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post #11 of 54 Old 03-24-2014, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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She does look back in the first pic, and I'm not sure why. I may have my camera stuck on a weird effect. I think I forgot to take the effect off... Tomorrow if not chilly I'll bathe her, she has sweat crusted to her poor body it's sad !:(
I do want to get her checked for ulcers. She is very girthy and in a very sandy environment, it wouldn't hurt.
She hasn't been rode much for two years, so she is now getting worked out, fed more to keep up with exercise.
I'll look into that, her hocks are getting puffy so I'm concerned about a bit of arthritis, I know she's getting older and being an active horse it's very possible. Do you know of any supplements?
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shes thin, and don't know if its hair or what but looks to have some issues with her knee, swollen or arthritic ?
I can promise you, she actually isn't that thin. I took that picture today but yesterday she was as fat as a pig. I know she's under muscles but as for belly wise, she isn't thin.

She's always had a little bump on her knee, but it's never caused a problem!
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CortaFlex with HA is a great oral supplement. And I do Pentosan IM injections.

I think she needs to be brought back into work slowly though. At 14, she isn't old, but she's not a young girl anymore and taking them to shows and running isn't going to be easy on her. She's going to try her heart out, but at what cost to her health?

Lots of long trotting to bring her back into work and build muscle. And I'd stop running until she is muscled up and fit. It's a good way to pull something.

I see the bump on her left knee too. Could be cosmetic, could be something more.

Also, quality of hay will impact belly size too. The lower the quality, the more of a hay gut they'll get due to not getting enough nutrients and poor digestion. (Not saying that you hay low quality hay but just throwing another option out there)
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This was taken the 17th. Could she have been dehydrated and her flanks were drawn high or something seriously off?
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CortaFlex with HA is a great oral supplement. And I do Pentosan IM injections.

I think she needs to be brought back into work slowly though. At 14, she isn't old, but she's not a young girl anymore and taking them to shows and running isn't going to be easy on her. She's going to try her heart out, but at what cost to her health?

Lots of long trotting to bring her back into work and build muscle. And I'd stop running until she is muscled up and fit. It's a good way to pull something.

I see the bump on her left knee too. Could be cosmetic, could be something more.

Also, quality of hay will impact belly size too. The lower the quality, the more of a hay gut they'll get due to not getting enough nutrients and poor digestion. (Not saying that you hay low quality hay but just throwing another option out there)
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I'll look into that. She gets rode 2-3 times a week at a trot or lope for about 30-45 minutes. Of course with lots of walking to cools down and breathe.
I suppose you're right with the running. She's been back for about two months, and I just started pushing her. Otherwise she ran her pace. I'll keep her back, and just condition her.
I won't work on the pattern, she's one of those weirdos who does bad at the actual race the more you work her on the pattern during the week.
We've used the same hay, unsure of quality for years. She always gets a big hay belly off of it. She's never been a hard keeper, she's actually always been on diets.
I've had her knee checked, there's no lameness from the bump, but she goes back for another exam in April.
I don't like to inject, my family and I are against it so we look more for oral treatments.
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CLA have you heard of Cosequin? I'm reading some great reviews on this product and it's a bit more in my price range. I read about the project you told me of, I saw many many bad reviews?
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This is a nice little horse but as every one says she needs groceries. Just because she has hay does not mean she is utilizing the hay (or that the hay has any nutritional value!). Have the hay tested. It may be so high in NDF that it has little feed value. I would have this mare on a couple of pounds of alfalfa cubes a day in addition to what you are giving her now.

Check for ulcers. Have her teeth floated and looked at. Get a farrier to trim her. Be sure she has free choice fresh clean water all the time.

Stop riding her until that is cleared up and she gains about 100 pounds. I like this horse. You should like her enough to do these things.

When you get that done and this horse is in good flesh I expect this horse will move you right up in Barrel competition because she is that nice and she is worth it.
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This is a nice little horse but as every one says she needs groceries. Just because she has hay does not mean she is utilizing the hay (or that the hay has any nutritional value!). Have the hay tested. It may be so high in NDF that it has little feed value. I would have this mare on a couple of pounds of alfalfa cubes a day in addition to what you are giving her now.

Check for ulcers. Have her teeth floated and looked at. Get a farrier to trim her. Be sure she has free choice fresh clean water all the time.

Stop riding her until that is cleared up and she gains about 100 pounds. I like this horse. You should like her enough to do these things.

When you get that done and this horse is in good flesh I expect this horse will move you right up in Barrel competition because she is that nice and she is worth it.
Said before, her feet are getting done today. They were supposed to be done Friday but our farrier is ALWAYS late. Yet I only trust him with my horses feet. Hers were absolutely RUINED a few years ago.
We are going to switch her to a senior feed, also probably put her on a supplement for arthritis. Alfalfa here is VERY expensive, since I don't run the money if really have to try and get alfalfa for her, there is no promise I will. I haven't even seen alfalfa sold here In a while but I also haven't looked.
She JUST had her teeth floated about two months ago, and we will examine her for ulcers probably in April or May. All depends on the finance.
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I've had tremendous success with Kent SBP 14/10 feed (protein / fat) - low sugar / starch feed - it implements cool calories from ride bran - it gets their coat looking wonderful.. promotes overall condition of skin / hair / hooves.. I think they changed the name of it since last year - I only use it with my horses when riden 3+ times per week - that is about 5 months in a year.

Kent now makes is for Blue seal I think.. the higher protein and fat combined with regular workout will do miracles with any horse.. And yes she probably needs worming also - have you had her teeth checked / floated in the past 12 months? She does look thin..
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I've had tremendous success with Kent SBP 14/10 feed (protein / fat) - low sugar / starch feed - it implements cool calories from ride bran - it gets their coat looking wonderful.. promotes overall condition of skin / hair / hooves.. I think they changed the name of it since last year - I only use it with my horses when riden 3+ times per week - that is about 5 months in a year.

Kent now makes is for Blue seal I think.. the higher protein and fat combined with regular workout will do miracles with any horse.. And yes she probably needs worming also - have you had her teeth checked / floated in the past 12 months? She does look thin..
Do you know the wormer for this time of year? I get the workers mixed up a lot -__- she does look thin but she actually isn't thin which is why I'm so thrown off. Yet I'm taking any advice because others can see more than I can.
I'll look up that feed and see what the prices range around here. Her teeth were floated two months or so ago.
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