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    02-03-2013, 06:38 PM
She's going to call a vet in the morning before school & if they can make it out there tomorrow I'm going to meet the vet at her place, & to make sure the mare is doing okay & what not.
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    02-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Please let us know how she gets on xx good luck to you, your friend and her horse xx
    02-03-2013, 07:11 PM
I gave her a few recommendations on vets I've used in the past with my older Appendix mare. I haven't went to see this mare yet, but too me, & all of ya'll, the pictures speak for themselves. She's up to date on all shots & worming. I told her I'd take care of talking to the vet when he got there about payment plans & what's best for the horse. I know my friend & she's intentionly not trying to neglect her horses at all, she loves them don't get me wrong, but I've told her over & over to only keep one. She doesn't have adequate land for three. I've even offered to keep one of them over here, her youngest filly, but she won't let me. Don't know why. :/
    02-03-2013, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
What is with these people that won't get the vets out for their animals?????
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    02-03-2013, 07:17 PM
She feeds all three of her horses square bales of hay from the local Co-Op. It's 5.50 a bale, which is the highest you can get around here.
As for feed I'm not really sure, last time I was over there she was feeding them NuTrena. Not sure about now though, I don't think she would've switched.
    02-03-2013, 07:20 PM
I work with a horse that recently drastically lost weight and after getting the vet out and having bloodworm done it was found that she had lymphoma and was put down 2 days ago. Curious to see what the vet says. Good luck!
    02-03-2013, 07:24 PM
I really wish she would have told me earlier she was beginning to lose weight. Not sure why she keeps these things to herself. If any of my horses get hurt or anything, I tell her & call a vet if it's serious.
    02-03-2013, 08:08 PM
I hope she finds out what the problem is, I am having issues with a old horse loosing weight and he is eating about 35 pounds of food a day between his grain and hay and soaked hay cubes.
This mare looks like someone is stealing her food and the mud and barb wire are scary.
I wish people would look at the place their horses are living in and work to better that place,
    02-03-2013, 08:25 PM
Green Broke
Will be intersting to see what the vet says. It is extremely cruel to let this happen . Sounds like liver disease to me
    02-03-2013, 08:55 PM
There are odd exception to the rule though. For example my Clydesdale is a nightmare to manage. He had an eye removed at 3 so has trouble regulating his temp (he over heats very easily). So you can't rug him in the winter because even in a rain sheet he sweats up. You can't stable him because his sinuses go mental and he stresses out in the stable causing to loose condition no matter what you feed him.

So in the winter he gets a bit skinny, mainly top line condition. If you were to look at him you would think gosh he' a bit skinny, but look below his hips and spine and he has a great covering over his ribs, he isn't cold, he is happy and active etc etc and of course in the summer he practically rolls round the field! Lol

But someone who doesn't know him would think I was neglecting him. I have a very close relationship with my vet and have him looked at the second his condition changes as there is always the worry that the cancer he had as a youngster may come back.

My point is that not all people neglect their animals and it is just the way that that particular animal is. It is a hard one to call if you don't know the people involved. Sadly all too often neglect is one of the main factors

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