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post #1 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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The downside to rescue

I apparently have a magnet for broken animals. My 19 year old mare is losing weight and she was skinny to begin with. Poor girl was seized in a humane case last Sept and was put at a body score of 1.5 and 350 lbs underweight. She went to the UofM vet school then onto a foster.

I adopted my girl January 7th of this year and she had put on a lot of weight already, still needed more but she had only been in foster for about three months. I knew she was going to need some more help gaining weight and all her training. It has been a long and sometimes frustrating road to where we are now. She was pretty crazy, she is an Arab afterall. Spooked at everything, would run you over and basically just hard to handle. She is now the best horse ever. Calm as can be and will do anything I ask of her.

And just when you think everything is going good, something happens. She is losing weight, in the summer, on 30-40 lbs of good hay a day. She is still her same self with never ending energy but looks like she could take a nap any minute. Vet comes out tomorrow for an exam and most likely blood work.

So I guess what I am trying to say is before anyone takes on a rescue make sure you are prepared for a lot of work. Not just training but in vet bills too. I have seen my horse every single day since I adopted her. And those first few months were cruicial in trust and overall training. A true rescue is not for someone who just wants a cute little horsey, they take work and money and lots of it. Always make sure you have a good vet available and are willing to pay for them. No one wants to spend money but sometimes you just have to.
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 01:00 PM
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:( Hope this mystery gets figured out.

Very true, rescues are a ton of work. Still fixing up Sky little by little. His feet have come a long way but no where near out of the woods. His weight is finally good but I constantly worry he's losing.

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Agree with you there... our first rescue ending up being diagnosed with cancer and the other one just passed away from old age.
let me know if your vet finds anything out .... my 36 year old is dropping weight (she cant chew hay anymore but is on good quality feed) and all her blood work and everything is coming back normal.
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I admire folks willing to take these horses on. I did once and it ended poorly, haven't had the heart to try again..

My Vet and Farrier are currently splitting my childeren's inheritance.
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You are so right. I hope it's nothing with your mare, Huge hugs!

6 years ago I took in two mules. They were the most deplorable looking animals I've ever seen outside of a few on here. Slipper footed, emaciated, chunks of hair and rainrot, lesions, probably hadn't seen a vet or been wormed in decades. Both were in their upper 20's, around 14hh, oh they had the sweetest eyes. When they brought them to me both had super thick heavy mule halters on that had been on them forever. I took the halters off after I got them settled in and I found an infection under the bay's. It was a swollen mass of goo. She had so many lumps and bumps but this was a DISGUSTING swollen mass on her neck/cheek. I'm going to spare you all the details, but I've never retched so bad in my life as we tried to save her. I literally had to stick my hand in her wound to medicate and "clean". Poor thing didn't make it despite hundreds of dollars of medications and vet visits, her body just couldn't fight the... ugh, I'll spare you.
Then we say her partner died of a broken heart. The other named Blue, started swelling in her chest a couple weeks later. I was terrified it was another infection but it was heart failure. We buried her next to her partner. They did get several good meals here, as much love as possible, something they hadn't probably had in years. I lost so much money on them, but don't count it as a loss. More like taking in two terminally ill patients and giving them the best days of their lives. I don't regret it for a second.

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post #6 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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A tragic story Flygap but you have a beautiful soul, which is why I liked that post.

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post #7 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Oh that is so sad about the mules Flygap. I recently saw pictures of what my mare looked like when she was rescued and she was basically a skeleton.

I'm really hoping it's something simple she's missing from her diet. Here are two pictures of her. One with a bit of her winter fuzzies yet in Feb/March and the second is from about 2 weeks ago. She hasn't lost much but it's summer and she should be gaining weight with all the food she gets. So time to enlist the vet before she gets worse.
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post #8 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 01:44 PM
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Awe poppy bless you for taking her in, she is a cutie. I would definitely have the vet out in case it is something. She does look like she has lost, but it could just be she was fuzzy in the first pic. Good luck.
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post #9 of 28 Old 06-14-2012, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Aw thank you, she definately knows she cute haha. Her front end has built muscle but those hips, they bother me so much. They definately stick out more than they used to and her whole rear end needs much more weight.

Oh yea and the vet is for sure coming tomorrow.
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You could have spent lots on a healthy horse and now be having the same problem. Sometimes they just get expensive.

Romeo is alot of expense and alot of work. Definately won't make any money. For those who dont know his story, He is an 18hh, virtually untouched clydesdale stallion I just couldn't leave behind in the meat buyers pen. Halter breaking him is...Intimidating(vast understatement). He has taken two rounds of dewormer(2 tubes each round due to his weight), hundreds of hours and we just got his halter on and now monday he gets gelded and trimmed. Its worth it in the end. There is nothing more satisfying than saving a life and treating an animal the way it should be.

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