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Ladybug2001 01-12-2013 01:13 PM

New rescue horse, thoughts on feed?
 
I just went on a four hour drive to pick up a two year old filly with my friend who just adopted her. The story goes that she was on her way to the slaughter house at a week old with her mom when she was rescued. She is extremely skinny for being at a rescue all her life. You can easily see her back bone and hip bones, she has no muscle what so ever, and you can feel everyone of her ribs. We asked what she is fed and the said creep feed and some corn. My friend feeds sweet feed but is going to switch over to what I feed. I feed Dumor Equi-stages and all four of my horses do well on it. I am wondering if supplements should be added to boost her weight and maybe give her a fighting chance to grow a bit. She is only as big as my yearling and my two year old towers her.

stevenson 01-12-2013 01:19 PM

hay hay and more hay.

deserthorsewoman 01-12-2013 01:29 PM

Very questionable rescue I'd say. Shame on them.
I agree with Stevenson, free choice good quality hay, some alfalfa, as hay or as soaked pellets. By the Dumor I take it you have a TSC close by lol... I recommend a foal / yearling feed, TSC carries the Purina one. She also should be vetted, her teeth checked and wormed after a fecal test. I wouldn't trust whatever this " rescue" says was done.

Ladybug2001 01-12-2013 04:54 PM

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Yes I go to TSC for everything. She has her choice of hay. Already planned for vet and deworming. Just trying to get the nutritional issue down. I think they tried their hardest to take care of the horses but can't.


This is what they said she looks like.
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This is actually what she looked like.
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Endiku 01-12-2013 05:08 PM

absolutely shame on that rescue. She looks aweful. I don't know the first thing about what you feed but it has to be better than the corn and who-knows-what-else she was getting. Her feet are bad and it looks like she has started to break down muscle to feed her body. I'm dealing with a similar situation though our girl is only 14 months old. I'd get your friend's filly on the highest quality alfalfa or alfalfa mix hay you can afford and as much of it as she's willing to eat. Alfalfa pellets can be fed if you can't get good alfalfa hay in your area. Introduce it slowly though.

I'd be careful about how much and how fast you start feeding her grain though, if you're going to do that. I'm learning that you can do just as much damage trying to get them to grow fast as not providing enough feed.

Do you have access to Purina Enrich 32 in your area?

deserthorsewoman 01-12-2013 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Ladybug2001 (Post 1841242)
Yes I go to TSC for everything. She has her choice of hay. Already planned for vet and deworming. Just trying to get the nutritional issue down. I think they tried their hardest to take care of the horses but can't.


This is what they said she looks like.
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This is actually what she looked like.
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Looks like a different horse, seriously. Look at the leg markings. I could be wrong, pics are not the best, but to me the first one has socks behind.

spirit88 01-12-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman (Post 1841276)
Looks like a different horse, seriously. Look at the leg markings. I could be wrong, pics are not the best, but to me the first one has socks behind.

I was able to enlarge the pic the white on her hind legs is covered in mud. There is white markings. Well from what I can tell.

deserthorsewoman 01-12-2013 06:04 PM

I wasn't sure, hence the " I could be wrong":-)

It sure is an art to let a horse go downhill like that:-(

Ladybug2001 01-13-2013 06:13 PM

Yes, her legs are very dirty but she has socks underneath that mud. She also had about 20 or more burrs in her tail that my friend and I just spent 5 minutes getting out. They advertised her as "Not halter broke and not people friendly at all." I'm sorry but this horse begs for attention and pratically leads! They did not spend time at all with this horse let alone feed her. Not sure if I said this prior but they said they were feeding her four cans of creep feed a day. I highly doubt that unless she has something majorly wrong with her. She hasn't been gulping down her grain any. She eats it extremely slow and we've split it up into three smaller feedings a day. They had the nerve to message my friend and say that we might consider upping her grain... God this has me so angry. My friend also sent them a picture of her and they cropped her body out of the picture and posted it on facebook. Also, they said they named her "Little B" because she was a Little B*tch. I'm sorry, but maybe if they would have spent more time with her she wouldn't be. Also, I went up to her when I was outside feeding and watering, while he was eating hay and put a blanket on her and she stood more still for it then my halter broke yearling. Though she is already gaining energy and life back, it won't be long before she is back to health. I guess the reason this makes me so angry is because I've owned a rescue before, she was worse off then this little filly but she hadn't been at a rescue center for two years either!

deserthorsewoman 01-13-2013 06:29 PM

Eating her grain slow could mean she has a problem with her mouth. A retained cap, foxtail seed stuck in the mucous membranes, for example. But in any case, that should have been taken care off at the rescue. If the summer pic is from last summer, she went downhill quite fast.


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