i've gotten some great help/advice here and have gone from scared to excited-I can hardly wait to have her here and on the road to recovery! I'll take some pictures tomorrow and post them so you can see this wonderful girl, no matter how thin, she's still gorgeous in my eyes! Then i'll keep snapping pics as she puts on some weight! I can hardly wait til tomorrow to have her here! Thank you all-you have helped me immensely! :)
A horse that's a 3 really isn't that far gone that you need to take extraordinary measures to get them back.
The first thing would be to set her up by herself to protect both her and horses already on the property from anything she might be harboring. She needs to see them but not have contact with them. Moving is stressful so don't add to it by introducing herd dynamics. Grass hay is the only thing you should start her on. Know what a flake weighs. Give her a flake, she cleans it up, give her another in 2 hours. Keep feeding her 2-3# of hay at short intervals. Adding a dose dose of a probiotic the first week will help her utilize what you are feeding by repopulating the bacteria in her gut. Give her a few days than combine meals, say 5# hay at one feeding 4 times a day. You want to know how much she is eating (as opposed to just offering her freechoice where it's impossible to know) so you can adjust her caloric intake. Start her concentrates. Deworm her after a week. From there, what you do and add to her diet is going to depend upon how she responds. Adding oils, alfalfa ect might be unnecessary.
Well, Billie has arrived and is doing quite well so far-we're on day 3 and no problems have yet developed! She's gotten a good check-up from the vet, aside from her being super UNDER weight she's in good health otherwise! And man is she just the sweeeeeeeetest big ol' baby EVER! I just can't get enough of her big ol' floppy ears! :) Here are a couple pictures-one of just her big ol' adorable face, and one front on where you can see how skinny she is! I sooooo love this ol' girl and am loving every moment we are getting to spend with her! She's truly amazing! Thank you all for your wonderful help and advice, I'd have been lost without you all! :) (the date stamp is correct, but the time is 12 hrs off! :P )
:) yeah, the picture I was given of her I was told was relatively recent, hence me saying a 3 on the body scale, but once we got there all I could do is stare in shock-she's much lower than that! Sigh. It's all good tho-she's outta there and everything is going to be ok-she's going to get her weight back! She is truly amazing-such a strong spirit she has-and so much love to give! I'll post more pics as weight goes on! :) THANK YOU ALL!