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    08-28-2010, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
Losing more and more weight!

Okay everyone in serious need of help! Nova just seems to get ribbier and ribbier!

As far as I know she's getting fed grain in the morning its like a scoop of some type of grain that has 14% protein [srry forgot the name] and 1/2 scoop of hay pellets. Ill see if I can get the actual measurements and names. If it helps??

In her grain she gets vegi oil, garlic, and red cell [which is a blood builder]

She's in a 4 acre pasture of mostly just grass and 1 bale gets put out there at least 5 times a day.... its only shared with 6 other horses.

She gets worked almost every day for an hour or 2. Mostly w/t with a bit of canter..thats both riding or lunging.. or the occastional trail ride that consists of A LOT of trot. Im starting to wonder if I should feed her 2 flakes of hay after each work out to maybe get the calories back in her idk...

She's having trouble gaining anymore muscle cause she has like no body fat... but WHY is she losing not gaining?! I don't want to just stop working her cause then she would lose all her muscle. :\ and that's the only thing making her looks some what decent..

THe vet did a complete blood panel and everything.. she's fine just needed a blood builder, which she got..

She just got safe gaurd wormer put into her so I doubt it has anything to do with worms. I could get a fecal done but I don't have the 65 bucks on hand to get it done, and I already owe $800.
Confused owner here!
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    08-28-2010, 11:49 AM
1/2 scoop of hay pellets is VERY little. If she doesn't get hay and pasture is not rich (we have everything pretty dry now for example, grass is just coming back, and I've seen horses even on big pastures on thin side). Also riding every day for 1-2 hours with lots of trotting is quite a lot for the horse. I ride mine 5 times/week for the most. And I ride only 1 hour of wtc in ring or up to couple hours more relaxed on trails.

So the bottom line - ride her 4-5 times a week (even less or even stop riding at all at the moment if she's too thin, I can't tell without seeing the pics), supplement her with hay, and look how that goes. If she stays ribby I'd call the vet to do the blood work and general exam.
    08-28-2010, 11:50 AM
Green Broke
My guess would be some kind of parasite, you are supposed to switch up which wormer you use every few times because apperently the worms will eventually get used to it. That's just something I heard a while ago, but it kind of makes sense?
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    08-28-2010, 11:53 AM
Green Broke
Everyday meaning 5-6 times a week. But I can lower it to 4 or less if needed. Or every other day maybe?

The grass was pretty burnt up out there, we finally got some rain so im hoping that will help it out. When im there I'll start giving her a few extra flakes of hay. It will give some good bonding time aswell.

Ill take some picture.. Im a bit iffy about posting them but I want as much help as possible to get the weight back. I've never owned a hard keeper. Chance I just had to put some extra food into to get her up to weight then she could get fat off the smell of a empty grain bag! :P
    08-28-2010, 11:55 AM
Green Broke
Shes on a rotational worming schedual meaning she gets like 3 different types of wormer.. but maybe she needs something stronger.. I mean her coat isnt the best condition it bleaches real easily..

Anyone know any strong wormers?
    08-28-2010, 11:56 AM
Yeah, post some pics, please. Hay is a VERY good idea. I noticed often horses start to drop weight in summer just because they don't have enough grass.
    08-28-2010, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever    
Shes on a rotational worming schedual meaning she gets like 3 different types of wormer.. but maybe she needs something stronger.. I mean her coat isnt the best condition it bleaches real easily..

Anyone know any strong wormers?
You can do fecal test on parasites. She may not even need any (except the tape worms). If you are interested the center in VA charges $7 I believe for the test (which is much cheaper than what my vet charges! ). I always give my girls tape-worm dewormer once/year (Zimmectin Gold).
    08-28-2010, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
Sending it all the way to VA from maine? Haha traveling poop :P LMAO! Sorry couldnt resist.

Yeah a fecal test here is like 65 bucks!
    08-28-2010, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
Ill get some pictures today. So look back at this post by like 6ish? I should have some pictures up.
    08-28-2010, 12:02 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, rotational worming is good! If she's on rotational then I would just suggest more hay!
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