Quidding is a habit which some horses form due to mouth pain or other health problems. When a horse quids, it stores a bolus of food in the side of its mouth, or it drops food after a few bites. Sometimes horses will form balls of material while quidding and then spit them out.
The last two days I've found those gross balls off chewed and saliva soaked hay in Bonnie's stall. Not just one or two, but many. She's rooting her hay all over her stall, and she also hasn't finished her three flakes of hay in her stall from WEDNESDAY morning! She IS eating her pellets (soaked).
First thing one thinks of is teeth. Her teeth were floated on February 4. He took his time, showed me the points, let me feel after wards. I felt nothing and looked good to me, but I'm no expert.
Dentist was first call I made yesterday morning. He has a couple of idea's to check, said he would also discuss with his mentor (I LOVE he still has relationship with his mentor) and will see her first thing Sunday morning.
Second call I made was vet. Vet said I was doing the right things and if she's still quidding after the dentist, or if he couldn't find anything, she could fit her in early to mid week.
Until then I doubled her complete pellet, added another pound of Essential K, and alfalfa cubes for last night and this morning. She's not a horse that does well with alfalfa so last night I picked up Orchard Grass pellets and will switch her to that.
I also, being the neurotic horse mom that I am, took scissors and "chopped up" about 1 flake of hay and put into a feed bucket in her stall. If anything we can monitor how much of it she's consuming.
I've never experienced a horse that wouldn't or couldn't eat hay before so I'm pretty worried, and will admit I kind of panicked calling every horsey friend I have looking for advice. Not to mention she's only 18, a bit too young to be quidding due to age.
Any advice here will be appreciated as well, even if it's worse case, it gives me things to throw at my vet and dentist.