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post #21 of 33 Old 01-11-2012, 07:34 PM
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How much grain is he getting and what kind? How much hay and what kind?
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post #22 of 33 Old 01-11-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Assuming you do get the farrier 6-weekly(I'd be maintaining a pony like that little & often - no more than 4-weekly max), you desperately need a GOOD farrier. Looking at your other thread, I just assumed you were new to horses & didn't have a clue about hoof care or such, but perhaps it's bad advice from an incompetent 'expert' that has led you to allow the pony to become like that. One big reason why it's important for owners to educate themselves, not just leave it to 'experts'.

Agree with others that the horse is very likely a chronic laminitic & his diet needs careful management. What is his diet? What is his bodyshape? Does he have any lumpy 'fat pads' or cresty neck? Does he retain his coat, or shed later than others, or have longer hair than normal? I'd be consulting an equine vet too & considering getting him tested for IR, Cushings, etc. Also consider getting xrays of those feet, to learn exactly what changes have happened inside, to enable a trimmer to know exactly where they can/can't trim.
To answer your questions: His diet is hay and free pasture to graze.

He doesn't have any lumpy or fatty pads- lol

Will post pics of his body soon.

He has a very hairy coat! Almost like an Icelandic Pony. And he it does take him a while to shed in the spring. He is alway's the last to finish shedding. But our other mini was like that so I think it's just the breed.
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post #23 of 33 Old 01-11-2012, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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post #24 of 33 Old 01-11-2012, 07:59 PM
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They are certainly adorable, but also very overweight!
The mini, especially is quite obese.
While full size horses generally thrive on free choice hay and pasture, ponies and minis tend to get really fat, really fast.
You need to limit their food intake, especially the grass, although I guess it doesnt look all that lush now that it is winter. If they are just in one huge pasture, you will need to section off a small area for a dry lot so they are not just eating all day. That and a good farrier should help get them back on track.
Your pony looks like a very pleasant fella! His mane made me smile! :)
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HorseCrazy, the founder is evident, but not extreme. Find a farrier that has experience with laminitis and you'll be ok. Also, that pony is overdue for a trim because they grow very fast when they founder. The reason for this is because the coffin bone has sunk and become close to the ground, and Mother Nature's way of coping is to grow foot fast.

P.S. Overeating isn't always the cause of founder in horses, but it's usually the culprit in ponies

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post #26 of 33 Old 01-11-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you to everyone for all yur help ;)

And thank you NDappy for the farrier numbers =)
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HOrsecrazy4ever - you need to ask your rider to sit further forward on the pony's back - close to the wither - where the child is sitting the weight is on the unprotected loin area and will eventually cause problems.
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HOrsecrazy4ever - you need to ask your rider to sit further forward on the pony's back - close to the wither - where the child is sitting the weight is on the unprotected loin area and will eventually cause problems.
I was going to say this.

Also I would not be feeding ANY grain to this pony at all, it is overweight, the hooves are showing a stretched white line and laminitic growth rings - you need to restricts his diet and get the hooves trimmed.
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HOrsecrazy4ever - you need to ask your rider to sit further forward on the pony's back - close to the wither - where the child is sitting the weight is on the unprotected loin area and will eventually cause problems.
Yes, I know. He had just been trotting him, and if you have any experience with mini's you know that their trot is like sitting on a viberator!So he had slid back a little too far. I had chosen that moment to take a pic. ;)
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I was going to say this.

Also I would not be feeding ANY grain to this pony at all, it is overweight, the hooves are showing a stretched white line and laminitic growth rings - you need to restricts his diet and get the hooves trimmed.
He was only getting 1/2 c. grain a week(at the most) but I see what you mean so NO more grain for him( he will hate me for that ) lol
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