Most of you know that our farm took in six thoroughbreds for a local shelter until they are rehomed, and so far one has been rehomed, one is being evaluated, and one died of a massive stroke due to underlying heart problems that we didn't know about, so we're down to four. I'm really worried about two of them though for seperate reasons. They just aren't looking as healthy as all of the others, and having seen the troubles that Sierra (the mare who had the stroke) had, I'm just not sure about their over all soundness.
The major problem though, is their feeding habits.
One of our two mares, Bree- is a ~12 year old broodmare. She came with a three month old colt, but he has since been weaned (now a six month old) and is doing well. Feeding him, ofcourse, took a lot out of her, and she was in poor condition when we got her (about 100 pounds underweight) but even a month after weaning Peppin, she's still extremely thin. She has good energy, and doesn't seem to be in distress, but she's not eating nearly what she should be. We're offering her 3 pounds of Omleen 400 in the morning and two at night, as well as unlimited 1/3 alfalfa 2/3 timothy hay, water with electrolytes, and rice bran- but she's only eating about 2 or 3 pounds a day, and maybe a flake or so of hay. At first we thought it might be her teeth, so we had them floated three months ago, but no difference besides not dropping as much. We then checked her for ulcers, and she did have some so we started her on a few medications that were recommended to us. She still hasn't made any progress though, and she's been with us for quite a few months now. I'm starting to think she's just a really picky eater, as she only wants to graze. That would be fine...except for that we don't have much grass on our property. What do I do? Should we try to switch her feed? Add something to it?
I'm attaching a picture of her two weeks ago. She's looking slightly better but not by much. Her coat is also dull and isn't shedding like everyone else. Also note that she is being wormed routinely and has been checked for worms as well.
And then there's Kenzie. She's the orphan foal to Sierra, the mare who died of a stroke. She seems to be doing well and has a good weight. She's very alert and friendly, but she's extremely small. She first came to us as an approximate one month old, and she's approaching four months now but as far as I can see, she hasn't grown at all. This is opposed to Peppin, who was 13hh at three months (granted, he's the biggest colt I've ever seen). She measure about 11.2hh right now, and is the scrawniest little thing I've ever seen. She's being fed free choice alfalfa/timothy hay, grazing, and Omleen 300, but she had a very limited amount of low quality milk for the entire three months that she nursed from her mother. I'm wondering if her growth might be stunted, and if so- is there any other nutrience that I can add to her diet?
Pictures of her attached. She's still shedding out as well, and looks quite strange.