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    07-02-2009, 01:50 AM
The man said the little guy was between 1-2 years old and the mare was 5-6.
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    07-02-2009, 01:54 AM
Originally Posted by westonsma    
Just a suggestion, to get started, worm them each for 100lbs over their weight. Use either Equimax or Zimecterin Gold, which you can find at Orschelns or Tractor Supply. They are the more expensive of the wormers, but they are the best for first-time wormings. In 7 days, give the same dosage of pyrantel pamoate, or ivermectin. 21 days after the PP or Ivermec, give the same dosage of whichever those two you didn't use the first time. Keep them on that rotation, worming once every three months.

Please speak to a vet regarding worming. If they are absolutely riddled with worms, hitting them with this much wormer could cause impaction colic from the vast amount of dead worms leaving the system.
While some wormers have a high threshold for overdose, others do not, and you have to be careful about the amount you give.

This will take a LOOOOOOONG time, I bought my only mare last June at 658lbs. We weighed her again June this year, and she is only up to 890. She's not as big as she needs to be, but is doing very well, as you can see from the pictures on my profile.

I'm sorry but most horses put on weight much faster than a year. Of course it depends on the horse, and you do have to be careful about it but you can get a BCS 2 horse up to a 4 within a couple months.

And ladies that are afraid the mare is pregnant, there's no way to tell by looking, the vet will have to check. Looking at my mare you'd assume so too, but she's just potbellied, and hasn't even come in heat yet this year...

True. Getting a preg check and separating the mare and stud should be your first priority. Gelding the stud should be right at the top as well.
To the OP - you are very brave for taking on these two horses. You will catch a LOT of grief on this board because to us it seems that you might have gone full steam ahead into this without thinking about the consequences.
Are we making assumptions? Maybe a little, but we are only able to base our opinions off of what you tell us.
In all reality, this scares me a little. I haven't a clue how much experience you truely have handling a stud, if any, and rescue studs are... just a whole other world.

Questions for you to consider:

- Do you have enough room for the two horses to be penned separately?
- Do you have adequate fencing for the stud? (In most states it's illegal to keep a stud in an unsafe pasture without 6' fences.)
- What kind of fencing do you have?
- Do you have adequate fencing to keep mare and stallion separate?
- Do the horses have shelter?
- Do you have adequate hay for the upcoming winter?

I'm sorry, I'm no good at listing out these things without seeming hostile, but that is not my intention.
    07-02-2009, 01:56 AM
Green Broke
It wasn't about trashing you. People were asking questions to find out more and find out if you were aware of the consequences. You didn't say much in your initial post, that's why all the questions.

It's not an ideal situation that they are in right now but is sounds like you are working toward getting that changed.
    07-02-2009, 10:05 AM
Please folks, the OP did not ask for a critique. Refrain from giving negative feedback when it wasn't requested.
It was stated that these horses are from a rescue. I'm sure we have all seen horses in worse shape that come from such backgrounds.
Congratulations to Mcfrumple for getting her horses and bless her heart for taking on the extra work taking on neglected horses.

ETA- I would guess the little guy is a dark bay. Once he is back in shape he may change to a faded black.
    07-02-2009, 10:56 AM
Congrats to you Mcfrumple on your very first horses!
I know they look a bit rough right now, but they are beautiful!
Good on you for rescuing them and giving them a better life.

Please make sure you not only update us, but update us with pictures as well! I can only imagine how pretty/handsome they are going to be with some TLC!
    07-02-2009, 11:18 AM
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Good luck with the new babies! I rescued my first horse as well and I remember the way people quickly judged my ability to care for him. I was a teenager and he was a good two hundred pounds underweight with a hole in his face. We did ok and I know you will too. The important thing is to not be afraid of asking questions when you thin you need help.

Good luck and enjoy them, they are very pretty.
    07-02-2009, 12:09 PM
Vidaloco, appylover31803, and farmpony84...thank you so much for your words of encouragement!! I didn't appreciate the way people think I'm too incompetent to take care of a horse just because I've never owned one before. I've taken care of many horses who belonged to others like they were my own.

But again thank you for your kind words, it really does mean alot to me. I know things will work themselves out. :]
    07-02-2009, 02:45 PM
Green Broke
I hope for the best to you and your new horsies! Im glad to hear you have no problem with gelding him it could get sticky with the mare and a stallie in together even if he's young. But I think theyve found a loving owner and they wont have to ever be in a situation as such again.

Good Luck and God Bless :)

    07-02-2009, 03:54 PM
Originally Posted by ilovemyPhillip    
I hope for the best to you and your new horsies! Im glad to hear you have no problem with gelding him it could get sticky with the mare and a stallie in together even if he's young. But I think theyve found a loving owner and they wont have to ever be in a situation as such again.

Good Luck and God Bless :)


Thank you dear!! :]
    07-02-2009, 06:25 PM
Gratz on getting your first horse! I know how excited you must be. Your horses are going to be really pretty when they get some weight on them. It sounds like to me that you have their best interest at heart and they are lucky to have you. If you do have any problems you can always post on this forum for the answer....somebody will know what to do. Best of luck to you and your horses!

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