Q. What can we do to get her to eat?

Sat, Jul 8, 2023

She isn’t looking good and we don’t know if she’s gonna make it.
What are causes & treatment?

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I understand that you're concerned about your 1-month-old female horse who is not eating well and appears to be in poor condition.

When a young horse is not interested in eating, it can be a sign of various underlying issues. One common problem is a lack of proper nutrition, especially if the mother has abandoned her.

Diarrhea can also be a significant concern, as it can lead to dehydration and nutrient loss. In young horses, diarrhea can be caused by infections, dietary changes, parasites, or other gastrointestinal disorders.

Here are some steps you can take at home to help your horse:

- Evaluate the diet: Make sure you are providing a balanced diet for your horse. For young foals, this usually involves offering a good quality foal milk replacer or working with a veterinarian to establish a suitable feeding plan.

- Encourage eating: Offer small, frequent meals to entice your horse to eat. Ensure that the feed is easily digestible and palatable. You can try adding some warm water to the feed to make it more appealing and easier to consume.

- Monitor hydration: Dehydration can worsen the condition of your horse. Ensure that clean, fresh water is readily available at all times. If your horse is showing signs of dehydration (such as sunken eyes, dry gums, or decreased skin elasticity), take her to the hospital immediately.

- Maintain a clean environment: Provide a clean and comfortable living environment for your horse. Regularly clean the stall or paddock to minimize exposure to pathogens and parasites.

It's important to remember that these suggestions are not a substitute for professional veterinary care. If you have any concerns about your horse's health or if her condition deteriorates, I strongly recommend reaching out to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.