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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Thank you everyone for the advice and care. Kenzie (I refuse to call her Boom, I'm sorry xD) is now bedded down in a deep stall of straw. I decided to stay the night with her last night since she seemed to be very stressed, and she finally laid down at about 10pm but is now refusing to stand. I pushed her up onto her stomache and propped her up, but I think she's just entirely exhausted and doesn't feel like trying. I guess we'll have to change that.
I'm not going to bother with the farrier for a week or two right now, I'm pretty handy with the rasp so I'll do that but I really don't want to traumatize her further at this point. Once we have her settled in, gaining weight, and eating, we're going to help the rescue pay for her to get her teeth floated.
I don't have her in with any friends at the moment because its too risky. She has a runny nose, is still getting rid of worms ( a few live >.> we'll be starting another set of wormer soon ) and I really don't want to infect any of our horses since we have so many. Once she is rid of the worms and sniffled though, I'll probably bring either Bree in, hoping that they'll recognize eachother, or our 'Uncle Buddy' who has proven to be a good nurturing type gelding dispite the fact that he's our herd alpha. Once she's stable I'll also turn her out into a small paddock rather than this stall. I'm sure she's had enough of stalling for a lifetime.
What I'm worried about is her overall leg soundness. I can already tell that she's tied in at the knees, has extremely awkward pasterns, and very little bone. Her dam had a lot of problems with her hooves (very thin brittle walls, an old nail injury or something that didnt heal right, one club foot) and with tendonitis in both fronts when we brought her in, and we were actually going to euth her for that and the fact that she just couldn't gain wait well before she had a stroke. She had been lame from the day she came to us to the day she died, no matter what we did.
The vet told us to treat her as a weanling and a yearling at the same time, which is why he recommended the feed mixture. Because she was starved as a baby, she probably hasn't developed at all the way she was supposed to and needs the nutrience for that growth as well as normal yearling growth.
Just as a note, her dam was about 15.2-15.3 (we didnt ever really stick her) and her sire is supposively 16.2hh. Her half brother, our lovely colt Peppin, is string tested to grow to about 16.1hh.
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