I got my Arab/paint mare Oct 20th (was suppose to be on my birthday which was the 19th but that's just how horse shippers work lol)
I got her feet done first since it had been over a year since they were touched and she had ONE shoe on.... ended up being one made for pavement (she was a buggy horse before she was the man I bought her from horse.. he just used her to pony kids on). That happened a few days after she came to me.
Then the week after that I got the vet out to check her out and tell me about how old she was. (guy I got her from really didn't know anything about horses let alone her. He had her in a pasture with a crap load of sheep.)
Vet said she's about 11 years old and about 100ish pounds under weight but otherwise looks great. He kept saying she had great bones.
He told me to just give her plenty of hay and she'll put the weight on. I was the one who told him she probably hasn't been wormed and needed an estimate of what she weighed so I knew how much wormer to give her.
The next day I wormed her and did see worms in her manure afterwards. Thing is I swear I still see them??
I had the farrier out again today and he told me I needed to do a follow up wormer (I've never had a horse that actually had worms before) That I should worm her then wait a week or two and do it again.
Correct? If so which wormer(s) should I use? I did Equimax last time (octoberish)
Also she hasn't gained much at all.. I still see her ribs.. She pretty much has mixed hay 24/7 and random sweet feed type stuff morning and night.
So I need something fast and simple to add to her feed to help gain weight. I'm boarding her and they have different people feeding so it needs to be simple enough for me to label the bag and her stall..
Farrier said Calf Manna but others say no she needs more fat than protein (she's lacking muscle which i'm working on very slowly.. I promise she doesn't get over worked!)
This was her a day or so after I got her (notice her feet)
This was a few weeks ago.. In the light you can still see her ribs. Also her hips are too pronounced as well.
Poor thing needs muscle and fat!! I'd like to work on both slowly since I don't want her plump with no muscle but know she can't have the muscle without the fat. So we do a good bit of trotting but never really sweat. She's had her chest slightly sweaty only twice now. We've been working on trotting, flexing, and circles! Haven't trotted in saddle a heck of a lot though. Mostly ground work.