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Depressed & Not Eating Right after Intense Exercise

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

    Generally, when a horse does not eat something that it would normally devour greedily, it is a sign of a significant problem. A lack of appetite coupled with depression after exercise is also of great concern. I differentiate it here because there is a different group of possible diagnoses associated with the horse that has just exercised.

    Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), and contact your vet immediately with your findings and concerns. Offer your horse small amounts of water, remove your tack, and let them rest quietly. Contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

    What Not To Do

    Do not force exercise. Do not give flunixin (Banamine) or any other medicine and then feed the horse. You will falsely improve appetite, possibly causing other problems.

    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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