Here he is last winter - his demeanor is bright and he's in good weight:
He spends more time just standing around in turnout - he does eat at the round bale, but less than he used to. When he comes in, he stands in his stall with his eyes half closed until feeding time. Until today, his normal routine at feeding time is to stick his head over his stall guard, bob his head up and down and nicker and pin his ears as his feed approaches. Today he was much more depressed and clearly thinking about other things. There were a few head-bobs - but in his stall as if something were bothering him - and some odd chewing - it was as if he had a bad taste in his mouth - and he didn't really perk up at feeding time, although he did deliberately eat his feed - but there was no nickering. His gut sounds were good, so I don't think it's colic. I took his temperature, and it was within normal range at 100.7. He was warm under his mid-weight blanket. At his age, he could go at any time, and I'm prepared for that, but I hope it's not yet. The vet is coming on Tuesday to recheck Blackjack's eye, and I may ask her to look at Noble and draw some blood so we can see if anything obvious is going on.