The mare looks normal (if a little over quiet) right now, bright eyed and coat is shiny, but she has little to no interest in grain. She is eating hay well and gets free choice excellent quality orchard grass hay.
I’m dosing her with an oral syringe:
Twice daily SMZ
3x daily milk thistle and vitamin E
She came to me racing thin and has lost weight with this latest episode.
I need ideas for getting calories in her without adding extra protein and fat as these can be stressful to a damaged liver?
I’ve tried plain oats with soaked beep and a ration balancer. I’ve tried Triple Crown senior and Purina senior, which she nibbles at with little interest. I’m willing to try pretty much anything if I can get her to eat it and it won’t aggravate her as yet mystery condition. She was eating well prior to this, a mix of TC senior with added beep.
I have no idea what caused the liver problems, perhaps she came with already elevated enzymes and the stress of moving to a new farm and new life pushed her over the edge? I’ve only ridden her a handful of times since she came and only walk-trot, she gets 12 hours of turnout with two other mares and seems content to be out, and my farm is low key and quiet. I did reach out to her former owner (the trainer at the track) and he said she’s “never been sick in her life”, which may or may not be accurate.
Her vet is on top of it but currently feeling she’s not sick enough for more aggressive treatment (biopsy, IV fluids, etc) as long as she’s responding to treating the symptoms.
Thanks for reading and any insight is appreciated.