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post #121 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 07:48 PM
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She stated on a different thread that she is in Grundy, which, according to map quest, is in the far southwest corner-rather close to Kentucky.....and W va.....no surprise here......
My Google says Grundy is in Buchanan Co.

OP, how's about calling your local extension agent for help with formulating a correct feeding program?

VCE Buchanan County - Buchanan County
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post #122 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 08:17 PM
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Her water tub hasn't been emptied in over a year?? She could very well be sick or have parasites from drinking that. In the summer, a horse will drink up to 20 gallons per day.
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post #123 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 09:28 PM
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Oh please! You're not abusing that horse- just get her wormed and give her hay 24/7 and make sure she always has fresh water!

Walkin horses are narrow built and she is just a little under weight- if she's stunted its not from lack of proteins so don't throw high protein feed at her- shell develop OCD (of the hocks) and that will stunt her growth more than not enough feed.(too much proteins)

Don't let them frazzle you or work ya up.. if you put 50k into that horse I believe you did! Who is anyone to say you didnt?

Take it with a grain of salt- stomp through the bs and collect the truths.
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post #124 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 09:42 PM
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I will tell the truth beside the barn there is a big tub about 30 gallons full of green stuff inside it and it doesn't look fresh to me It's been like that for over a year.My friend tells me that won't hurt her so I took the advice which was wrong.

Oh dear. This gets worse by the day. Your friend knows absolutely nothing, about animals or their care. Does he/she also have horses? Water buckets for horses and indeed all animals, should be cleaned regularly. Certainly after eating or grazing, many horses will drink or dunk their heads into their water and it will have bits of grass or hay floating. But I tend to think what you describe is very different.

You now also state your filly has an overbite. With this in mind, please do not breed her - ever. She is not breeding quality. I know earlier you had breeding in mind. Did the sellers explain this to you? Most owners of a decent stallion, would not breed to a mare with an overbite anyway. Misaligned teeth, can also make it difficult to eat and bit-fit, if you ever have her trained to ride.

I really hope you didn't pay much for this little filly. Are you in touch with her breeders at all? How did you come to find this filly? How did you ever already spend $50,000 on her? Thinking about the most expensive horse our family has ever owned, with the initial cost, pro training to ride and drive, the cost of a cart, harness and showing, feed, farrier etc., it still didn't end up anywhere near that much. I have a feeling, others might have been taking advantage of you.

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post #125 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 11:33 PM
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algae maybe??
My grandpa told me if the water you offer your horses in their troughs isn't something you woud drink then they shouldn't be drinking it. I have 5 55gallon rain barrels that I cut in half and placed the halves all around my pasture. Every other day I dump them and scrub them then refill them.
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post #126 of 251 Old 06-14-2013, 11:37 PM
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Oh please! You're not abusing that horse- just get her wormed and give her hay 24/7 and make sure she always has fresh water!

Walkin horses are narrow built and she is just a little under weight- if she's stunted its not from lack of proteins so don't throw high protein feed at her- shell develop OCD (of the hocks) and that will stunt her growth more than not enough feed.(too much proteins)

Don't let them frazzle you or work ya up.. if you put 50k into that horse I believe you did! Who is anyone to say you didnt?

Take it with a grain of salt- stomp through the bs and collect the truths.
Are you kidding me? Starving a horse is not abuse? This horse isn't "a little ribby", she is obviously feeling and showing the effects of malnutrition!! She isn't WILLING to give her horse a proper diet. She shouldn't have to wait until Saturday, she needed more food a week after she got her I'd be willing to bet.

OP, would YOU drink that water?! I'm am in no way anal about dumping and refilling water, but that is disgusting. If you don't want to drink it why would she??

If you cannot give her proper feed do the right thing and find her a place that will! You are neglecting that horse, and if you truly love her you will take her out of this situation. There is no shame in giving up if its not working out.
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post #127 of 251 Old 06-15-2013, 04:06 AM
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My guys always have fresh clean water the girls herd is 1/4 of a mile away from thee house so there is no water supply there so we have to fill water canisters up every day to take up there. Never has any of my ponies been left to drink water which is covered in algea

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This might be a dumb comment - but isn't alfalfa the equivalent of Lucerne hay in the UK and Australasia?
We get alfalfa chaff so that is dried in machines we don't get alfalfa hay in Britain unless it is imported from another county which wouldn't be economical as our drying season isn't long enough to dry alfalfa.
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post #128 of 251 Old 06-15-2013, 10:01 AM
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Lucerne (Alfalfa) actually grows quite well in the UK. Must have well drained soil, though. You might try planting some seeds in a small patch which doesn't have many weeds. Lucerne doesn't like weeds in its early growth. Once established, it can grow for about three years before the land needs to be transferred to some other crop. It does make very good forage for animals. When I was studying agriculture in England many moons ago, we had several farmers who planted it successfully.

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post #129 of 251 Old 06-15-2013, 10:18 AM
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I know it grows here but we cannot dry it to make hay.

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post #130 of 251 Old 06-15-2013, 10:22 AM
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My guys always have fresh clean water the girls herd is 1/4 of a mile away from thee house so there is no water supply there so we have to fill water canisters up every day to take up there. Never has any of my ponies been left to drink water which is covered in algea



We get alfalfa chaff so that is dried in machines we don't get alfalfa hay in Britain unless it is imported from another county which wouldn't be economical as our drying season isn't long enough to dry alfalfa.
Ok, yes in NZ we would get sacks of Lucerne chaff and we would chop our own, very good bulk up for grain feeds. We'd get bales too.....I love the smell of it.

Also to the poster who suggested the OP isn't starving her horse....read the thread again....
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