Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I am sorry for the poor girl. Did you switch her feed w/o transitioning? What kind of hay are the round bales? Did a vet say you had a chance to save her? I am hoping you do. I am asking, b/c the vet should have good dietary advice - follow it. Alfalfa, especially stemmy alfalfa isn't necessary a bad thing, however, it depends on the individual horse and her history. That is why it is best to involve a vet.
As others have said, no grain. Know the quantity and quality of her intake. Weigh and record it. Manage the pain, it is extremely stressful on them and their immune system. The pain should be managed through both chemicals and boots/padding as someone suggested. Again, ask the vet.
I hope she pulls through.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.