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post #1 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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New Member seeks advice/ help with Cresty neck rescue pony

Hi My name is Kerri and I gave a home to a very overweight white Min. Pony mare named Lady. She is 15 or 16 yr old. The people who had her before me had her for a year. They said she had foundered on green grass last spring. She is very overweight w/ big fat thick mass of not sure what on her crest. I think it is called cresty neck. She has some fat pockets on body too. Her temperment is great and I am hoping to work on getting her to loose weight and be healthier. I am seeking any and all advice from any of you who have dealt with thi before. She was loose on a pasture with some grazing and fed a flake of praire hay a day. My vet believes she might be hypothyroid and she started on medicine yesterday. It is called Thyroild L and I am supposed to give her a teaspoon once a day in a handful of Safechoice pellets. She and my other mini share a half of flake in morning, and the other half at night. All water they can drink and a mineral block to lick on. Dry lotted with a shed to go into if they seek shelter. Farrier will be out today to trim her feet and take a look at how bad of a case I am dealing with. Her hooves are long, and very upright. Not the normal ski looking hooves I have seen in past with founder. I am very interested in helping her become healthy and less risk for founder or colic. Thanks for listening.
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post #2 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 09:17 AM
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Do you have any pics?
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No I don't yet. I just brought her home yesterday and farrier coming at noon. On lunch break I will try to snap some pics of neck and hooves.
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I knew a mare in the past that was a boarder where I worked. I am just throwing this out there. It was so long ago that I can't remember 100%
I believe she had cushings?? And the thyroid problem. I believe also something to do with her sugar?? I can't remember but I know she looked exactly how you described your pony. They put her on a supplement from the vet and it helped a lot but never really got the fatty pockets to go away. Sorry I can't be of more help and my brain is not working right now but I will try and see if I can find out for sure.
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post #5 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 10:37 AM
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Have a vet out and test for cushings and insulin resistence. Once you know exactly what's going on, then you can build a feeding/supplement/medication treatment plan that will help the pony the most. It's almost certain the pony is IR, based on your description, but Cushings could be a factor as well. If you don't treat the cushings, the IR won't get much better, so you need to know what you're dealing with. Your vet MUCH pull blood to test for both. If he is unwilling/unable, then you need to find another vet.
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Also, ponies really don't need any feed. You'll struggle to get weight off of him, even on just 1 qt of feed a day. I would get him on a good vit/min supplement like Grand Vite and nix the Safechoice. Use some hay pellets or beetpulp to mix in the vitamin, just a few handfulls. Or you can make a treat ball using oatmeal, apple sauce, and the vitamins. You can add in any other supplements with it.
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Farrier said she is better than he thought. Coffin bone gestimated 4 % shift. With regular trimming and diet and excercise, he thinks she will be good. Vet said to wait to test for those things since I just got her and just diet and exercise will do alot in next month. She said to leave her on Thyroid L and just manage her diet. I will post pictures later. What does it cost do do blood tests? My vet said we could do it but recommended trying diet and excercise first to see if it helps .
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Not knowing her history, I would be hesitant to change her diet immediately, and add in a medicine without testing to see what is really going on. There is a chance that doing that, and just waiting will do more harm than good. I am not sure how much it costs to do a blood test, as I've never had it done on any of my horses, but I would suggest you go that route now. Though I will add that I knew someone who had a pony, not a mini, who was okay when they got her, but then they stopped working her, and she developed a very cresty neck, and the fat deposits. Nothing was wrong with her other than they needed to cut back on her feed, and start an exercise program. Good luck with her.
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Farrier said she is better than he thought. Coffin bone gestimated 4 % shift. With regular trimming and diet and excercise, he thinks she will be good. Vet said to wait to test for those things since I just got her and just diet and exercise will do alot in next month. She said to leave her on Thyroid L and just manage her diet. I will post pictures later. What does it cost do do blood tests? My vet said we could do it but recommended trying diet and excercise first to see if it helps .
That's good news from the farrier.
I think fees really vary from vet to vet, but you might be looking at around maybe $!00 or so, give or take, on blood work and lab fees....?
Really depends on what all they run.

I would definitely start exercising her every day, as long as her feet are not sore. That is the best thing for her. Getting some weight off her and building muscle tone.

You said her and your other mini share their hay?
You might want to feed them separately if you can. That way you know they are both getting a fair share, and you will be able to control her actual intake much better.

Good luck with her, let us know how she is coming along!
Post some pics of her, would be nice to see her before and after....

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