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post #1 of 8 Old 02-27-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Look at this little man :)

My BO rescued this baby and his momma from a sale barn about 3 months ago. He was in really bad shape before they got him, so even though he looks rough now, imagine a baby 10 times worse :(. He is 10 months old and, obviouslly, a mini. They don't really want another gelding, which he will be soon, so they offered him to me and my boys. Before I decided, I had my vet look at him to be sure he would eventually become healthy. His legs are badly splayed due to poor nutrition and heaven knows what kind of neglect he and his mom suffered. The vet feels that his legs will straighten out and that by the end of the summer, should look like a new horse. His mom is solid black and I was told that his dad was a buckskin. I'm thinking that he'll be black like mom as soon as that bleached winter hair sheds. He's about 30" right now, I'm guessing. Such a sweet little man, and even though he's never had hands on him before, he warms up quickly. He likes to stay right by your side. We're working on halter breaking and he's coming along great.
At this point, do you think he's finished growing? How much taller, if any, should he get? Does it look like I'm correct on his color? Any other suggestions on his care? He gets free grazing and 1 scoop of SafeChoice a day. He looks FAT, but he's wormy. We're working on that.
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he is adorable!! I think he will grow a little more. As far as color and care - I still need to to learn A LOT, so I don't think I'd be much help to you there.
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ughhh, sorry but this guy needs a fecal done and fast. I'm not sure I've ever seen a belly that bloated, even in my extremely malnourished filly. I also wouldn't be letting him graze much, especially as spring comes in. Get him some low-sugar grass hay or timothy hay, with a little alfalfa. Alfalfa pellets (1-2 cups) would do him wonders too. How much is 1 scoop of Safe Choice? 3.3 lbs like the usual scoop? If so, too much. Back down to about 1 pound and up his hay intake a LOT. He's liable to founder if he's getting grain (even safe choice) AND grazing.

After a few good trims, a strong dose of the RIGHT wormer, and time, I think he'll be just fine. I'm not so sure about him being black though.

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Poor little guy :( He's so adorable though!! Good luck with him and his Momma
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I'm right with Endiku. Fecal to target the right worms and I'd even ditch the Safe Choice. I like low starch formulated grains. Triple Crown has an awesome one.

I own draftXs and a pony we've raised from 5 months, now coming 3 this spring. We've found great success in this plan. Laminitus is an evil monster for these guys. LOW sugar!!!
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ughhh, sorry but this guy needs a fecal done and fast. I'm not sure I've ever seen a belly that bloated, even in my extremely malnourished filly. I also wouldn't be letting him graze much, especially as spring comes in. Get him some low-sugar grass hay or timothy hay, with a little alfalfa. Alfalfa pellets (1-2 cups) would do him wonders too. How much is 1 scoop of Safe Choice? 3.3 lbs like the usual scoop? If so, too much. Back down to about 1 pound and up his hay intake a LOT. He's liable to founder if he's getting grain (even safe choice) AND grazing.

After a few good trims, a strong dose of the RIGHT wormer, and time, I think he'll be just fine. I'm not so sure about him being black though.
Yep, as I mentioned the vet came out and gave him a complete exam, including fecal. I'll keep off grass 24/7 like he was. He will go out for 4-6 hours during the day, then on hay and grain- or should I keep him off grass all together? I will back off of the grain. I will add alfalfa as well. Thanks for the heads' up. He had his first hoof trim 2 weeks ago and will get another in 2 more weeks. Thanks for the info!

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If laminitis is a risk, you can let him graze at night - during the day when the sun's out, the sugar content in grass is much higher than at night, so he can get his time grazing safely later on in the day xx
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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!

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