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    06-15-2011, 12:28 AM
ideas to help this horse

First off I will say this little guy is a tricky one! We purchased him from a kill buyer he is young iam not sure of age but probably around 1 from what the neighbor says iam not sure of breed either he has NO muscle anywhere and still has quite a bit of winter fur. My first issue is every time we put him out to pasture his muzzle swells up and its some sort of allergic reaction but I have no clue to what and its driving me crazy I don't want to keep giving him benadryl! Can a horse be allergic to grass? Which leads to my second issue he is kept in a dry lot with hay and grain but he is a bag of bones he is so skinny I spoke to the vet and he recommended senior feed which he has finished 1 bag but iam still not noticing anything how long does it take to see a difference in horses putting on weight? What are other good ideas to pput some weight on him they said not to worry about the hair that once he starts getting everything he needs it will just drop off I feel horrible that I can't help him but iam not sure what else I can do. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    06-15-2011, 12:34 AM
His allergy and his weight loss need to be addressed by a qualified vet. A bag of senior feed isn't going to bring an underweight horse back. A well balanced diet including free choice hay or other forage (pasture) couple with a high calorie feed is what is going to help.

Buying horses from the kill pen is tricky. Contacting a local rescue organization can certainly help. They can point you in the right direction.
    06-15-2011, 12:36 AM
Did the vet run a fecal test on him so that you could get him de-wormed properly? If a horse is that far down, it can take quite a bit of time to see some improvement externally. How long have you had him?

Yes, a horse can be allergic to grass. If you can find him some good quality hay of some sort (timothy or alfalfa) and let him have free access to that 24/7, that will probably help him about as much as anything. I am honestly unsure whether the vet can run a skin test for allergies like they do on humans or not. Surely there is some way to test and find out what he is allergic to.
    06-15-2011, 12:36 AM
You need to get a vet out.
They need to see him in person to give you a weight gain plan and see about the allergic reaction. Weight gain depends on the individual; too much feed/weight too quickly can be detremental to the horse.
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    06-15-2011, 12:46 AM
We have had him a couple of months he has been quite the challenge he is the sweetest little fellow he is getting energy as he has started to run when he sees the feed bucket! I am hoping to get a vet out here in the next couple of weeks to get a good game plan I talked to a horse rescue and they told me it took one of their horses 5 months to see a difference so iam not expecting changes overnight I know its a long road but we are going to make our little bag of bones a big and healthy guy! It has been a very sad experience seeing what the horses go thru as we took in a total of 3 but the other 2 are looking awesome I was going to add some beet pulp? To his grain he also has a mineral block as well.
    06-15-2011, 01:28 AM
5 months is much too long to see a weight change. Changes can sometimes be seen within a week, most definitely in two, three tops.
Please get a vet out soon to decide on a feed plan and look at that possible allergies.
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    06-15-2011, 11:33 AM
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Wow I am surprised the vet recommended senior feed. When I adopted Hunter he was pretty much in the same shape at 14 months old. A few months after I adopted him I moved him to a new barn as they weren't taking proper care of him where he was. We got him on a locally made feed called fat smart "Fat Smart is readily chewable due to the high oil content. With no molasses and no grain it allows horses to remain calmer, while putting on weight and performing within reason. The oil is pure soybean oil which is palatable and very digestible. The lysine is maintained at a high level along with other amino acids for maximum muscle growth and development."

Then after a year we switched him to fibresmart "Fiber Smart is formulated without any grains or molasses. The main features are that it is a modest energy pelleted concentrate for horses that are in light to moderate work and where control of behavior is a concern. Fiber Smart minimizes sugar and starch yet provides a decent level of energy."

He also had access to hay 24/7. The barn supplements vitamins and I add ground flax and he had improved so much over the past 2 years. Good luck with your little guy.
    06-15-2011, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
5 months is much too long to see a weight change. Changes can sometimes be seen within a week, most definitely in two, three tops.
Please get a vet out soon to decide on a feed plan and look at that possible allergies.
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What JDI said.
    06-15-2011, 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Please get a vet out soon to decide on a feed plan and look at that possible allergies.
Agreed. The horse shouldn't still be failing to thrive after so many months, and only a vet will be able to determine the best course of action.

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