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post #11 of 18 Old 08-25-2014, 11:35 AM
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-25-2014, 02:30 PM
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I'm also going to vote for not riding him. Not until he's feeling healthy again. Being that emaciated would leave him too weak for carrying that extra weight around, in my opinion. Not to mention how uncomfortable he would be with that protruding spine. I mostly fear that if you continued to ride him in this state, that he'd be extremely uncomfortable and in pain, and he would remember that. So when he IS feeling healthy, he will have already connected riding to pain, and likely develop behavioral issues as a result.

As for his diet: Might I suggest beet pulp? That stuff worked wonders for any horse I've seen that needed some weight put on. I would also think hay should be provided; forage is just as important, if not more important, than hard feed. Also, I've never heard of or dealt with 'wasting disease', or EPSM, so I can't advise you there. However, until your vet can diagnose him with this EPSM, I would be treating him like the severely underweight horse he is.

With all that being said, I would like to congratulate you on having the heart to take this poor boy in. He may not be strong now, but it looks like he has a very kind eye in that picture and I'm sure he will be very grateful for your hospitality.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-25-2014, 02:47 PM
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Go for him, but I have no idea why your vet would clear him for riding. Light ground exercise, sure. But if you were in that state, would you really want to carry around a heavy back pack?
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-26-2014, 12:54 AM
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Never heard it called wasting disease, just epsm. I hope you did have the test done to verify thats what he has.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-26-2014, 10:32 PM
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Where I used to board my horse the BO has a QH that has EPSM. He got some of the weirdest looking feed Ive ever seen, she always mixed it herself, and he is healthy and happy looking. I don't know much else about it.

Please please don't ride him, I know you're probably excited to have a race horse, but he needs time to heal and gain weight and muscle to carry your weight.

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-27-2014, 07:14 PM
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Subbing too. yeah i would not ride either. hand walking is good excerise and bonding time tho. lots of pics please to see his progress. Hope he is eating well. Can't go wrong with a probiotic and they are pretty cheap powders.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-28-2014, 11:00 AM
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I also have an OTTB, who had some weight struggles. He is also going on 20 years old, so that tends to work against him. ;) I feed him Dynasty Senior from Kent Feeds, Beat Pulp, Hay 3x a day (just grass), a probiotic supplement, biotin, a join supplement and an ulcer guard. I also add 1 cup of canola oil to help put weight on him and it has done wonders for him (not to mention he is the shiniest horse at the barn and I get compliments about it all the time.)

When I was building up his muscle I started with lunging 2x a week, which went into 3-4x a week and maybe 1 ride. He came along within 1-2 months.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-28-2014, 11:52 AM
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I may have this wrong, but isn't ESPM much less common in light breeds?

This guy could easily be a thoroughbred that needs extra feed which he's never gotten. Many thoroughbreds don't hold weight or muscle like other breeds.

I suggest a high fat feed, flax and beet pulp. that's always done the trick for us, even with the seniors.
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