Originally Posted by Chiilaa
mal·nour·ished (m l-nūr sht, -n r -). Adj. Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet
What I was suggesting was that the diet she was receiving was not enough to maintain body weight, so of course the coat is the first to go. It's like a plant that gets no water - it stops flowering. It was in no way an attack on how you keep your horse - she is clearly underweight and that was all that I was talking about. You said you had fixed the issue, and I accept that, but that doesn't change the fact that it is the lack of sufficient diet that has caused her colour to be so unrecognisable.
As I said I apologize if I took what you said the wrong way, I guess when I think of a malnourished horse I think of one that is extremely emaciated. Her weight loss was caused by stress, my vet had me separate her from the other horses for a few days until I could rehome the gelding that was tormenting her. He also had me change her diet to just oats and hay for a few days. Now that the gelding is gone she is back in with the rest of my horses and my vet told me to change her feed back to her normal diet. She will also be checked for ulcers within the next 2 weeks. I never realized what stress could do to a horse