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        06-04-2013, 04:10 AM
      #71
    Foal
    Hello again,
    This is him a week ago:

    :)
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        06-04-2013, 07:26 AM
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    Green Broke
    He looks wonderful!
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        06-04-2013, 08:11 AM
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    Started
    He looks great! No worries!
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        06-04-2013, 08:05 PM
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    Trained
    Terrific!
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        07-13-2013, 04:05 PM
      #75
    Foal
    Hello! :)
    The treatment ended. He is sound, happy and energetic. It is great to see him play with other horses and canter in the field joyfully. He also performs much better, no toe dragging... and he seems to track up better. Now, I have to concentrate on building his muscles :)
    Recent photos:







    Thank you for your help! :)
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        07-14-2013, 03:48 AM
      #76
    Foal
    I just read through all these posts. You got some very good advice and were willing to follow it. Your horse looks wonderful again and I'm so happy to see that. Now, about that first vet (who in my opinion has no business practicing) I would go to the clinic and have a few words with him! I I would show him the before and after pictures and ask him to explain why he didn't tell you your horse was starving to death. And why he said your horse was lame when his toe dragging was due to his lack of muscles. Maybe he could learn something. I doubt it but I feel he should be held accountable. And the barn owner is at fault too. I love the fact that your horse is on pasture 24/7 but the low man gets chased off the food. It sounds like you can visit daily so when winter rolls around hopefully you can be there to make sure he doesn't get too thin again.
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        07-14-2013, 03:31 PM
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    He sure loves mud puddles doesn't he? I've been following this thread but hadn't yet commented, but I just had to say that he looks fantastic now! Great job.

    Be aware though, that the same thing may happen again next winter/spring if you don't take preventative measures. Now you know what to look for, and what works though so I'm sure he'll be just fine!
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        07-14-2013, 04:27 PM
      #78
    Showing
    I have never had a horse lose weight even after long bitterly cold winters. There is no way a horse should lose weight unless the amount of hay isn't keeping up with it's requirements. Your horse wasn't starving, a bit thin but that is not necessarily unhealthy. Being tubby is worse.
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        07-14-2013, 04:27 PM
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    Started
    One thing I noticed was in the pictures of the other horses getting fed, there was a bay that also looked thin, you could see all his ribs pretty clearly, but due to the angle, I couldn't see if he was also really thin in the hind end. I think putting him in a stall to feed him is a great way to help him build up weight. The other horse is probably also low man on the totem pole, and thus lost weight as well. I did notice in the winter pictures, there was no hay around, which they really need especially when there is no pasture.

    Your boy is definitely looking much better, I love how thick his bone is, and he's got a sweet expression. You've done good, and I can't wait to see more progress, as you work him more! Definitely keep the pictures coming!
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        07-14-2013, 11:49 PM
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    Started
    I am just now seeing this thread. He's come a long way and is looking great! Hopefully now you have learned enough about nutrition and such to prevent him from losing weight again next spring.

    He's a beauty, good luck with him!
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