Paj has not been eating his hay very well for the last few days. After obsessively observing him, I was pretty convinced he wasn't colicing. He was eating bran, pellets and treats well, drinking well, and his vitals were good. On day 2, I called Dr. Gary and he arranged to come out the next day (today). I admit it, I got carried away going over the grim possibilities. It's just never good when a horse isn't eating with gusto. Well, I'm happy to tell you that it was the best possible thing -
Sharp points on his teeth! His teeth or a mouth problem had crossed my mind, but since I'd had his teeth checked in October and couldn't find any sores in his mouth, I crossed that off my list and moved on to more dramatic scenarios. I've never been so glad to be wrong! Dr. Gary says he'll be eating his hay much better in a day or two.
Photo notes -
1. He's not blindfolded, he's wearing his fly mask, which we use as a wind mask to cut down on his blocked tear ducts (airborne allergies + windy days = blocked tear ducts).
2. Yes, I wish Stephanie wasn't pulling his mask into his eyes! No harm done, by the way.
3. No, he doesn't have really strange hooves, he's wearing bell boots.
4. Yes, he really is a delicate tropical flower.
Gee, I sound crabby, and I'm really not. I may be a wee bit over-tired after a worry filled couple of days.