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    05-01-2013, 04:26 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I don't know any good vet that believes all horses come out of winter in poor shape, or that the dip in the photo is damage. I have seen that on many, many thin horses. Your guy needs weight and exercise. I would get another vet ASAP, and get a second opinion.
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    05-01-2013, 04:59 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I agree, second vet.

Also I would try to find an equine chiropractor and professional saddle fitter.
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    05-02-2013, 06:22 AM
  #13
Foal
In my country, there is a long weekend due to labour day and independence day. I decided to contact one of the best vets in my country but I was told to call on Monday...

I am devastated! I can't live normally... I can't stand uncertainty and helplessness. It is killing me.
Do you think that this horse is of no use ever? :( I am losing hope...
     
    05-02-2013, 06:50 AM
  #14
Cat
Green Broke
I'm confused as to why you are losing hope. Have you read what others have wrote? Everyone is pretty much saying the same thing - get weight on him. He will be stronger. You won't know until then. If my horse looked like your horse my vet would be giving me an earful because horses should not be thin like that.

Feed more, have teeth checked, and make sure the horse is up to date on worming. Get the weight back up and go from there. He didn't get this weight overnight so it will take a bit to build him back up.
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    05-02-2013, 07:11 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cat    
I'm confused as to why you are losing hope. Have you read what others have wrote? Everyone is pretty much saying the same thing - get weight on him. He will be stronger. You won't know until then. If my horse looked like your horse my vet would be giving me an earful because horses should not be thin like that.

Feed more, have teeth checked, and make sure the horse is up to date on worming. Get the weight back up and go from there. He didn't get this weight overnight so it will take a bit to build him back up.
I knew that he was getting thin but: I dewormed him (with little result), have bought lucerne added some vitamins into his diet, 1-2kg of carrots every day + parsley and apples. It was really difficult to exercise him during winter because there wasn't a dry padock so I used to mount him 2 times a week and ride to nearby forest. . He eats like crazy but he is still too thin, while other horses look much better. I thought he could have a bigger parasite like tapeworm. I am diappointed with the vet because I wanted to examine his blood , take rtg of his legs etc but the vet concentrated on his lameness and presented me with the statement that he is of no use becuase of his spine... :/ :((((
I will call another vet on Monday. I will try to "put some meat on him" ( I like this phrase) by lungeing him every day with some cavaletti work.
Believe me, it's hard to accept and believe this "verdict" :(
     
    05-02-2013, 07:12 AM
  #16
Green Broke
What country are you in? Are you reading our replies?
     
    05-02-2013, 07:30 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
What country are you in? Are you reading our replies?
I'm from Poland. I do read your replies. Why?

- My horse had his teeth done last autumn
- The farrier last visit 04.03 , next visit - next week
- dewormed two months ago
- vet visited us last Friday
- equine massage: two days ago

This is my only horse and I do know as much as you... :(
     
    05-02-2013, 07:39 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Carrots and apples are not going to put weight on any horse. He needs hard feed, preferably somthing containing barley, heavy in oils (like linseed) and heavy in slow release calories.

My vet would kill me if my horse looked anything like that, infact in the UK you'd be lucky if the RSPCA didnt get involved and accuse you of neglect. Get a new vet!
     
    05-02-2013, 07:50 AM
  #19
Foal
I am going to buy this (as I was adviced): St. Hippolyt Nutrition Concepts | Reformmüsli
And beetroots in a form a pellets (http://www.atos.sklep.pl/files/wyslodki_m.jpg)

I was also surprised that the vet told me "he is like that". I thought that is because of lack of muscles.
I will call another vet but it will take long to get him ;/
     
    05-02-2013, 08:15 AM
  #20
Green Broke
Can you list everything that you feed him and how much? Then try to search the local feed stores for what brand of horse feed they offer and post those up. There are some very knowledgeable members here who can dissect each feed and give you a schedule of what and how much to feed to get him healthy and keep him that way.

I will add that he does not need to be worked/exercised in his present condition. He has already lost too much substance from lack of feed and will only get worse if you start working him before getting weight on him.
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