Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
There are things you can do to with naturopathy to encourage eating. Blessed thistle is a good place to start. I'll look for some articles and post links if you would like.
My first thought with this filly is ulcers. Research suggests that at least 93% of racehorses have gastric ulcers. It makes sense that a good number of pleasure horses would have them too - especially if they are in training as your filly is. If you gon't want to have her scoped, maybe try treatment as a diagnosis. While Gastro Guard is the most effective treatment, there are other WAY less expensive ways to treat ulcers. You are already doing the preventative things I think, like lots of turnout, fresh water, freechoice hay, concentrates in small meals etc.
As for the issue with the jaw, have you had a chiropractor look at her? Chiros can do amazing things with jaws! Almost every horse I have ever seen adjusted has needed the jaw done, and after what she went through, it makes sense. We had a horse with almost the exact injury you are describing, complete with surgery.
She looks, good, BTW! And I'm with you - I like them a little on the chubby side!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork