approximately a brand new 19 months old, if my calculations are correct. They could be off, as I don't believe that we know her official birth date.
She came to us first in November 2011, at approximately (vets guess) 2-3 weeks old, meaning she was likely born in the middle of October. Mid October 2011 - Mid October 2012 would make her one year old. She has been with us since late December 2012, just before Christmas, making her approximately 14 months old. It is now mid- May making her, I think...a new 19 month old. Feel free to correct my math if its wrong guys xD time succession is something I have a hard time with. All of the rest of CaCowgirl's information is correct :) Good job!
Miss Kenzie unfortunately looks more like a 9 or 10 month old though, if even that. She looked like a weanling when we brought her here, from lack of food and sickness, but she's making slow and steady progress. She's endured a LOT of hardship, so its natural for her to be improving slowly. I just have to keep reminding myself that. As long as she isn't backtracking, I am happy.
Critter Sitter, Kayella was correct. SafeChoice is a perfectly reasonable grain choice for a moderately worked, healthy horse, and grass hay is actually prefered if your horse can stay at a good weight on it. Heck, with the exception of an older (18) TB mare that BO has who is just a bit ribby at times, all of her horses are very healthy and do well on their diet. Some horses, however, have special metabolic needs, such as Kenzie. The vet explained it to me as the fact that because she was starved and stunted for so long, she is now having to work double time to not only heal her organs that had literally begun to fail (anyone remember the black, hard stool at the beginning? That was a sign that her body was failing, supposively, and that she was very near death), but also to heal her shoulder injuries, deal with thrush in all four feet, AND make up the normal growth of a weanling AND a yearling at the same time, because she hadn't gotten to do that before. Remember, at her other home she was being fed all stock feed if anything, which is even worse than sweet feed, and she was wallowing in her own manure and mud. No clean water, no company.
Once Kenzie is done catching up, and is at a decent weight and is able to HOLD that weight, I might take out some of the alfalfa pellets or switch her to a more basic diet. For now though, she needs the extra vitamins, calories (she's getting almost double what Peppin, her older half brother eats) and protein to build her body :) The alfalfa and feeds she is getting are being closely monitored and I chose feeds with the lowest sugar I could find, including the beet pulp. So far I have not noticed her act 'hot' at all, much unlike my mini mare when SHE is on grain. She's wary and untrusting, yes, but has never tried to bolt while on the leadline with me, or push me around. And she really doesn't ever do much more than a single canter lap or so occasionally in the pasture. I think she's still too sore and too busy using all of her food for more important processes to waste it by goofing off.
Celeste- very good point! I'll look to see what we have available around her by way of an equine massage therapist, and I'm planning to have her hauled back up for another trim from the really good farrier in the next few weeks as well. Hopefully I can get her feeling good again, and wanting to run and play!
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