07-02-2009, 12:54 AM
| || | 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.
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.