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post #11 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 01:38 AM
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I applaud your efforts with bringing this guy back to health. He looks like a kind soul and you will probably have a friend for life.

I don't want to be critical but the combination of barb wire and T posts is a disaster waiting to happen. I have seen injuries where horses have been impaled on the T Posts. With the fact that they are so thin it is also very difficult to have them deep enough into the ground for them to be firm fencing to hold against a horse leaning on them or running into them. Add the barb wire into the mix and I cring at what could happen.

If nothing else make small slits into tennis balls and put the tennis balls onto the top of each T post-that will at least give something to deflect any soft tissue from the top of the post.

Best of luck with the horse=and please only take my suggestions about the fencing as a positive observation that needs to be carefully watched with any livestock enclosed with it.
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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I applaud your efforts with bringing this guy back to health. He looks like a kind soul and you will probably have a friend for life.

I don't want to be critical but the combination of barb wire and T posts is a disaster waiting to happen. I have seen injuries where horses have been impaled on the T Posts. With the fact that they are so thin it is also very difficult to have them deep enough into the ground for them to be firm fencing to hold against a horse leaning on them or running into them. Add the barb wire into the mix and I cring at what could happen.

If nothing else make small slits into tennis balls and put the tennis balls onto the top of each T post-that will at least give something to deflect any soft tissue from the top of the post.

Best of luck with the horse=and please only take my suggestions about the fencing as a positive observation that needs to be carefully watched with any livestock enclosed with it.
That's at his previous owners property. And T posts are crazy dangerous! Had one of our own do that. It didnt go through him but it gashed his side open very bad! AND that is a great idea with the tennis balls! I'm using that! We have 49 acres and cant afford to do wooden fence on it all. So that is very much appreciated!

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post #13 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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And I am not rescuing THIS horse. My friend is. I rescued a mare in the same condition though. But I am going to help this friend in any way I can! :) I just didnt want her to pass him up BC he was skinny.

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I took in an older Arab who was on a body scale of 1 -2=took about 9 months to get him actually healthy.We used Senior extruded feed, beet pulp, flax and lots of good quality hay. This was all introduced on a gradual basis-too much shock to the system can be devfastating. We also wormed him 2x=his teeth were full of hooks-ulcers on both sides of the cheeks. The vet did not think he would make it=this was a good time to prove the vet wrong for once!!

Good on you for helping your friend=hope all goes well!
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I took in an older Arab who was on a body scale of 1 -2=took about 9 months to get him actually healthy.We used Senior extruded feed, beet pulp, flax and lots of good quality hay. This was all introduced on a gradual basis-too much shock to the system can be devfastating. We also wormed him 2x=his teeth were full of hooks-ulcers on both sides of the cheeks. The vet did not think he would make it=this was a good time to prove the vet wrong for once!!

Good on you for helping your friend=hope all goes well!
We have our rescue on Senior feed. I wanted to add beet pulp. How long did you wait before you added it? Her teeth are actually fine! I was a little surprised. Already been wormed before I out her on the trailer, AND farrier trimmed her feet up. :) I'm so happy to see with just grain and hay that she is gaining!

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O{ allow me to assure you that my 28 horses live in pastures secured by barbed wire and t post all 3,000 acres except for the stallion pen and we have not had an accident in over 50 years. there are also over 200 head of cattle that have yet to impale themselves on any T post and they are very hard on fencing.
A well maintained fence is the key to keeping any large animal secure within its boundaries. My foals are born in pastures with both barbed wire and t post.
Do Not overcrowd the pasture with too many horses or cattle. No major cuts or injuries to date. Shalom
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 02:47 AM
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There are also T post caps that are cheaper than tennis balls and you can attached hot wire or tape if you want. I think they are 25 cents each. But I agree with dbar that maintaining fence is best protection. Plus, riding and repairing fence line is a great training activity for a horse. Ride straight, stop, ground tie while I work and make lots of noise, carry a bunch of tools, rest with me, share a snack!
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Oh, and drag fence posts too!
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post #19 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 05:37 PM
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will be a nice horse once he gets some good food and weight on and some good
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-27-2013, 10:46 PM
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So glad your friend rescued this boy. He'll look wonderful, when in good condition.

Remember, it is good quality hay that puts weight on horses - not grain. Certainly have your friend give him several small meals a day at first. Overeating at first, can make him very sick. Increase amounts until he can have as much as he can eat. Add Senior feed to his daily meals. Make sure he has vitamins and salt. Apart from hoof care, worming and teeth care, this is all we do for our rescues. I would suggest your friend NOT ride the horse, in his present condition.

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