My friend moved her horse, now she's dropped a lot of weight.

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    07-15-2012, 12:56 PM
My friend moved her horse, now she's dropped a lot of weight.

My friend bought a mare back in November. She's about 20, real good riding horse. She came to her in not the best shape, thinner, mane and tail chewed off, dull coat...

So she got her weight up and she looks real good. A lot healthier. So now she's had to move, so she decided to keep her at her friend's house.

She's been there a week, and almost looks worse than when she got her. She's miserable, losing weight, her water was left green, she's in a small pen, no grass or other horses. So now, she's decided it's best to move her to her aunt's. 15 acres, pleanty of grass and hopefully the cows will keep her company.

Do you guys have any ideas as to why she dropped so much weight, and how can we pick it up?
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    07-15-2012, 01:42 PM
Horses can lose weight quickly....but to those that much condition in only a week, there is either a medical reason, or she wasn't being feed anything.
I'm sure the stress of moving played a factor, but that would just be part of it, and a small part at that.

When was she last dewormed? Has she had her teeth floated recently? Are there any other medical condistions she has that could factor into weight loss (such as ulcers, heart murmer) etc. She is 20 so could be something up you're not aware of......get a vet out to do a complete exam to rule out any health concerns,
Then can look at a diet plan to help her increase weight.

Also I'd stop moving her so much...mfind a place you're comfortable w, and that she can be happy at. Some horses don't do well w stress and if she is flip flopping from place to place, perhaps she isn't dealing well w the changes.
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    07-15-2012, 01:52 PM
If the water wasn't being changed, I can almost bet that nobody was feeding the poor thing either. Comparing myself to a horse isn't really accurate in the least, but the only time I ever lost a significant amount of weight was when I hadn't eaten for a week+ (I was sick at the time with no appetite, just to clarify for anyone who wants to jump to conclusions).
    07-15-2012, 01:56 PM
Stress from a big change can seriously affect horses. I had a friend that moved her horse and it looked so much different after only 3 days, she moved it back.
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    07-15-2012, 02:11 PM
Moving is stressful and without other horses there she probably was not very happy and that added to the stress. Also poor water adds to the equation since horses need a good drink at least twice a day and it's summer there..

I'm glad she'll be moving her.
    07-15-2012, 02:22 PM
She just recently had a full health check, just wormed, teeth are good. She's a picky drinker, so she probably was dehydrated. She sounded pretty sure she was being fed, I assume sure has a good reason.

And after this move it's it.

We are going to see her here in a few hours. I think she lost some weight from stress, the heat, no grass plus she was probably dehydrated. As soon as she's moved I'll feel better, I don't trust this person.
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