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        03-13-2013, 01:27 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    They need to see a vet. They probably have worms and possibly some other health problems but only your vet can figure it out. If your dad isn't willing to properly care for the horses then they need to go to someone who will.

    Can you at least call the vet and ask advice?
         
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        03-13-2013, 01:29 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    
    You could ask your vet if she thinks you are feeding enough, its hard to say without knowing the weight of the hay. You could always add a fat supplement to their diet like ricebran- its very inexpensive and it will give them shiny coats and add extra calories without making them hot.

    Do they get hay only or hay and a grain? If they are on hay only they may be lacking in certain minerals etc if not on a supplement. You can always have the hay tested and see what its missing.

    As much as no one wants to hear it, if what it takes is more food and its not in the budget, it may be in the horse's best interest to downsize the herd so they can all be at a healthy weight.

    Best of luck!
    My vet thinks i'm feeding waay morethan enough. They just get the alfalfe and 3way hay. But they to get an alfalfa/grain pellet and psyllium mix for a week once a month to help with sand. The flakes are 8-10lbs each. They get 2 different mineral salt licks too. We have the money...my dad is just stubborn...and they are getting alot of hay/alfalfa...to the point that they are becoming uniterested then come back and eat more later....I'm just confused :P
         
        03-13-2013, 01:31 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    They need to see a vet. They probably have worms and possibly some other health problems but only your vet can figure it out. If your dad isn't willing to properly care for the horses then they need to go to someone who will.

    Can you at least call the vet and ask advice?
    Can you please not be so mad at me...I'm asking for help...not for someone to rip me apart...I already feel bad.
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        03-13-2013, 01:34 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I'm not aiming it at you but rather your dad. Since your dad pays the bills you are not really in control of how they get cared for. Can you at least ask the vet for advice since they think you are already feeding enough?

    Have their teeth been done in the last year?

    It might be time for a powerpac of worming which if your dad won't spend the money on the vet he probably won't spend the money on panacur powerpac since that will run you about $60 per horse.
         
        03-13-2013, 01:38 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    I'm not aiming it at you but rather your dad. Since your dad pays the bills you are not really in control of how they get cared for. Can you at least ask the vet for advice since they think you are already feeding enough?

    Have their teeth been done in the last year?

    It might be time for a powerpac of worming which if your dad won't spend the money on the vet he probably won't spend the money on panacur powerpac since that will run you about $60 per horse.
    I will ask for advice from our vet and see what I can do about the teeth. They were checked last year and were good but it is that time again. And I'll also see what I can do about the wormer. Thank you
         
        03-13-2013, 01:50 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    It sounds like you are doing the best you can, it sounds like you are on good terms with your vet, you could probably bring a fecal sample in to them for cheap (maybe they will give you a discount for four?) and have them see if there is a worm issue before going out and buying wormer. If there is a worm issue, they will be able to tell you what wormer to use for the best results. You can tell your dad it will save you money in the long run, because if they DO have a worm load, you might be able to feed less with more effect if it is taken care of.

    I don't think hay analysis is very expensive if you want to have your hay tested to be safe. All stuff that can save you money in the long run!
         
        03-13-2013, 01:59 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    
    It sounds like you are doing the best you can, it sounds like you are on good terms with your vet, you could probably bring a fecal sample in to them for cheap (maybe they will give you a discount for four?) and have them see if there is a worm issue before going out and buying wormer. If there is a worm issue, they will be able to tell you what wormer to use for the best results. You can tell your dad it will save you money in the long run, because if they DO have a worm load, you might be able to feed less with more effect if it is taken care of.

    I don't think hay analysis is very expensive if you want to have your hay tested to be safe. All stuff that can save you money in the long run!

    Ok, thanks a bunch(:
         
        03-13-2013, 02:05 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Problem is if they have encysted worms they won't show up in a fecal. Since all 4 are in the same condition it doesn't sound like a teeth issue quite yet but more of a herd issue which suggests worms. But talk with your vet.
         
        03-13-2013, 02:25 PM
      #19
    Started
    It could be alot of things and everyone is giving great advice. I hope your dad will do what needs to be done. Also maybe have the hay tested? Some places do that for next to nothing.
         
        03-13-2013, 02:27 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by harleyboiirun    
    My vet thinks i'm feeding waay morethan enough. They just get the alfalfe and 3way hay. But they to get an alfalfa/grain pellet and psyllium mix for a week once a month to help with sand. The flakes are 8-10lbs each. They get 2 different mineral salt licks too. We have the money...my dad is just stubborn...and they are getting alot of hay/alfalfa...to the point that they are becoming uniterested then come back and eat more later....I'm just confused :P
    It won't hurt to keep them on the psyllium daily until you get things figured out.
    What breed/s are your horses?

    No one is coming down on you. We see this all the time, where the kid does know more than the parents but are powerless to do anything. So the young person suffers anguish over the given situation. I've never understood how a parent can do that to their kid.
    Your situation isn't as dire as some but the concept is the same.

    When I am King I will ban kids having ignorant parents.
         

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