Refuses to eat …

My husband lost his 32 two year old mare last September. We still have her 23 year old daughter. Until recently she was doing fine. About two or three weeks ago she stopped eating her feed and hay.My husband lost his 32 two year old mare last September. We still have her 23 year old daughter. Until recently she was doing fine. About two or three weeks ago she stopped eating her feed and hay.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dear Dr. Lowder,

My husband lost his 32 two year old mare last September. We still have her 23 year old daughter. Until recently she was doing fine. About two or three weeks ago she stopped eating her feed and hay.

She nibbles on newly sprouted grass and weeds but refuses to eat the feed and hay offered her. At times she is reluctant to enter her stable without being coaxed. We had a vet check her for numerous things. Her teeth have also been floated to see if perhaps that could be a problem. Nothing seems to be helping. The vet says she could possibly have stomach tumors.

This is a recourse we cannot afford to follow up on. Could it be possible she is grieving for her mother and it has taken this long to realize she is alone? We are perplexed. Any adice you can offer would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Ray and Bonnie Capps

Bonnie,

I too think the mare is grieving and would suggest you get her a companion. She will not like the companion at first but will come to like her in about 2-3 months.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder