Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Make sure you build yourself up an army of professionals--a good farrier, an emergency vet, a regular vet, and a trainer or two. Make sure the vet has at least seen her before you bring her home to evaluate if she may have any lingering and possibly long term health problems, especially that leg. If its infected, it could spread through her body and create even more problems, and eventually kill her. A simple round of prescribed antibiotics would keep that from happening.
I would not recommend feeding a rescue horse "grain" or any other hard feed. Forage is your friend! Buy bales of hay in addition to the pasture she will be on, since horses are natural grass eaters, thats the best way to put on weight in the initial stages of rehab.Horses weight can fluctuate 50 pounds daily, so she probably needs 200 pounds or more put onto her (If you want reference pics, look at my guy! He needs about 200 put on him, possibly a little less). Once you start putting her into work then you can look into what kind of hard feed, if any, she may need and I would stay away from what you have, it sounds like it could be sweet feed.
I would also not recommend double deworming. It really is a waste of your money.
Keep in mind that her sweet personality could be starved--once she gets weight on her she might turn into a monster. This is where the trainers come in. They can help you correct any problems before they get really ugly.
Did I see that you're going to breed her a few weeks after you get her and she puts weight on? No. Pleaspleaseplease do not breed her until she is all cleared by the vet to be bred, and then with a proven stallion, and not just because you want a baby running around /end rant.
Other than that, congrats on the new addition!
Last edited by justsambam08; 05-21-2010 at 06:08 PM.