The trouble with horses is they have an uncanny sense of timing. I’m away this weekend with the dogs, visiting my parents’ for the weekend. So of course I open my e-mail to find notes from my B.O. Lucky was apparently feeling lethargic when she fed yesterday morning, and behaved as if his sides were tender. (She did try to call, but my notoriously unreliable cell phone strikes again.) He wasn’t, however, showing any serious distress–no striking at himself, no rolling, no sweats or biting at his sides. The vet tech who came out didn’t think it was colic, and it didn’t sound like it. More e-mails back and forth and he is eating his hay, drinking, and passing waste normally, but still acting as if his belly was tender. No more updates since this morning, and the BO was going to be home all day.
We were theorizing, and ulcers did come up. First we’re going to try withdrawing the biotin supplement that I added this week and see if that changes anything (though I don’t know what in it would be bothering him, unless he’s sensitive to rice bran.) If he continues to act like he’s got something bothering him, we’ll have the vet out. Yes, ulcers were the first thing that occurred to me–I’m sure he’s had bute at some point, even if he didn’t habitually run on it, and he’s undergone some major lifestyle changes (shipping up from Florida this spring and being claimed in New York, moving again to Michigan) while also having had an injury (quarter grab, nothing major but still painful). So he is probably a prime candidate for them.
And in other, happier news, for those who have been reading, meet Tucker, the corgi:
She’s just recovering from her visit to the vet. Itchy stitches, and itchy shaved hair. Better than heat cycles and puppies, but right now she doesn’t get that.