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    05-30-2013, 12:56 AM
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The muscle line going down her rump, her puny defined neck and shoulder, and pointed and stunted appearance tell me she is seriously underweight and malnourished. She is almost 2 and looks no older than a yearling. Id imagine you can probably see her ribs if she were shed out properly(lack of which is probably due to malnutrition). Horses happily eat hay constantly, even at young ages. So either there is something seriously wrong with her health wise or your hay is extremely poor quality.

If you don't know much about horses you need to find an experienced horseperson or vet to help you out with her nutrition.

Im not trying to be rude, but I am concerned for the animals wellbeing.
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    05-30-2013, 03:54 AM
Yikes. This horse is very seriously underweight. Her body mass is nowhere near where it should be, to match the bone she obviously has. She looks way younger than she really is and this is not a good sign.

She needs hay and lots of it. Don't just give her food she likes. It is obviously not working. Good quality hay will keep her busy, put weight on her and get her in decent condition. At the moment, she is in less than desirable condition.

Give her hay for breakfast, lunch with the supplements you give her and then hay again in the evening. With her lunch, add a pound or two of Senior Feed. Make sure she is clear of worms and is up to date on her shots. Have her teeth checked also. She should begin looking much better in a couple of weeks. This is pretty much how we feed our (often starving), rescue horses.

    05-30-2013, 10:17 AM
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
What hay is best for a horse that is good quality?She eats grass,2 pounds of rice bran 2 times a day,and 1 1/2 pound of triple C 2 times per day.
A good quality grass hay and perhaps some alfalfa. It would suggest you consult with your vet as he will know what hay is available in your area, as quality and type of grass varies from region to region. Se should have access to good quality grass hay at all times until she gets up to a good weight.
    05-30-2013, 12:06 PM
Green Broke
I look at this photo and along with seeing a seriously underfed horse I see a bunch of other stuff. One is the red device that looks to be some sort of cattle oiler. It and the wire attached to it are a horse trap waiting to happen. Pick up that loose wire before horse or cow gets tangled up in it and hurt. Down by the barn there is a piece of machinery or wagon that does not belong where livestock can get hung up in it. There is also an old window frame there.. another foot trap for a horse.

This horse is not bad but she needs more groceries and looks very much like she is kept the same as her environment. Needs a general pick up and clean up and some attention to things such as worming and feed. She will either have issues from being poorly fed or have issues getting caught up in the junk in her environment.

If you love this horse and she is the best horse you ever had, then feed her better, worm her regularly, pick up and clean up her living space so it is safe and treat her like the best horse you ever had. I notice her feet are not in the photo. The rest of this image has me wondering about the condition of her feet as well.
    05-30-2013, 03:26 PM
If I had a close up picture of her you would see that she is gaining weight.What I will do they sell alfalfa hay at Tractor Supply and I will do what Tryst told me to do.I am going to buy her some carrots when I go out to town.The barn I have her at is not mine it is my friend's what I plan to do is clean the barn up until I can put her in a stable that is safe.I do need a more experienced horseman because evidently he trained his own horse and he bucks people off and it hurts.My horse is not getting trained by him.My horse needs to be at least 650 pounds or more and I am working on getting her bigger.She had worms when I first got her and I didn't know she had them until the veterinarian confirmed it .They are cured now thank goodness and her worming is up to date.She is not underfed I am not going to let that happen.When I am around she will always be taken care of properly.I want to be a good horse lady that is my goal when it comes to my horse and any horse I come into contact with.I will clean the barn up as soon as possible.I am taking this advice very seriously.Thank you for your feedback
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    05-30-2013, 03:51 PM
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Good for you, considering everyone's criticism with a level head, PrincessBarbie.

Since you have a Tractor Supply, what about buying some Standlee Alfalfa Pellets or Timothy/grass pellets? They are hay, just processed into pellets that are sometimes more palatable to horses, and I've found them to be very good quality. Pour water into the bucket of pellets 30 minutes or so before feeding it to her so that it is mushy. Start slow, but bring her up to eating 6-7 lbs per day. If you are feeding her alfalfa hay, give her grass hay pellets. If you feed her grass hay, give her alfalfa pellets.

You might look into finding a local hay supplier also, instead of TSC for your hay. I've found that while they are very reasonable about most things, their hay can be pricey because they only sell Tidy Wrap bales (at least where I live, anyways.) If you can find a supplier, you can get quite a few square bales at a time. Offer your filly 10-15 lb of hay (half a bale) daily if you are feeding pellets too, or anywhere from 20-25 lbs without pellets, as well as her rice bran. When looking for good hay, check to see if the hay smells good, is soft in texture (no huge stalks/brittle pieces), and still leafy. Hay that has all of those qualities is generally at least decent.

Having constant hay around will help her out a LOT and she'll probably be looking great in a few months!
    05-30-2013, 07:24 PM
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
She very seldom eats hay.She loves rice bran more than anything.She is not grown up yet.She is more longer now and she is a good size filly right now.It is estimated that when she is full grown measuring from hoof to knee she will stand 16.1 hh or better she's going to be quite huge people say.She is gaining weight and that is a plus.
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
What hay is best for a horse that is good quality?She eats grass,2 pounds of rice bran 2 times a day,and 1 1/2 pound of triple C 2 times per day.
Grass and Timothy Orchard. She should have it infront of her nose 24/7.
    05-30-2013, 09:42 PM
Senior feed is recommend for horses 5 and up, not youngsters. Timothy hay is a good grass hay to feed. Even if she is on grass there is a risk of founder when it's in it's active growth stage. Always offer her hay even when on pasture. Unless the vet advised feeding rice bran you might want to reduce it to half. If you go with pelleted hay, rather than dampen it scatter it over a wide an area as you can so she nibbles the pellets rather than bolt them down. An old wooden kitchen table with sides added is excellent.
    06-04-2013, 01:17 AM
I will get her the pelleted hay and feed her 6lbs-7lbs per day,rice bran 5lbs per day,and triple C 5lbs per day.Thank you for the advice.
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    06-04-2013, 01:36 AM
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
I will get her the pelleted hay and feed her 6lbs-7lbs per day,rice bran 5lbs per day,and triple C 5lbs per day.Thank you for the advice.
Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.. but 10 lbs of hard feed a day?? So that's 5lbs each meal... if fed twice a day. Plus the hay.

I feel that's a lot of food for a young horse. Especially when she's only at 3lbs, 1.5lbs per meal at the moment....

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