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post #21 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 09:33 AM
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Okay, one, you should NOT be riding a horse in that condition. Two, you definitley should post an up to date picture. As others have said the picture you posted shows an extremely uderweight horse, that doesn't just happen overnight, sorry.

Has she been checked over by a vet? Age? Current picture? Any known issues?

There are so many questions left to be answered here, please let us know!

At this point though, like cowboybob said she needs a vet. From the picture you posted she really should have some vet attention, whether to check her over for an underlying issue, teeth problems, general pain, etc...

I don't know what else to say.

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post #22 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 10:16 AM
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She cannot build muscle because she is starving. She is breaking down muscle to meet her energy needs to keep her alive. She needs to be fed as much hay as she will eat as well as being fed some type of senior feed. She should eat at least 25 pounds of hay every day.

Sorry to be so blunt, but you need to feed that horse.

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post #23 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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She eats a whole bale of hay a day.

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post #24 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by ilikehorses2 View Post
She eats a whole bale of hay a day.
If she gets a bale of good quality hay a day, something else is going on with her.
It might be teeth, Might be a metabolic problem, might be she just needs more food, like grain or oats.

If the photo you posted is her current condition, at least you know she is too skinny. I feel if you have to ask you already know the answer.

I would stop riding your horse, get the vet out to asses the animal, get her fattened up, then start riding again.

You don't need to be embarrassed about the state of your horse, you are learning, but if you don't do any of the above, then you do have something to be ashamed of.

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post #25 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ilikehorses2 View Post
She eats a whole bale of hay a day.
Does she "share" this bale with other, younger horses? If so, she's probably not getting the food that she should.

Personally, I have trouble believing that this horse alone would be getting one bale a day. Most people only feed their horses half a bale a day at most (and with 50 lb. bales, that's 25 lbs of hay a day). Anything else is usually wasted.

I agree with everyone else here- something's wrong. Go to the vet.
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post #26 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 12:05 PM
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you are not answering questions asked.
some one asked if a vet has seen her
another asked if teeth have been done and Dewormer??
if you are indeed a younger person please have your parents call a vet out to evaluate her and talk to about getting weight on her.
Also Can you Post a updated picture.
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post #27 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 12:10 PM
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Yes, the horse is way too skinny. Not even a question in my mind.

Even if it had flesh covering the ribs, at the very least there is a medical issue going on. Either the horse is lacking in calories or it is sick.

I have had numerous old horses and none looked that way even right before they died.
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post #28 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 03:06 PM
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If you have a horse that is this skinny, and you don't have the financial power to buy hay because you are a child, you can take the horse out on a lead line every day and find patches of grass for it to graze on. An hour a day of green grass would do wonders. I guess there is no grass up north, but down here there is a lot of grass along the roadsides.

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post #29 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by .Delete. View Post

its not about how much hay you feed your horse. Its about the quality of the hay. Quality not quantity.
You have to have both. Poor quality hay will not help the horse; however, people who dole out hay by the flake can starve horses even it if is good quality hay.
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post #30 of 38 Old 02-20-2013, 03:17 PM
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Don't know about her area but I can get a 600lb decent quality round bale for $40. That round bale lasts my two piggies almost 2 weeks.
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