Sorry I only stop in when I am in need—but you guys have often been really helpful in all my horse-health endeavors.
Quick update: I bought my little man Louie last year, and have been super happy . He’s a great, healthy little guy.
So, of course—my kid and I are now trying to “help” a new horse with problems. LOL. It’s not a “lease” per se, but we have an agreement with the owner, who is a very sweet guy but doesnt really have the time to care for her.
We call her “Pie.” Here is her deal:
She is a 7 year old paint, pony-sized horse with blue eyes, and very pale patches. Her patches are more like “gold.”
She has a massive belly, dry, lifeless coat, and What I now thinks is a very bad sunburn in front of her withers. Very little muscle tone on her top line. You can feel every vertebra of her spine.
Everyone at the ranch thinks her belly is because she is “fat.” But I dont see that at all. I think she is malnourished, Which is likely because most of the horses at that ranch are malnourished. And she’s lived there for at least 2 years, without anyone really feeding her, as far as I know. There is very little grass there.
So, I started by putting cortisone on her burn. (I thought it was something else at first.) Ive treated it with a bunch of lotions and potions, and it seem to be getting better. I’m also feeding her actual horse feed, plus a vitamin/mineral supplement, and now a coat supplement. Oh, and I wormed her with ivermectin.
She smells a lot better.
As in—when we first started to take care of her, she smelled off-putting. Like, unhealthy. Now, 4-5 days later, she doesnt smell as glorious as my horse, but you no longer wrinkle your nose when you smell her.
So here is my question—would you say I’m right to assume this is just a basic neglect, and she will get better with some feed and TLC?
Or should I be worried about liver failure?
She eats fine, has okay energy, and this is Hawaii—so a lot of horses have sunburn this time of year.
She’s the only one with EXTENSIVE sunburn. But...she’s also one of the paler horses. Like, the blue eyes make her seem albino.
I don’t *think* she has jaundice. Though I admit, I havent really looked too carefully.
So anyway—what say you?
Liver failure seems a little far-fetched....right? Or should that be something I’m considering?
(If she has liver failure, I’d at the very least try to feed her lower protein than I currently am.)
Thanks again and always for your help, horse people!