Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle area, WA
• Horses: 0
i don't recall any of the vets giving him a body score. i personally would put him between a 1 and a 2. definitely a 1 when i got him, with slight improvement.
he is turned out 24/7. they come in and eat in their stall, however the stall opens up into the run which opens up into his pasture.
was trying to cover all the questions too - normally i don't blanket my horses unless it is really cold, but the drastic dip over the last several nights was warranted a blanket for him. i can't afford him to waste any calories keeping warm.
one vet (regular vet) aged him at 14-15ish, the equine dentist put him at 12-14. both vets recommended the corn oil (or vegetable oil).
i feed every evening and the barn owner feeds in the morning. I set out all feed and hay for the morning.
calling the vet as soon as they open in the morning. a few days ago, i thought he hurt his front leg somehow since it was swollen from the knee down, mostly on the inside, so i have been making extra trips out to hose it. no laceration or anything. wasn't anything red-flag-worthy and he wasn't lame on it. tonight it was way more painful than yesterday, but now the other front leg is swollen like this. hind legs not stocked up. very puzzled now. not like the typical stocking up that horses often get from inactivity or standing around. even with turnout, i've had 1 or 2 who would stock up a little when the weather would turn cold because they would stand inside and eat hay instead of walking around grazing, but when i've seen it, it's always in the hind end and rarely in the front - and when it was, it was in both front legs, not one then the other...this is just weird.