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hey i just noticed when i was out with my horse he was not drinking ...
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    horse not drinking water ??????

    hey i just noticed when i was out with my horse he was not drinking i also noticed his gums were whiter then normal what does then mean????

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    If your horse has enough moisture in the pasture or other feed he's getting & it's not particularly warm, he may just not need much to drink. Very pale gums can indicate anemia, but may not be anything. I would be calling a vet & getting their opinion, perhaps getting a blood test done if you're concerned.

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    well that the thing its is still pretty warm were i am at and he doesnt get any water in he food and the pasters are dry he is in a stall from like 6 am to like 8:30 pm so i would think dont drinking in that long of a time period isnt normal but it maybe that why i am anking the question is that normal

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    Nope .. not normal at all. He could colic from an impaction. He needs water to move his food through. Is he always in a stall that long? Exercise might help too...longer turnout.

    Maybe you can wet his hay and make his feed more mushy with water.

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    see thats what i thought but i talked to the barn manger and she said he is actin fine other then not drinking and es he is in the stall that long every day he is a paint and gets sun burned really easily so he doesnt go out at all during the day

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    Change in gum color is ALWAYS a reason to call your vet. Anemia is one of the causes of pale(r) gums. Other causes of pale or paler gums is pain, fever and shock.
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    Well I hope he is drinking when he goes out at night. Otherwise, you will end up with a very sick horse and a potentially huge vet bill.

    I'm surprised the barn owner isn't more concerned about him not drinking. Does he change the water in the stall before the horse comes back in in the morning. It could be stale from sitting there for days.

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    As Ryle said white gum are always a concern, and you really should consult with a vet.

    Also is your horses sunkin in at the top of the flanks.
    What colour is his wee, and is he weeing normally.
    Have you checked his other vitals, pulse, temp, hydration status....if you don't know how to I can give you that info.
    Is he showing signs of pain... yawning, grinding teeth, chewing without food in mouth, quivering/twitching lips even slightly…(you may have to sit and watch for a while to see this).

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    i am hoping he drinkswhen he is out side he is with other horse so you cant really tell how much he drinks alone the barn manager said she would keep an eye on him hough the night and yes they change the water every morning when he comes in he is not sankin his flanks umm when i was out there i didnt see any urine spots in his stall and i am not sure how to check vitals, pulse, hydration status i know how to check his temp i was going to do that early but my thermeter was broke so i have to get a new one in the morning when i go out there

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    Pulse...beats per 15 seconds by 4...(The normal value is 25 – 45 beats per minute in a resting horse).

    Temperature...The normal temperature range is 36.5 – 38.5C.

    Capillary count....Press the gums of the upper or lower jaw with a finger for 3 – 5 seconds, release and count how long it takes for the normal pink colour to return. 1 to 2 seconds is normal.

    Respiration rate is 8 –16 breaths per minute.
    Stand back from the near side of the horse and watch the diaphragm moving in and out at the front of the flank. Count only the inhalations or the exhalations, not both. Alternatively, watch the nostrils dilate as the horse inhales. Count for 15 seconds by 4 to get this rate.

    Hydration status (pinch test)....pinch the skin, if the skin drops straight down, horse is fine...if the skin stays up your horse is dehydrating....and need fluids.

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