Teen Forum Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Yes, if I were you I would take him off of the grazing, its not too big of a deal right now since its winter and grass is generally pretty worthless, but spring and summer grass is very likely to cause him to founder. My mare and her filly are both in a dry lot paddock 24/7. If you do let him graze right now, I'd only give him an hour or so. Give him as much hay as he wants though, and make sure to soak the alfalfa pellets so he won't choke on them :)
Glad he has someone who cares for him now. I can't stand seeing animals like this die for no reason.
What I find odd is that his belly seems SO much more swollen on the right side than the left. Is it this way in real life or is it just the picture? Its very strange... also, make sure you ask the vet before worming him with anything. You don't want to go TOO fast if he's full of worms because you may cause impaction, but at the same time you don't want to leave them in there longer than necessary either. I'm sure your vet has told you this, but also make sure that you never worm him with Quest wormer.
Lastly, if you can get a tube or two of Probiotics I think they might help him. My mare wasn't digesting her hay very well because we switched types, and started getting a bit of a pot belly like this. Giving her probiotics helped her change her gut bacteria to match what she was eating, and the pot belly pretty much dissapeared after two or three doses. The good news too is that since these guys are so small, they only need about 5 g at a time so one tube should last you 6-7 doses!
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.