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    03-03-2014, 10:25 PM
  #1
Foal
Post Bob: The Recovery Of, Weight Gain, Hoof Work, and More

Bob is a 20 something year old grade horse. I say grade because I honestly have no idea whats in him. He IS an appy. Blueish gray with a blanket, and one glass eye. (pictures coming;) ) . And this is his story. His first home they had him for a very very long time. Used him for carts, buggies. Even on long, sometimes days long, trails. He was then also used as a trail horse. Then a younger child in the family started him on barrels. Bob has always been stubborn, and pushy, and down right annoying. But if you prove your in charge and worth listening to he will do whatever you want. He's "beginner safe" enough that his owners, a very old couple were still taking buggy trail rides 3 or 4 years ago, before the mans first stroke. Bob has always been of good health also. Until the last few years. With the older couple no longer to care for him. Another family member moved closer. And "took care of" him and their own horses. For two years. They never fed them. Never gave them hay in winter. Never grained them. And if the creek didn't run through the field I'm sure they'd have died. Bob started breaking out. Running the roads, and yards, and trails on his own. And it became known how poor his condition was. Someone else started taking feed and hay down to these three horses. Animal Control was called. By myself, and others. Many, many times. And always said these horses(3 on the body scale) were fine. They had no shelter... no food, and looked like skeletons. We tried the cops, same thing. We constantly called both and the humane society and nothing was done. Eventually, the people that were feeding them could not longer afford to do so. They have thier own horses, dogs, and families. So we all again called, and asked for help. I myself begged, showed dated pictures. Called everyone I could think to call. And then informed the so called people there to "help" , and the owners, and the guy sapposed to feed them. That we would not longer do so, and we would be taking pictures. And documenting this.

Months later, they gave Bob to my friends. And they got some more weight back on him before they again took him back. And didn't feed him. We had no proof the switch had happened. And hadn't said a word anymore about the horse to anyone, so as not to cause this to happen. But it did, and Bob started escaping again. Running the roads, and being starved. My friends sprung money for two round bales this winter. And then three weeks ago, when Bob got out. They put him in their field. And called me. Who called my own friend. And we went out with the trailer to get him as they talked to the "owners" Telling them, that they gave the horse to them. And that they either did or didn't. That no longer would they put him back in. Feed the other horses, or anything. And that if they didn't want him. The trailer was here to pick him up. Because if he belonged to them truly like they said. He was going on the trailer NOW.


If you didn't feel like reading all the above. The short of it is. Bob got on the trailer. And went to a new home. For the time we've had him. At first we couldn't get him to eat. He's now eating 2 and a half pounds of grain a day, split up. And almost a whole bale of hay. Mixed half alfalfa. Half natural grass hay. We wormed him with Zivimectrin, and will be using safe quest soon. At first he didn't even drink one bucket of water, he now drinks two. This old man has a long way to go. He's maybe a 3 on the body scale again. And due to lack of hoof care, one leg is crooked. I'm sure he's full of teeth issues. Friday the guy comes to work on his feet, and look at his teeth. And I'll be sure to update everytime I see him or learn more. This loyal old boy deserves a chance to be happy. Even if all he can ever do after this is live in the field and be a horse
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    03-04-2014, 01:01 PM
  #2
Weanling
Subbing. Thank you for taking care of this old boy! Looking forward to seeing his before and afters.
     
    03-09-2014, 03:07 PM
  #3
Foal
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Alright guys here are the first set of pics. More information on farrier visit and diet changes for Sir Bob.
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    03-09-2014, 03:58 PM
  #4
Trained
Actually, he looks good. His weight looks appropriate. His muscle tone is still there, even if it's not hard muscle. His spine is not protruding, hip bones are not sticking out, can't see ribs. Neck is not under-developed. Overall, He might need some muscle/little bit of weight, but he really doesn't look bad. His eyes are also bright and not dull/listless.

Nice to know he's in a home that actually wants him though.
     
    03-09-2014, 04:06 PM
  #5
Foal
Ok... So Bob has NO back teeth. Front teeth are in really good shape. But no back ones left. His feet are good. The issue is his knees. Arthritus. So he's now getting Rapid Flex Joint Supp.Manna ProŽ Rapid Flex
Rapid Flex is a NASC-approved, clinically proven, complete joint supplement with rapid results. Rapid Flex features a patented combination of joint building blocks and a unique blend of 9 natural herbs in a tasty anise base.

Features:

Fast-Acting
Clinically proven formula
Unique blend of joint-building compounds and proprietary natural herbs
Extremely palatable
Convenient powder form
Made in the U.S.A.

Item Specifications:
Active Ingredients per Scoop

Glucosamine HCl 99%+ 5000 mg
Mucopolysaccharides
(source of chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid) 1025 mg
Yucca Root 500 mg
Alfalfa 500 mg
Devil's Claw 100 mg
Nettle Leaf 100 mg
Tumeric Root 50 mg
Celery Seed 25 mg
Black Cohosh Root 25 mg
Ginger Root 25 mg
Cayenne Pepper 5 mg


Imactive Ingredients: Anise flavoring and yeast culture.




Also, now on Chopped Alfalfa/Timothy Hay

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein - Min 12%
Crude Fat - Min 4%
Crude Fiber - Max 32%
Moisture - Max 12%
Ingredients

Naturally Sun-Cured Premium Western Alfalfa Forage, Naturally Sun-Cured Premium Western Timothy Grass Forage, Canola oil (Preserved with mixed tocopherols, flavored with rosemary extract)

I need to find the "reciept" that lists the ingrediants on his feed. Will place that on here as well

He also gets soaked beet pulp

Scoop is 1 pound

AM: 1Scoop of feed
1Scoop of chopped hay soaked


Day: Free choice grass hay



PM: 1Scoop Feed
1Scoop beet pulp (one pound before water is added)
2Scoops of the chopped hay also soaked
And he is now getting as well two of the cups of Rapid Flex at this feeding. For three weeks. Then it goes down to a scoop


Thoughts? Ideas? He has the free choice grass hay, and spends lots of time grazing around the mostly dead field. He has picked up a lot of weight. And I can see some improvement.
     
    03-09-2014, 04:07 PM
  #6
Foal
Ok... So Bob has NO back teeth. Front teeth are in really good shape. But no back ones left. His feet are good. The issue is his knees. Arthritus. So he's now getting Rapid Flex Joint Supp.Manna ProŽ Rapid Flex
Rapid Flex is a NASC-approved, clinically proven, complete joint supplement with rapid results. Rapid Flex features a patented combination of joint building blocks and a unique blend of 9 natural herbs in a tasty anise base.

Features:

Fast-Acting
Clinically proven formula
Unique blend of joint-building compounds and proprietary natural herbs
Extremely palatable
Convenient powder form
Made in the U.S.A.

Item Specifications:
Active Ingredients per Scoop

Glucosamine HCl 99%+ 5000 mg
Mucopolysaccharides
(source of chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid) 1025 mg
Yucca Root 500 mg
Alfalfa 500 mg
Devil's Claw 100 mg
Nettle Leaf 100 mg
Tumeric Root 50 mg
Celery Seed 25 mg
Black Cohosh Root 25 mg
Ginger Root 25 mg
Cayenne Pepper 5 mg


Imactive Ingredients: Anise flavoring and yeast culture.




Also, now on Chopped Alfalfa/Timothy Hay

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein - Min 12%
Crude Fat - Min 4%
Crude Fiber - Max 32%
Moisture - Max 12%
Ingredients

Naturally Sun-Cured Premium Western Alfalfa Forage, Naturally Sun-Cured Premium Western Timothy Grass Forage, Canola oil (Preserved with mixed tocopherols, flavored with rosemary extract)

I need to find the "reciept" that lists the ingrediants on his feed. Will place that on here as well

He also gets soaked beet pulp

Scoop is 1 pound

AM: 1Scoop of feed
1Scoop of chopped hay soaked


Day: Free choice grass hay



PM: 1Scoop Feed
1Scoop beet pulp (one pound before water is added)
2Scoops of the chopped hay also soaked
And he is now getting as well two of the cups of Rapid Flex at this feeding. For three weeks. Then it goes down to a scoop


Thoughts? Ideas? He has the free choice grass hay, and spends lots of time grazing around the mostly dead field. He has picked up a lot of weight. And I can see some improvement.
     
    03-09-2014, 04:21 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Wow, he must of been stunning in his day.
     
    03-09-2014, 06:29 PM
  #8
Foal
He looked worse, and his spine does stick up under all the fur just not as much anymore. When we first started taking care of him(we started feeding on location while talking current owners into giving him up) he was maybe a three. He looks much much better now =) And he was definitely something worth looking twice at in his better years
     
    03-10-2014, 08:32 AM
  #9
Weanling
He looks beautiful, and good on you for caring enough to give him a loving home. It's hard to tell what he's like under all the fluff, but I'm sure he is enjoying his food and the love he's getting.
     
    03-15-2014, 03:37 PM
  #10
Foal
More pictures of Bob! Coming very soon guys, he's gained more weight. And his knees no longer crackle and pop when you lift his fronts =) Few more months may show him back under saddle. Didn't do anything other than groom, cut a bridle path, and use ThrushX on his hoofs to combat a touch of yuck. Next weekend I'll get a video of him moving in hand at a walk and trot. And on the long line at the same gaits
     

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