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        11-26-2011, 07:27 PM
    Originally Posted by kathryne12    
    She is on a specialized diet. So I can't turn her out right now.
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    Maybe if she had more turn out she wouldn't need a specialized diet?
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        11-26-2011, 07:32 PM
    She has ulcers.
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        11-27-2011, 01:40 PM
    How much turnout does she get each day, kathryne?

    I didn't read the part where you mentioned that.
        11-27-2011, 02:26 PM
    Not per day the guy who takes care of them takes care of around 30 horses by himself.... So she gets turned out when he has the time. But its mainly when I'm there. I live 30 mins from there... Work 4 days a week and go to school 2x a week all day. I let her out whenever possible.
    Whenever she gets off her supplement it only last a month. I will say its the owner who said she needs to stay in for now. She walks off her weight she still needs to gain more.
    In a perfect world she would stay out.

    Hell one guy only comes to see his horses once a month... They are all stallions but one so they stay locked up... I hate it. So please don't think I want her to be there in a stall I don't... It's not like she never gets out. And her stall is pretty big to be honest.

    I come about 4 days a week. I care about her. But I can't ask the guy to do that if he doesnt have the time. He checks on her... makes sure she is fine. If I couldn't come for a week I'm sure he would take her out.

    Btw she was turned out for 3 months straight from July-Sept on grass but away from the barn.....she developed her weight issues then along with her ulcers. Before then she was out and in. Heck there where days when I would put her in her stall bc of the weather but not be able to take her out soon.. few days later they had put her outside.
    Bc I couldnt make it.
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        11-28-2011, 12:07 PM
    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
        11-28-2011, 01:30 PM
    I do. She gets turned out a lot. Just not as much as I would like.
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        11-28-2011, 01:32 PM
    She honestly likes her stall.... But also likes being outside. She normal is out. Just for a bit she is in.
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        11-28-2011, 01:34 PM
    So is this the same horse that was being the drama queen and faking the colic?
        11-28-2011, 02:09 PM
    I never said she was being one I asked can they.
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        11-28-2011, 02:10 PM
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