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post #101 of 115 Old 10-17-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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The new filly is finally named! We decided to call her "Rue" she is doing SO much better! Yesterday I spent a ton of time just sitting in the stall with her and each new time I went in I could touch and scratch her everywhere and she loves it! This morning when I went to feed there was not even a little hesitation, comes right to the door for a scratch and whinnies for us! So cute, she will be a really fun little lady!!! Will post more photos later :)
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post #102 of 115 Old 10-19-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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UGH! Rue was worse this morning and actually wheezing with every breath, thank god the vet came today! She had a 103.3 temp and we had blood drawn because the vet thinks she may have pneumonia. She has been happy and bouncy till this morning, seems sad and grumpy and just sits in the corner of her stall. So wish the vet could have made it out before today. They put her on injectable antibiotics and banamine for the fever. I will find out early tomorrow morning about her blood work and if she has pneumonia or not. She was a super sweet and patient girl, until about the 2nd needle poking... Then she reared and flinched at every movement :( she was nervous after that again, so I just sat with her until she warmed up again. She is such a love bug and its complete torture to see her sick like this.

Summer was palpated by 2 different vets and neither of them could get far enough inside of her to feel a baby or not. They said they could only reach near her very large bladder. Vet said its more than safe to assume she is pregnant and most likely much farther along than the bare minimum of 5 months that she could be at. So wishing I would have a clear answer, oh well.

I plan to purchase a camera and have it installed in Summer's stall hopefully in the next week or two. I plan to put her on marestare but NO clue how it all works..... I do not live on the property so the camera can't be wired to a house... Any suggestions? I know nothing about this!

The photos are from 2 days ago, and as you can see Rue is now doing AWESOME on the lead and loved her time outside with us!!!
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post #103 of 115 Old 10-19-2012, 10:27 PM
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Why can't this little girl live outside where she should be?
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post #104 of 115 Old 10-19-2012, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Merlot View Post
Why can't this little girl live outside where she should be?
In most of the pictures of Rue it looks like she is outside. :P
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post #105 of 115 Old 10-19-2012, 11:05 PM
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NO what I see is a pony who is kept in a barn and taken outside on a lead.
I may be wrong - I HOPE I am wrong.
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post #106 of 115 Old 10-20-2012, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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None of my horses "live" outside, let alone a tiny sick 6 month old.
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post #107 of 115 Old 10-20-2012, 02:32 PM
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Why do they not live outside? No horse should live inside, in my opinion, it is akin to battery farming. Horses are not meant to live inside!!! They need movement, they need each other for company and to run and play with. They need light and sunlight (vitamin D is very important).Please think about what you are doing.
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post #108 of 115 Old 10-21-2012, 12:13 PM
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Not everyone has the land to keep their horses on 24/7 pature, Merlot. Stalls are a necessary evil in many cases. OP doesn't say her horses are kept inside all the time; I'd still consider horses as 'living inside' if they were out during the day and in at night.
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post #109 of 115 Old 10-21-2012, 01:01 PM
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At our horse rescue each horse has a turn out as it would be unsafe for the horses being all together as some are blind, inured or crippled while others have behavioral issues which make them unsafe in herds. The fences are connected so they can groom each other oer the fence. Most days we turn them out they romp for the first minute the stand stationary over the hay for the rest of the day, moving no more than a few steps. The few who can go out in pairs or triples will bicker, but not move much. Horses enjoy not having to move, this isn't healthy so we exercise them, just as the op does by taking her pony on a lead.
Very often our horses don't go outside, as when put outside they stand at the gate and holler to be inside. When its excessively buggy, hot, cold, or when the neighoring construction company is making lots of noise, some of our horses woild RATHER be inside. When the snow is very bright it hurts our blind horse's eyes, so he stays inside. Inside they are comfortable, get food and attention, they enjoy it better. We accomodate for their needs individually, one of our horses never leaves her stall do to a serious injury, the alternative is killing her, but she is happy, comfortable and sane in her stall, but a danger to herself outside.
Horses don't need to go outside all the time, exercise and day lught is healthy for them but it's not healthy for them to be eatten alive by insects, seriously hot or cold or wet or miserable.
It requires balances developed for each individual horse.

The op's horse is learning how to function as a pet and companion animal, you don't know her situation, at this point turning her out in a field could terrify the poor pony, she needs time to learn how to be a horse.

Also when photographing- it's easier in a stall or on a lead perhaps it's just the photo's - don't be so quick to judge.
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Wow, Merlot, that's a little ridiculous. I keep my horses outside 24/7 but my older mare is getting to the point where she needs to come inside on cold and wet nights. There is nothing wrong with stalling a horse, so long as its not inside 24/7.

I can't believe the OP just got a sick little filly and seems to keep her in a nice warm stall while she recovers and adjusts to a new home, and is having a vet out to SEE said sick little filly, and you're harping on her because the sick filly doesn't appear to live outside based on a few photos? Shame on you.
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