When I got to the barn last night, Harv was outside grazing. As he walked around I noticed that he is "dropped" and peeing continually -- sometimes a small stream, sometimes just drips. He is happy, calm, no fever, and there are no signs of discomfort, but...
I called two vets. One felt that to properly diagnose this we needed to get him to a facility, and he's probably right, but I can't see loading my old, slightly wobbly horse on to a trailer for a one hour trip and some invasive procedures. And trying to find someone to trailer is a nightmare.
The second vet speculated about a neurological cause, which seemed to resonate. Have is not that steady on his feet. I brought him in and watched him in his stall. He seemed a bit sluggish in his movements but his eyes were bright. I hosed his legs off and he stood quietly, which is not like him. The normal Harv likes to dance around and act offended at the cold water.
I slathered him with SWAT and we turned the horses back out at dusk. A friend and I chatted near the pasture. I noticed other horses swishing their tails -- but not Harv. I went and took hold of his tail bone. No resistance. It flopped around as I moved it any way I wanted. I compared this reaction to the other horses who immediately clamped their tails when I tried to lift them.
I fed him extra senior feed and some molasses balls, which he gobbled up. As I got in my car he was standing at the gate looking for me to come back (more food?). I gave him a third helping of senior, a big hug, and jumped in the car. I couldn't leave while he was waiting for me at the gate.
I'll heading out this am to check on him. Think good thoughts about my boy...
Saturday, May 31, 2014