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    07-30-2013, 04:45 AM
He does look a little bit improved! Congratulations, keep up the good work!

Unfortunately 2-3 weeks is going to yield little to no drastic improvements, but we appreciate the update!! :)

Were you able to get him a salt block and SandClear?

As soon as the vet comes out, I'd ask them about testing a fecal sample. If your vet cannot provide a fecal test for Switch, SmartPak has a kit that you can purchase online (here), but it doesn't test for pinworms or tapeworms. A fecal test will help tell you which dewormer you need to use, and which parasites you're targeting. You could go the old fashioned way and use a rotational deworming schedule, but that method is proving itself a bit outdated, and not always effective. While I'm almost certain that he does have parasites, it's a worthy investment. After you're able eradicate the parasites, it's very likely that you'll find you only have to deworm twice a year (depending on your individual horse). I know a vet whose horses only needed to be dewormed once last year, according to a fecal test!

I'm so glad to see the tiny bit of improvement that we can see! :) Keep us updated! :)
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    07-30-2013, 07:23 PM
I did get him a salt block but he dosnt use it :(
    07-30-2013, 08:13 PM
I think he looks WAY better!! Good work, gabby! He is going to be a wonderful horse for your family, and people will not believe that is the same horse when you show the "before" picture.

    07-30-2013, 08:22 PM
Thank you so much that means alot, you know his but view is the lines from muscel or does he just need more fat there :)
    07-30-2013, 09:28 PM
Originally Posted by gabby0426    
thank you so much that means alot, you know his but view is the lines from muscel or does he just need more fat there :)
Don't worry about him licking the salt block 24/7. As long as it's there when he wants it, that's all that matters!

As far as the "lines" on his rump, it's just a part of a horse. He's not going to be able to build a lot of muscle right now, due to the former malnutrition, but that is a muscular structure.

Mudpie, in moderate shape, sports the same "lines," as do most horses. :)

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    07-30-2013, 09:45 PM
Thanks :)
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    08-09-2013, 03:04 PM
switch now :)




    08-09-2013, 03:04 PM
He looks like he gained more weight I know it hasnt been that long but I put updated pictures of him :)
    08-09-2013, 03:16 PM
Make sure to be checking his teeth too. For our horse's weight we have him on cool calories 100 and it seems to be working nicely.
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    08-09-2013, 03:17 PM
It sure does! :) Good job!
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