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  • Can a 8 year old underfed horse grow taller once he is healthier

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    06-21-2013, 07:20 PM
  #11
Yearling
Walkin...we are taking the horses to CA with us...and the trailering part is going to suck. Thankfully, DH has "volunteered" to do that part. ;)

Smrobs: I'm definitely glad he's feeling better enough to be obnoxious! I KNEW her horse's apparent calm behavior couldn't be ONLY her training, given how scrawny those fellas were! I will be completely and totally happy if I wake up one morning and measure him at a few inches taller LOL.

That being said, I finally made it out with a measuring tape today. We taped him at 12.2 Hands. Crossing my fingers that he can grow another 8 inches!!!! The way he eats, he may well make it LOL

Anyway, went out today and tried my hand at using a thinning comb to trim down his mane. It was a first try and his hair was a bit wavy from the running braid, so it came out a little "meh". I'll work on evening it out a little more another day when it's less fluffy in spots.

I also noticed that little ginger hairs are starting to poke out of some of the big facial wounds. YAY!!!! =D He won't be franken-pony forever! His leg still looks like crap, so I blue koted it again, then cold hosed his castration wound. Again, not his favorite thing in the world, but this time I was more considerate of pressure.

Here's some pix of Strider as of this afternoon:



"Whatcha got there?"


(nothing edible. Grrr)
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    06-21-2013, 11:24 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Isn't it amazing how quickly babies come around?
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    06-22-2013, 06:34 PM
  #13
Yearling
Grr, so update:
Looks like we're calling the vet again. =/

The area where Strider stuck his leg through the top part of the stall door looks "oozey" and there's some pink from blood. Honestly I think it had a larger scab area (there's a yellowish part covering the wound), and I think he reinjured it or cracked it, so it looks quite disgusting.

It doesn't smell or anything, but he's limping on that leg now....so ...vet time. I have been rinsing it out with water daily and spraying it over with Blue Kote, but it is apparently not enough.I swear this horse has the biggest death wish!!! We just need to make sure that he's good to go before the move.
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    06-24-2013, 11:08 PM
  #14
Yearling
Ok, so I haven't had much time to mess with the horses the past few days. I realized that I've been sadly neglecting (not REALLY NEGLECTING, like starving kids neglecting, but...) my other horses. Mama Pony has had a complete bad hair day since I got Strider, and she has HAIR! So the day before yesterday I set about grooming her and braiding that hair until my forearms cramped LOL. I still haven't got the back feet able to be picked, but considering all the time off, I did touch far down her leg again without getting pegged or even kicked at, so that's a plus. I also administered booster shots to the ponies, as well as redosing everyone with flyspray, which seems to sadly not be working AT ALL this year. =/

It was also great to see Mama Pony (she is very submissive) pin her ears and bite towards Strider. She is usually totally nervous at the sight of another horse, skittish and submissive...I'm glad to see her giving Strider a little $%^&.

We did give Strider's leg one additional day to heal before calling the vet, and I think we did ok. I know this strictly shouldn't be done on any healING wound, people or animal, but I dosed his leg with peroxide two days in a row...and got some Vetricyn. WOW! The guy in the store said that the stuff worked great...apparently he had a cow that had a nasty, nasty infected looking scratch all down it's eyelid...and the vetricyn helped it heal up really fast. Well I have applied Vetricyn today and yesterday...and the wound looks so much cleaner with the edges clearly healed up. It no longer looks oozey and angry.

I will still probably have the vet out, since we are hoping the Coggins paperwork will be in by tomorrow, but at least I know Strider's leg isn't going to fall off in the interim!

I'm also trying to teach this guy some patience. He doesn't stand STILL still when tied. He tries for a few minutes, but then he'll start to paw. If you say "NO!" very sternly (if you're watching), he will put the foot down with a guilty look on his face. But left to his own devices he is a bit twitchy, will paw, and will call out to his buddy Pumpkin.

(Hmmmm. I'm starting to wonder if the boys being bonded is going to be a greater PITA than it was worth).

There is an article in Equus (I think it was Equus) this month about herd dynamics and what it can teach you about your horse. It's going to be VERY VERY interesting to see how the new herd dynamic is going to work...especially once we go pick up my baby girl from Sacramento!!!! <3

If I had to hazard a guess though: Witch (20+ year old mare) top, Kiera 2nd (by default, she is pretty laid back....), Mama Pony (just because she nipped at Strider), then Strider (he nips at his buddy, but will share grain with him?), then Pumpkin. But given that none of these horses seems particularly dominant, I'm definitely going to be watching and learning.
     
    07-30-2013, 12:54 AM
  #15
Yearling
Ok so things have been kinda hectic since we moved....it has been pretty rough. I haven't actually spent much time with the horses. It's been SO HOT. I know it's been affecting the horses, it has to have been....we saw greater than 100 degrees a few times out here! LOL

Anyway I've been worried about Strider and his progress, or lack thereof, so I finally got out there tonight to take a picture. The good news is, most of his old wounds are healed over and the hair is growing back. The bad news is that mares are apparently nasty cranky creatures, so he has a few teeth marks here and there. My filly looks FAR worse though lol

So Strider is approx 13 hands in the rear now, and he taped in at approx 450 pounds today, which is still horrifyingly low to me. I'm going to order another kind of dewormer today because his tummy still looks bloated to me, and none of my other horses look like that. Then again, all my other horses have meat on their bones, and he doesn't.

From Today:




He was also being a butt because his grain was near, and unlike before when we first got him, hubby couldn't simply manhandle him into obeying. So clearly he has more energy and life to him now...just wish results came faster =/
     
    07-30-2013, 12:56 AM
  #16
Yearling

NOW



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    07-30-2013, 01:37 AM
  #17
Showing
Oh, wow!! He looks so much healthier. I agree he's probably still got a pretty decent worm load, but he's slicked off and shiny .
     
    07-30-2013, 02:39 AM
  #18
Weanling
Wow, he looks so much better. I can see that big ole foundation butt now. :) great job.
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    07-30-2013, 02:54 AM
  #19
Yearling
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Wow, he looks so much better. I can see that big ole foundation butt now. :) great job.
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lol thanks....I honestly don't see it. Hos butt still looks sunken in on either side of his tail...he looks so miserably tiny next to my 2 year old filly, who was born the same month as him, but is 15 hands at least, and looks like a horse, not.....a scrawny baby thing.


Im hoping tje breeder was right, when she said his parents and her others were slow to mature. I just wish he would shoot up a hand overnigjt, ya know?

@smrobs, I guesa shiny and slicked down does mean healthier in this case....I think I mightve brushed him once in the past month!
     
    07-30-2013, 12:15 PM
  #20
Green Broke
He is likely putting a lot of that feed energy toward growing up instead of out. If he was malnourished while trying to grow, it will take a good long while for him to catch up. Just keep doing what you are doing, he definitely looks better. And they ALL go through the fuglies when they are growing. Can you get a fecal done on him so you can see what type of wormer would be the most effective or if he actually needs one? It could be that his digestive system is still adjusting from the move and all the added groceries and hasn't leveled out yet.
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