We have a mare arriving tomorrow who is 20 and malnourished. Her current owners can and I quote "no longer afford to feed her" so they didnt stop they just slowed way down. So she is very underweight.
Any one have any advice on bringing this girl back upt o a healthy weight? I have never been through this before so all advice is welcome.
This girl is about 20, she is dead broke with no bad habits however she is so under wight that she can't be ridden.
I found out about her on our local Craig's list. Her owners had posted her there for $500. I emailed them to please make sure that they found her a good home because out here at that price they would no doubt get allot of interest. I asked them to contact the local rescue and perhaps have the rescue place her.
They emailed me back that if I could afford to feed her they would give her to me. Ummm yikes, ok.
So tonight I fired off an email to a local rescue asking for tips as well as posting here and another horse forum I frequent. Depending on how bad off she is I may still hand her off to the rescue as I only want what is best for her and being out of that situation by any means necessary was best for her in my opinion.
We are supposed to pick her up tomorrow night. I will post pics and more info then.
Thanks in advance any weight gaining tips.
Edited to add:
Her hooves are ATROCIOUS!
The lady said she was kicked in her rear fetlock about 4 weeks ago by another horse. She says the swelling has decreased allot in the past few weeks. It is obviously swollen and she is limping. The poor girl just looks so awful, still beautiful but awful.
Also, what breed is she? Any thoughts? She is Grulla in color which is interesting but I don't know the differences in the breeds well enough to venture what she is and I didnt ask the lady I got her from as she really didnt seem to care.
I didnt even know what color she was when I agreed to her coming here, I just knew she could not stay where she was.
Any way, here she is....by the way, she also needs a name. The lady said she had never really given her one. They just called her baby....she calls all of her horses baby.
I haltered her up and she stood for me, even lowered her head into the halter.