In Jan 08 I "inherited" 2 geldings - a 26 yr Arabian & a 25 yr TB from a friend who was moving out west. She had owned them 8 years. They were vet check (not just for cognins spl?) the week before they got here & were given a clean bill of health.They came from about 150 miles north of here & my friend & the experinced horsewoman who brought them said they would adapt easily because my pasture was the same as what the horses had been on 24/7 other than being alittle greener due to climate differences. I have kept the same schedule of pellet feed & hay (which came with them) they have been on for the last 3-4 years. The Arabian has adjusted with no issues. The TB - Henry - however seems like my problem child. Since day 1 his droppings seem to be a cow patty consistancy. I noticed within about a week he would have an all liquid movement maybe once a day. (It may have been happening before that & I just didn't notice.) He is eating & drinking & not loosing weight. I also have a salt/mineral block which he likes. He is playful in the pasture & enjoys his weekly lunge session. That's the only work he is getting right now. I even had the ag guy inspect my pasture to make sure there was nothing harmful growing. I called my friend & she said he always had a sensitive stomach - not to worry about it. I have talked with other local horse owners at the feed store, local shows etc,& they say he just needs more time to adjust to the spring grasses, etc. However the books say diarriha will kill him.
Another issue that has developed in the last 2 weeks is cracks & splits in 3 hooves. Nothing serious compared to the pics on horseshoe.com but again the books say any cracks or splits is very bad & signs of neglect. I had him trimmed about 9 weeks ago & the farrier is coming out again today. I am guessing he should be able to tell me if it has just been too long between trims or if I have a nutrition issue going on.
Anyway my hubby grew up on a farm. He says I need to explain that I freaked out about a small cut on the Arabian's flank from a rose bush. [The rose bush is dead & gone!] He feels Henry just needs more time to adjust to his new home. I grew up in the city & I am panicing. In the past 3 months these big lovable animals [especially Henry] have stolen my heart. I don't want to do anything that is harmful but I don't want over react either.
Basically I am soliciting for any & all common sence advice about taking care of horses. I think knowledge based on experience with theses amazing creatures is better than any written in another book from Amazon.com!
Thanks in advance.