The call I received today said he didn't eat his hay very well (although he did eat his grain), had been slow walking out to the field and was just standing in the field acting weird. They kept an eye on him until they had to leave for work. I wasn't able to get away from work for a couple of hours. In that time I got a call from a fellow boarder who noted that Benny was acting strange.
I got out to the barn around 11:15am and he was just standing quietly in the field. I went out to catch him and what did he do?! He ran away! Apparently he wasn't feeling that bad. I ended up cornering him and catching him in about 15 minutes. Since he had been running around I knew that his temperature would be elevated so I didn't bother with that. I did give him some banamine and turned him back out. At this point I was pretty certain that his neck is just sore from his vaccines.
Our barn has a group Facebook page so I commented on there that Benny wasn't feeling well and asked that everyone check on him when they were out there. I got the following updates:
- "At 1:00 he was grazing and looking good."
- "Happy as a clam as of 3:15"
- "4:00pm - head down and eating. Looking perfectly normal"
It's so awesome to be at a barn where people look after each others horses. That's a definite (and huge) upside to a small, close knit barn.