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ladybugsgirl 02-19-2011 06:37 PM

Starting anew..please be understanding and not judgemental
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So I started a thread on here about feeding a thoroughbred ( spelt right this I have to admit I was going through a hard period in life and my horse suffered weight loss because I was unable to get the hay guy to bring our hay so i would get my own hay and also have someone else bring me food for my horse. I also didn't live close enough to see her everyday. Well I ended up moving my horse and in the process bought hay off a friend. So at the new place the horses got fed free choice hay and i would still supplement her when I could make it out to see her. Well I finally found a place for my horse five miles from where I live and the lady I board my horse with has all the horses, 6 total on free choice hay and my mare is getting fed rice bran, canola oil, her supplements and all the hay she can eat. She has been dewormed and her teeth have been done. Since being at the new place closest to me she has began to put weight on but not as much as I would like to see. At the new place she is alot happier, began to have more energy, and the people have been great emailing me with updates and getting her on a weight gain plan for her needs. My horse means everything to me and I love her to death I just want whats best for her. Being told I cant afford a horse or properly care for one hurts but we all go through tough times. I learned from it and am know in a way better situation and my horse is happy and that is the best that I can do. If there are any other helpful friendly suggestions that I might have missed that would be great. I have a written out food plan of what she gets but I have to get it emailed to me. I am trying and I know that I am not the only one with a TB that has weight issues and along with everyone else I am trying my best.
This is Hope when I first got her:

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Ive included some pictures to see the progress:
The first one is when she first came to the new barn.
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This was last weekend....
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RedTree 02-21-2011 12:48 AM

that great that your finally on track :)
I know how hard it can be to feed TBs and how expensive it is.

If I had a choice I would probably never choose the bred again unless I knew they were easy keepers, but I am planning on keeping my boy for ages even if it does burn a whole in my pocket lol.

Wish you luck with you mare :)
And some Tbs just have that natural skinny look, better words that athelete look, which I think Buzz does, spoke to his previous owners and they said he was never fat

Makoda 02-21-2011 01:41 AM

Well tried it with two thoroughbreds and it has worked both times, so basically this is a sure fire thing. J/K Anyway we switched them onto a continuous wormer which is a little more expensive than other wormers but has worked. they ended up getting really fat and healthy looking coats. Would have thought they were quarterhorses, but thoroughbreds are usually lighter built. I think she actually looks good. definantly improving. Is she for sale?

ladybugsgirl 02-21-2011 04:18 PM

Thank you. I am trying to do the best I can and the lady I board with is going to go over another plan of action to help her maybe gain weight as well. The lady I got her from which is a trainer and had her for 5 years said in the winter she is skinny and does'nt put weight on very well and when I hauled her to the ladys house she said "yep that is about what she looks like during the winter". But her teeth were also not done for three years before I had them done ( which was alot since she did'nt want to go to sleep) so that maybe added to it. She is a very sweet mare and even being skinny the last few weeks shes been more energized. She actually walks out know and I don't have to squeeze her with my legs. I just cluck and bump and weve even trotted a few times and it felt really good. So I am happy with her and how far she has come along.

ladybugsgirl 02-21-2011 04:19 PM

I well add more pictures of the progress. I get to see her every weekend which is great.

equiniphile 02-21-2011 04:31 PM

She's looking so much better, great job!

ladybugsgirl 02-21-2011 05:18 PM

Thank you.
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RitzieAnn 02-22-2011 11:50 AM

She doesn't look too bad. I think its funny that your bay TB is named Hope. A friend of mine just got a bay TB who's name is hope. Lol.

One simple thing (other than free choice hay) is a blanket. The hay is great, as it will help heat her, but a blanket will help her retain the heat.

Sounds like you are learning from your mistakes, and that is good. We are always learning.
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AlexS 02-22-2011 12:46 PM

Your horse lost weight because it wasn't get enough hay, now that you have moved it should just take time to get back to a healthier weight.

ladybugsgirl 02-22-2011 08:05 PM

Yes ive learned from my mistakes and she was blanketed from oct til I moved her. She is new with 5 horses that tear at her blanket so its not on her right know but with how cold its getting ill probably throw it back on
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