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    So my horse got into the grain last night and ate the grain prepped for 3 horses. She left one full and had shown a loss of appetite. She is pooping and peeing like normal, but she is dehydrated and won’t drink anything. I used household tricks to get her to drink and am on the look out to see if it works. Any advice or similar experiences?

    Update: Her appetite has returned.
    Last edited by ds.jumping; Mar. 20, 2020, 02:56 PM.

    Contact your vet immediately.

    You have a disaster on your hands. Grain overload is a potential killer.!!!
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


      Normally eating 3 extra meals worth of grain wouldn't worry me too much - it just isn't that much. That said, your horse is reacting as if this is a large shock to the system - which would make me panic and put in an emergency call to the vet ASAP.


        What's the size of her normal meal, and what is that in relation to 3 horses' worth?

        What has you saying she's dehydrated?
        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


          Anytime your horse gets into feed and overeats it is a good idea to have the vet out asap. I remember one time my 2 adult horses and a youngster got out and into the grain I had. I had no idea how much they actually ate or who actually ate it.

          They were all acting normally but my vet came out and tubed them all as a precaution and I really had to watch them closely for several days. They never showed any ill affects from their outing but I would rather be safe than sorry.

          Things can go so wrong, so fast.


            Original Poster

            Originally posted by JB View Post
            What's the size of her normal meal, and what is that in relation to 3 horses' worth?

            What has you saying she's dehydrated?
            She usually gets ~4 pounds and two of the other meals were ~5 and one was ~4.

            When pulling her skin, it does not return to normal as soon as it should.


              Not only has she at least doubled fer intake, each grain meal was close to maximum capacity for her stomach.

              Call your vet!.
              Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

              Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                That sounds like her system is in shock, founder and colic are right around the corner. She ate 14lbs of feed besides hers? CALL YOUR VET NOW!!!! Good luck and I hope she does ok. Household ways to get her to drink are great but she still needs a vet to check her and maybe tube her to get it out of her system as safely as possible!!


                  My mare got loose one night and ate at least half a dozen of both prepped breakfast mashes and morning hay hanging on stall doors in IKEA bags.

                  She was a bit bloated but Ok because all the mashes were things like beet pulp or alfalfa cubes or super low NSC seniors feed.

                  She was back in her stall eating her own hay (automatic drop) when discovered in the morning.

                  If she had eaten that much of "real grain" I don't think the outcome would have been so benign and amusing.

                  If your horse is showing alarming symptoms get a vet out ASAP. You could well have an impaction colic happening.


                    A certain horse I know got out overnight and found his way to the chicken coop and ate some goodly amount of chicken corn. He was happy as a clam and saw no problem with this, but the vet felt it was best to pump his stomach, even though it had probably been a few hours between vet arriving and the actual crime.


                      My one boarding horror story involved a grain overload. Through a series of poor decisions, my horse got into a full bag of grain overnight. When they found him the next morning they weren't sure how much he had eaten since he made a mess. The "Pony Club Instructor" who also boarded there said "Oh he's fine! Look he isn't acting sick!" They didn't call me and put him out on the pasture. When I came that afternoon I only found out through a note between barn workers. First vet I called was occupied and thought it was too late for tubing to do much good. I was told to give him banamine and watch for signs of founder. By the next morning he had a fever of 105.5 and was miserable. Next vet came and got reflux. Started him on IV fluids and antibiotics. He had endotoxemia and it was a week (and a colic) before I believed he would survive. At least he didn't develop laminitis (Even though we couldn't get his temperature below 102.5 for several days)

                      Moral of the story: Keep a close eye for at least 24 hours for problems.


                        Not out of the woods for laminitis for a good 3 days.

                        I hope the horse is ok this morning
                        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET