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    06-23-2012, 02:22 AM
Emaciated Horse-Any help?

My friend Taylor's horse is very, very skinny. Every one of his ribs are showing, and he hasn't been eating. Just drinking. Taylor got his horse about two days ago, and when he got it, it was already like that. The reason he didn't get a healthier one was because he wanted to "help it out." Taylor, you've had one horse in your life and your mom fed it. >.> I'm going to try to get a vet, but is there anything I should do? Higher it's food rations? Thanks in advance. C:
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    06-23-2012, 02:24 AM
I read your other post, and I really think you need to look for experienced, local help. Are you sure that the horse has teeth? Not just front teeth, but teeth all down the sides of the mouth, both top and bottom? You don't need a trailer to get a vet, the vet will come to you, for a fee.
    06-23-2012, 02:42 AM
Considering the horse is how you'd say, "wild", I don't know how we'd check the teeth. We can pet them, get close enough to groom them, and maybe even lead them, but I doubt we'd be able to check it's teeth. :c Could a vet do that?

And yes, I know the vet will come to me. That's what we're going to try to do. Pray to god we can spare the extra cost~
    06-23-2012, 02:49 AM
If you can put a halter on it, and hold it so the vet can tranquilize, then the vet can certainly check for teeth. If not, its going to take some seriously experienced help. I'm guessing you're a teenager (I apologize if I am wrong) is your mom helping you? Are there any local horse owners you can ask for some help with this?

Until the vet gets out, I'd try feeding soaked orchard grass or alfalfa pellets to see if the horse would eat them. If it will, feed them in small amounts as often as you possibly can until the vet gets there. Even a horse without teeth can slurp up a slushy mush of pellets. You can get those at any local feed store.
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    06-23-2012, 02:59 AM
Thank you so much! I've found that people on here tend to steer away from the question I'm asking and start talking about other things; while I'm left unanswered. You just got straight to the point. Thank you so much for that~

Hmm...I could try to get a halter on it, but I don't know. We've never tried. My mom has done it before, I suppose we could ask her for help on getting it on? She used to have horses. And yes, I'm a teenager. My mom is just giving me advice, nothing more. Just little tidbits of info she knows. There is one very experienced person living fifteen minutes from my house or so. We went to her today, but she was out. We're going to try again tomorrow.

Hmm...yes, we'll try that. It bugs me that my friends are just pouring in extra oats. Like really. What if it can't eat at all, and that's why it's sick? Anyway, what do you mean by, "feed store"? I live in a tiny town in Washington. There isn't many places to go.
    06-23-2012, 03:01 AM
I live in washington also. Any store that has 'farm' in the name is likely to be a feed store. Where in washington are you? (General vicinity is good enough, I'm not trying to stalk you, just trying to help you find a place to buy feed.)
    06-23-2012, 03:07 AM
Hi Hazels,

Depending upon how thin the horse is, how old, and other factors, I'm only offering you what basic info I can to help a thin horse who isn't eating.

It's good that he's drinking, however if his water intake seems excessive to you, that may be a sign of kidney or other organ failure which, if you're able to have a vet come out to do bloodwork, you'll know very quickly if that's the case, and the vet would likely recommend humane euthanasia.

If the horse has hay (I'm presuming it's grass hay) in front of him and has no appetite, you may be able to try giving him some senior feed soaked into a mash, add probiotics to it, and give him small feedings several times a day if possible, spacing out his feed requirement by what his ideal weight would be, I.e., a 1,000 pound older horse (without molars) generally needs 8-10 pounds of senior divided into 2-3 feedings. In his case, depending upon his ideal weight, and how underweight he is, you may need to introduce less with far more frequency initially, and hopefully he'll show some interest and appetite and work up to eating a normal amount.

If his organs are failing, it isn't generally a good idea to give them any alfalfa hay.

He'll also need a salt block, and if he's not had any access to salt it's best not to let him have 24/7 access right away to one.

If he starts rolling, kicking at or looking back at his belly, those are signs of colic, and something to watch for. Most vets are good about selling banamine paste for horse owners to keep on hand in case of colic, and it's easy to administer it.

One thing to keep in mind with horses in general, and especially any emaciated horses, is that they are typically best off without any drastic changes in feed (and routine too), so anything you introduce, if you can do so gradually and in small amounts to begin with.

I hope a vet can examine him and that the news will be promising.
    06-23-2012, 07:26 AM
I thought you were going to bed after the post on the other thread?

Anyway, you all are way in over your heads here. Have the old man call a rescue to pick them up. Unless your mother is willing to fork over hundreds of dollars a month for feed, board, shoes, and vetting for each horse there, you really need to leave this alone.
    06-23-2012, 02:30 PM
I fit things in. ^^;

I know. I kind of knew this from the start, but my friends wanted to take care of them so badly...I'm going to tell them that we're done.
    06-24-2012, 06:53 AM
Hazels, hopefully your friends can find some caring and experienced help and advice, and it is not necessarily rocket science nor necessarily overly expensive to rehab a rescued horse. However, the more we know the more help can be given, with your friend's permission, if there is a lack of hands-on resources or genuine legitimate nonprofits in your area to help or receive another intake. I will be glad to offer what help I can from a distance if desired, and I imagine there are others here willing to give offer constructive and helpful suggestions.

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