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    05-25-2010, 04:40 PM
Yes, This is my Indy.
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    05-25-2010, 04:45 PM
She seems to be gaining weight alright
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    05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
It sounds like you're on the right track. She has a beautiful face!
    05-25-2010, 04:58 PM
Thank you. I did jump into buying her but I have been around horses for a lot of years. Working as a full-time groom. I know about getting teeth, feet, and shots done. I can treat all the minor injuries myself after working for a vet on and off for a few years and I know when to call the vet because I worked for one. I've ridden green horses so if she is green I think I'll be okay and if I'm not I have friends with more experience who has already said they would be willing to work with her...and I just couldn't let her go to another auction to be sold most likely for dog food. Not when I have a place where I pay for my own feed but don't have to pay to keep her there other then that.
    05-25-2010, 05:22 PM
I'de lock her in the stall anyway. With lost of hay and 1 1/2 scoops of grain per day as a starter till she gains weight.
    05-25-2010, 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by ponyjocky    
i'de lock her in the stall anyway.
Um, why would anyone want to lock a horse in a stall?

You're obviously young, and the OP has gotten some great advice from people who have all brought underweight horses back into good shape.

Posting just to post is useless. Posting silly advice is even worse.
    05-25-2010, 07:08 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ponyjocky    
i'de lock her in the stall anyway. With lost of hay and 1 1/2 scoops of grain per day as a starter till she gains weight.
if the horse is scaed when she's in a stall then if you locked her in it she would lose a crazy amount of weight faster then you can say mississipi. :)
    05-25-2010, 07:29 PM
If she is gaining weight and seems happy and healthy, I wouldn't add grain for the sake of it. Me personally, I wouldn't add grain at all, but that's just me.

Does she have a salt lick and mineral lick available? She should have one of each available for free choice, or be on a ration balancer designed for pastured horses to make up for any vit/min that may be missing from the pasture.
    05-25-2010, 08:43 PM
She honestly looks pretty good to me...holy withers batman! I guess bareback riding is out of the question! I honestly think at this point, she needs miles not meals. Her weight loss looks more like muscle loss to me. Like I said in a previous post...ride her lightly right up until she is getting warm. You can do so much work with a horse at a walk that is physically and mentally challenging. You did a great job with her...good luck for the future!
    05-26-2010, 10:51 AM
Aside from the grass could you feed her a GOOD vitamin/mineral supplement and maybe some alfalfa pellets or beet pulp or rice bran daily when you are there... to cover the nutrition and some extra calories??

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