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post #21 of 26 Old 09-29-2014, 02:04 PM
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post #22 of 26 Old 09-30-2014, 08:47 PM
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Can you post a few pictures of the horses as well. It might help to see what their current condition is. Do you have photos of when your friend first got them as well?

I agree with the HAY, HAY and more HAY.
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I do not have permission to post pictures, so I won't in order to protect the innocent

We started the underweight horses on free-choice hay when not able to graze. They're still on the same grain regimen, but soaked beet pulp has been added twice daily. The one mare is almost to her ideal weight, the other is still underweight but has gained. I have to remember that saddlebreds always look leaner than the stock-type horses I am used to working with.

We are working both mares more consistently (light work, not overworking - some lunging, ground driving, long lining, light riding) and they are gaining muscle as they fill out. The mares were wormed last month and will be wormed again soon. They still need their teeth floated and the owner is currently working on getting the money available to get teeth done.

The mares were moved next to each other. They were previously both next to geldings, and were in heat and pacing the stalls. Since being moved away from geldings, this behavior has pretty much stopped and their cycles have evened out. I think this helped, they're not constantly moving around nervously.

The gelding was adopted, and gained a good bit of weight with the new owner.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-06-2014, 10:13 PM
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Glad to hear a positive update!

I think the gelding gaining a lot with a new owner says something unfortunately.

What happened to the 4th horse?
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Thank you so much for the update! It's hard to remember when horses don't belong to the person posting, that person is not in control of pictures.
I'm so glad the horses are doing so well!
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post #26 of 26 Old 10-07-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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The horse that was adopted gained about the same amount of weight as the mares. Similar changes to the feeding program, he's actually not getting worked much (injury) so he's not as svelte as the girls.

The fourth horse was adopted soon after I posted that and went out of state, so I am not sure how he is doing.
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