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post #1 of 4 Old 06-04-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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poor old mare

My old mare I got as a rescue these past couple months has been Going down hill some. she's always been a hard keeper but she just hasn't been holding the weight good at all. She's about 25-26 years old and has arthritis pretty bad, was a polo horse when she was younger. Right now she's about as thin as she was when I got her a few years ago.
The other mares have kind of been pushing her out of the herd lately it looks like. Id put her in her own area but she just stresses out because of being separated.

Not too sure what to do, she is due for her teeth to be done but she's just not acting herself lately.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-04-2012, 09:42 AM
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Call the vet out and make sure it is just the.matter of not being allowed to eat causing her decline. Identify the least aggressive horse in the bunch and put the two of them in a separate area so she is not completely alone.....feed hay.in several scattered piles so no one of the two can control all the piles at one time and 2-3 times a day go out and feed her so that you can either stand guard, tie the other horse or otherwise make sure she gets whatever supplemental feed/grain you choose to use to help build her back up
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-04-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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I take her out and feed get separate for grain, and all the hay is scattered in a bunch of piles across the area. She does get to eat her hay and grain but the others will usually eat in a group, there's 3 other mares out there with her. She used to be allowed to eat with them but 2 of them chase her away now and 1 will kind of let her be around usually but not always. I will will try to put the round pen over there with them so she's still in the area with them but they can't get her, well see if she will tolerate that
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-04-2012, 10:51 AM
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I have the same issue at my barn. my daughter horse is now 36 years old and both of her senior pasture buddies have passed on (she is with 3 other horses one is 20 ). She is just not like she use to be... she has dropped weight and just finally looks old.
Vet says that everything medically is fine, vet thinks that she might just be winding down
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