While it does seem you've been deworming her frequently, what has she been wormed with and was there an FEC done to identify the parasites that you needed to target? If she is carrying a parasite load that is not addressed by the product(s) you have used you are just throwing away money on a "cure" that doesn't address the ill
Yes, that is great advice... thanks so much! I haven't done a fecal for her, I will admit, and have only been deworming with the type of dewormer my vet suggests to me for the time of year etc. But it has been on my mind, and I will definitely ask for one now.
Somes times horses develop a pot belly when there protein is not high enough......in other words if you have a low quality hay that is coarse this could also create a pot belly.
This could be a problem, as I am not sure about the nutritional content of our hay at the moment... we don't have as many options of hay, it seems, as you get in the US... in fact I think there are only two main types, of which Teff hay is the most popular. Anyway, I digress. I am about to make my next months order of feed and hay this week anyway, so I will ask if they can give me a breakdown of the nutritional value of it.
I am late on this train, but I personally think she has a lot of potential. I love that light coat. It always makes a palomino look a little more magical. She definitely needs some more time and patience and needs some more on her bones, but she looks SO much better than her first pics.
And I have to say...I'm very curious about the "dubious past" part. haha
Thank you! I also prefer the lighter palomino's to the darker ones, but I think its probably because I'm biased towards her a little bit... ha ha!
I was thinking I should mention her shady past, just for clarity, so here's a summarised version: (I find it quite hard to talk about, so I think I tend to avoid it as much as possible)
She's from a local facility that breeds a batch of horses each year to be used for medical testing... specifically, vaccine testing. The youngsters were usually sent to slaughter after they were used, so there were really no efforts made to ensure the horses would have futures as riding horses: they weren't trained, handled properly or anything like that. Due to public pressure, they started releasing the horses to the public to be adopted; have stopped breeding apparently; and are making efforts in eliminating using live horses from their program altogether.
I'm not sure if I can/should post links or state names here on this forum, which is why I've been kind of careful about it. But if anyone is interested in knowing more... just let me know.
I agree somewhat with this statement and I'm glad you brought it up Dreamcatcher. Firstly, (barring major conformational flaws of course) most people are unlikely to truly require
a conformationally perfect horse. Unless you are riding competitively in the mid to upper level echelons, or you are riding long and hard on a regular basis, minor conformational faults generally bear little significance to the average horse owner. Minor faults are unlikely to have much effect on a horse's ability to be a wonderful mount.
However, it is useful to know what those faults are, as in many cases the appropriate strengthening and/or training can have immense benefit to the horse, and therefore to the horse/rider combo. Getting the most out of what you have so to speak. So I think that honest critiques can be very useful, providing that the person receiving the critique is prepared to be objective about their horse, rationally assess the information and possibly undertake a course of action that will complement the faults that are highlighted.
To anyone that has fallen out of love with their horse due to a few conformational flaws - fall back in love cos trust me, most of us have less than perfect horses (we just don't like to admit it
Absolutely wonderfully said! I really feel like there are so many people who would benefit from reading this, as I have...
Thank you so so much!