I'm sorry, guys. I wasn't ignoring this- I was gone for a week out of town with no internet access.
riccil0ve- he is thin. I'm not going to give any excuses whatsover, but I will explain in the next reply.
alexS- We've had extreme problems with all but two of the six brought to us, and all of them have been really long term. Thats not so say that we're doing perfectly- theres a lot that could be changed. To explain a little bit though, both he, his dam, and another filly have/had severe ulcers. We've finally fixed his dam's problem and the ulcers are almost completely gone and she is now back up to her ideal weight of 1,300 pounds- but we're still having trouble with him and the filly. Our guess is that they developed the ulcers when put into the stalls together which stressed them out, but they were then brought to us and we didnt really see signs of ulcers (possibly our fault.) Then when he lost his eye, he went almost completely off of his feed for a while, then was only eating small amounts. Thats when we started testing him for stomach ulcers. He doesn't have any, but we then had a scope one to look for intestinal ulcers, and he does indeed have them which (we think) is why he's not wanting to eat. He's also low on magnesium and calcium as a blood panel showed, so we started him on an all-around suppliment. He's on unlimited alfalfa hay right now and being fed good feed with rice bran added, and He's also on a ulcer preventative and medication. So hopefully we'll see an improvement soon. He still isn't eating (same as his dame, who lost about 160 pounds before we finally got her back to eating well and healing) The filly, Kenzie (not pictured) also appears to have ulcers though they arent terrible, and is being treated a well. We found hers by noticing that she has tried cribbing a lot, and we'll hopefully be able to control those pretty easily.
Peppin was also gelded very recently and is once again off of his feed, though that doesnt affect the big picture very much. He is getting care and veterinary treatment though, and we really do care about him. These six just happen to of been a MUCH larger commitment than we first thought, and we're having a hard time with them unfortunately :( And what with Peppin growing much faster and much larger than we thought he would, its hard to keep things perfect.
As for Sour (pregnate miniature), her feet need a trim but she's definitely not foundered. She is 100% sound. The ground is horribly rocky (we've had a LOT of rain, then dry spells which makes it crack and split) where she is standing which may be playing with the picture a bit, and looking at it she does look like that right fore is...curled under or something. It isn't though, and I'll try to outline in to show you as well as give you another picture of her hoof.
the same picture outlined. Blue is rocks/dirt clods, red is (sort of, sorry. I'm terrible at outlining) her hooves.
a different picture- same day, same place, but from the other side.
though she hasn't foundered, she IS closely monitored for feed and as you can see she's at a healthy weight. She gets absolutely no grass unless I'm hand grazing her for a minute, timothy/alfalfa mix hay, and two handfulls of broodmare feed which we also mix her psyllium and biotin suppliments into just for ease of feeding. She's in a dry lot as well to prevent founder or colic.
hopefully that helps. Yes, her toes are too long and her back heels are underslung, but we're working on that. She also has a chip or two in one hoof because of the ground in her dry lot (same as what is pastured) because its really wearing at the horses's hooves. We've ordered some fill dirt to come in but right now her pen isn't really accessable to a truck so we're still working on that.
As for Tempest, thats my fault. I put it on her just so that I could maneuver her while I was taking pictures and take her and her dam (they're still on supervised visits with the other mares only, and are in a seperate paddock), and buckled it too tight without really thinking about it. She somehow wiggles out of them CONSTANTLY and I can never figure out how. We don't leave halters on any of our horses, especially babies, because of safety issues, and it was taken off immediately afterwards. I really don't think it was harming her though.
Hopefully that clears things up for you guys and once again, I'm not making excuses. Yes, there is more that we could be doing for Peppin and we are working on it, and yes I agree that he doesn't look good. He's had a rough go at it and is still very emotionally 'not there' and stressed, due to the constant havock that has been his life. We're trying and we've made plenty of mistakes at his loss, unfortunately, but things are slowly improving for him.
I do want to mention though, that these horses are not mine (except for Sour, who I half-lease. And yes, I do have permission to be taking/posting pictures) and that while I influence the farm a lot, much of it is beyond my control as a sixteen year old- so I find it unfair to critisize me as a member for these things simply because of how long I've been around. If you read any of my post you'll see that I love the animals and only want whats best for them, and am constantly trying to learn and improve things, which is all I can do :)