Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: miltown, wisconsin
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What to do for my 3 yr old swayback arabian?
I just joined the horseforum after reading what you all have to say about swayedback horses. I bought a 2 1/2 year old pure Egyptian Arabian last August. He was at least 100 lbs under weight, & never really handled. At the barn I am at now, we fed him a lot of hay & nothing changed. The previous owner said that she wormed him before him arriving where he is at now. We were skeptical about that so after a week we wormed him again & put him on a daily wormer. All of which worked & he got nice a plump belly. But his back is very low & now at 3 years old I am hopeful that I can do something so it gets better for his future. The previous owner sold him to me cheap because of his back, so he was no good for her.
I believe because of the worms for a long period uncared for & poor nourishment caused his back to sway. It doesn't hurt him at all. I stretch him almost everyday. I lunge him in the round pen. He has a great 12:12 multi vitamin, has hay all day, a big scoop of grain in the am & pm, I also cut 2 apples, carrots, oatmeal oats, celery, molasses (when he isn't to hot) & 1/2 a scoop of weight gain daily. In the summer he is in pasture with a bail of hay every day also ( I live in WI).
I just have a hunch that the low back came from poor care & health. He was so shy no one could touch him at all, nor approach him, or catch him. From August until now it has been a long on & off journey but so far he has made an incredible turn around. The owner herself & other boarders are still in aw of how much Tucker has changed. He is my baby, I love him very much. He learns so fast, obedient, strong, & grew an amazing personality!
I am wondering from anyone what other exercises I can do with him. I have a hunch that throwing in alfalfa pellets into his diet can help with his coming development. Any other thoughts?