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post #21 of 23 Old 04-13-2008, 01:34 AM
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she looks like a sweetie :) good on ya for taking her in

- definitely get the teeth checked
- a regular worming schedule will be super important for the next few months
- foods good for building weight: rice bran and/or oil (i use both), senior pellets which are amazing for helping put on and hold weight in older horses. i even use these on my younger horses as they are a lot better than the normal pellets, free choice GOOD quality hay, a mineral supplement. at this stage i would probably suggest a complete supplement. i use equilibrium which i know you cant get in the states but im sure you would have something :) a complete supplement will be beneficial for a lot of things like hoof quality, coat quality and will ensure that she has exactly what she needs of everything. im a huge believer in complete supplements
- even though she is in poor shape she still needs some form of exercise. i dont mean riding her but put a halter on her and take her for a nice walk. this well help you bond with her as well :) a walk or two a day will do her wonders
- a complete vet check would be a great idea. the vet will be able to tell you about any other problems she may have that you may have to deal with
- and finally, a chiro or massage therapist for the icing on the cake :) now this isnt essential but it probably wouldnt hurt to know everything is A OK and you just have to focus on getting weight on her :)

good luck with her and keep us posted on how she is doing :)

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post #22 of 23 Old 04-15-2008, 10:46 AM
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wat i would do

my friend had a 22 yr old arab and she was extremely malnourished becuz she got worms and could not gain weight, we gave her hay, three feedings a day and was also put vegetable oil in her feed, but not alot. but be sure not to feed the horse too much too fast, she will founder
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post #23 of 23 Old 04-19-2008, 05:08 PM
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I would highly suggest letting her have free choice hay 24/7 and then find a senior feed that works well for her. I would suggest trying the Purina Senior Feed this is what every older horse at my barn gets and they all look awesome. As was already said feed a little at a time many times a day and gradually introduce her to her new senior feed so she doesn't colic/lamnitis.

Another thing that works wonders is Cocosoya Oil. My horse gets 2 pumps added to every meal to keep a nice, steady weight since he tends to loose weight sometimes. My trainer says it is like feeding a horse a milkshake everyday. Again almost every horse at my barn gets a few pumps in each meal excempt the plumper horses. Cocosoya Oil also makes the horse's coat shinier too which is great.

It sounds like you already got her dewormed which is great since she probably hasn't been dewormed in a while. Also, the farrier will definately be able to help with her feet because they look awful right now but with the right care they should be better pretty soon. You could also ask your farrier if she should be put on a supplement like Farrier's Formula to prevent cracking and make the hoof stronger. I just started my horse on this and I'm hoping it will help the quality of his hooves.

Also, I would definately get her teeth floated as soon as possible. It would be good to have the vet check her for any major problems too since she is a rescue and probably hasn't been checked out in a long time.

Anyways good for you for taking her in and saving her life. I've heard that when you rescue a horse they form amazing bonds with their rescuer. I hope she starts improving soon and good luck.
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