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    02-12-2013, 01:31 PM
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Weanling
Horse not getting enough feed

So it was my birthday yesterday and my aunt came over. When she saw my newest horse she flipped out saying im not feeding her enough because she is ribby. I told her im free feeding her hay which is almost a bale a day and im also giving her ccomplete feed 2 times a day, but im going to start giving her lunch to, she is getting wheat germ oil on her food and a hoof suppliments a ulcer preventative and a probiotic. Then she starts going off on me about her hooves, and how they are cracked. I tried to explian thet I havent had her long and it takes time but she didnt care. Then she said its my water doing that to her and that I need to give her water from somewhere else. It made me mad because her horses have the worst looking hooves around and they never get ridden and if they start limping and I tell her she says 'o it will go away' UGH.
So just wondering if I should add to the horses feed. She has anxiety so I don't want to add something that will make her hot. I have noticed she is gaining weight but I know it will take a while before she is in good shape.
     
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    02-12-2013, 03:54 PM
  #2
Foal
You need to give the amount of grain your giving and pics would help. You probably have nothing to worry about your aunt sounds like a busy body
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    02-12-2013, 04:03 PM
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Weanling
If in doubt you can always ask your vet. That way if your Aunt brings it up again you can explain that the horse is on a feeding program that the vet approves, and her hooves are a work in progress. Best of luck!
     
    02-12-2013, 05:29 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tiamo    
You need to give the amount of grain your giving and pics would help. You probably have nothing to worry about your aunt sounds like a busy body
A coffee can 3 times a day. She hasnt been here very long about 2 months and was terrible and very fearful when I got her. She was given to me for free because she has anxiety which is getting much better, when I got her she was so bad she would run through fences when she was scared. Now I can pet her face without a flinch most of the time :) She has gained a little weight since this picture.
     
    02-12-2013, 08:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
Can't see her feet but she looks only a tad light in body weight to me. Just my two cents, I would weigh her feed/coffee can.
     
    02-12-2013, 08:35 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by goneriding    
Can't see her feet but she looks only a tad light in body weight to me. Just my two cents, I would weigh her feed/coffee can.
Ya iv been putting weight on her the last few months, she looks much better then she did.
     
    02-12-2013, 08:37 PM
  #7
Green Broke
How much hay are you giving her?
     
    02-12-2013, 08:43 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
How much hay are you giving her?
as much as she will eat which is almost a bale a day, I wormed her when I got her a few months ago im going to worm her again this week.
     
    02-12-2013, 08:43 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Just because you are feeding her doesn't mean her body is absorbing properly. These threads are so typical and it is the same scenerio that they generally have worms and are not getting enough or quality feed. I am glad your Aunt is looking for the horses best interest. It does not take very long for a horse to gain weight. They could easily gain a few hundred pounds in a short amount of time so something needs addrressed
     
    02-12-2013, 08:45 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Agree 100% with Tiamo - your aunt sounds like a total busy body - people like that will 'nit pick' at others to make themselves feel superior. You handled it calmly. I wouldn't invite her to look at your horse any time in the near future, but if she asks, definitely take the advice of SaddleOnline - good way to difuse and dismiss. Give yourself a huge pat on the back for the amount of thoughtful effort and time you're putting into this horse - good for you!!!! I would go ahead and consult the vet for just the perfect feed plan however, and best of luck to you!! *Happy Birthday, by the way! Mine was yesterday also! :)
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