Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chilton, Wisconsin
Alarming weight loss
Ruby is a 6yr quarter horse. We got her from a rescue operation. When we first aquired Ruby this spring, she was very underweight. We had her teeth floated (they were pretty bad), wormed, coggins, and checked over by a vet this late spring. At the time she was boarded with two other mares.
Between the three mares, they were given a bale of hay per day - as per the stable owner (I would not have had a clue - just left it up to him). Over June and early July, Ruby had put on a good amount of weight, she was filling out nicely, and her ribs werent as prominent as they were before.
In early July, the farm owners son aquired a horse as well. This mare is also stabled with the other three. The farm owner kept feeding one bale per day.
All 4 of the horses are free to go out to a very small pasture (barely any grass is growning on the pasture although).
When we aquired Ruby, she was in a pen all by herself. When we put her in with the other two mares, she kept getting "beet up". The other horses would bully her, push her around, bite, and sometimes kick her. She was always having new sores on her and fresh open wounds, which I have constantly been treating. Ruby refuses to fight back and just runs away - making matters worse.
In the last month or so, I have noticed that she has lost weight considerably. Her injurys have alarmed me to the point of insisting the farm owner seperate her from the other three horses, which he did.
When we firsst aquired Ruby, I started giving her suppliment to help her weight situation. We still do to this day.
Is there something I am missing or should be doing? Am I over reacting?
As far as workload, Ruby is used for pleasure riding only. Maybe 1-2hours every other day at most.