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    07-02-2013, 02:36 AM
I don't know I get so mad hearing and seeing people (even people I know) give up their animals bc they are having a baby, bc they didnt know that the great dane they got would get so bad, that they didnt know ferrets smell, bc the horse keeps limping (even though they havent paid for a farrier to trim it OR bc it's foundered pony that they just watch founder every year and DO NOTHING to stop it's overeating), and I just want to kick them and yell at them, but they don't see animals the way I see them! And it makes me madder bc they don't!
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    07-02-2013, 05:26 PM
Lack of common sense or thinking things through.. just because it sounds good doesn't mean it'll work out.
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    07-02-2013, 06:36 PM
What a wonderful turn around on here...

Her coloring (up until the last few) made me think she was a dunalino in color perhaps. Beautiful girl...

Some people just don't understand what they're getting into. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. To be fair I've been into horses since I was roughly 4 years old and only the last two years did I become educated on saddle fitment. That means my poor horses of the past of 20 years ago probably had ill-fitting saddles that they were saints for dealing with. Purely because I had no idea. :(
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    07-03-2013, 12:50 AM
Hey, I have to admit too. SINCE I have my horses, I have learned that a vet isnt always needed. Most of the time they tell you to try something first then call them back. And I have carried that along to my other animals. I do try to treat at home now, BEFORE calling a vet and spending all that money. But I don't ignore my pet either. My dog has limped for a week and with no improvement after icing and confining him to the house, I took him in... and ended up spending $300+ for a arthritis diagnosis, lol... He was actually putting weight on it at the second appt... and the first appt they just sent me home with pain medicine, lol... So I'm not saying you need tons of money to care for your animal well, necessarily. There are circumstances that REQUIRE vet attention however, but... I have even went to low income families to help treat their animals when they cannot afford a vet (and this is usually my offer after finding out they will be putting it down for something simple). For example, there was a dog, habit by a car, with no broken bones, but skin ripped off his leg. They family was crying and wanting someone to come "put him down". I brought over old medicine from my accident prone dog, and cleaned the poor guy up and made him comfortable, and within three days he was scabbed up and running like a pup! Now I would tell them if it wasnt going to be a good outcome, BUT my mother also graduated vet school and taught me a lot and helps me do these things... And I think alot of people would if they knew how, but I get tired of helping people who don't care! BUT I HAVE TO KEEP HELPING BC I can't LET THE ANIMAL HURT!

What burns me up is people that will just shoot that same dog, without a tear to be found. And I have a feeling the same person is the one I watch let their pony founder over and over and over and do nothing... I fixed that one myself too! I spend $15 for a grazing muzzle and strapped it on! And I trimmed her feet! She walked more comfortably immediately after the trim and was completely better in a week.... I think I am getting so mad that it's so easy to do and there is no attempt! No compassion...
    08-12-2013, 11:31 PM
We need some updates on how she is doing!!! :)
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    08-14-2013, 03:26 AM
Ok, I didnt pick the most flattering picture of her, but I wanted alot of shadow so you guys can see where we are at. There r some ribs still showing and her back is filling in. But it slowed down. We took her back to the vet about two weeks ago, bc she didnt seem to be gaining anymore. He did bloodwork and everything and everything is fine. We just finished switching her feed completely over to Triple Crown Senior Feed. I started adding black sunflower seeds a few days ago, working up the amount. She will not eat feed with any oil in it. And we have been adding weight booster too. She has 24/7 access to hay and pasture and clean water. We wormed her again the same day we started adding the new feed. It's still mash and we're feeding her twice a day.

So what the vet wants to try was the change of feed and to fit her with a cribbing collar. We havent got that yet. She IS a cribber, and she has two posts in the barn lot she likes to chew, and she may have a few in the woods somewhere. But he thinks she's cribbing and not eating.

Have wanted to ask you guys if you prefer any kind of cribbing collar or remedy. I don't even like leaving halters on.....

She seems to feel really well now, even though the wight hasnt been coming up. She is quick to run around under saddle even. She's actually a little naughty! She takes off in a little trot sometimes, lol... And my neice actually let her get away with doing that and ended up cantering for the first time ever! Scared her but it was really funny, bc the girl keeps her seat good and Cricket doesnt go very fast. We took her to a horse show this week and I showed her to this other lady that has an VWERY elderly horse (beautiful black horse that 36!!!). She also recommended the Triple Crown Feed. But she think's we got a hard keeper. She agreed with ceribbing maybe being the culprit though.

So I wish I had a little better update. But we are having another setback. Fall seems to be coming early this year too, and I'm not happy. I wanted her so much heavier before the cold came! :( Feeling a little discouraged guys.... Only thing I can think of if we can't get her up to weight is getting her into a stable that has heaters! We don't have one. We have run in shelters at this point, bc our barn collapsed! :p So we'll have to send her off to make sure she stays warm, AND we wont be able to monitor and make sure she's being fed right....

No more lice though and no more choking! So that's good! All her hair is back, and she's perky! It's hard to be happy about those when winter is getting closer.....
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    08-14-2013, 10:15 AM
She will weather below freezing temperatures better if you don't blanket her. Her coat will fluff up as needed which traps warm air. The blanket flattens the hair and a horse can wind up colder. By all means blanket if there are cold wet winds but it should be removed when that subsides. Our horses live out in -35* with only their natural hair coat. They have an old shed down in a stand of trees they prefer to bum up against. They do get unlimited hay. Digesting hay helps a horse generate heat.
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    08-14-2013, 10:23 AM
I am going to suggest adding oats to her diet. Oats are soothing to the gut and are the only thing that will help heal hind gut ulcers. Start out with crimped oats and soak them a bit to soften. I'd start her out on a cup twice daily and work it up over two weeks to two cups 2 x daily then again work it up to about two lbs 2x daily.
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    08-14-2013, 10:33 AM
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Talk to you vet about adding rice bran for weight and see what he thinks. Even though she's ribby, she looks a 100 percent better. Lucky girl, to have found a home with you guys.
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    08-14-2013, 11:11 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I am going to suggest adding oats to her diet. Oats are soothing to the gut and are the only thing that will help heal hind gut ulcers. Start out with crimped oats and soak them a bit to soften. I'd start her out on a cup twice daily and work it up over two weeks to two cups 2 x daily then again work it up to about two lbs 2x daily.
Absolutely not! No grain at all for ulcers! Ever. I have spent many hours convincing people of this and when they finally agree to try my method for treating ulcers, it has been successful every time so far. The very first thing is to get rid of grain and any products that contain grain.

IMO, the mare should look better than she does, so I need to go back and read all the posts here. Maybe I can come up with an idea or two after reading her story.
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