4 Month Weanling Started Biting and Kicking
Hey there!! I have a question for you. This may bounce all over the place so be prepared. :)
A week ago today I delivered a 4 month old weanling colt to his new home in a brand new paddock of sand and two other recently arrived weanling colts.
These are the only horses on the property.
The next day my colt developed diarrhea which the new owner did not tell me about til Friday at which point I advised him to use Pepto and get veterinary intervention if it continued.
The Pepto did not clear up his liquid stool so the vet was called on Sunday who diagnosed him based on appearance as having a heavy worm load. He also took blood to check fibrinogen levels as he said high fibrinogen would indicate a heavy worm load. (ended up being high) I was present at this vet check and informed him that I dewormed the colt a few times and very recently as well. He thought my herd is developing a resistance to Ivermecting products and suggested doing everybody with Strongid.
He put the colt on Tribrissen for secondary gut infection and recommended continuing with the Pepto.
The colt started having better stool the following day but because of the high fibringen levels the new owner was recommended to deworm again with STrongid. I don't think a fecal flotation was ever done at all. ( Please share your thoughts on the diarrhea part of the problem with me)
Some background info:
This colt had been dewormed three times at my place since two months of age with an Ivermectin name brand paste the last time being two weeks ago.
However, this colt did start looking wormy at around the 3 month stage. (A bit ribby on top and a belly) I weaned him a week and a half before he was to leave but left him in the paddock with his two siblings and their dams til it was time to move him to his new home.
So onto the behaviour issues. This colt has always been friendly and kind. Easy to halter break. Leads reasonably well. Had some practice trailer loading before being moved. Independent and didn't worry when I moved his mother to the pasture. He is the lowest ranking colt at the new place having arrived three weeks after the other two. He has been very sweet at the new owners and has allowed them to give him Pepto with a lead rope around his neck. Stood quite well for the vet.
Yesterday at feeding time he attempted to kick the owners daughter through the fence and then charged the new owner who hit with him a feed bucket. The colt shook his head, pinned his ears and charged the owner again to be hit a second time with the feed bucket. He then trotted around him and kicked towards him.
Apparently he has tried something similar today. WHAT THE HECK????????? :confused: What would you recommend or what could the problem be????
Apparently he is still easy to handle for treatments but becomes aggressive at feeding time.
Thanks in advance for your help.