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    06-25-2012, 04:31 PM
Under weight horse

Today I'm taking my under weight horse to get weighted an I'm a lil scared to find out his true weight! I've made a disicion if I can not get him up to a heathy weight in 3months or at least a significant change I have to get rid of him. Do you think this a good enough time span to make a disicion like this?
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    06-25-2012, 04:41 PM
It took my mare almost 7 months to get to a healthy weight. Why is your horse so skinny? Is it a rescue? Old? Have his teeth been floated recently?
    06-25-2012, 04:54 PM
He's 18-20 yrs old he was a rescue I've had him for 2yrs he was heathy when I got him a elderly woman had him an she couldn't feed him any more. About 1 yr an 4 months ago a man shoed him very wrong an he developed abcesses in his two front hoofs. I was unaware of what was wrong with him for about 6 months I had 3 vets an 2 farriers look at him an finally the 3rd vet found out he had them. Sad to say it was almost to late for him he had suffered from tons of nerve damage an he's feet were the saddest things ever! The vet had set me up to have his feet be taken on as a case study it took them 8 months just to have them decent looking an he's gained about 100lbs back but still has like 200lbs to gain I would imagine. He is only 13.2 hands but when I first got him he was so stocky it was crazy!!!! Today he weights in at 920 lbs. I'll post pics soon of what he looks like today an of his hoofs from 10 months ago. Thank you for your intrest in my post I need as much advice as I can get! :)
    06-25-2012, 05:22 PM
Pics would be great :) Sounds like he had a rough couple of years. But if I were you, I wouldn't give up. As long as you have the money for feed, vet and farrier then I think that you should stick with this old guy :)
    06-25-2012, 05:37 PM
I'd bot a scrawny arab and it took about 6 weeks. In his case he'd been fed old yellow (fermenting) and black hay, so initially all I gave him was decent quality timothy. After a week I introduced a cup of oats 2 x daily and increased that every three days by 1/2 cup. When he was looking a little better I dewormed him and I don't think he'd been done in a very long time. It was tough on him for a couple of days then he began to pick up. Are you feeding Senior's? If not I highly recommend it as it is a complete feed for a senior horse. Just dampen to be sure he can eat it.It's a good safe feed altho the recommendation is no more than 5 lbs per feeding. I used an old table and put sides on it and scattered the damp pellets over the whole surface. This slows down the speed at which he eats. The faster in, the faster out.
    06-25-2012, 06:09 PM
OP, what are you feeding him?
    06-25-2012, 06:35 PM
The reason I'm trying to put a time limit is that I have other horses that need my time an money. But I love him that's my big problem thanks for the suggestions I'll get pics up tonight Im hoping. I was shocked to see he weighted in at 920 he looks so scrawny an he's pretty short so I'm excited to see how much he'll gain in the 3 months time

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