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        04-16-2013, 11:52 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    OK OK OK! I"M FREAKING OUT! My vet was out of town. He is supposed to call us tomorrow. We're getting her floated and having him check out this lice situation! I dusted ALL the horses! AND I'm giving her ivemectin! Plan on doing it every 10 days for 3 weeks.

    But her is the day I shaved part of her hair (too dirty to finish, thankfully bc we haf another cold spell, so I didnt finish the shave). Only a few small patches of lost hair. I bathed her with insecticide when my clippers stopped going through, then put another pour on insecticide one. THEN the very next day we dusted her. Waiting ten days to do it again.

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    Then today (five days later), I started brushing her, and more clumps came out. I put down the brush, and just rubbed her, and it just fell out! There looks to be new hair growing, but it's just upset us so bad! She was doing so good! And now this! We put sunscreen on her after the picture....

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    The dust I used even has directions how how to use it on horses, cattle, swine, vegetable gardens, DOGS AND CATS! Could that have done this or was it just damage from the lice? She didnt start itching until a few weeks ago! Then I noticed the fur loss and started investigating a little closer.
         
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        04-16-2013, 11:54 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    And that is the MTG I mentioned on her back in the first picture.
         
        04-17-2013, 07:22 PM
      #23
    Showing
    Please give us weekly update pics. It takes about 6 weeks to see a good difference. What grain are you feeding? She will benefit from 2lbs of Senior feed fed 2x daily. It is well balanced for the older horse's needs. Instead of a deep pail use something like, even a kid's wagon, so you can scatter the hard feed to slow her down. She will digest it better. With the pail she'll stuff her cheeks like a gopher and half bolt it down. The faster in, the less time it spends being digested and the sooner it's out. I have been using a plastic tobaggan with about 4" sides. Great grain feeder as it's scattered over about 5' by 18".
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        04-18-2013, 11:28 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Please give us weekly update pics. It takes about 6 weeks to see a good difference. What grain are you feeding? She will benefit from 2lbs of Senior feed fed 2x daily. It is well balanced for the older horse's needs. Instead of a deep pail use something like, even a kid's wagon, so you can scatter the hard feed to slow her down. She will digest it better. With the pail she'll stuff her cheeks like a gopher and half bolt it down. The faster in, the less time it spends being digested and the sooner it's out. I have been using a plastic tobaggan with about 4" sides. Great grain feeder as it's scattered over about 5' by 18".
    Ok I'll try that! We have her on senior feed, and last week we did up it to twice a day feedings. We had a bad day though. She choked this afternoon and the vet could not get it dislodged! He thinks he broke a hole through and is hoping it'll break up over the night. And gave her a shot for swelling. He looked at her skin though before he left and said she it wasn't as bad as it looked. It was typical for a rescue, and she had a little rain rot too. So we have to sit here and pray, and I keep sneaking out to check on her. Hoping she's going to be ok... Anyone reads this tonight, please say a prayer for her! </3
         
        04-18-2013, 11:29 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    If she makes it, I'll take a picture next week. :(
         
        04-19-2013, 10:06 AM
      #26
    Showing
    I used to use corner feeders in the barn until I watched one stuff his cheeks. That was the end of that. I didn't want to be dealing with choke.
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        04-19-2013, 02:33 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    She is OK! She doesnt eat fast, but the vet thinks her teeth are so wore down that she isnt able to crush it. So we're soaking her food from now on. Scared us so bad!
         
        04-19-2013, 02:56 PM
      #28
    Started
    She is so sweet looking God bless you for rescuing her. I hope she gets well it looks like you are doing all you can. Great Job
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        04-20-2013, 01:37 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Thanks Critter sitter! We are trying! Vet said it may be best to wait a little longer to float her. He said they do need done but they arent horrible, and it does look like they were floated before. So she's due, but it's not pressing, and he thinks it's best to let her recover from the choking, sedation, and lice, and get a little more weight on her before trying to sedate her again. So we're going to have him come back again next month and check her to see if he think she's ready then. She was back to her old self today though! She was al;l preky and happy!

    A friend of mine went to equine affair and found a feed for weight gain that's $35 a bag. But you give them 32 oz twice a day and you're not supposed to have to add anything (supplement wise) to it. It has everything in it. She said it looked like dog food, and they gave her a small sample and her pickiest horse liked it. Wondering if she might be a hard keeper that they gave up one trying bc she was pretty bad. We've been trying and she's gained, but it seems like she has stopped gaining. The grass is starting to grow again though. AND I did notice today that her belly isn't as bloated as it looked a few weeks ago. And the hair loss ISNT horrible looking as I thought. I think bc most of the time when you see that the horses are not groomed, but she's brushed daily, so that may be why it doesnt look so bad. There is hair coming back in and it looks alot darker (like a dark blonde). And the sunscreen and dust lightens her black skin and it blends in with the hair, lol... Glad the vet said that the skin is healing though, and that when you get into the older horses like that, they seem to react more to things than a younger horse. Should have read up on senior horses when we got her, but she's here to stay now. And so we're doing what we can!

    I'm trying to think of anything else to update you on, bc I can't remember what I have wrote. And in case it's handy to anyone else in the future, the vet said that the wormer works, but the dust works better and to focus on that. But grooming them all daily and dusting them every ten days is the best treatment! I think I may do the dust one extra week, just to be safe though!

    You all are an awesome support team! Thanks so much for helping me and assuring me on this journey! I know you guys care! <3 I'll post another picture of her in a few days to see where we're at. I really wish I could find my weight tape!
         
        04-20-2013, 01:47 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    Oh and here is what we are doing feeding wise!
    Senior feed (not sure what brand, my MIL gets it from a different feed store, but it was recommended by a horse rescue that swore by it-smells like cloves or something), twice a day, soaked to mush! We add corn oil and weight booster (from Tractor Supply). And Saddlebag I didnt want the kid's sleigh getting busted, so I cut a plastic barrel (a big barrel racing barrel) in half and fed her the feed in that. Plus she's still on free access to hay 24/7 and the grass is growing! And water is available in a stream and a cow pond!
         

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