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post #1 of 10 Old 03-14-2013, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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lay it all out..

this is her, lay it out sorry couldnt get her to pick her back feet up, be harsh and yes she is skinny. If you can explane what you see and how if it can be fixed. She is going to horse shoer, and chiropractor in a few weeks.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-14-2013, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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the horse shoer cyro she will be seeing thinks shoes will help along with the adjustment..
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She needs food. Getting her on free choice good hay and getting some weight on her would be my top priority with her. Depending on how she does I would also think about adding some beet pulp, BOSS, oil, alfalfa cubes etc to get her up to a healthy weight. Not all of them, and of course not all at once. But she needs more than she is getting. What are you feeding daily right now?
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She needs food. Getting her on free choice good hay and getting some weight on her would be my top priority with her. Depending on how she does I would also think about adding some beet pulp, BOSS, oil, alfalfa cubes etc to get her up to a healthy weight. Not all of them, and of course not all at once. But she needs more than she is getting. What are you feeding daily right now?
I was on bed rest because of a pregnecy that wasnt going well (helthy baby born end of january) the doc finaly relased me but I was counting on a friend to feed take care of her, and because he didnt know when it got cold he didnt increase the amount of feed and when I ran out of grain he didnt pick more up so she lost what I had put on her (she was skinny when I got her in november) I have already started uping her feed, she is now getting 1 oz flax seed,1 cup alfalfa pellets, 1 1/2 cups oats and 2 1/2 cups beet pulp. It is a slow prosses befor I got her she spent the last 3 years in a 20x20 pen as a broodmare, then abandoned and left to starve. So she needs mussle too just not fat..
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She needs food. Getting her on free choice good hay and getting some weight on her would be my top priority with her. Depending on how she does I would also think about adding some beet pulp, BOSS, oil, alfalfa cubes etc to get her up to a healthy weight. Not all of them, and of course not all at once. But she needs more than she is getting. What are you feeding daily right now?
I also just thought of it.. but her stable mate died colic I think so it may be that she was loanly too.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-14-2013, 04:27 PM
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:( I am so sorry you and your mare are having this stress. It sounds like you are on the right track now..

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She is pretty, just get some weight on her and build muscle and she will be perfect. She has a great head, and nice shoulders but she seems a little weak in the back, but she just needs muscle. She also looks like she could use some dewormer, the good stuff, not the cheap five dollar stuff, I've found it makes a difference, to buy the stuff that treats everything including tapeworms the cheap ones do not treat tapeworms. Is she stalled alot becasue she seems stocked up in the back and her white lines are very separated, both indicators of being over stalled. She needs to have water pressure on her back legs every day and then wrapped with liniment after.
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Now that i'm thinking about it, the supplement weight/ muscle builder works pretty good in this type of situation.
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She's an adorable, sweet little mare, and you obviously know she needs weight, muscle, trimming, and chiro. Kudos for taking on this project, looks like she deserves some love :)

Not too sure shoes are entirely necessary. Hard to tell from pics, but it looks like she has a decent quality hoof. Doesn't seem cracked or chipping. Definitely very solid looking for a horse in her condition. Not that I'm "anti-shoe", but they do tend to diminish circulation to the lower leg, and with the inflammation she's already showing there, I'm not sure that will be doing her too much of a favor. A good barefoot trim could be the solution...She could lose about 3/4"-1" of toe, and those bars need some serious work to bring her frog closer to parallel to the ground...going to be hard to do that and still maintain heel. Hope you have a good farrier! I'd be interested to see some more pictures of her feet up close. Have you considered the possibility that she's foundered? There's something going on there that's sparking that idea in my head, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

Also, what's up with the left hind leg? Is it swelling that's making it look crooked?
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Fluffy!

She's getting free choice hay along with the other stuff? You're building her up to more beet pulp, etc? Is she turned out or stalled? If cooped up I'd get her out asap. Ensuring her teeth are in good order & she's *effectively wormed is of course important. If she's been starved, I'd also consider adding a probiotic &/or ulcer treatment & avoid giving her any grain or otherwise starchy feed. I'd also feed as little & often as possible.

Great you're getting a chiro for her - not sure if her lack of condition is making it look worse, but there's something going on in that lumbar-sacral area. But it looks like her hoof confo has probably been that way for some time, so she may also need front end work(tho maybe soft tissue, not chiro) combined with good hoof care to improve it.

Hope you have a good farrier/trimmer coming - her feet are desperate for attention too! I wouldn't be inclined to put shoes on her, at least until they can get healthier. Need better pics to say too much, but it looks like she could possibly be a bit laminitic - many other reasons than obesity that horses can suffer this, including mechanics. Her toes appear flared & ringed & her heels are huge but also way forward. So she's up on her toes like stillettos, which is why she's forward at the knee. Her legs being unable to lock straight, means that she won't be able to rest properly standing up.
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