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    06-16-2013, 02:35 AM
Bless you for the concern and care you are offering, and given how hard this must be for you, double blessings on you!
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    06-16-2013, 05:20 AM
I second what TinyLiny said - good for you, trying to help in any way you possibly can. Lets hope that this horse continues to gain weight, condition and health.
    06-16-2013, 07:10 AM
I feel sorry for that poor horse, but I'm glad to see there are good people out there who try to look after horses even if they aren't their own.

I hope this poor horse gets a new owner ASAP - she needs lots of TLC, a vet and a good farrier as her feet look horrible from the photos.
    06-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Yes, I am thinking that this lady is finding out just how expensive it is to care for a horse. I am sure she will sell or donate her to someone. With the condition she's in, I don't know if she could even get what she paid for her.
It's possible that my daughter may take her. Thanks for all your advise and kind words. I do have another question. What is up with her back or topline or whatever you call it. It seems totally straight across with no place for a saddle, that doesn't appear to be a weight issue, as much as a conformation fault. She's a very sweet, loving horse, she lets the kids run all around her, and she's very comical, always wanting to show off for everyone.

The last time they used a weight tape on her, she weighed over 1200 lbs, and is over 16 hands. I knew she was a draft or draft cross of some kind. She has feathering on her legs.
    06-16-2013, 03:30 PM
She may or may not have a slight roach back. She is so thin it is hard to tell what her top line will look like with muscle on it. Either way, it's not the end of the world, she will just need care with saddle fitting. A lot of mild roach backs are rideable. That big dip in her spine in front of her hips will go away with weight.

I might be a little concerned about her back fetlocks though. They look a little dropped. It *might* be nothing, but I would look up DSLD just to be aware of the symptoms, because dropped fetlocks can be a sign of that.

I would just try to get some healthy weight on her and go from there. That would be my #1 priority if she is otherwise sound.
    06-16-2013, 03:32 PM
I actually think that much of her topline looking odd is related to her condition. Her muscle along her topline and rump have wasted away and atrophied because she was starving so the body started to consume the muscle for energy. Once she is a good weight most likely it will not look so odd. However she also appears to have low withers and perhaps a roach, but head down photos it is hard to say for sure.

Do they know an approximate age for the horse?

I agree it looks mostly Belgian.

Also if she has swelling in the joints (on top of her being emaciated) why the heck are they riding her??!?
    06-16-2013, 03:34 PM
PS. I am very glad they got her out of there. Even if they aren't an experience home, they are likely a better home than wherever she came from. Whoever had her obviously cared nothing for her.

And again, I don't think her back issue (or lack of it) is her main problem. I would worry about those back fetlocks more than her back. They could affect her soundness.
    06-16-2013, 05:46 PM
Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    
She's not my friend, she is my daughter's neighbor. The left foot had that problem when she bought her. My daughter noticed it right away, and even called the previous owner, and asked about it. So as the story goes, previous owner found the horse starving and abandoned near her home, she took her in, had her for 2 months, put some weight on her, and was selling her very cheap, $200. Her feet were in very bad shape, she was wormy, and still had her winter coat, my daughter went to previous owners house, to ask more questions. The lady had a beautiful cremello mustang, who was in great shape, along with several bags of feed, and hay. She gave her the name of a farrier. Daughter helped worm her, and helped hold her while farrier trimmed her. Yes, we know a tax refund will not support a horse, I hardly know the woman, but I bought a bag of feed for her last week, when I visited my grandkids. I am disabled and cannot keep doing it. Yes, at that time, she was in the yard temporarily. She does have a pasture. As far as her left leg, it was badly swollen when they bought her, the farrier said it was infected, he lanced it, and applied black stuff to it, a drawing salve, I think. As for the corn oil, I am 61 years old, and owned horses for a good many years. People were adding corn oil to their horses feed way back then, for extra weight gain and a shiny coat, I even saw it listed very recently, I thought it was on this site. I will get new pics and updates when I can. I can no longer drive, and can only go when someone else does.
My apologies for reading that at a 180 angle. I have a tendency to get upset when I see horses in conditions like this horse was in. I'm glad that your helping out and doing something about it. As for corn oil I've never heard of people using it before, in my experience anything with a lot of corn in it would get my horse hyper, etc. I've used vegetable oil before (to get supplements stuck to the grain---also to give my horse some weight), which I'm sure had corn somewhere in it.

However I'd like to see recent pics when you can, its easier to identify a breed when they're a little more plump. Glad to hear she's doing better though!
    06-16-2013, 08:10 PM
Originally Posted by TheAQHAGirl    
As for corn oil I've never heard of people using it before, in my experience anything with a lot of corn in it would get my horse hyper, etc. I've used vegetable oil before (to get supplements stuck to the grain---also to give my horse some weight), which I'm sure had corn somewhere in it.
Corn oil is sort of "old school" but I'm sure a lot of people still use it. I have used it. Then I switched to vegetable oil, and now I am feeding Canola. It is supposed to have a better Omega 3/6 ratio. Not as good as flax, but better than the other two.

I don't think they get any of the starchy benefits of corn in the oil, I think it is an oil like any other. Incidentally, I think "vegetable oil" is pretty much made from soybeans. Canola is made from rapeseed(?) but the name wasn't as attractive so they came up with "Canola" which is supposed to drive from the words Canadian and oil. Yes, I research things wayyyy too much! It's a bad habit.
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    06-17-2013, 12:29 AM
A place I boarded at used corn oil to help get rid of winter hair when shedding and to put weight on a horse. I never looked too far into it but the BO wasnt very smart, so I wouldn't put it past her to believe in something without backing it up with more research.

I hope your daughter does take her. She's a mess.
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