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post #1 of 11 Old 05-07-2013, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse Need Help

I just recently rescued a young emaciated Thoroughbred stallion from a muddy auction pen. I've owned horses for years, even stallions, but he is the first emaciated horse that I've had. My vet told me that he needs a lot of TLC on top of a high calorie diet, worming and a vaccine plan. My farrier came and took care of his hooves. I feed Blue Seal Sentinel LifeTime to all of my horses, and I'm increasing his rations slowly. Is there a high calorie feed I can give to him along with the hay? Or, should I just keep feeding him what I have and hope for the best? Another other advice would be great!

Also, I've already read the thread about emaciated horses but I still want some advice.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-07-2013, 05:53 PM
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oooh, poor guy! I'm so glad you stepped in to save him. He surely would have died soon otherwise.

I've never had any experience with Blue Seal feeds so I won't comment on that aspect of it, but gradually upping his hay to ad lib, with some alfalfa thrown in there too, is what I've been doing with our emanciated (now just fairly thin, after 3 months of hard work and LOTS of love) TB filly.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-07-2013, 06:01 PM
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I would focus on feeding more hay than just upping the grain. Hay and water infront of his nose 24/7.

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-07-2013, 06:21 PM
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Ive never taken care of an emaciated horse before but rice bran worked good to pulp my guy up with a side of beet pulp. Good luck to you..I cant wait to see the improvement pic's.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-07-2013, 08:06 PM
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I would suggest grass hay 24/7, alfalfa two or three times a day, and the feed at least two times a day; three or four would be better.

You can add rice bran, beet pulp (soaked), alfalfa pellets (dry if he doesn't bolt his feed, otherwise soaked), flax seed (good source of omega 3s), or any of a number of commercial weight gain supplements.

I would suggest taking a picture once a week (same day and time if at all possible) so you can keep track of his progress.

When adding things to his diet, do it slowly and one at a time. That way, if he has problems with anything, you know what it is.

I'm not familiar with Blue Seal, but I would check out the vitamin and mineral content of that and the hay and supplement whatever he needs. Make sure he has access to salt and water at all times as well.

Good luck with him, and bless you for taking him on.

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-14-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Toughie is already acting better then he was, he has more energy and is spending less time standing still. He still needs to put on a lot of weight but the fact that he now is putting his head over the stall door to greet me is a good sign. The other day I put him in around pen while I mucked out his stall, and so that he could stretch his legs. My niece was staying with me while her dad was at work and she is normally good about not going in the pasture with the horses. If she wants to see the horses she normally will just walk up to the fence and hold her hand out to them. For some reason she normally only goes to the mares, not my stallion. Well I was busy mucking out Toughie's stall and I thought she was in the barn aisle tormenting one of my dogs. When I turned around she wasn't there, and nor was my Doberman Kohan, so I shrugged and put down the muck rake before going outside. I began walking towards the paddock my niece usually goes to visit, when I heard Kohan whining. Naturally I went to investigate and there I find him near the round pen. I walk over and saw Toughie standing still, front hooves buried in the pile of hay he was eating. I ducked into the pen to see what was bothering my stubborn, not easily fazed Doberman. After I got closer to Toughie I saw my niece curled up in the hay underneath Toughie. Then I got why Toughie was standing like that, he was trying to protect my niece in a way. The only other time I'd seen a horse stand like that was when my one Shire was standing over her foal.

Toughie still isn't running around yet but he is improving and is doing better then when I first got him. Now I put Toughie in the round pen but it has boards going around it so my niece can't get in with him.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-14-2013, 09:47 AM
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Sounds like he's a good horse. I'm glad he's feeling a little better, and I'm sure he'll continue to improve.

Thanks for the update!

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-19-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Here is an updated picture of Toughie:
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HOLY C**P!!! That's a different horse. Awesome job, whatever you're doing keep it up!!

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-19-2013, 08:08 PM
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Wow! Nice job.
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