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post #21 of 30 Old 04-23-2011, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks every one... I do trust her as she is a close friend and she knows what shes doing. I dont want to lable her with "vet tech" or whatever but she does know what shes talking about.

And Yea i will definetly have a vet check her out when he comes in a week or so.

But i am happy to say after this week of being inside she has put on some weight and is doing well. I hope it was just a bump and she can get back to normal now but i will definelty take precausions.

Ill post pictures for every one of what she looked like and how shes doing now, and what happens with the vet.

I apreciate everyones input!

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post #22 of 30 Old 05-02-2011, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am happy to tell everyone that She has gained alot of her weight back and is even growing a little! the vet measured her for us and she is now 14.3 (was 14.2 in fall) She is healthy and happy and will hopefully be finding a great new home this summer where she will be spoiled rotten. I have a few pics of a work out we had 2 weeks ago, and she looks even better now. I cant wait to her her liped and outside for a real photo shoot! ill keep everyone posted.
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post #23 of 30 Old 05-03-2011, 12:11 AM
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You could try supplementing her feed with Nutrena Empower Boost. That stuff really put weight and muscle on my horse and it didnt take much either.... U might consider it.. More info is on their website. :) goodluck
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post #24 of 30 Old 05-03-2011, 12:45 AM
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IMO, that diet is very high in protein....I like to keep mine on less alfalfa, and free choice bermuda. But as you said, she is looking better and doing well so what do I know. ;)

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post #25 of 30 Old 05-03-2011, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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now that shes back up to a good weight shes on grass hay and a little less grain.

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post #26 of 30 Old 05-03-2011, 04:46 PM
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I would watch her for ulcers. The behavior you describe of eating a little, then stopping and looking around, then eating more, then stopping was CLASSIC ulcer behavior for my gelding and believe me, he had no interest in what goes on in the barn, but he would look out his stall door or window and it would "seem" he was interested. The ulcers cause pain when food enters their bellies, so they eat and stop...eat and stop. When my gelding's ulcers were fixed, he eats ravenously - all of his food in one "sitting". She looks ulcery to me - her coat and her general appearance - I only say that as she so reminds me of my gelding a long time ago.

BTW I started my guy on Smartgut by Smartpak, and Senior Grass Smartvite. He had been leaving food in his pan and once we got him on these supps. he improved drastically. He finishes all of his food quickly, his coat is nice and soft and has a nice sheen to it.

Glad she is putting some weight on but I'd watch her and consider a good ulcer supplement. I swear by Smartgut and it has pre and probiotics in it too :)
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post #27 of 30 Old 05-03-2011, 05:15 PM
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I think she might be growing again but im not sure. Shes 4 this year.


She was 14.2 before winter and shes a Arabian NHS cross. (Normaly quite tall horses)
At four she would be filling out more than up. She may hit 15 hands at this point. Breed does not determine height. I have a 14.2 hand horse out of 16 hand parents.

We like Empower to add weight without making the horse hyper. My two year old is in the middle of a medical crisis and had dropped a ton of weight very quickly. She actually won't eat the Empower - we think the meds messed with her taste buds. We feed her 1/2 youth, 1/2 senior 3 times per day (about two pounds a feeding). We also add probios and powdered electrolytes feeding with XTN and Milk plus 1x a day. She's slowly gaining her weight back without getting too worked up. She is confined to her stall when we are not in the barn to keep an eye on her.
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post #28 of 30 Old 05-05-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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At four she would be filling out more than up. She may hit 15 hands at this point. Breed does not determine height. I have a 14.2 hand horse out of 16 hand parents.

We like Empower to add weight without making the horse hyper. My two year old is in the middle of a medical crisis and had dropped a ton of weight very quickly. She actually won't eat the Empower - we think the meds messed with her taste buds. We feed her 1/2 youth, 1/2 senior 3 times per day (about two pounds a feeding). We also add probios and powdered electrolytes feeding with XTN and Milk plus 1x a day. She's slowly gaining her weight back without getting too worked up. She is confined to her stall when we are not in the barn to keep an eye on her.
actualy with arabs they can grow untill they are 6-7. My other gelding finaly stoped growing when he was 7. Hes 15.3. I only say that she should grow more is because she was well fed when she was younger and her dam was 15.1 hands.

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post #29 of 30 Old 05-06-2011, 01:49 PM
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Ok, first off, I am the person that has the place where this horse is. I am certified in nothing, I have never told Jenna that I know everything about horses. This is Wisconsin, we have had a rough winter and not a lot of good hay to be found. She does not get free board, she is suppose to work off her board every month, which is why I suppose she figures it is free. Grain is to be paid for by her, no money for grain, the horse does not get grain. Simple as that. The horse is low man on the totem pole, only occationally fights for her food which is why she is in a stall. Anyone who would like to take this horse and feed her for nothing, be my guest. Jenna, sorry for putting this on a public forum, but really, next time you have something to say to me talk to my face, you don't need to put it out for the world to see it.
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post #30 of 30 Old 05-06-2011, 01:51 PM
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One more thing, this horse is not going to get very large. Her sire is known for siring short horses. If she would top out at 14.3 - 15H that would be about it. Nothing to do with the feeding, that is her genetics.
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