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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2014, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Four horses cannot gain weight

The houses own ( my dad) has vegan feeding the horses molasses one scoop a day. The horses each are very skinny and need much more then they are getting. I'm thinking about feeding them one half bucket each twice a day. But my father is keeping watch on how much grain we have for the horses. The horses hooves are in poor condition. They need a fierier soon or a vet. It's been at least five years
My sister pays for their grain. And she's starting to get tired of it. I know we have to either sell them or figure out a way to feed them ourselves without buying grain. I'm not sure how. This is why I'm posting. Please help.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-03-2014, 10:47 PM
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You have to figure out a way to feed them without buying grain? ... Ever heard of hay? That's what should make up the majority of the horses diet. That, or grass. I'm honesty not well versed on the safety of putting horses on pasture because we only have dry lots here on good old Long Island.

I think the fairest thing to do would be to give your horses up. Turn them over to a rescue or try to find someone to take them for free. After 5 year without routine care and being starved I'm sure they are in dyer need of medical treatment and some pretty costly farrier work! Please to the right thing for the animals, they are suffering!
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-03-2014, 10:50 PM
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what exactly are they getting?
You make it seem they are only getting grain, and that is bottom line absolutely not enough and beyond unhealthy. They need to be on hay or pasture(real pasture not just weeds in a backyard). Also the type of grain mollasses really has not nutritional value for horses infact if i remember correctly its like candy and should not be fed in high quantities.

If you guys cant provide proper care (5 years is far to long to go without getting feet done) you need to sell them period. It is not fair to them.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-03-2014, 10:53 PM
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Okay it seems that you have quite the situation and have you contacted any local rescues? They might be able to help you, First thing I would do is get a vet out ASAP. If money is a issue a local equine rescue might be a better option in situations like this that include numerous horses it sounds like nobody really wants to take care of them and vetting needs to be done yearly or when needed. Farriering every 6 to 8 weeks depending on the horse.

For feeding I honestly would get there teeth checked by a equine dentist and talk to your vet about a proper feeding schedule. Putting weight on horses is hard and long you have to start slow and increase the amount of feed slowly over time or risk colic.

Are these horses getting hay?

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-04-2014, 04:22 AM
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Are you saying these horses have been neglected for 5 years & you're just looking at doing something about it now? Who is (supposedly) responsible for them? I'm guessing your Dad is & you are young but now old enough to realise how bad it is & try to be responsible? If so, good for you, but it sounds like far too little, too late to me.

Your Dad being a vegan has nothing to do with it. Why is he feeding them molasses?? That should stop immediately! It's not good for them anyway, let alone if they're not getting anything else. What exactly are they eating? You say your sister buys grain but you're not feeding it?? And grain is not the best for horses anyway, especially with inadequate roughage & especially if not fed little & often - over a few feeds daily at least. Horses need their hooves attended by a farrier every 6 weeks, dental work yearly, vet check on average yearly, wormed around 6 weekly.... I'd bank on ulcer treatment being a necessity and nutritional deficiencies needing treatment if they've been neglected that long too.

As you can see, lots of other expenses & commitments aside from feeding, to care for a horse adequately. As even the extreme basics of adequate feed are being neglected & there is a question about affording it, ditto the others, that it's way past time to give them up. Advertise them free to good home, ring a rescue mob & get them to take them or ring animal control & explain that you can't afford to care for them.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-04-2014, 04:32 AM
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You could report the neglect yourself. No one would have to know it was you.
There must be an animal control or Humane Society or police in your area. They will check out the situation & help the horses either through education or force. I know it sounds like you'd be going against your family but it seems they need an eye opener.
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