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        06-22-2009, 06:27 PM
      #21
    Showing
    They are just lean. As you said, they are in pasture condition. They are a long way from being skinny and they are a little out of tone. You have nothing to worry about with the Humane Society. That woman was just being ignorant. Probably one of those PETA fanatics. / They look healthy even if they are not fat. As for the last pic of the red mare, I think her look has less to do with being skinny than it just being her conformation.
         
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        06-22-2009, 07:13 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I agree that they are definitely not starving, just in pasture condition. Though they could definitely use a bit more meat on their bones! Maybe a more nutritious hay? And definitely add grain, I dont' think its healthy for horses to just live on hay.

    As for deworming I agree that you should definitely put them on a rotation. Mine are rotated between safe guard, Ivermectin, Rotectin 1 and 2, and Ivermectin Gold I think its called! Good luck :)
         
        06-22-2009, 08:55 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Your horses don't look to bad at all, but I like to see more weight on a horse when I am looking to buy. If I was selling I would want to make sure my horse looked as best as possible so you may want to up the feed so they look a bit heavier.

    I like to switch dewormers every time I deworm. I had a vet tell me to change the dewormer type each deworming as it gets EVERY kind of worm and also some of the worms may start to become immune to the same type you use everytime.
         
        06-22-2009, 10:36 PM
      #24
    Started
    As someone who has had AC call on me, your horses look better than mine did. What I learned was get them on grain and I worm them 1x a month. They will be better looking in a month, guarenteed
         
        06-22-2009, 10:38 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Must have been a hard comment to take without laughing. I wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face. I would have told her "Thank you for coming, I suggest to do some reading on basic horse care only then start searching for a horse".
    Some people, honestly. I never cease to be bored by the stupidity of people. I really wonder what affects someone to be the way they are, and to say the ridiculous comments they will make with a straight face.

    Gah, keep smiling, your horses are beautiful.
         
        06-24-2009, 12:04 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I would not worry about the comments from the potential buyer. There is some crazy people in this world. It is a good thing that she did not buy the horse. I would not want a crazy person to have one of my horses. Just keep your head up and the right person will come along. Good Luck!
         
        06-25-2009, 03:11 AM
      #27
    Trained
    I do see what looks like worm bellies, the first foal. I would try a different dewormer and maybe send a fecal sample to your vet. They are not starving though. Be sure that they always have food and water and it will be okay!
         
        06-25-2009, 06:58 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Hay does not always have enough of all the nutrients a horse needs and foals require more protein than mature animals so they can grow normally. A complete horse feed with vitamins minerals and protein formulated for their life stage would help. Corn,soybean oil or maybe rice bran oil will help add weight and shine. Mine get corn soybean oil combination along with pelleted feed,oats,and carrots(an excellent source of biotin for healthy hooves also contains vitamins,minerals, and protein). A big belly is sometimes a "hay belly".
         
        06-25-2009, 07:15 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    The do look underweight. Not starving, but they need some more groceries.
         
        06-26-2009, 03:55 AM
      #30
    Started
    They don't look that bad, certainly not starving! I want your appy :)
         

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