I had to go to church but just when to check on her again. She's still laying down but I had one of the boys help me flip her over onto her other side and prop her up again so that she doesn't get pressure sores or anything. She won't eat any grain but has eating a few pounds of hay so far and is drinking, which is good. I mixed electrolytes into her water and she seems to like it. If she isn't up by the end of today the OUR vet is going to come out. I like the rescue's vet but he isn't quite as knowledgable as I feel is neccesary for some cases such as this. I had her blanketed but she was sweating and has a slightly elevated temperature so I just took it off for now. I'm worried about her.
I'm going to try and make her a mash for dinner and see if I can't get some of that down her when I go out to feed Sour and Honor. I'm honestly wondering if she's in some sort of shock with the way she's behaving. I'm no expert though, so I really have no idea. The vet didn't seem overly worried but...I don't know.
If I can get her eating, I think what we'll do is the free choice hay (we unfortunately can't do straight alfalfa because its hard to get around here and our other TBs eat it as well. But I can give her as much as half and half. Our jiggs is high quality as well.) I'll start her at half a pound of Mare and Foal in the morning and half a pound of the other at night, and up it to one pound of each but not much more than that until she is much healthier. I'd like to get her where she can be out in the paddock to graze at will within a few weeks if she makes it.
I'm starting to suspect that she has thrush though. I cleaned her hooves and they smell raunchy, so I'll go ahead and treat that and possible pack it as well. She also has callouses on her legs and stomache. Don't they usually get that from laying on very hard surfaces if they're thin? The gash on her shoulder looks like it did a pretty good job of healing itself thankfully, and I'm just rubbing some wild honey into it to help with proud flesh (which is the stage its at right now) and I'll continue that as needed.
Poor thing looks so pitiful there...I really wish I could bring a friend in for her but its just not something we can risk. But what about a goat or a chicken? We have two goat kids (6 months old each) who get along well with horses, but I don't know much about their immunity. Both are routinely wormed but I'm just not sure...
If anyone knows of someone in Texas or somewhere near that would be willing to adopt a poor little neglected filly, feel free to contact me. What she needs most right now is a forever home. We can substitute and take care of her for now, but with 42 animals on the property and a training/therapy facility to run, we're short on people and I'm the only one that even has a little time to help her out. We can fix her basic needs but we just can't provide the love that she needs right now, unfortunately :/ I'm doing my best but I'm stretched tight as it is.
Thank you all for the uplifting stories about horses that made it through the odds. I only hope that little Kenzie can be added to that list of sucesses in a few years.