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    04-07-2012, 09:00 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Hair Loss in Horses | eHow.com

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: stunted growth, compensatory growth, feeding neglected youngstock

I would have a vet out to look at him. My guess is though a good bath and a check on his diet might do the trick, along with some worming if you haven't done it already.
What SorrelHorse said, plus separate him from the other horses in case what he has is contagious.
     
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    04-07-2012, 11:39 PM
  #12
Yearling
Those almost look like horse bites to me.... not sure though! I'd get a vet to check him out, he sure doesnt look growthy like he should. Good luck! Saw your mare thread as well. She sure is close!
     
    04-08-2012, 12:12 AM
  #13
Trained
If your boyfriend's sister was so cruelly negligent that she allowed the mare to starve to death sounds likely that the colt is probably suffering malnutrition too. Even if he's getting enough food, he may need more nutritional supplementation. I'd speak to an equine vet or nutritionist about it. You don't want to feed him too much rich stiff & cause him to grow quickly though.

Noticed in the pics you call him a 'stud colt'. Does that mean that the woman is actively breeding horses as well as not looking after them??
     
    04-08-2012, 12:30 AM
  #14
Trained
How sad. If his mama was poorly cared for during her pregnancy - which sounds like a high probability, I am sure it affected his growth as a fetus. But, he made it - I think that speaks volumes. I think a vet visit and a customized diet should at least make him develop in size to whatever his full potential is at this point. I would try soa soap, or the like, on his coat. The vet can take a scraping to identify any fungus or what not - with accuracy.
I sure hope the little guy does well.
     
    04-08-2012, 03:24 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
If your boyfriend's sister was so cruelly negligent that she allowed the mare to starve to death sounds likely that the colt is probably suffering malnutrition too. Even if he's getting enough food, he may need more nutritional supplementation. I'd speak to an equine vet or nutritionist about it. You don't want to feed him too much rich stiff & cause him to grow quickly though.

Noticed in the pics you call him a 'stud colt'. Does that mean that the woman is actively breeding horses as well as not looking after them??
Unfortunately yes, she does still breed. She got very upset when we gelded 2 of our horses because she wanted to use them to breed. We are debating to get Ice gelded. My boyfriend has plans for him, as long as we can get him healthy. We will not breed unhealthy horses, and are still upset about the mare that didn't make it.
     

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