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Is my horse too thin and does he have a worm belly?

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    11-11-2011, 01:11 AM
  #11
Foal
Again, thanks so much everyone. I've been really stressing over this. I feel like a bad horse-mom.
     
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    11-11-2011, 01:20 AM
  #12
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There are alot of things you can do to see if it resolves his weight issues...

Probably firstly..worm him. I don't know if tapeworms are common where you live, you could ask your vet....if they are, you need a wormer with praziquantel/ivermectin combination in it.....

Secondly, since he is ribby...he needs a probiotic. These supplements are rather cheap and they have worked MIRACLES for my OTTB. I reccomend them for EVERY horse, but certainly for senior or ribby horses.

Thirdly, have his teeth checked by your vet and floated if needed.

Foruth, he could certainly benefit from a weight supplement. We used Cool Calories and it made our boy fat...so it does work for some horses. There are many other weight supplements out there.

Free choice hay is good. Our OTTB went from a body score of 2 to being a bit fat pig on probiotics, Cool Calories and free choice hay with NO grazing, as he was in a dry lot. Imagine: going from body score to to fat pig on DRY LOT.

The reason I think you should get a vet in to look at him is that his appearance and overall health seems to have declined since the last pic, which was when you first got him.

I am certainly not suggesting you are doing anything wrong or are not doing all you could....It would just get me mildly concerned to see a decline like the one in the pics, even though it is mild...it is still a decline from what used to be a healthy appearance (last pic) and he may have some metabolic or other issue that your vet can help you resolve.

He's a very beautiful boy. And you are a fantastic horse owner to care so much and to come here asking for opinions and advice. SO many horse owners are neglectful, and wouldn't notice or care if their horse was thin or had a worm belly.

As a matter of sad fact, some horse owners couldn't care less if their horse lived or died.


You are certainly NOT a bad horse mom, you are a great horse mom...because you care. Your boy is lucky to have you!!!
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    11-11-2011, 12:01 PM
  #13
Foal
Worming him now is definitely a good idea. Besides the fact that he looks ribby, his coat is also not in the greatest shape, even if he is growing long hair for winter. Also, maybe check the quality of hay you are feeding. If he is getting a lot of hay without very much nutritional value, that could explain his stomach and ribby condition. We call that a "hay gut". A weight supplement will help, but I would look at the overall nutritional value of what your horse is eating. It's good that you have started him on grain, but you might want to look into purchasing a senior feed, perhaps a pelleted form that will be easier for him to digest. A vet's opinion also might not be a bad idea, as he can help you decide on proper grain, nutritional supplements, etc.
     
    11-11-2011, 12:05 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Agree with others' assessments. Too thin now, perfect before. I would deworm him. And free choice quality hay is better than grain for putting on weight. Adding a fat supplement to his feed can also help, but he may not need it.

QUALITY hay is key. If the horse is not eating decent hay - it's just filler. Takes longer to pass through the body (hay belly) and no nutrition (weight loss in other areas).

And yes worm him! You can worm again with the herd.
     

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