Just Ain't Right

What do you do when your horse isn't acting normal, but doesn't show specific clinical signs?

Call my veterinarian immediately
Ask a knowledgeable non-veterinarian for advice
Monitor your horse's vital signs and call your veterinarian if he doesn't seem better soon

Total votes cast: 1918

Comments & Write-in Answers

I'm pretty good at telling when my 3 need a vet, I call & run the situation by her anyways.

3/17/2008 9:41:09 PM

how do i give my horse a shot

3/17/2008 8:29:29 PM

watch horse closely, ask knowlegable friends if having similar problem then call vet

3/17/2008 2:37:43 PM

Monitoring the Horse is Vital for good communications with the Vet if changes happen.

3/17/2008 10:19:32 AM

take temperature-if no fever--keep close eye on him next couple days--if not no change -call vet.

3/17/2008 9:44:15 AM

when your horse is shedding winter coat and not revealing summer coat

3/17/2008 1:07:40 AM

Keep a close eye on him and call the vet if needed.

3/16/2008 9:09:19 PM

take its temp

3/16/2008 6:55:31 PM

Monitor your horse's vital signs and call your veterinarian if he doesn't seem better soon

3/16/2008 1:54:49 PM

If his temp. and vital signs are normal - I would suspect ulcers - treat for that first

3/16/2008 12:05:15 PM


3/16/2008 10:28:33 AM

Monitor attitude, behavor, vital signs, gut sounds, and food and water intake

3/16/2008 9:59:15 AM

my horse had a steak it was taken out but he it still lame

3/16/2008 1:12:16 AM

if mild, feed a pad or 2 of alfalfa-if extreme or this does't help-call a vet

3/15/2008 8:52:12 PM

check him all over, if nothing obvious, then give herbal ASA and monitor closely.

3/15/2008 7:36:14 PM

I keep an eye for any changes, and call the vet if in doubt..

3/15/2008 6:21:48 PM

Monitor my horse and ALSO check with a more knowledgeable person who has more experience.

3/15/2008 3:07:13 PM

Check resp.,hrt.,temp.,gums(CRT),feet,remove food,offer very warm water, depends on symptoms,

3/15/2008 12:01:47 PM

It depends. High temp? Stiff legged? Call vet NOW.

3/15/2008 9:43:06 AM

Also ask others who are knowledgeable

3/15/2008 8:58:36 AM

evaluate all symptoms again. Your horse will tell you what is wrong.

3/14/2008 7:56:31 PM

horse drawn carriage tours

3/14/2008 5:30:54 PM

I am a Vet Tech, I handle most of the problems myself.

3/14/2008 4:39:13 PM

I talk to everyone-non vet & vet and monitor everything. Call in vet if ness.

3/14/2008 3:18:46 PM

I don't take chances. I call the vet.

3/14/2008 3:13:05 PM

Observe activity - water @ feed consuption - nervousness - call vet after 24 hrs

3/14/2008 1:45:55 PM

take temperature and monitor vital signs and condition of the horse

3/14/2008 12:10:37 PM

watch for any changes

3/14/2008 11:28:07 AM

Take vitals & check gut. Call vet immediately if off at all. Otherwise, make regular appt. with vet

3/14/2008 11:25:53 AM

look around to see if there is something in their environment causing behaviour

3/14/2008 8:50:31 AM

ck capillary refill watch to see elimin OK may gv rescue remedy vet exclent at talkng thru most prob

3/14/2008 12:30:04 AM

if you know your horse youcan tell if its just a minror bug or temp change- i feel its better (if ye

3/14/2008 12:26:48 AM

Call my veternarian and tell her what is going and seek her advice

3/13/2008 9:39:33 PM

I really have't encountered this problem...it's always specific--b eing an experienced nurse helps

3/13/2008 8:13:24 PM

also get input from knowledgeable and experienced horse owners

3/13/2008 8:05:43 PM

Give current farm call rates, I monitor first and call the vet if no improvement.

3/13/2008 7:27:59 PM

In addition to keeping track of vitals, ask the horse to move on the ground and listen to its gut.

3/13/2008 7:16:57 PM

Depends on what the question considers acting normal as a guideline to the choices of answers availa

3/13/2008 6:05:27 PM

if they "ain't doing right" my vet wants us to call her sooner rather than later

3/13/2008 5:21:52 PM

keep written documentation about abnormalities

3/13/2008 4:29:23 PM

I will usually wait and see if anything happens. sometimes horses just have bad days

3/13/2008 4:12:38 PM

I am generally the non-vet knowledgable horse person other's ask

3/13/2008 3:52:57 PM

check vitals, treat as indicated for the commonly seen maladies.

3/13/2008 3:33:35 PM

If worried call vet, better safe than sorry! Avoid asking well meaning amateurs.

3/13/2008 3:21:50 PM

Talk it over with my horse trainer. Many times I was glad I did that instead calling in the vet.

3/13/2008 3:05:40 PM

Temperature and gut sound are what I check before calling.

3/13/2008 2:27:50 PM


3/13/2008 2:27:22 PM

Check P&R, temperature and notice if he's eating etc.

3/13/2008 2:23:09 PM

all three depending on the situation

3/13/2008 2:15:20 PM

I just keep monitoring closely. I can call our vet for advice.

3/13/2008 2:05:26 PM

i keep a log of all my horses' anyway, and note any changes, and just normal stuff.

3/13/2008 12:56:18 PM

Watch the horse extremely closely for any changes one way or the other

3/13/2008 12:34:15 PM

wish i had him long enough to know "normal"...lol

3/13/2008 12:33:01 PM

I monitor food/water intake and check the other horses. I also consider last two days' events.

3/13/2008 12:08:04 PM

Twice, vitamin B shots took care of the problem, once a non specific infection needed antibiotics

3/13/2008 10:54:25 AM

Vets for emergencies only.

3/13/2008 10:47:06 AM

I also consult my veterinary manual for what it could be

3/13/2008 9:56:42 AM

Give him a good physical exam to see if there are any obvious signs of injury or illness first,

3/13/2008 9:38:21 AM

monitor vs, capillary refill, ascultate gut, heart, lungs, observe, call vet if needed

3/13/2008 8:23:12 AM

Mt vet and I feel very comfortable (after 25 years) of talking on the phone to come out or wait

3/13/2008 8:07:25 AM

I monitor and call the vet then give a detailed list of symptoms

3/13/2008 3:12:33 AM

If still worried >24 hours I call knowledgeable friend who knows what my horses mean to me

3/12/2008 11:34:13 PM

watch, watch, watch!!!

3/12/2008 10:18:03 PM

watch for signs of infection such as dull eyes dull coat, check for any abnormalities in the stable

3/12/2008 9:14:46 PM

plus keeping a close eye on them

3/12/2008 9:02:10 PM

I am a vet.

3/12/2008 8:46:17 PM

Call vet-Things happen fast--I don't take chances.

3/12/2008 8:42:28 PM

Call my veterinarian that specializes in traditional chinese medicin and accupuncture for an exam.

3/12/2008 8:04:38 PM

Start with probios and pepto and a small amt of banamine

3/12/2008 8:03:13 PM

I monitor Ace, but I also have people who know him, look at him too-concensus then decision

3/12/2008 7:57:41 PM

she has more knowlage than i

3/12/2008 7:19:45 PM

My friends with a lifetime of experience have always known when to call the vet if I had doubts.

3/12/2008 6:54:20 PM

I also begin to watch for any changes in attitude or physical motions/changes.

3/12/2008 6:20:12 PM

Monitor for at the most a couple of hours b-4 calling vet depending on symptoms & prior history

3/12/2008 5:39:21 PM

Also ask a non vet horse friend

3/12/2008 5:27:45 PM

I also just watch them for any odd things

3/12/2008 5:24:59 PM

if he's eating, I just monitor. If not eating, then monitor and call vet if no improvement soon

3/12/2008 4:50:19 PM

Look into eyes,Noramlly I monitor vitals, and watch him close,check feed, water, anything new.

3/12/2008 4:44:21 PM

My horse was spending more time in the shed, he tested positve for lyme. Something to check .

3/12/2008 4:06:29 PM

monitor vitals and behavior and call vet if no improvement within 24-48 hours

3/12/2008 3:53:28 PM

Probably a combination: as someone else and monitor the horse closely, call vet as needed.

3/12/2008 3:49:44 PM

Study all possible factors; detemine likely causes if possible; then consult vet-he's a busy man!

3/12/2008 3:36:30 PM

wait and watch

3/12/2008 3:16:32 PM

Call my more experienced horsey friends, then monitor and possibly call the vet

3/12/2008 3:11:30 PM

Monitor your horse for changes, talk to a horse friend for advice

3/12/2008 2:54:18 PM

monitor, and possibly administer pain meds; massage; TLC

3/12/2008 2:46:46 PM

take vital signs and call the vet

3/12/2008 2:03:38 PM

I would call my vet for advice but not necessarily an immediate farm call.

3/12/2008 1:26:18 PM

I am a legal assistant

3/12/2008 12:48:50 PM

I monitor my horse closely, call my vet if I think anything isn't right to ask for advice/farm call.

3/12/2008 12:47:39 PM

I know my horse(s) real well.

3/12/2008 12:45:03 PM

Always call the vet. There is no excuse not to. I have seen horses die because their owners waited

3/12/2008 12:30:24 PM

I watch, listen, and monitor pulse, temp, and heart rate. I look for being off feed, depression.

3/12/2008 12:13:41 PM

the answer would depend on how "off" the horse is. I may call the vet immediately if necessary.

3/12/2008 11:35:01 AM

take temperature, listed for belly sounds, make sure he is pooping, check if gums are pink

3/12/2008 11:19:49 AM

I email my vet to give him a heads up on a potential problem. And watch my horse more closely.

3/12/2008 11:08:18 AM

I keep observing untill symptoms abate or get worse, then the vet gets a call

3/12/2008 11:03:27 AM

Monitor signs for a day or two and ask a friend. If no change or worsens then call a vet immediatel

3/12/2008 10:46:15 AM

watch for improvement over next day or so

3/12/2008 10:36:11 AM

Always know what is normal behavior, monitor continously what is even slightly different.

3/12/2008 10:17:58 AM

soon is the key word .... too long and you may not have a horse

3/12/2008 10:13:46 AM

Depends on how "abnormal" my horse is acting. I may call vet for advice real soon.

3/12/2008 10:01:01 AM

I took Sky in when he seemed "off", my vet was able to diagnose & successfully treat liver failure

3/12/2008 9:57:12 AM

Call vet to let him know there could be a potential problem, but I'm monitoring him.

3/12/2008 9:49:50 AM

Call immediately and run the symptoms by him, and do what he says.

3/12/2008 9:48:37 AM

take vitals and monitor for 12 hours, if goes down call vet

3/12/2008 9:47:22 AM

Take vital signs, call vet for further ideas of what to look for

3/12/2008 9:26:31 AM

watch him closely until something emerges to hint at what is wrong

3/12/2008 9:24:37 AM

Watch closely, write everything down, rely on my instincts, call vet if improvements aren't see.n

3/12/2008 9:16:20 AM

plus look for advice where ever I can find it.

3/12/2008 9:06:09 AM

If my horse isn't acting right, it is for a reason, so I'd rather get help sooner than later.

3/12/2008 8:45:37 AM

My vet is also a friend, so I have no qualms about calling her.

3/12/2008 8:45:21 AM


3/12/2008 8:21:35 AM

I let her rest in a quiet stall.

3/12/2008 8:20:33 AM

We all have bad days. I monitor. If temp. or Heart rate go up, I call the Vet.

3/12/2008 7:16:39 AM

Our vet is readily avail. for advice & consultation via phone

3/12/2008 7:10:03 AM

Take vitals then call vet and explain I'm seeing. Together we make a plan, case by case.

3/12/2008 7:01:59 AM

back in Nov I had this problem. I did call the vet, but with no results. In Jan. vet paid attention

3/12/2008 6:57:32 AM

Early detection has saved several surgical cases for me when 'not right'. My vets listen!.

3/12/2008 6:51:03 AM

watch closely and talk to the vet to let them know I might need a barn call

3/12/2008 6:38:47 AM

Just keep an eye out for subtle things and stay in touch w the vet

3/12/2008 6:24:43 AM

Monitor vitals is of the utmost importance, if no improvement, then call a vet.

3/12/2008 5:55:14 AM

Most important thing is that a horse has a routine so its easier to notice when something isnt right

3/12/2008 5:06:18 AM

Do a complete once over, check vitals, have friend check, watch, call if no improvement in 24-48 hrs

3/12/2008 1:51:15 AM

I consider all possible reasons why my horse is "off" & make adjustments as needed.

3/12/2008 12:47:31 AM

I give them a time frame and watch closely

3/12/2008 12:44:25 AM


3/12/2008 12:35:17 AM

take temp, listen to gut sounds, take pulse and listen to heart rate

3/12/2008 12:13:53 AM

Depends on the horse and situation, I will ask a knowledgable horse friend for their opinion.

3/12/2008 12:02:08 AM

Call vet, discuss on telephone, monitor.

3/11/2008 11:49:15 PM

call vet & monitor vital signs-Are horses ever normal? :-)

3/11/2008 11:07:43 PM

Monitor clinical signs, time of year, changes in routine or nutrition, cycle, social changes, etc.

3/11/2008 11:01:40 PM

i will also walk thehorse in place of his regular exercise and closely monitor food/water intake

3/11/2008 10:35:17 PM

If vital signs show any abnormalities, I call the vet.

3/11/2008 10:33:39 PM

I take them streight to my vet no waiting around to see if they get worse.

3/11/2008 10:23:33 PM

Watch close and wait it out.

3/11/2008 10:21:26 PM

call, explain "problem" ask advice.if necessary, have vet out.usually overreaction on my part:)

3/11/2008 10:17:37 PM

Take temperature, pulse and watch closely

3/11/2008 10:14:49 PM

keep an eye on him- watch for any symptoms. pay special attention to him

3/11/2008 10:01:42 PM

Wait a bit, offer green grass to check appetite, take temp, observe movement

3/11/2008 9:59:20 PM

Wait a bit, offer green grass to check appetite, take temp, observe movement

3/11/2008 9:59:07 PM

Continue to observe for changes

3/11/2008 9:28:54 PM

Sounds funny but I talk to them. See how responsive they are.Its a good indication of how they feel.

3/11/2008 9:04:37 PM

If they are not acting normal, something is wrong, and it will show up soon.

3/11/2008 9:02:32 PM

observe him. if there is no improvement in a reasonable amount of time, will call the vet.0

3/11/2008 9:01:06 PM

CAught an early impaction colic

3/11/2008 8:54:27 PM

Look for trends and act accordingly, also check the rest of the horses for similar symptoms

3/11/2008 8:51:23 PM

take vitals, keep record, listen to "gut" instince. if necessary, call vet. Your know your horse b

3/11/2008 8:50:09 PM

my 24 arabian actshat old age

3/11/2008 8:48:05 PM

all depends on how my horse is acting as to how soon I call the vet out

3/11/2008 8:46:37 PM

watch him closely

3/11/2008 8:41:18 PM

Learn a lesson early on, now I would rather be safe than sorry!!

3/11/2008 8:32:29 PM

if she seems like shes colicing i put her in the trailer and go for a drive

3/11/2008 8:29:30 PM

Give my vet the symptoms and let him decide if he will see the horse

3/11/2008 8:22:07 PM

Don't like to jump & call vet, want him to know I only call when necessary!

3/11/2008 8:17:57 PM

notify the vet he'd rather know now if he might be making a call later on

3/11/2008 8:12:55 PM

Keep a close watch on gut sounds and vitals, be prepared to call vet.

3/11/2008 8:11:09 PM

At the clinic where I work we call it "therapeutic neglect".

3/11/2008 7:39:25 PM

Check for poisonous stuff they could have eaten, weather conditions, is it one or all horses, etc.

3/11/2008 7:38:11 PM

keep close eye on them and moniter water and feed intake, call vet if needed

3/11/2008 7:22:30 PM

Observe closely i.e. eating, drinking, activity; note vital signs, lethargy for 24 hrs.

3/11/2008 7:12:35 PM

Time off

3/11/2008 7:09:20 PM

check his drinking water for manure!

3/11/2008 7:07:36 PM

Monitor the horse's vital signs

3/11/2008 7:07:31 PM

Record symptoms,treat them and monitor closely.Call vet in no improvement.

3/11/2008 6:54:28 PM

Pull up a chair outside the stall with the portable phone in hand and watch, watch, watch....

3/11/2008 6:52:11 PM

Check thoroughly. Then watch to see if he gets better before calling vet.

3/11/2008 6:50:08 PM

Monitor the vital signs; my vet will want those anyway

3/11/2008 6:48:40 PM

Watch and see if he is better in 10 or so hours. If signs continue then I call the vet.

3/11/2008 6:41:49 PM

my horse suffers from anhydrosis. My first move is in the form of temperature regulation

3/11/2008 6:41:07 PM

I just watch them more carefully, and if any symptoms show, I call the vet for advice.

3/11/2008 6:38:23 PM

You know your horse better than anyone else, so you can better judge what's wrong

3/11/2008 6:30:13 PM

Monitor Vital Signs, Bowel Sounds, Activity, Stool & Urine Output, Food & Fluid Intake.

3/11/2008 6:19:50 PM

check food and poop

3/11/2008 6:10:07 PM

Monitor gut sounds, make sure horse is eating & drinking

3/11/2008 6:02:48 PM

Would wait a few hours, taking vital signs, then call the Vet if no better.

3/11/2008 5:43:48 PM

Confer with horse folk and monitor vitals & behavior

3/11/2008 5:38:30 PM

monitor horse through the night if neccesary, watch very carefully check everything possible

3/11/2008 5:26:06 PM

Monitor but call vet to see if visit is necessary.

3/11/2008 5:22:44 PM

In a remote area, vets don't want to pop out for every little ailment - self help out here is vital.

3/11/2008 5:21:42 PM

My horse is my baby. If he is acting unusual, after about 3 days I do get the vet out!

3/11/2008 5:21:34 PM

Hand walk, monitor food & water intake & DO NOT RIDE

3/11/2008 5:19:44 PM

call and explain and make an appt. never wait for a flee animal to show to many signs.they hide them

3/11/2008 5:16:20 PM

ADR=ain't doing right-always call your vet right away!!

3/11/2008 5:15:53 PM

I monitor first, respect my vet, and NEVER cry wolf-when I call I NEED HELP and he knows it.

3/11/2008 5:15:28 PM

Thank God for my wonderful equine girlfriend, Mary! What would I ever do w/o you!!!

3/11/2008 5:10:04 PM

I would observe my horse and ask others for their opinions. Call vet if no improvement overnight

3/11/2008 5:02:15 PM

sometimes my vet can help me on the phone because noone knows my horses better than I

3/11/2008 4:55:19 PM

I would call the vet on third day even if vitals are normal.

3/11/2008 4:51:55 PM

Take temp, pulse, feel feet for heat or pulse, check sheath for swelling, check for choke, jog .

3/11/2008 4:51:17 PM

watch them very carefully to make sure they are eating and drinking normally.

3/11/2008 4:48:59 PM

Keep track of symptoms for a se

3/11/2008 4:48:47 PM

I will monitor my horse and wait to see if it is something that will take care of it's self first

3/11/2008 4:43:54 PM

I call my vet and explain what I see after I check vitals.

3/11/2008 4:37:51 PM

check vitals and call vet.

3/11/2008 4:36:32 PM

Ask a friend who knows my horse to validate my observation, and if so, call my vet immediately.

3/11/2008 4:34:08 PM

I keep my horses on my farm and handle them several times daily, I can usually detect minor changes

3/11/2008 4:32:38 PM

I'm a vet tech

3/11/2008 4:31:59 PM

Was told "If your draft looks at you funny, call your vet." By an old time draft man. Saved a life.

3/11/2008 4:31:27 PM

allow 24-48 hours before calling vet if no other changes & feed/water consumption remain normal

3/11/2008 4:29:33 PM

Run blood work, ie CBC and profiles.

3/11/2008 4:29:23 PM

I also monitor their actions, gaits and interactions with their buddies...also watch their buddies.

3/11/2008 4:26:49 PM

Monitor the horse for any change in their normal bahavior and treat as necessary

3/11/2008 4:22:20 PM

Monitor vital signs, bahavior differances, eating and drinking

3/11/2008 4:22:13 PM

getting to know my horse is the key

3/11/2008 4:21:26 PM

monitor behavior also- that's usually what tips off the "isn't acting right".

3/11/2008 4:19:04 PM

monitor - OR call Vet depending on how abnormal the horse is behaving.

3/11/2008 4:17:24 PM

converse with the horse through animal communicator

3/11/2008 4:16:41 PM

Pay close attention to the details

3/11/2008 4:14:32 PM

Try and do some research and monitor, if no change call vet

3/11/2008 4:12:17 PM

Mostly depends on what she doing. If she appears ill or injured then the vet is the first to know!

3/11/2008 4:08:58 PM

I also email my friend that is a vet tech w/ the USDA for advice, moniter feeding habits and change

3/11/2008 4:08:11 PM

Check feed and water, feet, soreness from riding or some other cause first.

3/11/2008 4:07:53 PM

I watch them if this happens. Don't panick.

3/11/2008 4:06:57 PM

Have the horse talked to by an animal communicator

3/11/2008 4:04:02 PM

We deal with a lot of rescue horses and find that they are not always sick. We watch them very close

3/11/2008 4:01:33 PM

Elevated/depressed vital signs will tell you if there's something wrong.

3/11/2008 4:00:39 PM

And sometimes it goes away, and sometimes it doesn't.

3/11/2008 3:59:22 PM

If it's at all "cold like" I'll boost with EsterC

3/11/2008 3:56:26 PM

treat with doxycycline and anti ulcer meds

3/11/2008 3:53:04 PM

Look at his environment, weather, and monitor Vital Signs and wait if no acute distress noted

3/11/2008 3:51:04 PM

I monitor both vital signs and behavior and consult my vet if I feel it isn't getting better.

3/11/2008 3:38:03 PM

Monitor vital signs, bahavior differances, eating and drinking consumption. Check for any injuries.

3/11/2008 3:30:41 PM

just watch him

3/11/2008 3:28:43 PM

my mare and I've been together so long I can see when something is wrong from across the pasture

3/11/2008 3:26:21 PM