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post #11 of 55 Old 10-04-2010, 11:39 PM
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I think he needs work Bit hard when they are only two eh?

Given that he is still quite young and was allowed to become drastically thin at an early age he lost not only fat but also some muscle mass, you can really notice this around his topline. Now that he is gaining weight, he is doing it from the bottom up, so right along the top of his neck and back still looks a little 'drawn' which makes his belly look bigger than it really is by contrast. This effect can happen with the young 'uns anyway as they go through awkward growth spurts. Also, notice the change in his coat condition? Always a good indicator of good health. Not the be all and end all of course but certainly a good sign.

As you say, he has had vet attention and been thoroughly wormed, I would just make sure he keeps looking as healthy as he does and enjoy watching him recover into a beautiful boy!

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post #12 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! His topline is definitely lacking any amount of weight and it does look very drawn, you called it. :) He's improving fast and is not only looking better he's acting better. It's amazing how much his personality is coming out!

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post #13 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 12:52 PM
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Im a vet tech and have fostered some pritty skinny horses. I am concerned you said he does not have worms but you wormed him... did you have a fecal checked? Have you wormed for tapes? He is looking better. How much and how often are you feeding and what?
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post #14 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 03:44 PM
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I have to say that he does look really good. I'd like to watch and see how he comes along.

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post #15 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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His previous owner took care of all the deworming thus far. We have kept records of all of it and it's sitting here in front of me. She was a registered vet and has rescued many horses.. I don't want to throw out false information (since i'm not 100% sure what she said exactly) but this horse has had proper care etc. He's been dewormed because he was among 30+ horses found at an abandoned horse mill. So I think it's fair enough to say you should have no concern as whether or not my horse has worms. He's getting 3/4 pound every morning and every night of Purina feed. (forget what exactly it's called, but it's labeled at the barn). And he's out on a grass pasture. I'm not piling grain into him as he's gaining weight at a steady increase and the amount of forage he's getting now is making a huge impact on his recovery. Here's pictures of him today.

His worming record :
Aug 1 - Ivermectin 1 Boticide
Aug 1 - 30 - Continuex Feed thru daily
Sept 20 - Ivermectin

Also, today we worked in a round pen, he has had VERY minimal training in hand and although he's very calm and willing.. he's absolutely clueless.
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post #16 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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bumpppp ;)

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post #17 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 09:12 PM
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I just wanted to say it's amazing how quickly he is improving!
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post #18 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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thank you! Isn't it shocking? I thought it'd take at least 2 months to see anything.. but it's been less than a month.

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post #19 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:05 PM
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He still looks to hang down a bit more than I would like, but perhaps with some lunge work, or light round penning, he may tighten up in those tummy muscles. Other than that, he is looking awesome! IF he was wormy prior to you getting him, it may take a while for him to lose that pot bellied appearance, and you may still need to get a fecal, and subsequent wormings, but if he is gaining weight well (as it appears he is), he is probably just lacking in muscle.

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post #20 of 55 Old 10-05-2010, 10:11 PM
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Hi fellow North Carolinian!

I see improvement and this is coming from my untrained eye. I don't know what he should ideally look like but I do think he looks "healthier" than when you got him.
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