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        11-12-2013, 07:34 PM
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    We still don't have a final date for when Kenzie is leaving just yet, things are crazy!

    She did much better today on her walk though. I let her lunge (finally found a better place to do it) again before we even attempted to work on anything and she was much better behaved- no bucking, just one half-spook at who knows what, a few canter laps, and a few trot laps before she felt a little better and we stopped, did some ground work, then went on our walk. She was quiet and minded me well (I think the fact that I was walking with the whip reminded her that I CAN make her listen...haha) on the roads and on the trail, got a little excited when she saw some new horses, but calmed down decently and didn't try to run over me after one good whap on the shoulder with my lunge whip. I let her graze too, which she really liked.

    Question though. She has lost weight again. My guess is from the stress of stall life, but its hard to say. Its enough that her ribs are easy to see when she is standing in the light and I do not like to see her that thin. No hip or spinal protusion, but I'd be worried if she got thinner- and since she's about to move homes again...no bueno. I can bump up any of her feeds for now, but which ones? Right now she's eating the same thing both AM and PM so she is getting:

    Twice a day for all of these...

    2 flakes of grass hay (pretty big flakes, about 5-6 lbs each)
    ~1 lb Safe Choice Special Care
    3 lbs Alfalfa pellets
    1/2 lb Rice Bran
    1 measure Sho Go

    She isn't eating all of the four flakes of hay she is given at the moment, so upping the hay is useless. Any ideas? Can I give her more than a pound of rice bran? I don't want to give her more alfalfa pellets if possible since they make her a little fizzy and she is stalled, but I can.

    She also has some pretty significant dandruff on her neck(the vet says this could be stress too?) that needs addressed as well. Family P suggested MTG. What do you all think?
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        11-12-2013, 11:44 PM
    Have you tried feeding her any kind of oil? Adding a bit of vegetable oil to what she's already getting would be a relatively easy and cheap way to add more calories from fat.
        11-13-2013, 06:21 AM
    Cold pressed linseed/flax oil will help up the weight with cool calories, and also help with the skin and dandruf.. apparently apple cider vinegar helps with that too
        11-13-2013, 11:02 AM
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    No, I had stayed away from oil since I've ben told the Omega 3 and 6 is hard to balance with them. Vegetable oil is supposed to be the best of those though, right? How much would I feed her daily?

    Cherrij, I'm trying to think of where I would get that. TSC doesn't have it, nor does my local mill (no surprise...they have NOTHING good thus far! XD ) so I'm not really sure.

    Is it safe to feed more than a pound of rice bran to her at this point? The vet weighed her on Nov 1st at 790 lbs.
        11-13-2013, 11:15 AM
    Green Broke
    Can I just say 790 is impressive? Henny was 550 in August when he went. And in January, he was just 500. My midget needs to catch up with your midget LOL.

    You can add rice bran oil, but that is very expensive(as in 30 bucks a gallon.) I think you can safely feed 2 pounds of rice bran a day? I'd read the bag to see but I think I remember that being it.
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        11-13-2013, 11:22 AM
    Green Broke
    I would not worry about FA's, just get whatever oil is cheapest at the grocery store.
    Start with 1/4 cup, and go up from there.

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        11-13-2013, 11:34 AM
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    Haha, I couldn't believe how much she weighed, Kayella! She still doesn't look "big" to me, but apparently she's putting all of that weight somewhere...definitely not in her width. How tall is Henny now? Kenzie is a smidge under 14hh at the wither, almost 14.1 at the butt (SHE'S GROWINGGGG!) and looking like she's mid-growth spurt again. She's definitely bigger than I am now, I had to look UP at her yesterday which I definitely did not have to do last year!

    Eeeesh, yeah if I can just feed the pellets that I already have (20 lbs for $30) that would be optimal...she's eating right at 1lb right now, so maybe I can bump that up to 1 1/4 then put some veggie oil in her feed? I'm interested in the cider too...I have no idea about that helping with dandruff!
        11-13-2013, 11:40 AM
    Washing with nettle tea helps dandruff too.. Even 1 or 2 washes has helped clear up the skin for a few horses I worked with..

    Apple cider vinegar does mirracles overall :P

    But ye, any vegetable oil from the grocery store will do too - just flax, soya etc are considered better, but I have fed sunflower and rapeseed oils too, no problems.. just that they arent too unnatural.
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        11-13-2013, 11:44 AM
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    Any comments on the MTG? Where would I find nettle tea...maybe at the health food store? I've been using some EQyss gel that I already had and it is helping slough off dead skin that is already there, but it isn't helping with the actual problem.

    My first thought was that she might be low on Vitamin A, but she's getting the proper amount with her feeds combined. Decent amount of Vitamin E too. I'm trying to get it cleared up pretty fast though...I really don't want to sell a horse with a problem that I can fix! Its sort of weird that it is only on her neck/chest though, and not anywhere else. The vet didn't seem concerned at all, but we all know I'm the queen of worrying! Lol
        11-13-2013, 02:12 PM
    Green Broke
    Last time I checked he was 13.2 and a half at the withers and 13.3 at the butt, but he's leveled out a bit since then. I used to able to stand on my tip toes and lay my arms over him easily. Now I can barely do that! We'll be going to the vet in January so we'll see where he's at then!
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