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        06-21-2009, 10:24 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    They could definitely use a bit more weight in my opinion (some of them anyway), but they are FAR from either starving or unhealthy. And some people like their horses lean. Really, it's a better condition for them then obesely fat especially if they aren't working.

    The woman is just deranged. You have nothing to fear, the Humane Society would scoff at her for absolutely wasting their time. They have plenty of food and water, and I don't see any horse in alarming condition. I'd prefer to see a bit more meat on them, since they're lean enough that it would only take a few days of going off feed to see more alarming condition, which is why I like a good healthy weight, it's easier to notice if something changes and do something about it before it's a problem.

    All in all though it's your choice, and none of them look starving.
         
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        06-21-2009, 10:26 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks! I will take a better look tomorrow and see what I can do. Maybe get a grain ration going for them all.
         
        06-21-2009, 10:31 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    ^I think that would be good! Very pretty horses though!
         
        06-21-2009, 10:36 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Do you always worm with ivermectin? Maybe you need to try something else because worms can become resistant to some products if they are used consistantly.
         
        06-21-2009, 10:38 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by CopperHorse    
    They are dewormed every other month with Ivermectin so I know its not worms. And as far as the black one, if I thinking of the one ur looking at I just weaned a "oops" foal off of her not even 7 days ago.
    Especially because they are living outside you should rotate their dewormer. Using the same dewormer every time, unfortunately, will make the worms more and more immune to the wormer.
         
        06-21-2009, 10:43 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by boxer    
    Do you always worm with ivermectin? Maybe you need to try something else because worms can become resistant to some products if they are used consistantly.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by barefoot    
    Especially because they are living outside you should rotate their dewormer. Using the same dewormer every time, unfortunately, will make the worms more and more immune to the wormer.

    I use Ivermectin, then another one I think its called Rotation 1 and 2.
         
        06-21-2009, 10:48 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CopperHorse    
    I use Ivermectin, then another one I think its called Rotation 1 and 2.
    I only use Ivermectin maybe 3 times a year, if that. You should start switching up the wormers every rotation and you might see more effectiveness. I don't know of Rotation 1 and 2 but if a company makes it then it should work, but I don't know.
         
        06-21-2009, 11:34 PM
      #18
    Started
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    Originally Posted by CopperHorse    
    They are dewormed every other month with Ivermectin so I know its not worms. And as far as the black one, if I thinking of the one ur looking at I just weaned a "oops" foal off of her not even 7 days ago.
    Do you alternate wormers? You really should do that. I have seen horses that look much worse. Unless they look much worse in person I would not worry even if animal control comes knocking.
         
        06-22-2009, 06:08 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    If you go to Valley Vet website they sell a 6 pack of wormers that is a rotation program for different times of the year depending on what parasites are prevelant. You have to rotate wormers and I recommend more than just 2 kinds.

    Also, you might want to get a better hay? Not sure what you are feeding but if its not nutritous hay it wont do much other than as a filler. We don't have grass in our pasture so we also feed Triple Crown grain.

    Couldnt see too well in some of the pics because they are distant shots but I do think the second pic horse looks on the thin side. And the black horse in the last pic looks "wormy"
         
        06-22-2009, 06:21 PM
      #20
    Cat
    Green Broke
    The foal in the first photo looks wormy. How often are you worming him? Foals should be wormed much more frequently than adult horses.

    The rest of your horses don't look bad, but could probably use some muscle tone. Also, what is the quality of hay you are feeding? Maybe a bit better quality hay might help them sleek out a bit. Also, are you providing mineral at all? If not get a mineral & salt block out there for them.

    I doubt the humane society will do anything at this point, because there is plenty worse out there, but they could look better.
         

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