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    08-11-2011, 04:13 PM
  #11
Foal
Here are some before and after pics for you

This is Katie when we got her

And this is her just before she passed away 9 months later



This is Elmo (still a work in progress)



And here he is now
     
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    08-11-2011, 10:33 PM
  #12
Foal
You also want to be really careful with feeding these horses or you can end up with re-feeding syndrome (REFEEDING SYNDROME).
     
    08-11-2011, 10:43 PM
  #13
Trained
Kudos to everyone for helping horses in need! OP, give yourself a pat on the back and listen to what the vet has to say and keep us posted.
     
    08-13-2011, 12:56 AM
  #14
Foal
Key points from an article on refeeding syndrome in the link below

In The Event of Starvation or Malnutrition:

- Consult with a veterinarian and a nutritionist.
- Re-feeding syndrome usually occurs within 3 5 days.
- The best approach is frequent small meals of high quality alfalfa. Gradually
Increase the amount fed and decrease the frequency fed over a 10 day period.
- Feed according to the guidelines set forth by Dr. Carolyn Stull PhD.
- Closely monitor the horse for any complications that may develop during the recovery process.

REFEEDING SYNDROME
     
    08-13-2011, 01:00 AM
  #15
Foal
I would put them on probiotics to get their hind gut working again. JMO
     
    08-13-2011, 01:25 AM
  #16
Foal
Woops wasn't paying attention, link had already been posted
     
    08-13-2011, 01:53 AM
  #17
Weanling
I would try picking up their feet and seeing if you think they will stand for a farrier. Getting their feet done will make them much more comfortable after all. A farrier will also tell you if they have hoof issues like thrush that needs treating.

Get a work up done by a vet (sounds like you already are doing this) and see what they say. Always take the trained vets opinion...its usually right.

As for worming, my best advice it to start with half a tube of Fenbendazole on day 1 the other half on day 3, wait two weeks and give a proper dose of Prantel Pomate according to the horses weight. (Both of these wormers focus on fewer parasites than others and shouldnt give you any issues as a starting point) Wait 3-4 weeks after the Prantel Pomate and give a proper dose of Ivermectin according to the horses weight. After this continue proper worming. By doing this you hit all your bases within 2 months without doing it so fast that it causes problems....your also using different kinds of wormer so you arent doubling up on the different kinds of medication and causing issues there. This is what we did with a freinds gelding who was extremely wormy as well as my gelding. Your vet might be able to give you better advice, this is just what worked for me. (all of these wormers can be found at tractor supply or other horse stores and feed stores usually)

As for feeding, there have been lots of good suggestions. Personally I would start giving them slowly increasing amounts of good quality hay and senior grain. Some probiotics couldnt hurt either. After you build them back up to actually eating you could start entroducing small amounts of alfalfa. Between the senior feed and alfalfa they should plump up fairly well...just remember to start slow so as to not make them sick.

God bless you for doing this and good luck...
     
    08-13-2011, 06:27 AM
  #18
Yearling
some pics for you...

Sasha, 2 year old SSh......



And after six weeks of rehab....

     
    08-14-2011, 09:22 AM
  #19
Foal
Something to consider would be an easily digestible, high fat feed like Purina or Nutrena Senior. Start them off slowly, with a vet's advice on quantities to ramp them up. You've probably already heard this, but smaller, more frequent meals will help with the weight gain.

Also Blue Seal Hay Stretcher cubes (not crumbles) makes a wonderful weight enhancing lunch. Be sure to soak in water - if they eat fast and the cubes are dry, the cubes can swell in the esophagus and cause choking. We introduced Hay Stretcher to several t-breds at the barn that have problems with weight and after battling for four years, this seemed to do the trick!
     

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