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  • Horse 300 lbs underweight
  • Throughbred eats a lot underweight bloods are clear

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    01-31-2014, 10:23 AM
  #11
Weanling
ON A SIDE NOTE she also has horrible rain rot!!! Any suggestions
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Originally Posted by kimberlyrae1993    
I have a 13 year old thoroughbred mare I.just took in she's probably about 300 pounds under weight.. they had her on very cheap low grade feed called wrangler 12% pellet only getting 3 quarts once a day

I still have her on that but 4 quarts twice a day till I get better idea on what to switch her (so I'm not continuously switching her) she has assess to hay ALL DAY and water I have Dewormed her once last week

So what should my plan be to get her up to weight and should I Deworm her again soon?
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    01-31-2014, 10:24 AM
  #12
Trained
If you're not doing it already, put a medium to heavyweight blanket on her. If she's 300 lbs underweight, she can't thermoregulate properly and is probably shivering off all the calories you're feeding her. I like Ultium Compete for weight gain, it's by Purina so easily available.
     
    01-31-2014, 10:27 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Vet, then dentist both asap. I wouldn't give her any more grain (if you want to switch it fine) until she is gaining weight. Severely underweight horses can get very sick from getting too much too soon. Sounds like she is used to all the hay (make sure it's top quality, maybe add something else "hay based". I have heard lots of studies recommending alfalfa for starvation cases, maybe add pellets/cubes (soaked). I would do that then up grain then add beet pulp then up grain again, maybe corn oil or something. Make ANY changes VERY slowly. 300lbs underweight I would definitely be working with a vet on. I know a horse who was severely emaciated with a VERY bad impaction, luckily she pulled through on her own, but there was pretty much nothing we could do for her due to her health at the time she was not even an option for surgery. Literally make changes by the handful over the course of weeks.

Vet can also advise for deworming.
     
    01-31-2014, 10:28 AM
  #14
Green Broke
I agree with the blanket, what's the weather like where you're at?

The only hesitation would be putting a blanket on her if she has horrible rainrot.
     
    01-31-2014, 10:47 AM
  #15
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For the rain rot, look for a supplement very high in vitamin A for her. It will help cure it from the inside out. Its too cold in most areas right now to do much topically for her.
     
    01-31-2014, 10:49 AM
  #16
Weanling
I live in Florida and I do blanket her when temperature drops
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
If you're not doing it already, put a medium to heavyweight blanket on her. If she's 300 lbs underweight, she can't thermoregulate properly and is probably shivering off all the calories you're feeding her. I like Ultium Compete for weight gain, it's by Purina so easily available.
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    01-31-2014, 12:00 PM
  #17
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Always start by looking for reasons why a horse is thin - having a fecal egg count and a blood test for encysted worms is worth the money because you know what to target and how big a problem you may or may not have
Get teeth checked - even a horse that appears to be eating well might not be chewing properly so the food isn't going to get digested as well as it should
Treat for ulcers - a scope is expensive but not essential as a course of Ulcergard or just adding U-Gard to her feed for a while wont hurt
A thin horse isn't going to cope with the cold and gain weight so a lightweight blanket will help on cold days/nights
Access to hay 24/7 isn't always enough, horses can get bored with it and not eat enough which is why given the choice of their hay or a bucket feed they'll mostly always go for the bucket
I like the Triple Crown feeds - they're good quality and have a higher fat content than a lot of the others - which your horse needs right now. Their senior feed does contain molasses but I don't think that's going to hurt a horse that needs to gain weight. You can change to one of their non molassed feeds once you have her looking right
I like adding sugar beet its not supposed to be a stand alone feed so mix in with whatever else you are using as an extra, horses usually find it appealing, its easy to digest and because its fed soaked its putting fluids into them as well
Keeping her back dry when it rains will help the rain rot clear up, treat it with something that's anti bacterial and anti fungal first - a good wash over with something like Hibiscrub - so you aren't providing a breeding ground for it under the blanket. Keep her coat clean and brushed over so the air can get to the skin - the fungal type bacteria that causes rain rot doesn't like that
Vitamins A & E seem to help the immune system fight these things.
     
    01-31-2014, 12:28 PM
  #18
Started
Triple Crown Senior is an awesome beet pulp based feed. My 28 yo gelding has done a 180* turn around on it. $21.40 a bag though. Ouch. He eats about 10 lbs a day now. For a while he was probably getting 15 lbs in 3-5 feedings.
     
    01-31-2014, 01:21 PM
  #19
Weanling
Here is alittle on her story a girl got her a couple years ago worked with her and she was nice and fit well Amy wasn't good for barrels like the girl wanted so she got rid of her almost a year past and the girl went to barn where Amy was now kept and found poor Amy skin and bones so demanded she let her have her back and then I took her in 3 weeks later.. She lost weight from being left alone in pasture
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
Always start by looking for reasons why a horse is thin - having a fecal egg count and a blood test for encysted worms is worth the money because you know what to target and how big a problem you may or may not have
Get teeth checked - even a horse that appears to be eating well might not be chewing properly so the food isn't going to get digested as well as it should
Treat for ulcers - a scope is expensive but not essential as a course of Ulcergard or just adding U-Gard to her feed for a while wont hurt
A thin horse isn't going to cope with the cold and gain weight so a lightweight blanket will help on cold days/nights
Access to hay 24/7 isn't always enough, horses can get bored with it and not eat enough which is why given the choice of their hay or a bucket feed they'll mostly always go for the bucket
I like the Triple Crown feeds - they're good quality and have a higher fat content than a lot of the others - which your horse needs right now. Their senior feed does contain molasses but I don't think that's going to hurt a horse that needs to gain weight. You can change to one of their non molassed feeds once you have her looking right
I like adding sugar beet its not supposed to be a stand alone feed so mix in with whatever else you are using as an extra, horses usually find it appealing, its easy to digest and because its fed soaked its putting fluids into them as well
Keeping her back dry when it rains will help the rain rot clear up, treat it with something that's anti bacterial and anti fungal first - a good wash over with something like Hibiscrub - so you aren't providing a breeding ground for it under the blanket. Keep her coat clean and brushed over so the air can get to the skin - the fungal type bacteria that causes rain rot doesn't like that
Vitamins A & E seem to help the immune system fight these things.
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