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post #1 of 6 Old 03-19-2013, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Malnourished horses?

So we were looking at this 1 1/2 yr old TB to get who was 250 lbs underweight to get and train. Before we were able to go and look at it, my parents had to get everyone's opinion on it.

Of course, like I expected, SOMEONE would have something to say, that would be bad. My farrier said that her joints could be bad from being malnourished which I noted to my parents even before that by saying "my only guess on problems she would have would be her growth would be stunted"

So now we can't even look at her, and I've moved on from even thinking about her.

Do malnourished horses (who have recovered) really come with a lot of "problems"?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-19-2013, 10:33 AM
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There can be a lot of problems from a horse that is not getting the food he needs.

Organ problems
Bone growth problems
Hoof growth

That are a lot of things that can go wrong. A horse that does not get what they need when they are young can make them some times unsound for the rest of there life. Due to the bones not getting enough calcium and phosphorus. I would be vary concerned about a young horse that is underweight when looking to buy. That horse may turn out to be good or bad.
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We have a saying in Europe: what you don't feed to a foal you'll have to stuff in threefold in a 3 year old.
So they do catch up but it takes a lot of feed/ nutrition.
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I rescued a yearling that was starving to death hes now 12 years old he doesnt have any joint issues. Dont think he got as big as he could of been but iam fine with his size at 14.3 hands. He was hide and bones when i got him took time and lots of money to rehab him but it was well worth the money spent. Hes now a wonderful kids horse whos pretty much unflapable. I didnt do any training on him till he was 3 years old even then i only lightly rode him. I pretty much waited till he was 5 before i did any hard riding on him. Hes now my daughter horse and he been packing her around on the trails for 5 years. My daughter was riding him in the round pen when he was green broke. From the first ride my daughter took on him i knew they were a match made in heaven. That horse will do anything she asks of him, she doesnt even need a halter on him he just follows her. Wont do that for me.
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Did you call animal control or other like organization in your area to report the horse's condition?
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton View Post
Did you call animal control or other like organization in your area to report the horse's condition?
The horse was already a rescue, and gained the missing 250 lbs. We were going to buy her after she was back to a healthy weight
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