Jingles Please for My Old Man - HAPPY Update Post #252
Well ... King is not himself tonight. It's bitter cold and though he ate his Sr. Feed last night, he did not eat but a small handful this morning. He wanted hay, but he does not have the teeth to eat it. He was out all day (with a blanket on) but when I went out tonight to bring them both in for the night and to feed, he was nowhere around. I got in a panic and sent Elijah back out to find him (why do these things always happen on a pitch black night???) So, Eli "found" him and King came in ... slowly. He got halfway inside the barn and just acted like pulling his back legs up six inches to step inside was way too much effort. But he finally did.
He is lethargic, mopey and just standing with his head in the corner. No interest in his feed ... a teeney bit of interest in hay, but not really.
Called the vet and talked -- his gums are pink, his ears are warm. Gave him banamine and will check him again in 30 minutes. Vet is great, will come if I ask him. But don't really know what's going on with the old guy.
Can you please send some jingles that he's just tired of this cold, tired of senior feed, tired of wearing a blanket, tired of achey joints and wishes he were young again ... and so will be back to his curmudgeon-ly old self in the morning? Please? (Maybe the scariest thing of all is that he actually stood there and let me cuddle and kiss his old head ... he must really feel bad! That sort of thing is usually way below his dignity!)
Last edited by King's Ransom; Feb. 16, 2008 at 12:23 PM.
I'm so sorry. The old guys worry us so. . . do you think he might be tempted with a nice warm bran mash? When mine are not feeling great, that's an almost sure way to get them to eat. . . and my old man with no teeth can eat that just fine. . . I also give my old guy a bucket of nice warm soaked beet pulp instead of hay. He has no back teeth anymore and has to eat everything soft. Jingles for King. . . and for you.
Last edited by Over the Hill; Feb. 11, 2008 at 11:19 PM.
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Jingles, can you tempt him with bran or beet pulp?
I have a 35+ old woman, she has been slow lately, standing around alot. She can't eat hay so she is on the only bit of grass i have.
Can you believe, somebody told me I shouldn't out her in my front pasture because she looks bad! As if I would care about that
For what it's worth, our Old Geezer also sometimes will not eat his grain/senior feed when it's excessively cold, even though that's when I think he needs it the most. Scares me to death, but in a few days he's back to normal.
The current Arctic Blast is, I believe, supposed to pass in a few days; the radio weatherman was talking about the upper 60 by next weekend! Just tell King to hang on. Better times are one the way. Until then, get any calories into him you can, but know that he won't starve to death if you can't do much for a few days. You know he's a tough guy.