07-17-2012, 08:51 PM
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Just repo'd very neglected elderly QH mare
Just brought home a 27 yo QH mare I rehomed just over a year ago. I spoke to the new owners at length several times prior to them taking the mare home, they had one other horse and adequate facilities. They SEEMED like nice people and I felt comfortable she was going to a good home. I called them every 2-3 months to check on her and answer questions, etc. What did I NOT do? I did not physically check on her after they took her due to the distance involved. I was going to be in their area on other business this past weekend & called about dropping by to see her.....when I got there I was shocked. Needless to say, Sugar is now home. Any tips for putting weight back on an elderly horse? I have rehabbed skinny horses before, but never this old OR this thin. I originally bought this mare in 2003, she has never been difficult to keep weight on. I have started her on limited pasture, 24 hr access to good quality coastal hay and several small feedings daily of a pelleted senior feed, to be increased gradually. I do not want to worm her until she gains a little weight. Her teeth were floated less than 18 mos ago, and she is having no apparent difficulty eating either her feed or hay. I do plan on having her teeth done, but do not want to haul her to the vet until she is a little stronger. She is bright and alert with a good appetite.