Thanks again for many of the helpful comments - we do have heated water buckets in the barn and tank heaters outside, so he isn't having trouble drinking and is well hydrated. Keep your fingers crossed for the vet visit on Tuesday.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Narrowing Things Down
It seems more and more likely that Noble's problem relates to his teeth, or his mouth. He has trouble chewing hard things like horse treats and grain - lots of moving the food around in his mouth and grimacing. Tonight I gave him a soaked mask of the remainder of his grain - he didn't finish - and some beet pulp. He's been on beet pulp before in winters past for his weight. It was immediately clear that he really wanted to eat it - so his appetite's OK - but was worried it was going to hurt - he looked at it and then started pawing - this was one of the saddest things I've ever seen - a horse that wants to eat but can't. But then he decided to try and seemed to have no trouble eating it - he looked happy and satisfied, and was chewing normally. So I'm guessing a problem with a molar - and hopefully the vet can tell when she comes. I needed to add beet pulp to his food anyway to help him gain some weight, so he'll be on it twice a day for now.