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post #1 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Dancer and Rain - Then and now - need help with Dancer!

Most of you know the story of Dancer and all the weight she lost just before Rain was born. It's been a struggle to put weight on her - I think Rain is getting more than her fair share in more ways than one. At any rate, I wanted to post a few pix of them and get some fresh eyes on how Dancer is doing. I see her pretty much every day, so it's hard to tell if there's been much change.

Here goes nothing (and yes, I know - the house needs to be painted! )

Dancer a year ago:

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Dancer and Rain - 06/28/10. Dancer had been laying on wet ground, so she looks even worse than she should because of the wet hair and mud.

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Dancer today:

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Dancer really needs work on her topline, but for some reason, my saddle suddenly is too tight across her withers, so I can't ride her. Going to have to seriously start looking for a saddle again...

Here's Rain from a couple of months ago. No real reason to post this pic again, but it's one of my favorites!

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Rain today - she got a thorough brushing and feels like a soft little teddy bear! (goodness, she's getting dark, too!)

Baby butt!
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 07:01 PM
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I think she looks better mom! And Rain looks so good! I love the fact that she LOVES her attentions
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Bump - I could really use some fresh eyes on this. I know Dancer is still skinny - any ideas?

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Wow, having a baby really took it's toll on her, huh? How old is Rain? Is she weaned yet? If not, you may want to wean a bit on the early side.

Until you get a saddle, you can long-line or double lunge. That way you can encourage her to use her topline.

Also, maybe you could get a fecal egg count done and make sure it isn't worms.
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Dancer is about 12 - 13 from what I understand, though personally, I think she's closer to 16. I'll have a fecal count done, though she's always been wormed regularly. Rain is four months old and eating well (obviously!) so weaning her early shouldn't be an issue, though finding someplace to put her might be. I was hoping to send Dancer to a trainer when it was time to wean Rain, but that doesn't look like it's going to pan out any time soon. (The trainer thing, I mean.)

Well, we always manage to think of something. I wonder if we could keep her in the goat pen - it's a chain link fence and is over 5' tall. She shouldn't be able to jump it...we'd just have to figure out some way to feed her so she wouldn't have to "share" with the goats!

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Yeah, I think weaning would be your best bet. I imagine she'll be fine in a chain link, but I have no experience with weaning.

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Wow, having a baby really took it's toll on her, huh? How old is Rain? Is she weaned yet? If not, you may want to wean a bit on the early side.

Until you get a saddle, you can long-line or double lunge. That way you can encourage her to use her topline.

Also, maybe you could get a fecal egg count done and make sure it isn't worms.
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I totally agree with Ricci.

Even with regular deworming she could have a serious worm load that requires something extra.

Have her teeth been done lately?


She really does look pretty bad. Sorry to be blunt but wow.

I would not even think of riding her at this point. She needs good calories (not just filler food) so she can develop muscles. She has no muscles any where.
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I totally agree with Ricci.

Even with regular deworming she could have a serious worm load that

She really does look pretty bad. Sorry to be blunt but wow.

I would not even think of riding her at this point. She needs good calories (not just filler food) so she can develop muscles. She has no muscles any where.
Blunt is okay - I know she looks bad. She's better, but not by much. I wasn't riding her, though, or even trying to. Just planned on putting the saddle on her to lunge her and get her used to the saddle again. But...it fit so badly across her withers (it didn't used to, I swear!) that I wouldn't even lunge her with it.

Hopefully, pulling Rain off of her will help. She's not getting any junk food - alfalfa pellets, beet pulp and oats, plus boss and flax meal. She and Rain shared the same feed bucket - it's possible that Rain was getting more than her fair share, although I put half again as much feed in Dancer's tub than anyone else's.

I haven't noticed any problems with her teeth. She's not a messy eater or anything that would make it look like her teeth need to be floated - but I'll have them checked as soon as possible.

ETA: forgot to mention she's getting all they hay she can eat - she is never without hay - and it is a decent quality prairie hay...

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Well, her body is screaming that she needs something. It might be worth a call to the vet and maybe have a full physical and blood work done.

Please tell me she is not bred back to have another foal next spring.
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When was the last time she had her teeth done? Just because they aren't showing signs doesn't mean it isn't necessary. Ricci's previous owners hadn't had them done in several years, and although I didn't notice anything, there was definitely some damage that will take a few more years to go away completely.

She does still have a huge belly, I also hope it's not a baby-belly.

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