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    08-05-2009, 04:37 PM
neglected horse

So I sent my 4 year old mare to a trainer for sixty days and instead of getting back a trained horse, I got back a STARVED horse, who doesn't even know how to stop or turn.besides the fact that my horse had a body score condition of 6 when she left,and is now a two!!! Of course her other horses do not look this way.I took my horse and refuse to pay the remaining balance. I DO have the vet coming out on friday for an exam on her. Any ideas on how to get weight back on my poor girl???? As of right now she is being fed 2 cups of high fat grain, 2 cups of hay stretcher, and shredded beet pulp six times a day or approx. Every four hours. I can see a small improvement in her already just since friday. She literally would not eat the day I brought her home .I am open to any suggestions??TIA
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    08-05-2009, 04:44 PM
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I would make sure she is also on a high quality hay.
    08-05-2009, 04:52 PM
Right now I am feeding her free choice orchard/timothy mix, and also soaking alfalfa cubes three times a day. What type should I be feeding her?
    08-05-2009, 05:00 PM
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I'm not sure that it really matters if it is a high quality. People will probably differ in opinions but the main thing is you want to get the protein and nutrients into her and you want to do it safely. Feeding her many times a day is a smart way to do it. I actually had to get a calculator out and think about it for a minute because it sounded like you were barely feeding her, but you aren't because you are doing it so often. I'm sure your vet will also have suggestions but it sounds like you are on the right track. It's a shame because they can drop weight over night but it can take months to put it back on. I would also make sure I deworm her.
    08-05-2009, 05:08 PM
I already have done that too:) And btw I love the pics of your horse in the tree.Thank you for the advice.
    08-06-2009, 08:06 AM
Unlimited good quality hay and may be a flake or two of alfalfa/day (personally I found mine prefer that to the cubes). I'd also add oil (corn or veggie, or even bran (more expensive)) to the grain. Everything else you are giving sounds very reasonable.

P.S. I'd definitely go and kick that trainer's butt. Or at least would require my money back first, and then go to the court and require to pay all medical and food expenses for the horse to bring her back to health. Such people MUST be punished financially!
    08-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Everything posted so far is good advice just make sure to take it slow. When my horse went down my vet had me feeding yogurt to help coat his stomach in case the feed upset his stomach. Also make sure to take LOTS of pictures. I would get my money back for sure and make them pay for a vet cost. Good luck I know it takes a while to get back to what they looked like before.
    08-06-2009, 10:00 AM
Take pics of her asap and report the trainer to the authorities. Not only did she abuse your horse by starving her, but she didn't do what she was supposed to be paid to do which was train your horse.
    08-06-2009, 12:25 PM
How horrible! I am so sorry that happened to your mare - you have gotten good advice from the other members - I do agree with goldilockz - take pictures - you can discuss everything with your Vet, but sounds like you know what you are doing. I think that trainer should refund ALL the money you paid to have your mare trained - what happened to your mare was definitely abuse! Hope everything goes well - best of luck...
    08-06-2009, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
Rice bran really helps put the fat on, as does corn oil. And shreaded alfalfa in the feed. I would take legal action no doubt about it!

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