softer easier to chew. Hope she feels better soon! 

That’s what I have been doing but I’m still worried she’s just not getting enough. Thank you! I hope she does too!!

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Barnmom
Reg. May 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 3:53 PM (#7396033 - in reply to #7396026)
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I have one horse that will not drink when he gets ulcery, hauling him once without something for his tummy is all it takes.  If I dose him with 60ccs of the cheap maximum strength antacid from Walmart 2-3 times a day, he will get back to drinking.  I had another filly that couldn't tolerate bute or she would quit drinking and get impacted, she was OK with 5ccs of banamine IV 1-2 times a day.  I have never used the Zesterra although I have heard good things about it, maybe it's not enough right now?  The Walmart stuff is not good to use long term because it has aluminum in it but it is cheap, easy to get right away, and it works, it's on a mint colored bottle and is about $2.50 for 12 oz. 
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 3:57 PM (#7396034 - in reply to #7396033)
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Barnmom - 2018-05-12 2:53 PM

I have one horse that will not drink when he gets ulcery, hauling him once without something for his tummy is all it takes.  If I dose him with 60ccs of the cheap maximum strength antacid from Walmart 2-3 times a day, he will get back to drinking.  I had another filly that couldn't tolerate bute or she would quit drinking and get impacted, she was OK with 5ccs of banamine IV 1-2 times a day.  I have never used the Zesterra although I have heard good things about it, maybe it's not enough right now?  The Walmart stuff is not good to use long term because it has aluminum in it but it is cheap, easy to get right away, and it works, it's on a mint colored bottle and is about $2.50 for 12 oz. 

She has been on gastroguard since the incident to prevent ulcers because she is prone to them. Do you think this will still help? Or is the gastroguard Doug pretty much the same thing?
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Reg. May 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 4:06 PM (#7396035 - in reply to #7396026)
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It should, but I have had a few horses that didn't do well on the Gastroguard, it was like it upset thier stomach.  One we gave Sucralfate for about a week and another just did better on Succeed.  It wouldn't hurt to try the antacid, you just need to time the dosing so it doesn't interfere with the absorption of other meds.  You will know pretty quick if it helps or not, usually by the second or third dose. 
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 4:24 PM (#7396036 - in reply to #7396035)
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Barnmom - 2018-05-12 3:06 PM

It should, but I have had a few horses that didn't do well on the Gastroguard, it was like it upset thier stomach.  One we gave Sucralfate for about a week and another just did better on Succeed.  It wouldn't hurt to try the antacid, you just need to time the dosing so it doesn't interfere with the absorption of other meds.  You will know pretty quick if it helps or not, usually by the second or third dose. 

Thank you!!
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Reg. May 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 4:33 PM (#7396037 - in reply to #7396026)
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You're welcome, hope you get her drinking soon!  I have also had a couple horses that would drink better from the pasture trough then they would a bucket, especially if they are used to being out.  The vets can put water in them if they need to, we have to get creative once they come home.   
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Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-12 4:41 PM (#7396038 - in reply to #7396030)
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kk_sue - 2018-05-12 3:45 PM
Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-12 2:39 PM What do you have her drinking water out of?  Was she drinking good while at the vets?
They have automatic waterers so you can’t really tell how much Che was drinking there but she was also on constant IV fluids there. She has a 6 gallon bucket that she’s always had for water in her stall it has a really wide top so it shouldn’t be a problem with hitting her face on it. She also has buckets with water hung up in her stall

Yep when she was on the IV's that helped her out alot from becoming dehydrated, I would be concern too about the water intake, I was concern that with her trying to drink low that it might be hurting her to lower her head to drink but since you got buckets hanging that should not be a problem with lowing her head. Just keep all her water fresh fresh fresh and keep the water levels as full as possible so you can see how much she's drinking when she does drink. Gosh poor baby, please keep us updated on how shes doing...Does she like playing with the water hose when she gets baths? My gelding likes to play with the hose and drink out of them, maybe wet her mouth with a water hose a few times and see if that will help her keep her mouth moist..Hugs cause I know your stressing out over this.. 
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-12 8:34 PM (#7396049 - in reply to #7396038)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-12 3:41 PM

kk_sue - 2018-05-12 3:45 PM
Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-12 2:39 PM What do you have her drinking water out of?  Was she drinking good while at the vets?
They have automatic waterers so you can’t really tell how much Che was drinking there but she was also on constant IV fluids there. She has a 6 gallon bucket that she’s always had for water in her stall it has a really wide top so it shouldn’t be a problem with hitting her face on it. She also has buckets with water hung up in her stall

Yep when she was on the IV's that helped her out alot from becoming dehydrated, I would be concern too about the water intake, I was concern that with her trying to drink low that it might be hurting her to lower her head to drink but since you got buckets hanging that should not be a problem with lowing her head. Just keep all her water fresh fresh fresh and keep the water levels as full as possible so you can see how much she's drinking when she does drink. Gosh poor baby, please keep us updated on how shes doing...Does she like playing with the water hose when she gets baths? My gelding likes to play with the hose and drink out of them, maybe wet her mouth with a water hose a few times and see if that will help her keep her mouth moist..Hugs cause I know your stressing out over this.. 

Thank you!! The only think I ever stress about is my horses

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Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2018-05-12 10:24 PM (#7396051 - in reply to #7396049)
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Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 9:43 AM (#7396069 - in reply to #7396051)
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Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???

They sure can! I haven’t even been sleeping She going to end up giving me ulcers lol
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-13 10:00 AM (#7396070 - in reply to #7396026)
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Has she been drinking any water since you posted yesterday about her?  
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Posted 2018-05-13 10:53 AM (#7396073 - in reply to #7396026)
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is she passing the pinch test? I would be syringing in her mouth every so often. Praying for ya! You just got her rolling again from your other posts that I seen! How aggravating!
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 11:25 AM (#7396075 - in reply to #7396070)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-13 9:00 AM

Has she been drinking any water since you posted yesterday about her?  

No she hasn’t but she did start eating more of the mash I’m feeding her so I guess that’s a good sign. She still looks really sucked up and has probably lost at least 50 pounds since the incident



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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 11:31 AM (#7396076 - in reply to #7396073)
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Turnburnsis - 2018-05-13 9:53 AM

is she passing the pinch test? I would be syringing in her mouth every so often. Praying for ya! You just got her rolling again from your other posts that I seen! How aggravating!

This is actually my other mare. She’s been off and on for 3 years due to hock issues we had a hard time figuring out. She had a vet appointment schedule for Wednesday where she was hopefully going to get cleared to start running again I had her all legged up and ready to go then this happened Monday night. I swear I have the worst luck ever

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Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-05-13 12:11 PM (#7396077 - in reply to #7396026)
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I have no advice on the water. But you need to keep a close eye on her from now on because this type of injury is exactly what Sidekick did that end d up developing into wobblers. It took 7 years from the injury happened until we had to destroy him. You can manage it with injections if you catch it in time and maintain it.
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 12:18 PM (#7396078 - in reply to #7396077)
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I have no advice on the water. But you need to keep a close eye on her from now on because this type of injury is exactly what Sidekick did that end d up developing into wobblers. It took 7 years from the injury happened until we had to destroy him. You can manage it with injections if you catch it in time and maintain it.

How did it turn into wobblers? Did it damage the neck? We took X-rays of her entire head and neck and everything looked normal except the fractures that she has
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Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-05-13 5:01 PM (#7396096 - in reply to #7396078)
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I have no advice on the water. But you need to keep a close eye on her from now on because this type of injury is exactly what Sidekick did that end d up developing into wobblers. It took 7 years from the injury happened until we had to destroy him. You can manage it with injections if you catch it in time and maintain it.

How did it turn into wobblers? Did it damage the neck? We took X-rays of her entire head and neck and everything looked normal except the fractures that she has

Yes. He hit a cable fence and caved his nose in. The nose came back out. But he must have damaged his neck. I didn’t realize it so it developed into wobblers and ended up killing him. Just be aware that in 3-5 Year’s, you should recheck that neck to make sure it’s ok.
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Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-13 5:12 PM (#7396097 - in reply to #7396075)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-13 9:00 AM Has she been drinking any water since you posted yesterday about her?  
No she hasn’t but she did start eating more of the mash I’m feeding her so I guess that’s a good sign. She still looks really sucked up and has probably lost at least 50 pounds since the incident

Have you tryed to see if she would drink a little bit out of a water hose? Since its pretty darn warm today I would try to see if she'll play with the hose, I would just run some water in her mouth..   She dont look to bad in the picture, but if she dont start drinking in another day I would be worry since the heat is starting to set in,, Have you talked to the Vet anymore about this?  
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 8:00 PM (#7396104 - in reply to #7396096)
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SKM - 2018-05-13 11:11 AM

I have no advice on the water. But you need to keep a close eye on her from now on because this type of injury is exactly what Sidekick did that end d up developing into wobblers. It took 7 years from the injury happened until we had to destroy him. You can manage it with injections if you catch it in time and maintain it.

How did it turn into wobblers? Did it damage the neck? We took X-rays of her entire head and neck and everything looked normal except the fractures that she has

Yes. He hit a cable fence and caved his nose in. The nose came back out. But he must have damaged his neck. I didn’t realize it so it developed into wobblers and ended up killing him. Just be aware that in 3-5 Year’s, you should recheck that neck to make sure it’s ok.

I will be sure to keep an eye on that!
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 8:02 PM (#7396105 - in reply to #7396097)
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Southtxponygirl - 2018-05-13 9:00 AM Has she been drinking any water since you posted yesterday about her?  
No she hasn’t but she did start eating more of the mash I’m feeding her so I guess that’s a good sign. She still looks really sucked up and has probably lost at least 50 pounds since the incident

Have you tryed to see if she would drink a little bit out of a water hose? Since its pretty darn warm today I would try to see if she'll play with the hose, I would just run some water in her mouth..   She dont look to bad in the picture, but if she dont start drinking in another day I would be worry since the heat is starting to set in,, Have you talked to the Vet anymore about this?  

She finally drank! She drank almost 2 gallons. I took her off bute and gastroguard and put her on CBD oil for the pain and aloe juice and bentonite clay to prevent ulcers. Since that she started to eat more and is drinking a little bit!
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Posted 2018-05-13 8:25 PM (#7396109 - in reply to #7396069)
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Chandler's Mom - 2018-05-12 9:24 PM

Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???

They sure can! I haven’t even been sleeping She going to end up giving me ulcers lol

Maybe y'all can share ulcer meds

How is she today with her water??? (I see she drank----I should read all posts before I ask questions!!! So glad she's drinking again )

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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-13 9:15 PM (#7396116 - in reply to #7396109)
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Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???

They sure can! I haven’t even been sleeping She going to end up giving me ulcers lol

Maybe y'all can share ulcer meds

How is she today with her water??? (I see she drank----I should read all posts before I ask questions!!! So glad she's drinking again )

I’m going to have to start sharing ulcer meds I’m so glad too. Such a huge relief!
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Posted 2018-05-14 4:49 PM (#7396226 - in reply to #7396116)
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Chandler's Mom - 2018-05-12 9:24 PM

Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???

They sure can! I haven’t even been sleeping She going to end up giving me ulcers lol

Maybe y'all can share ulcer meds

How is she today with her water??? (I see she drank----I should read all posts before I ask questions!!! So glad she's drinking again )

I’m going to have to start sharing ulcer meds I’m so glad too. Such a huge relief!

Still drinking??
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Reg. Nov 2013
Posted 2018-05-14 5:52 PM (#7396230 - in reply to #7396226)
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Chandler's Mom - 2018-05-12 9:24 PM

Sending prayers your way for your girl---they can make us sick with worry, can't they???

They sure can! I haven’t even been sleeping She going to end up giving me ulcers lol

Maybe y'all can share ulcer meds

How is she today with her water??? (I see she drank----I should read all posts before I ask questions!!! So glad she's drinking again )

I’m going to have to start sharing ulcer meds I’m so glad too. Such a huge relief!

Still drinking??

Drinking a little bit and is on her 5th bucket of mash today!! Before she wouldn’t even finish 2 buckets in 24 hours
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Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-05-15 10:22 AM (#7396272 - in reply to #7396026)
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How is she today, been thinking about your mare and wondering how its going for the both of y'all, hoping its all good  
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Posted 2018-05-15 10:26 AM (#7396273 - in reply to #7396026)
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kk_sue - 2018-05-11 3:56 PM

My mare got spooked and ran into a fence on Monday she has several facial fractures and spent 48 hours at Elgin. She was on an IV the entire time she was there then I brought her back Wednesday evening and she has not touched water since then. I’ve been fighting with her fever which spiked at 103.2 Thursday evening. After giving her alcohol baths and icing her legs all the time and giving her Bute every 12 hours I’ve finally got her temperature to maintain between 100-101 but she still won’t touch water. I’ve tried electrolytes, Gatorade, pedialyte and Zesterra but nothing is encouraging her to drink. I have been feeding her a mash with a bunch of water and electrolytes in it so I’m able to get some fluid in her that way but still not much because she doesn’t want to eat much at all. Even though I make it into like a paste I assume it still hurts to eat. I’m probably only getting 2 gallons of water a day into her that way. I talked with my vet and she said just feed the mash and electrolytes and watch her very closely. But I’m still really worried. Any suggestions????

I would try a sweet tea mix....or at least that is what i call it......mix some sweet feed in her water....maybe a small bucket like you would use at a show.........and see if that entices her to drink.
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Posted 2018-05-16 12:12 PM (#7396400 - in reply to #7396026)
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I'm a little late seeing this. If you will soak beet pulp shreds then drain off the water, kinda looks like tea. Never had a horse that would refuse it.
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