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    12-27-2012, 07:57 PM
Stunted coming two year old filly

We went to look at a filly this past Saturday that we were told was 14hh. She's 19 months old. When we went to pick her up she was extremely hairy. No hay in pasture and with 8 other adult horses on about 2 acres of land. She was very sweet and how could we say no??
Brought her home. Measured her at about 12.1 and the tape said about 400lbs.. Not sure how correct that is though.
You can feel every single rib on this poor fillys body.
She is smaller than our 9 month old, she's not supposed to be a small horse, the sire and dam are both 15.2 or so.
We were trying to decide on what to feed her and went with purina omolene 500, and rice bran along with all the hay she wants. We feed twice a day, 3lbs of omolene and about 1.5lbs of rice bran..
Being stunted like this, have any of you had experience with this affecting a horse's mature height later in life? Do they normally catch up to their height in a year or will they be a year behind?
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    12-27-2012, 07:59 PM
Also feeding tips would be great! We really worry about her growth, didnt know we were picking up a stunted horse till we got there, and we couldn't leave her.. I doubt she would've lived another month. The owners would go a week without putting hay out, and this filly had to fight 8 mature horses to get any feed.
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    12-27-2012, 08:51 PM
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Its odd that you have about the exact same situation as I have with our little filly right now. She was severely stunted as well and although she's only 14 months old, she's about the same height as your girl, and the same color with a big star as well o.o she was very, very hairy too. I think it might have something to do with being malnourished. We clipped our filly because she was matted with feces from laying down (she is very, very ill at the moment and fighting for her life, unable to stand on her own unfortunately) I've been told though, that with proper nutrition that she should still grow quite a bit, even if she doesnt grow as tall as she would have normally. Our filly was supposed to be big as well, with 15.2 and 16.2hh parents. I don't expect her to be over 14 hands though.

1.5 lbs of rice bran sounds like a lot for a baby. Our full sized TBs only get 1-1.5 and they're 1,000-1,200 lbs. If you're going to give her that much, I'd ask your vet and increase it slowly. What kind of Omlene are you feeding?
    12-27-2012, 09:50 PM
She's 19 months old, it's not the horse in my avatar.
We have increased it slowly and been watching for colic. She doesn't eat her food all at once, she'll leave it and go eat hay and come back and finish it later.
We are feeding omolene 500 because they were out of the 300. We are trying to get fat without so much protein.
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    12-27-2012, 09:53 PM
All the hair on this filly bothers me and I wouldn't doubt it's her baby coat! It seems like she grew to about the size of a 6-8 month old and then stopped growing .. Most likely because she was way underfed. If she wasn't so hairy you would be able to see every bone she has. She got a hay belly in 2 days! Lol.
We also wormed her because of all the hair she had
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    12-27-2012, 10:59 PM
She got a hay belly in 2 days because she can't digest the long stem fibers in the hay. A daily pre/probiotic and changing to a more immature hay should help. She should need a couple of weeks to start processing the hay on her own. I wouldn't be filling her up on ricebran. Fat has nothing to offer her at this point. She needs the protein to rebuild tissues, organs, hair and grow.
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    12-28-2012, 12:45 AM
Yep. ^ Protein is def. Needed as well as probiotic likely....

And be careful! Google re-feeding syndrome. You don't just throw everything you can at a starved horse. Gotta do it slowly and properly or they will die, killed by kindness.
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    12-28-2012, 02:23 AM
She's getting protein. Just keeping it 12% or lower and trying to keep the fat percentage at about 8 or so.
Like I said we increased the feed slowly. The hay we did throw at her, we've also been watching for colic.
We aren't increasing the feed anymore than what she's getting now
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    12-28-2012, 11:40 AM
You can't get caught up in the protein percentage. She needs a quality protein source that supplies the limiting amino acid lysine. A yearling in good shape needs approximately 39g lysine a day. She is rebuilding and catching up. Her needs are closer to 50g. 6# of Omelene 500 will provide about 18g. Rice bran and grass hay will not fill in the gap. I am a huge fan of fat in the horse's diet but in a growing and catching up horse, I want everything they put in their mouth to have a purpose. Fat is empty calories that doesn't provide any building blocks at this point. Why do you feel she needs RB in the diet?
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    12-30-2012, 11:55 AM
So how would I add extra protein without adding extra feed? We are also giving her half a cup of calf manna twice daily.
We were trying to make the fat percentage higher
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