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    06-01-2009, 12:00 PM
This horse is a mess :( Need all the advice you can give

Ok I finally brought home my new Dutch Warmblood mare.

And she's a mess.

Basically, she's a Level 4 dressage horse that was leased to someone and they put her in a pasture and left her for 2 years. The owner got her back recently, and then sold her to me. I had her vetted, teeth checked, feet done and she arrived on my property Saturday night.

She is scrawny. Her feet need serious attention. I'm going to go out and take more pictures, but her left rear has a hole in the outer hoof wall, I don't even know what from. Her front left has serious chipping. And when I cleaned them out during her grooming session yesterday they smelled so foul I could barely stand it.

Her coat is another thing. She has some of the worst rain scald I have personally seen. When I curried her huge chunks of her coat just fell out with scabs everywhere.

Despite all this she is quite possibly the sweetest horse I've ever met. She is tolerant of loud noises, kids, dogs, cars, trucks. She loves being groomed. I can call her to me when I go to her pasture.

As a side vent - I always seem to get these kinds of horses. Always a good 200lbs underweight and such. *sigh*

OK - so here are some pictures of her. She's 16hh, 8 years old. Please give me all the advice and such you can give me. Keep in mind I just got her. She's got a long road ahead I'm sure.

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    06-01-2009, 12:07 PM
It doesn't sound like anything that some time and care can't fix. I'd love to see her by the end of the summer. I would take my time in bringing her back both in weight and training. She looks to have a quiet disposition and a kind eye.

Good luck with her.
    06-01-2009, 12:17 PM
Some definite groceries are going to make a difference for her. I'm concerned about her feet. Is there anything I can do to help them between farrier visits? I'm going to get pictures to show.
    06-01-2009, 12:26 PM
Agree with iridehorses, with proper care and feed you will see a difference in no time.
    06-01-2009, 12:31 PM
She will be lovely, just be prepared for her to be a little more lively once she gains weight, glad you have her, she needs you
    06-01-2009, 12:43 PM
Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
I'm concerned about her feet.
What are you specifically concerned about?
    06-01-2009, 12:52 PM
Green Broke
She's a lucky girl to end up in your care. Is the smell from thrush did the farrier say?
    06-01-2009, 01:35 PM
There are good hoof and coat supplements that work well in promoting healthy foot growth. I can attest to the fact that Bio Bloom works well from experience and the research completed on the product. Bio Bloom

To help with weight I not sure what you are feeding but adding a fat, like stabilized rice bran pellets will help you out a lot, there are quite out there. There are also rice bran oils and some people add corn oils. The thing to remember when using vegetable oils heavily is doing so you can throw off the balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fats. A good omega 3 oil to use is EO 3, which research is shown is beneficial in many areas including weight but I'm not sure you would want to go to that expense yet.
    06-01-2009, 01:52 PM
Green Broke
Is it possible she has an absest in her foot? The one with the hole in it?
    06-01-2009, 02:00 PM
Here are the pics of her feet. I think it might be thrush. Her frogs are very black though. I haven't actually seen thrush on a horse before (I've been very lucky that in 20 years I haven't had a case of it in my horses) so I don't know for sure.

Nearside Rear (the hole)

Offside Front (had to pick up her foot to show the crack)

Offside front again

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