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[RC] tying up - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Rachelle sdarosa@xxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Hi,
I think my horse may be tying up.  I am not sure what to look for, however.  He 
will only eat grass after I work him or ride him for any distance.  He wants 
nothing to do with grain or beet pulp or hay for that matter.
I have been getting him ready for his first ride and it was to be an easy CTR 
novice division in Kansas with moderate terrain.  When I increased his exercise 
he stopped eating as much leaving food in the bucket at his regular feedings 
and refuses food after he his worked.  The last ride I took him on I rode 
(walked) about 3 hours.  The terrain was a little hard with 2 difficult hills. 
After the ride he would not eat and when he went into the pasture he stood 
still for over an hour.  He attempted to eat a few times and only took a few 
bites.
He is a nervous horse and I can only figure the stress is causing him to tie up 
or he has ulcers.  In either case I have decided not to take him to the ride.  
I do, hoever, want to help him and find out what the problem is.
What exactly is tying up and what are the signs?
Thank you in advance,
Rachelle

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