12-10-2008, 12:35 AM
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First a few tips. I haven't seen any mention here concerning the feeding of alfalfa hay. A horse that ties up should be a on a stictly grass hay diet, absolutely no alfalfa- not even in a mix. I second the people recommending taking him off grain. If he didn't tie up with his old owner, however, then you must have changed something since you acquired him and maybe you could pinpoint the problem if you found what changed from his former owner, unless of course the former owner was lying about the horse never tying up. Also a long warm-up session before doing any strenuous work is something very important with a hores that ties-up.
Secondly, if the tying-up episodes are as bad and as frequent as you are saying the best thing for the horse might be putting it down, not selling him to another owner who will probably sell him once they can't correct the issue. This hand-off selling will probably continue all the way down to the auction yard. Also, if the tying-up is so bad, wouldn't be kinder for your horse to put him down instead of subjecting him to pain? I would not be able to sell a horse to a person knowing the horse had a serious issue- even if the buyer was in full disclosure. Especially a horse I loved, I would rather put the poor thing down than subject it to years of pain and changing owners.