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    05-12-2011, 01:18 PM
Thank you for putting up pictures

Any advice?
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    05-12-2011, 01:20 PM
I think deworming should wait until a starved horse is stronger. The theory behind that is if you kill off a large amount of worms they can get stuck in the bowels that already have decreased motility.
I wish you the best of luck with this poor hore
    05-12-2011, 01:21 PM
Green Broke
Awww what a fighter! I bet he is just soaking up all the attention, I say just at least make sure he IS taking in water, until the vet comes. All you can do is offer him food. Maybe offer a variety incase the alfalfa may be to much for him.
    05-12-2011, 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by sherie    
any advice?
Just continue to do what you're doing. The vet will have a better guess what's going on with him when they get there this afternoon.

Poor, emaciated thing. Whoever allowed him to get to this condition should be horse whipped!
    05-12-2011, 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
I think deworming should wait until a starved horse is stronger. The theory behind that is if you kill off a large amount of worms they can get stuck in the bowels that already have decreased motility.
I wish you the best of luck with this poor hore
I agree with this thought.

That poor guy is really skinny. So glad he is seeing some love now.
    05-12-2011, 01:29 PM
now I feel terrible

About worming him and maybe killing him.........

Did not know any better since both the rescue and the Vet told us to worm, they just had different opinions on type of wormer. We thought we made the safer choice

Also had no idea what to feed so went with their recommendations on that too

I sure hope we have not added to his suffering.....that is the last thing we wanted to do.......
    05-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
Don't be hard on yourself, you have all the best intentions and have done everything right by this poor soul, you gave him a home and love.
    05-12-2011, 01:33 PM
I just saw the picture. Wow, so sad. Please hold off on the other dewormers.
Alfalfa is the recommended starter feed for starved horses. It helps with ulcers & is easier to digest, plus it has more nutrients than some grass type hays.
I hope the vet gives him some IV fluids to help jump start his kidneys.
I wonder if he had recently escaped from wherever he was starved. I would think a horse loose for any amount of time could have found something to eat unless he has an underlying problem as yet unknown. I pray there aren't more where he came from.
Thank you for trying so hard with this poor fellow.
    05-12-2011, 01:48 PM
Don't feel bad about deworming. Please don't. Most rescues and vets are going to recommend a double dose deworming because in your boys condition, there has to be a huge worm load. With the worm load firmly in his gut, he wont realy be able to gain much or receive any nutrients from the food he is eating.

Now that you know that the dewormer is going to cause him distress, I am sure your vet will have a better option for him.

His condition is really very tragic. Again, the fact that he is still on his feet and was even attempting to eat is saying something about his fighters spirit. Don't quit until he tells you to.

The lack of eating this morning may have been caused by the dewormer. It could also have been simple fatigue caused by him being in such poor shape. Either way, only time will heal him.

Do we have a name for this boy?
    05-12-2011, 01:49 PM
AC has had a response from the posters, they can't give out info but we think we have figured out where he came from. If we are right 2 others are there. One is a draft and one a small mule. I will know for sure when I get off as I plan to ride by and check.

I will be so upset if its where we think.....The owners were an old couple but the wife died last year. If the old man is still alive he must be in a nursing home or something since their house has been vacant for some time. Although no one was living there the horses were still in pasture the last time I was by there. At that time they looked fine and we saw food buckets out so my guess is that someone was suposed to be responsible for feeding them. Obviously they were not trustworthy...........and the slim of the earth

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