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        04-29-2013, 11:46 AM
      #21
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by teresa60    
    I just Emailed the girl that cares for him to find out what he is given daily .Do you think it could be his age? I will also find out who his vet is .
    yeah, get the vet, have him check his teeth, they might need floating( correcting uneven wear, which makes him chew efficiently), check him for worms, and his vaccination status.
    Then let us know what he eats and we see from there.
    This vet check you should do once a year, to keep him healthy for many years to come.
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        04-29-2013, 12:20 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Yes he is mine I got him this passed Sat 04-27. But I have been visting him for a long time.Yes one person cares for him and the other horses. She does have help with cleaning the stalls,arena and barn. All horses are vet cared and see a farrier. I was like most and was to excited to get him and did not look at the vet records she has.

    I will ck this all out since he will be boarded there .
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        04-29-2013, 12:43 PM
      #23
    Started
    Welcome to horse ownership! Is he your first? If so, you will be very, very busy in the next few months! There's nothing like having one to make you realize how little you know and get you to worrying!

    I agree with the others- even though he's been kept there for the past three years (I think that is what you said?) they have not been doing the right thing by him because he is skinny. So, something will HAVE to change from what they are currently doing. Do you plan on continuing to keep him there? If so, be ready for a fight- the facility/person may not see anything wrong with his current care and not want to change anything, especially, per your words, they think he is at a 'good weight for a TWH.' You may have to fight them on this if you keep him there.

    I agree with everyone else- the first steps are a) a vet visit to check his teeth, his vaccinations, and any deworming necessary, and b) find out what, exactly, he is currently getting.

    If he's wormy and has bad teeth, once those are taken care of, he may plump up. If not, his food will need to be changed. Please discuss this with your vet when they come out- once you know what and exactly how much he is getting, your vet can look at him, his teeth and make some solid recommendations for you both. If his teeth are fine and worms aren't an issue, then his diet will have to be changed. It may simply be a matter of feeding him MORE if he is getting too little, or the kind of food may need to be changed if he is a hard keeper or has other individual issues.
         
        04-29-2013, 02:26 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I owned horses 30yrs ago and I'm sure things are alot different. So I guess he is like my first horse.
         
        04-29-2013, 02:46 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by teresa60    
    I owned horses 30yrs ago and I'm sure things are alot different. So I guess he is like my first horse.
    Very different. I currently own my first horse and I can tell you to research as much as possible. And don't be afraid to stand up for your horse. They can't talk so you have to do their talking. Don't always take your barn owner/managers word, research. And if something doesn't sound right, it probably isn't. You might need more than one vet. They all have their specialties and some are just better than others.

    Research, research, research, google can be a good friend.
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        04-29-2013, 03:15 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Like I have said I am so happy I have found great friends here. I do alot of research
         
        04-29-2013, 03:31 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    If the person who feeds him is telling you he's a good weight, you need to board him somewhere else.

    He is much too thin and either they aren't feeding him enough or he has some sort of medical issue going on.

    I would start with having a Vet come evaluate him. Not THEIR Vet, find a Vet of your own that won't have any reservations about telling you if your horse is not being properly cared for by them.
         
        04-29-2013, 06:08 PM
      #28
    Showing
    He is definitely too thin. Don't listen to anyone that says a certain breed should be thin or another breed should be fat. It's simply not true, although certain breeds are definitely easier to keep weight on than others!

    Another thing that's relatively easy to do is send a hay sample in for testing to find out the minerals and nutrients present in it. You can load on the poundage in hay, but if it's not good quality, the horse won't benefit from it.
         
        04-29-2013, 06:57 PM
      #29
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by equiniphile    
    He is definitely too thin. Don't listen to anyone that says a certain breed should be thin or another breed should be fat. It's simply not true, although certain breeds are definitely easier to keep weight on than others!

    Another thing that's relatively easy to do is send a hay sample in for testing to find out the minerals and nutrients present in it. You can load on the poundage in hay, but if it's not good quality, the horse won't benefit from it.
    Where do I send the hay sample ? I can't afford to board him any where else.
         
        04-29-2013, 07:13 PM
      #30
    Started
    Contact your county's extension agent. They should be able to do it for you.
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