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post #1 of 6 Old 05-16-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Help me save this mare

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?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-16-2011, 10:35 PM
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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.

** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-16-2011, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the response. She was out to pasture before so she is not getting anymore grass than she had before. The amount of grain is very small. I am watching her closely for colic. I know about not killing too much too fast as far as parasites. I need to help her get her strength back before I do that. Hope the vet calls me back soon.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-16-2011, 10:45 PM
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Thank you for the response. She was out to pasture before so she is not getting anymore grass than she had before. The amount of grain is very small. I am watching her closely for colic. I know about not killing too much too fast as far as parasites. I need to help her get her strength back before I do that. Hope the vet calls me back soon.

I hope so too, poor girl. Sounds like she is on a good road for recovery though, and I bet she is more comfortable already. Sounds like you have your bases covered. When the vet does come have her do a full run down of your mare just to be sure what you're looking at. Good luck with her!

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-17-2011, 07:35 AM
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Type in Google searchbox : Care for the older horse.....and you`ll find several useful and relevant websites

Wim. Qualified homeopath for people and animals/Teacher of English BA (Rtd)
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-17-2011, 05:38 PM
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This must be very heartwrenching for you. Good luck and keep us updated with her progress.
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