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post #11 of 23 Old 04-04-2008, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much to all of you.
She appears to have no trouble eating what so ever, she ate her hay beautifully. I am off to TSC this morning to go over the senior feeds.
I am lucky enough to be a stay at home Mom so feeding her multiple times a day in smaller amounts is totally doable.
Once again, I thank you all for your support and advice. I can not wait for the farrier to get here....I think that alone will make a huge impact on her quality of life. Poor girl. It breaks my heart that she has given 20 good years to human kind just to be tossed away like this.
My 4 year old son and 14 year old daughter are in love with her so she will know love now.....
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post #12 of 23 Old 04-04-2008, 10:42 AM
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I highly recommend Rice Bran Oil. It is loaded with fat and protien. I've rescued a few that were severly underweight and the Rice Bran Oil really did the trick. It's way better then Rice Bran in the pellet form (higher in both fats and protiens) I would also suggest getting a mineral supplement. We feed out guys Chapman Complete Horse Minerals and they free choice eat it. They love it!

Have you had a vet out to see her? In on of the pictures it looks like she has navicular.

Kudos to you for saving this sweet girl! Hope she pulls thru well for you!
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I'd swing by a local feed store...not the big chain ones if you have one in your area. (my hubby works at one so I may be biased) We feed a sweet feed (all grain with molassas) its a custom blend that the local guys make and bag. Sometimes you can go talk to the guys actually making the feed and let them know what your up to and they will give you a TON of help and advise. Worth checkin' into.

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post #14 of 23 Old 04-04-2008, 04:18 PM
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My mare recently lost a lot of weight due to an injury. My vet suggested putting her on a senior feed, so we did. Progress was slow, but we were making progress. I then switch to Triple Crown senior feed and what a difference. It is more expensive but will do the trick.
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post #15 of 23 Old 04-04-2008, 07:11 PM
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post #16 of 23 Old 04-05-2008, 02:33 AM
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Here's some general guidelines which may help:

Horses need roughage in the form of hay and/or grass.
At this stage, I'd stay away from Alfalfa though. It sometimes tends to cause diareha.

As for feeds....
Protien builds muscle.
Fat builds fat.
Look for a high protien feed which has a good vitamin/mineral package blended into it.
Whole grains, corn,oats etc, are hard to digest. So you might want to start with a pelleted feed, at least for now.

Whatever feed you choose will have the recomended ration amounts listed on the bag. But start low and work up by increasing the amount you give her give slowly. Too much too soon will cause colic or other ailments.
Make certain that she gets plenty of clean water.
A mineral block wouldn't hurt.

Worm the poor thing as soon as you can afford it. Then re-worm 2 weeks later.
Give some thought to having her teeth checked. It's been my experience that a high percentage of rescue horses are also cribbers....which means that they got's teeth problems.

Good luck on your project.
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post #17 of 23 Old 04-05-2008, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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GREAT info guys. Again, I thank you as does Molly...yes we have named her Molly.
She was wormed today and the Farrier comes Tuesday (It was the soonest I could get him) I can't wait for that. Teeth floating is next on the agenda. So far I have not witnessed any cribbing but we will be watching.
She is already walking with more pep in her step and LOVES carrots.
Any way as she progresses I will update. And once again, thanks for your help, concern and advice.
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post #18 of 23 Old 04-08-2008, 04:08 AM
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Some other things that I use (they do help i'm not 100% sure on spelling but) equijewel, rice bran, sunflower seeds, lympia pellets, equilibrum also try adding an egg to her feed it might take them a bit to get used to it but it will make her coat nice too.. Try and feed her a minimum of 3 times a day give her a mixture of grass and lucern hay and add the vitimins to her hard feed each time you feed her. Remember little and often. Hope this helps and keep us updated on how she is going.
Good luck.
Oh yeah once again not 100% sure but she looks to have a bit of clydie or QH, TB something along those lines.
Anyway let me know how she goes.
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post #19 of 23 Old 04-08-2008, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by DGW1949
Here's some general guidelines which may help:

Horses need roughage in the form of hay and/or grass.
At this stage, I'd stay away from Alfalfa though. It sometimes tends to cause diareha.

As for feeds....
Protien builds muscle.
Fat builds fat.
Look for a high protien feed which has a good vitamin/mineral package blended into it.
Whole grains, corn,oats etc, are hard to digest. So you might want to start with a pelleted feed, at least for now.

Whatever feed you choose will have the recomended ration amounts listed on the bag. But start low and work up by increasing the amount you give her give slowly. Too much too soon will cause colic or other ailments.
Make certain that she gets plenty of clean water.
A mineral block wouldn't hurt.

Worm the poor thing as soon as you can afford it. Then re-worm 2 weeks later.
Give some thought to having her teeth checked. It's been my experience that a high percentage of rescue horses are also cribbers....which means that they got's teeth problems.

Good luck on your project.
DGW
Very well said
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post #20 of 23 Old 04-12-2008, 01:04 AM
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Introduce feed to this gal SLOWLY... she'll colic/founder otherwise. Don't worry about getting a lot of weight on her 'real fast!'--you just need to do it in a healthy manner so it doesn't overload her system.
Getting her teeth done is very important, because most old horses don't hold weight well, and half of the reason is because they have horrible teeth and can't chew their food correctly. Get pelleted food, she'll digest it better. I also HIGHLY suggest beat pulp... it will put weight on in a healthy manner, it's almost 100% digestible (no ligin... which is in mature hay. Horses can't digest it!), and its soft and doesn't really require a lot of chewing. Yay?
Bless you for taking her in! She looks like a sweet heart... and QH for sure.
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