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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I agree that it sounds like your horse needs a better place to live as soon as possible. By 'shares a stall' do you mean two horses in one typical 12x12 or 12x14 box stall? o.o I'd hope not. The reason he's running around like a mad man when he finally gets to go outside is because he's not being allowed to spend his energy in small increments by exercising when he feels like it, so he's like a little kid who has been kept inside while it was raining for a few days. He 'feels his oats' and wants to get the energy out. A 24/7 pasture would do him a lot of good, especially because he could have the opportunity to regulate his hooves himself in some ways, such as soaking them in mud. You'd be suprised how much stalling a horse can affect its health in EVERY way, including his hoofs!
Can you get a suppliment to the BO to give to him? You could ration it out in daily amounts in a ziplock baggies, then give them to BO. Thats what I do. Sometimes like DuMor (TSC brand) Hoof, or any flax seed / biotin /vitamin A type suppliment wuold do him a lot of good, I think.
I have a little TB filly that I'm working with who is in the same type of situation as your guy, but I have her on 24/7 grass. Bad, abcessed, underrun, thin soled feet, underweight, and poor internal health. I have her on a Nutrena feed, DuMor UltraShine, and 5 lbs of alfalfa pellets daily, and she's starting to look a lot better. I'm keeping her barefoot though, and having her trimmed every 3 weeks rather than the usual 5-6. She didn't have as many cracks but they're already looking much better. She was VERY lame for a while because of her feet, but constant moderate exercise, good hoof, and good trims go a long way!
Purina is ok...I had Kenzie (TB filly) on Purine Equine Junior for a few months but switched over to Nutrena because the purina feed has quite a bit of mollasses in it, and I kept finding pieces of corn in the feed when there shouldn't have been any at all. Do you have Nutrena product access? If you have a tractor supply, you should. I'd probably put him on Nutrena Life Design Senior. It has flax, rice bran and beet pulp in it, so he'd be getting a little 'boost' from it.
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Last edited by Endiku; 05-15-2013 at 01:28 PM.