11-28-2011, 01:07 PM
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Thank you for explaining the situation.
It's not your fault,and I don't think anyone should blame you....but leaving a horse out when "someone has the time" should not be acceptable.
Wow....i am just speechless.....I cannot imagine what our OTTB would do if he got out only once in a while.....our horses are out from 7 am till 9 pm DAILY AT LEAST....sometimes they are out 24/7 if the weather is nice.
I agree with the others that all horses need regular outside time.
I also agree that this outside time should be as much time as possible.
I DISAGREE that all horses should be left out ALL THE TIME...DESPITE THE WEATHER. But that's just me!
I sincerely doubt that your horse DEVELOPED these ulcers while out on pasture 24/7. Likely, her drop in weight was due to the increased physical activitiy that comes with being able to graze...and run. NO MATTER how big her stall is, she cannot run in it....
Think of it, a horse that rarely is able to graze and run...as God intended them to do....does this seem right to anyone???!!! It shouldn't seem right, it should seem like abuse.
Again, I am not blaming YOU, but keeping her locked up in a cage like this is unacceptable and neglectful....and abusive.
They key to curing or alleviating her ulcers is a vet's dietary intervention.....AND AS MUCH TURNOUT TIME AS POSSIBLE. IF she gets stressed outside, she can walk or run it off. If she is caged all day, almost every day....her stress has no outward place to go , so it turns inward, creating ulcers and colic.
It is the belief of the medical community that the unusually high percentage of OTTBs with ulcers is due to the excessive stall time they are forced to endure....yet, this horse is continually forced to endure what is CAUSING these ulcers in the silly belief that it will somehow CURE her ulcers.
I feel sorry for this horse....and you. Because it seems that you really do care about her and are trying to help her. It's a sad situation for both of you