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post #11 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I do understand what a heave line is, and I have had her checked by a vet this spring. No problems. Thanks for the spelling lesson.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 02:47 PM
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She has certainly come a long way since you got her! It's almost a catch-22 with young neglected cases like this. They have to catch up on nutrition PLUS take in enough nutrients to keep up with all the growth and development going on. It does take a long time, but I'm with the others here- would like to see a little more weight on her. Maybe something your Vet could recommend to really boost that system. She definitely has the will to survive! I hope she turns out to be everything you want :)
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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She has certainly come a long way since you got her! It's almost a catch-22 with young neglected cases like this. They have to catch up on nutrition PLUS take in enough nutrients to keep up with all the growth and development going on. It does take a long time, but I'm with the others here- would like to see a little more weight on her. Maybe something your Vet could recommend to really boost that system. She definitely has the will to survive! I hope she turns out to be everything you want :)
Thank you very much! The vet has suggested a few things, she broke out in hives after taking the first supplement so I have just decided to take a step back and tweak her diet a bit.

The hives did give me an opportunity for another checkup (for free) and was told she was otherwise healthy, still no word on which ingredient it could have been
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 03:43 PM
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Yes.. I did forget to add you have done a nice job with your rescue of this filly.

Hope she works out for your.
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 06:44 PM
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Se has made a lot of progress. Has she ever been treated for ulcers? Ulcers are fairly common in rescue horses and can be a common cause for why horses won't put on weight the way that you might expect.
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 08:10 PM
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it must be very satisifying to see her progress, and you HAVE done a nice job with a very neglected baby.

Her conformation isn't outstanding, but it isn't horrible, either. I bet she'll come around and become a lovely general riding horse. Does she have a name?
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-25-2013, 10:57 PM
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She needs to be standing square on a flat ground to get accurate conformation feed back, but it sounds like you have done an extremely well job caring for this horse. I applaud you for that. She sounds like she is in great hands now!
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-26-2013, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all, her name is Flicka (as silly as it sounds.) My grandmother used to tell me the story by heart, and she was the person who inspired my love for horses- as well as taking me to my first riding lesson 15 years ago. She's quite the little spitfire as well, so it fits her perfectly.

I'd love to post another thread in a month or so with some more progress pictures. We've been doing a lot of bulking up, new dieting, stretching, and exercise (hills, groundwork, trust-building) in the last two weeks and I'd love to submit some more photos. I'll include better conformation shots as well.

She's an amazing little girl, she lays down easily on command (with a little help), smiles on command, and knows other various tricks. My intentions are to work with her in whatever she does best, trails, western, dressage, whatever she enjoys. She's just my backyard pal, so I don't plan on ever showing her or anything of the like. As long as she's healthy and happy, that's all that matters.

P.S. Thank you for the comment about the ulcers, it had come to mind at a few points after rescuing her but she has been checked out by various vets (I'm a veterinary assistant and tech in training.) I'll have to have someone more specialized look at her, the previous vets were so focused on specific past ailments that she hasn't had a good overall checkup.

Thank you all, I look forward to seeing you again in about a month!
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