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        08-09-2013, 03:37 PM
      #51
    Foal
    As you can see he is eating his hay now
         
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        08-09-2013, 03:49 PM
      #52
    Weanling
    That is great! Good job, he looks so much better. I second getting his teeth checked to make sure there is no sharp edges in there.
         
        08-09-2013, 08:34 PM
      #53
    Yearling
    Has he seen the vet yet? :) I think that it should be your number one priority for him.

    Alongside the obvious questions on what feeding methods the vet recommends, I think there's some points that you need to talk with your vet about.

    #1: TEETH. It's fairly safe to assume that Switch is in dire need of a teeth-floating! You might even want to schedule a his teeth to be floated on the same day of his examination, to just get it all taken care of.

    #2: PARASITES. I'd also say that it's extremely likely that Switch needs to be dewormed. However, it's best to ask your vet what brand/chemicals are best to use for him. It may be as simple as Ivermectin, but consulting the vet first, since he is in such an unhealthy state, it your best bet.

    #3: VACCINATIONS. Because of the appalling condition his former owner left him in, I think we can assume that he has not been vaccinated. However, fall is not a good time to administer spring vaccinations, but it still may be a good idea to talk with your vet about any possible fall vaccinations that he or she might recommend. (I don't know how vets are handling it, but a google search revealed that West Nile has indeed appeared in Florida, so a West Nile shot may or may not be in order for your boy.) Also, it will be important to get his spring vaccinations covered on time! :)

    Also! A weight gain supplement is a good choice for him, but nothing will replace a good foundation diet! As long as he's getting 20 lbs of hay per day (so glad that he's eating hay now!!) that will be a big factor in his recovery. In addition, if I'm not mistaken, you are feeding beet pulp, which, if you're feeding the correct servings, will be beneficial, too. Though a senior feed may be slightly more of a help than beet pulp alone.

    You may also want to consider adding in flax seed oil, or an Omega 3 supplement. That will help his immune system, skin and coat, and just his over all health! :) An Omega 3 source holds priority over a weight gain supplement, though once the Omega 3 is in place, a weight gain supplement is a big plus!

    Check out this awesome article! It provides a pyramid, and is easy to understand and read! :)

    Building A Better Diet | SmartPak Equine Blog
         
        09-06-2013, 10:43 AM
      #54
    Foal
    So it turns out switch has asthma and he's on steroids to help
         
        09-09-2013, 04:22 AM
      #55
    Yearling
    Wow! I'm so glad that you're working with a vet now! :)

    Did he/she have anything to say about diet/vaccinations/deworming/etc?

    Thanks for the updates, Switch sounds like a really nice guy! Has he been gaining more weight?
         
        09-09-2013, 05:07 AM
      #56
    Trained
    He has improved a lot!
    I guess the grass wasn't bad after all
    As for the asthma, ask your vet about an inhaler( the kind for people, that little spray thingy). Same steroids, but in a less dangerous form. Steroids can cause laminitis, and you don't want that, trust me. The inhaler puts the steroids where they're needed, not in the whole system. You can buy inhaler masks, but you can make one just as easily. I took a small bucket, which the nose fits in, rather snug, cut a little hole to fit the sprayer in tight and wrapped a towel around the upper edge so the fumes get inhaled, not blow out. 4 puffs morning and evening when in crisis.
    Other than that, management is key. He already lives outside, on grass, big plus! Any hay needs to be checked for dust and mold, needs to be super clean. Dust and mold cause the allergy that leads to asthma. Don't feed roundbale hay, and really check before throwing it in. If it's dusty, wetting it helps, but remove what has gotten moldy. This way you can keep him symptom free and might not need any steroids

    You did a great job and he looks like a really nice guy!
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        09-16-2013, 04:44 PM
      #57
    Foal
    Thanks everyone and yeah he has gained alot of weight
         
        10-27-2013, 12:03 PM
      #58
    Foal
    heres a video of me riding



    Comments and suggestions would be great thanks, im the one in pink brown horse
         
        10-27-2013, 03:25 PM
      #59
    Foal
    Looking great!
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