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post #21 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 07:12 PM
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Our old TB mare still has heat cycles and she is 28 now. old huzzy lol .
Alfalfa pellets and rice bran should help. Our TB's are hard keepers. Take lots of food even when they were younger.
She is looking better, and some stay kinda of ribby but not skinny.
Also, I have a question, is she lame on that knee? I noticed the bump in one of the pics. Hope she stays useable .
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post #22 of 36 Old 05-18-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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She is lame on that leg at the moment, but that's because the farrier didn't listen to what I told him and trimmed her horribly, so either I stick shoes on or have a lame horse for the next few weeks until I get her trimmed right again. She has thinner soles and he left all the sole and no wall on the toe, so the gravel on the driveway made her lame.

I have her on hay (it looks like orchard/bermuda) and 1/3 of a coffee cup of Omelene 200 that I just started beginning of last week. I really like the grain, and it should keep the weight on her once I really start working her.

The bump is sound though. No heat, not painful, etc. I can tell she's lame at the hoof though, don't even need the hoof testers for her to feel the bruise she has.

I have a feeling she's going to be a thicker TB like my old mare that was never raced (leased her for almost 2 years). She just needs to finish filling in, haha.

I was worried about the bump when I got her, but it hasn't caused any issues thus far. I may not jump her, just to not risk it, but I think it was an old splint. I'm trying to find one of her trainers/owners from the track to ask why she was retired since she's not on the injury list (but that does look like they only keep the recent ones up). But I mean..the trails we have..If she's still sound after one of those with that knee, I don't think much aside from big jumps could cauae her issues with it, haha.
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post #23 of 36 Old 05-22-2013, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Soo..update's from today since I got the day off from work and am just spending it up here :p

She's looking great!!! She still has some ribs, but her butt actually looks like a butt and not a triangle! *spazzes*

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Looking good
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post #25 of 36 Old 05-22-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I can't wait to turn it all into muscle.(:
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post #26 of 36 Old 05-22-2013, 02:01 PM
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Iseul, are you offering her loose salt? Years ago my horses always had a lick until I started watching them closely. My new HYPP couldn't have iodized salt to he was offered course pickling salt. The other two horses dove right in to it so altho there remains part of a lick in the run-in, they get loose salt in a pan near the water tub. I noticed a positive difference in the horses in about a week's time. Years later I found a more recent report that thro controlled testing it confirmed what I already knew. Horses will ingest more salt if it's loose salt. The lick makes for a sore tongue.
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post #27 of 36 Old 05-22-2013, 03:43 PM
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She looks much better :) But she seems really lethargic in the photos... what is she like in person?

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post #28 of 36 Old 05-22-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Don't worry about the lethargy in the pics..she was tired of standing in the same spot for a half hour, lol. I left her in the arena but I guess she assumed I wanted her to ground tie and never moved more than 3-4 steps, lol. She's actually very energetic. Always looking around, chewing/licking/rubbing something, etc. I usually have to remind her to respect my space while we're leading because she wants to rush ahead.

She is not getting loose salt. Only reason is because she actual licks and chews on the blocks. I had one of the salt rocks when I got her and it was gone within a week (10-12lb rock), so I imagine she's okay with just the blocks out in the pasture.
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post #29 of 36 Old 05-28-2013, 12:37 PM
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Good turnaround! She is looking good.

I'm digging the bored expression in the last pics - my TB gelding stands around just like her when I drop the lead. Its the "well you told me to stand, so I'm standing, but man is is boring so I guess I'm doze" look.
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post #30 of 36 Old 05-29-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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That's exactly how she acts, MGTS!

Soo..update for this week!
She has a new injury and somehow my grain bin got knocked over and spilled.. :/
The injury isn't bad, looks kinda like she itched on the fence and might've caught a big splinter that tore a bit of her skin off. Or maybe she got caught on the stall opening when Sweets or Stickers (NOT named appropriately, lol) kicked her out (literally :/ ).

Anywhooo; I think she's looking great! She still needs more over her hips and ribs, but she's still gaining.

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