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post #1 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying malnourished belgian

I am thinking of taking in a belgian colt. Is about almost 2 1/2 yrs old and about 14.2-14.3. Owner is unsure of parents heights, both were pure belgians between 16-17 hands. The colt is thin.. you can see all his ribs, his hips protrude with big divits at his flanks. His belly is huge and very "wormy" looking. His coat is healthy. Seeing that he is malnourished, would you expect him to mature as large as the parents?
I really was not looking for a full draft, and had been looking at pmus online for adoption... but can't help feeling sorry this little guy and hes fairly local. He is very low priced, but had NO vaccines at all and needs to be gelded. We have the facilities to quarantine him and I had wanted a project anyways...
So what would you say, go for it or no way?

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-19-2009, 11:46 AM
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My Belgian hasn't stopped growing and he's 5. That is with his width. He pretty much stopped growing up around 3 1/2 -4 yr old. Are you sure he's malnourished or going through a ugly growing spert. I know you know more about his history than I do, but my guy would look poor than fat than poor thin in the hips. His front would be alot higher than his rearend then he would be higher in the rear.
If he's sound and calm I say go for it. I would give him till about 4 before I backed him.
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i would consult with your vet. if hes truely malnurished their could be an underlying cause or there could be complications if he was indeed under fed. you have to VERY slowly increase his feed to a normal level. for me it would be really hard seeing a horse so skinney and not being able to feed him all that he wanted to eat.
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