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post #11 of 18 Old 02-27-2012, 08:38 AM
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I think stress could deal with it a lot, the pony I was talking about was a riding school pony, as soon as he had the yeast, and the one on one, it stopped, and when they stopped the yeast, still didn't come back...

Especially if it was a long time companion? Is there any chance she can go out with another 'big' horse, and not just the mini? She might miss the big horse mutual grooming etc... or I might be crazy- anything is worth a go though!

LOL sorry, was just throwing the grass thing in there as a 'maybe' just in case.

Hope you manage to find the solution!
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Thanks Duffy-she hasn't been out with big horses in years. The horse that was put down was a gelding, so he was out with the guys, but in a pasture next to her, but they had been ridden together as they were owned by the same couple for years. She also has recently been getting more attention from the owners actually, and is being used to pony their one yr old. Perhaps this also has something to do with it, altho she seems to love that! SHe is such a sweet-(and beautiful-dark pali with yellow eyes) old girl.......

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Thanks Duffy-she hasn't been out with big horses in years. The horse that was put down was a gelding, so he was out with the guys, but in a pasture next to her, but they had been ridden together as they were owned by the same couple for years. She also has recently been getting more attention from the owners actually, and is being used to pony their one yr old. Perhaps this also has something to do with it, altho she seems to love that! SHe is such a sweet-(and beautiful-dark pali with yellow eyes) old girl.......

I love the goldie oldies. My trainers have Oma- I'm unsure of her real name... she has no teeth left, but was their riding mare/breeding mare and earnt her place in the retirement pasture... they keep all their old horses till health goes down hill and there is no more return. They'd rather deal with them whilst they're still bright eye'd and busy tailed, than compared to being miserable and ill... have mares and stallions they can no longer breed, ride, or do anything of 'use' with, apart from to teach kids respect and how to groom a patient horse who is constantly nosing for mints.
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Hmm Yeast. Another easy answer. I think we will try the yogurt first, then add yeast if that doesn't help.

I would think that she may be stressed by the loss of the families' other horse who was her riding companion for a number of years, but perhaps I am reading too much into it.

It very well may be stress... when my mare lost a pasture mate that she was VERY close to it literaly almost killed her... she would not eat ... she dropped weight like crazy. Even though she was with other horses, one that she had been with for 7 years, she just grieved until she was ready to move on.
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Hmm. Thanks. Guess more treats. Loving and attention, plus adding the yogurt.

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Iv used a couple handfulls of dry beet pulp the stuff without molasses it cleared up cow plop poop in a couple of days. Probiotics also work just a thought.
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franknbeans, if you go the probiotic route, just get the ones (capsules) for people. Give about 10 a day for a couple of days then reduce to half for a few days. Much cheaper than when carrying the word equine on the package.
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Thanks! All very helpful. We appreciate it! And will get Misty on the way to recovery!

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