My ole guy has pretty much stopped moving. On turnout he will make a short and a very small trip around the barn at a slow and stiff trot after which he stops and doesnt move again until it is time to return to his stall. This is something he has just started the last couple of days. He has a good appetite for his grain and hay but has stopped grazing or at least I havent seem him graze. Any ideas?
Try some anti-inflammatories (Aspirin, Bute, Banamine, or Previcoxx), and see if it makes any difference. Arthritis improves with movement, so keeping him comfortable enough to move around is key. You don't say where you are. Is it frozen and/or icy? He could be a bit foot sore on frozen ground, or afraid of slipping.
Kate, I live in the PNW, its slighly muddy having not had much rain the last week or so. He is currently on bute, blanketed with a heavy winter turnout blanket. I think his arthritis is part of the issue on why he doesnt want to move and I guess I was always thinking its his leg joints that were bad.. Now wondering if maybe he has arthritis in his neck as well.
Thanks for the suggestions .
This guy is and always has been astounding. I must admit there as been times where I am almost gave up the fight in the past year. He has always shown the will and the heart to keep going and his willingness to persevere with all of his health issues. This, as I mentioned earlier, is the first time he has stopped moving and showed no interest in grazing. This is also the first winter that I have seen his age in his face.
I love my animals, but this part is always the hardest..
Long story short its not an option anymore to leave him out 24/7 I did have out 24/7 up until about 3 months ago. I brought him in as he didnt seem to be fairing well. He perked up - I think he was finally able to rest . Now, he is turned out during the day and brought in at night. I havent seen him lay down and roll either the last couple of days either and that too he normally does when first turned out. Also I dont see any symptoms of lamanitis.
Rhymes - he has a buddy and that was part of the problem on why he couldnt be turned on 24/7 anymore. It appears my ole guy was the sentinental at night and consequently didnt get much sleep. During the day, his buddy was on the move and he was so worried about loosing his buddy I think he never really rested. When I brought him in this fall, he perked up as his buddy was in the stall next door and was unable to relax. When turned out these last couple of days he makes a small lap around the barn and pretty much thats it. As long as he can see his buddy he doesnt really move and even when he cant see her, he doesnt seem overly concerned.. not like he used to.. Its actually really sad. He stands in the pasture with his head at half mast..
Glad he's feeling better I hope everything is better and he was just feeling a little under the weather. I understand your concern, I've got one that's pushing 30 and I tend to micro-analyze everything he does. Mine hasn't been out on the grass much lately either, tends to hang out up by the barn in the sacrifice area but is otherwise alert, hungry, and healthy. Honestly I think the weather here in the PNW gets to them a bit. The damp, grey, yuck makes them less active. I've noticed when the sun peeks out for a day or two my guy perks up and heads out for some grazing. Frankly I don't blame them because I feel the same way