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post #11 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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She seems to be gaining weight alright
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
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It sounds like you're on the right track. She has a beautiful face!

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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.

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post #15 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 05:22 PM
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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.
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 05:25 PM
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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.

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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. :)

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post #18 of 21 Old 05-25-2010, 07:29 PM
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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.

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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!
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post #20 of 21 Old 05-26-2010, 10:51 AM
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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??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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