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        12-02-2012, 02:11 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Looks like he didn't have enough exercise and was left with hooves way too long in deep bedding.
    Walking him on hard ground two, three times a day 10 minutes each, a paddock who gives him some room to roam, again not too soft footing, extra calcium and a foal feed with appropriate amounts of protein, better quality hay(less bulk), a fecal and according to the results another dewormer, could help. And making sure his feet are trimmed regularly. They still look too long in the toe.
         
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        12-02-2012, 06:18 PM
      #12
    Foal
    We haven't concidered x-rays or anything at this time. We figured we'd work on the weight and other obvious stuff first.

    Right now he has 24/7 turn out with his blind mom. She's supposedly already 5 months pregnant - we haven't checked that yet because we are working on other problems with her also.

    I'll post more pictures tonight when I get back from the barn. Thanks everyone
         
        12-02-2012, 06:30 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Micki O    
    We haven't concidered x-rays or anything at this time. We figured we'd work on the weight and other obvious stuff first.

    Right now he has 24/7 turn out with his blind mom. She's supposedly already 5 months pregnant - we haven't checked that yet because we are working on other problems with her also.

    I'll post more pictures tonight when I get back from the barn. Thanks everyone
    I would figure that figuring out if she is preggers to be a major issue. If she is malnourished as this poor guy, another foal would only take more away from her. Pregnant mares need vaccines throughout their pregnancy and extra nutrients on top of that. It seems like it would be important to know when your treating her, if you are actually treating two. You don't want to prolong any lack of nourishment the foal may be getting through the malnourished mother. I'm sure you don't want two youngins that have developmental issues.

    Good luck, looks like that poor little guy is going to need all the help he can get.
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        12-02-2012, 09:26 PM
      #14
    Foal
    The pic in my 1st post is 6 days after Moose got here. The following pics I just took. His feet were trimmed on 11/20 and will be done again 12/19. We have him on 14/6 mare and foal feed and the hay tested at 12-17% protein. We gave him Strongin (spl?) wormer 11/12 and Ivermectin 11/26. My vet was out 11/12 to give Moose and Mom a check over but since they had just had a 14 hour ride the day before we didn't go too indepth. She will be back out 12/12 to do shots, preg check on Mom and anything else that needs done.

    I'm thinking about starting tomorrow, walking him 2 or 3 times a day at an average pace. I don't know about having him step over anything yet. He seems to have enough problems with a dip or bump in the pasture.

    I know his conformation is what it is but I'm hoping to get him sound enough that he can enjoy a long and useful life free of pain. That's my goal at this point.
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        12-02-2012, 09:33 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Just wanted to say- my geldings name is moose too :)
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        12-02-2012, 10:39 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I would definitely recommend massage for this boy. He probably has some structural issues that can't be changed, but it could help balance him out as much as possible and definitely help him feel better.
         
        12-02-2012, 11:27 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Looking better already. The hard ground, and walking on it will strengthen his tendons and ligaments further.
    Be careful not to overfeed him, or he might get a whole other set of problems.
         
        12-03-2012, 12:05 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Awe your little guy looked like Hunter did when he first came from the auction house. You will be amazed at what a little food, proper farrier work and all the other necessities will do for him.
         
        12-03-2012, 12:11 PM
      #19
    Showing
    The vet needs to examine him thoroughly for pelvic fracture, at least rule out the possibility. If he's in pain he won't gain weight and added weight may not be in his best interests at this time. The fact that he toppled is a red flag, plus his lopsided belly.
         
        12-03-2012, 06:41 PM
      #20
    Foal
    I'll talk with the vet tomorrow about the pelvic fracture. Not knowing his past, we can't rule out that he was some how injured.
    Thanks
         

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