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Bellasmom 07-17-2012 07:51 PM

Just repo'd very neglected elderly QH mare
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Just brought home a 27 yo QH mare I rehomed just over a year ago. I spoke to the new owners at length several times prior to them taking the mare home, they had one other horse and adequate facilities. They SEEMED like nice people and I felt comfortable she was going to a good home. I called them every 2-3 months to check on her and answer questions, etc. What did I NOT do? I did not physically check on her after they took her due to the distance involved. I was going to be in their area on other business this past weekend & called about dropping by to see her.....when I got there I was shocked. Needless to say, Sugar is now home. Any tips for putting weight back on an elderly horse? I have rehabbed skinny horses before, but never this old OR this thin. I originally bought this mare in 2003, she has never been difficult to keep weight on. I have started her on limited pasture, 24 hr access to good quality coastal hay and several small feedings daily of a pelleted senior feed, to be increased gradually. I do not want to worm her until she gains a little weight. Her teeth were floated less than 18 mos ago, and she is having no apparent difficulty eating either her feed or hay. I do plan on having her teeth done, but do not want to haul her to the vet until she is a little stronger. She is bright and alert with a good appetite.

waresbear 07-17-2012 07:54 PM

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Oh my! Poor gal was probably very happy to see you again! What possessed these people to lie to you and starve her like this?

Roperchick 07-17-2012 08:04 PM

poor girl. we give our 26 yr old mare Max-E-Glo Rice bran. its very palatable and digestable. our mare is notorious about getting Ulcers and this really helped to get her back in weight after she lost about 200lbs because of the ulcers during the winter. we gave her about 1-1/2 lbs to help her get weight back. and now give her about 1/2lb to maintain it.

Max-E-Glo Stabilized Rice Bran Meal & Pellet | Manna Pro

DimSum 07-17-2012 08:07 PM

I haven't the experience with feeding a neglected elder, I just wanted to say how glad I am she is back with you, she has such a kind eye!

egrogan 07-17-2012 08:11 PM

What did they tell you was going on during all those phone calls? What did they say when you got there? Did they not know she looked so bad?

Uggh, so sorry for you and your girl, but glad you're able to help her out.

Horsnaround64 07-17-2012 08:16 PM

Very very sad. I just don't understand why people think this is okay :(

Bellasmom 07-17-2012 09:12 PM

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When I called they always told me how well she was doing, how much they loved her, blah, blah. Just for contrast, here is what she looked like before I gave her away.

DancingArabian 07-17-2012 09:14 PM

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That poor thing! Good for you for saving her!

waresbear 07-17-2012 09:16 PM

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I want to know why they let that beautiful healthy animal practically starve to death, even when they had you calling about her every few months?

Jore 07-17-2012 09:17 PM

I really can't comprehend some people.. with that being said, I'm so glad that you decided to drop in and check on her when you did. I bet she's overjoyed to be home and to be able to eat all she wants. Hopefully she can eventually return to her old self, as she was gorgeous when she was well taken care of before you rehomed her.

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