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    05-24-2010, 04:21 AM
Rapid weight gain

I have a 15 year old mare who I received from a family who used her as a brood mare, they made her seem as she would be good for my son and while he can ride her bareback, she essentially only green broke. I have made the decision to
Give her to a friend who is an outfitter and he is going to train her on carts for his daughter. He has had some health issues and has had me keep her til he can come get her.

In the meantime it seems she is getting sluggish with the warmer weather, she is out to pasture now and she seems to be gaining weight rapidly (I want to note I do not know if she was exposed to a male in the last year or not) I have had her only a month and a half, I have wormed her, had her hooves checked and am awaiting my sister who this week will be helping with shots and so forth.

Some things I have noticed is laziness, rapid weight gain it seriously seems like she has inflated in 2 weeks! And a mouth gesture that resembles the face they make when they are being wormed, she is less sociable but does still come up from the pasture to visit . And she still has an appetite...Any ideas?

Her hooves are not hot, not strong palpatations at her pasturn tummy is making normal digestive sounds.
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    05-24-2010, 08:42 AM
I would have the vet out to do a preggo check. I think the face you're talking about the flehmen response, is she curling her upper lip? That could be simply in response to other horses in the area, as well as any other wildlife that you may have lurking around.
    05-24-2010, 08:51 AM
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I don't suppose you also had her teeth done at the same time as the worming and farrier etc? They often put on weight rapidly after having their teeth done as they are able to chow through grass quicker and more effectively and will be able to chew their food better so absorb more of it.

If not, time for a pregnancy check maybe?

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