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        05-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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    Actually I'm amazed. Her ear has healed wonderfully and there is only a very, very small gap that still needs to heal. She'll have a pretty nasty scar on that ear but honestly unless you're taller than her (and I'm not) you can't even see half of it. Once her forelock and mane grow back they'll cover it partially as well. She appears to have hearing and a wide range of motion in the ear too. The only thing I've noticed that she can't do is flatten her ear backwards, because it sort of healed at a 45 degree angle with part of it flopped over. She can swivel it to listen to things though, which is great.

    Makes things interesting for me though! I use a horse's ears to guage what they're about to do or how they feel about new things, and her ear 'language' is MUCH different than other horses because her ear is oddly attached now xD I'm kind of worried that I'm going to misintepret something and get myself hurt!
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        05-07-2013, 05:47 PM
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        05-07-2013, 06:34 PM
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    I just thought I'd organize a little picture chronology for you guys. I don't have time to write in dates, so I'll just say when the first was taken, and go from there. This is over a 14 week span, I believe.

    December 29th, 2012. Very emanciated but also extremely bloated. Still battling ERV, and unable to stand by herself.

    Getting up and standing up completely by herself for the first time!

    Continued in next post
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        05-07-2013, 06:52 PM
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    Finally shedding: she looks thinner than the other pictures beginning now, but its really just because the hair isn't hiding her skeletal features any more.

    The day of the accident:

    Shiny butt ;)

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        05-08-2013, 10:19 AM
    Green Broke
    Kudos to you Endiku. She is looking so much better! Looking at that ear just makes me cringe!
        05-08-2013, 03:18 PM
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    It was pretty nasty, that's for sure. Now its just cute, if anything xD sad though, at the same time.

    Its bothering me though, that it doesn't look like she's gained weight in a while. I know that shedding out has made her weight more visible, as has finally losing that big belly of hers, but it just seems like those ribs should be less visible by now. I think its all going in to beef up those hindquarters and neck first, though. She's literally got twice the butt as when she came to us, and her neck is finally starting to look decent, even though its ridiculously short xD She keeps growing instead of filling in those ribs though, which is making things interesting. Maybe I should up her grain or start giving her some rice bran? She's already on 24/7 grazing (though the grass is sparse and not very good here) and ad lib hay...
        05-08-2013, 06:05 PM
    Have you tried adding beet pulp shreds? I think a lot of the better feeds already have beet pulp in it, but adding additional has been the changing point in putting the weight on my fosters. They were getting so much hay they simply couldn't eat it all and were wasting it. They were gaining, but very, very slowly. I started mixing in soaked beet pulp shreds, wow, the weight started going on steadily. These are the ones I like Standlee Hay Premium Beet Pulp Shreds, 25 lb. - Tractor Supply Online Store

    I really wish I could show pictures of the progress these guys have made on it. Though, give me a couple weeks and I'll have photo evidence...if I remember to keep taking pictures of Bugs progress.
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        05-08-2013, 06:20 PM
    Green Broke
    You can also get beet pulp pellets in 40 lb bags , and they ,after being soaked, are even a bit finer than the shreds , so its easier chewing.
    I was looking at the fencing there, nice, but I did notice the field fence is wire.
    Was she outside near that fence when her ear injury happened ? If she had been scratching her head on it, she could have possibly gotten hurt there.
    And yes the wire will slice through, I had one horse kick, got stuck, pulled his leg out before I could run over there, and it looked like someone skinned his leg. Glad to see the filly looking happy and she is a tad fatter, the fact that she is growing is Good good good !!
        05-08-2013, 11:23 PM
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    Yep, she was in that exact field when she was injured. My first thought was that the fence was the culprit too, but I guess I kind of figured that if she had done it on the fence, there would have to be a spot that was broken for that to happen, or something poking out. That fence is brand new so its still stretched taunt and in great condition, but I guess she still could have done it somehow, considering what a clutz she is. There was no blood on the fence or near it, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything, I know. I kind of hope for the sake of all involved that it was just a coincidence that she sliced her ear and that warning showed up at the same time, but who knows?

    I might just try the beet pulp. I get Standlee brand alfalfa pellets anyways, so picking up the shreds or pellets wouldn't be a big deal. I'm kind of worried about her choking though. She isn't a pig about her food and takes her time, but I'm not sure. How long does it typically have to soak? I only soak her alfalfa pellets for about ten minutes before I serve them to her.
        05-09-2013, 12:25 AM
    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    I might just try the beet pulp. I get Standlee brand alfalfa pellets anyways, so picking up the shreds or pellets wouldn't be a big deal. I'm kind of worried about her choking though. She isn't a pig about her food and takes her time, but I'm not sure. How long does it typically have to soak? I only soak her alfalfa pellets for about ten minutes before I serve them to her.
    On the bag of shreds it says soak or not, either way. When I first started using it, I soaked religiously for a fear of choke. Then after playing with a goopy mess 3 or 4 times a day until I was plenty tired of it, I offered her a few bits of it dry to see if she liked it. She sounded like she was chewing a really crunchy cereal, and she seemed to enjoy it. I started adding the beet pulp dry into her ration and she is a happy camper.

    I haven't soaked it for any of the fosters I have, nor for Bug either.

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