Originally Posted by lilmiss1999
I just rescued an older mare. She was actually my mare that I sold 10 years ago. I found out where she was and after seeing her in this condition begged for her back. I am trying to save her and make her golden years the best possible. She is very weak, gums are a bit pale and seems dehydrated. She has a big pot belly, ribs showing and diarrhea. I wormed her with Ivermectin before bringing her home this last Friday. I gave her a dose of Red cell, electrolytes and probiotics today. I noticed today in her manure (each pile) is at least 5 fully matured bot larvae. They are dead. Her gut sounds are good. I have given her a little grain (very little senior and rice bran) and she in pasture. She is eating. I have sectioned off a small area for her to keep her quarantined from my other horses and to keep track of her water consumption. I have left a message for my vet and think she may want to come out and give her some IV fluids. Is there anything else I can do for her at home that will help?
I don't know too much about rescuing a horse, but I know a horse that is underweight needs to be watched. Just like a starving person, they cannot jsut be allowed to eat to their hearts content. They can colic and really get sick or die.
Another thing, make sure to call the vet and ask about wormer. With a lot of parasites, you don't want to get rid of all of them right away, sounds weird but its true. If she is seriously infested, then a feed through wormer will do better for her in the long run than a one time wormer.