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    02-10-2012, 11:31 PM
Urgent! Need info about emaciated horse!

Today I got a call from my uncle and he has a friend that has a mare that is at another man's house. The man who has the property was supposed to feed the horses and has starved all of them. There is a mare there that is down and will not get up. I've been encouraging her to get up all evening and she just can't. To her credit she wants to live but she is just very very weak. She is not showing signs of colic but she is litterally a bag of bones. They said she was in foal but I don't think she is anymore. There is NO fat on her at all. I can't move her until she gets stronger and its going to take a while. Her teeth don't look bad. I don't know how old she is but I know they said she was good before they took her to that property. I don't know if they should put her down or if there is something they can do for her. I want to call my vet for help but the people don't want to spend money on vet bills. I really need help. I want to help her if I can. Is it safe to feed her on the ground when she is down? What do I feed her and how? Is worming safe? Probiotics? HELP PLEASE! I have no experience with unhealthy horses.
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    02-10-2012, 11:34 PM
Horses aren't supposed to be down for more then 20 minutes at a time. They will literally crush their internal organs. Especially a really emaciated horse. I doubt the horse will survive. She needs fluids pushed into her. I guarantee she's super dehydrated.

You need a vet. You need it now. Or you need a bullet and someone with the stomach to get the job done.

The horse is suffering.
    02-10-2012, 11:36 PM
I don't own a gun. And its not my horse.
    02-10-2012, 11:37 PM
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They can't stay down long. You can try to put food/water there, but the best bet is to get a vet to start an IV. Chances are it is badly dehydrated. Often, they will put a horse in a belly sling to help it on its feet. The sling will be hung from the rafters of a stall, to keep it up.

One member had a young horse down due to weakness. It was down several days while he fed and watered. It was eventually strong enough to stand.

A vet will be your best, on scene, advice. They can start emergency care.

If the horse stays down and starts eating...and stays down for a while, be prepared to treat some bad rubs all over.

    02-10-2012, 11:40 PM
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Take lots of photos of the horse. Your uncle's friend needs to be held accountable in court for allowing this torture, IMO.
    02-10-2012, 11:41 PM
Thanks. They don't want a vet though. I have a good one but they wont use him. I think she is dehydrated but I don't know how to give her one I usually let the vet do intervenus stuff. That was my first instinct but like I said they wont use my vet. Someone said something about a vitamin B12 shot do you know anything about that?
    02-10-2012, 11:45 PM
I did not try to feed or water her while she was down I didnt know if it would be dangerous. But if she is alive in the morning I will offer her water and hay and see if she responds. I was not thinking about pics when I went there I was just trying to do something for her but when I go back I will take pics of everything and call someone over there. None of those people deserve to have those horses. It makes me sick. There is no excuse for it.
    02-10-2012, 11:45 PM
The owner has a severely emaciated horse that can't even stand, and they don't want to spend the money on getting a vet out? The horse needs professional help! This is absolutely ridiculous! The stupidity of some people is insane.

Call the humane society in your area, and have them come out immediately to help this horse. If you can't get a hold of them, call the sheriff's department to come out.

Bless you for trying to help.
    02-10-2012, 11:47 PM
Why are they refusing a vet? If she's too weak to stand a vet is her best chance. Are they planning to let her starve to death or will they put her down?
    02-10-2012, 11:49 PM
My nerves are just shot.

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