About 4 months ago, I took in a miniature horse called Gemma, who was severly overweight, and had never been cared for properly at all. She is 4 years old, 5 on 21st november. When we got her she weighed 300kgs easy.
She has since lost almost 60kgs.
The poor girl started foundering last week :( thank god we caught it at the first sign of a teensy limp, so we got it under control within two days.
But what could I do to make sure she doesnt get it again, she is in a paddock with hardly any grass and she is living on hay and water at the moment, and all the signs have completely gone, im going to start giving her an hour of grass every second day or so and see what happens.
What feeds could I give her without risking her getting it again? I've never had to deal with a foundering animal of any sort so I don't know much about it. She is slowly loosing weight, but im not going to excercise her for around 6 weeks as recomended by the vet.
But in a few months, would I be able to put my 5 year old sister on her? Casey(sister) weighs around 20kgs, but I don't know if I should, because i'm absolutely terrified of hurting her, and if she is never able to be ridden again, so be it. I would much rather have her for a pet as opposed to putting her in pain.
And when I start excercising her again, how should I start? Would just easy walking for 5-10 minutes a day be ok for her? Considering at the moment she is actually excercising herself by running around and bucking so she can't be in any pain, THANK GOODNESS!!!
But I could REALLY REALLY do with some help on this, I love gemma soo much and I really want to do the best for her, even though she's not mine, I am the one who cares for her, feeds her, gets up early in the morning to take off her cover, muck out her paddock, and everything. My mum, and my bf and his mum pitch in quite alot, but I have the strongest bond with her.