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post #1 of 12 Old 06-04-2014, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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How do you put weight on a thin horse?

So i've been looking after a rescued horse for her owner and at first she came in 250 pounds underweight and i freaked out. her owner isn't there ever and i can't talk to him about how thin his horse is, it's been 6 months and she's only put on about 20 pounds and i don't know what to do at this point and I'm very concerned for her well being. Anybody have any ideas what i should be doing?
She's about 16.2 hands four years old and she's broke but i've never seen her leave her stall. She spends all day in her stall, i was told to groom her in her stall not in the cross ties. I've ruled out ulcers and any type of bug because she isn't uncomfortable. She gets tons of nutrients and multiple feeds (I'm not sure what type). her owners two other horses eat the same thing and are almost fat, i'm freaking out because i don't want anything to happen to her.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-04-2014, 04:49 PM
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there is nothing for you to do, as this is not your horse.
call animal control .
the owners sound irresponsible
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-04-2014, 04:56 PM
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Call him and let him know whats going on, if he makes no attempt to figure out why this horse isn't gaining weight (teeth,worms, etc) then you can call animal control, although since she has feed and water they probably wont do anything :/. Atleast that is how our ac is.

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-04-2014, 08:08 PM
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Like said above unless the horse doesn't have feed or water in front of it, then AC likely won't do anything.

The best you can do is try to get the owner to call a vet in and have the horse completely checked out, a thorough exam, not just a look at the eyes and ears kick the tires kind of 'exam'. I'm talking blood drawn, fecals, the works.

Do you know what and how much the horse is being fed? If so, do you know what the quality of the products are? Just because it works for a couple of horses doesn't mean it'll work for a third horse, unfortunately.

I've seen owners who think just because their one or two horses do well on 10 pounds of hay and 3 pounds of sweet feed that it should work for all of the other horses and can't figure out why their third or fourth horse is skinny. It's a shame he's not coming out to check on her.

I know you said there's no way you can talk to him about her weight, but I assume you have some way to get ahold of him? Email, text, something?
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 05:28 AM
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Hmm, sounds like a case of negligent cruelty to me too(glad to hear some european countries have now made turnout a legal requirement for horse owning!), but perhaps we've got the wrong impression from your post. What's your deal - you hang out & help out at the stables, the owner is a friend, you get paid to care for the horse...?? And when you say you never see the owner, does that mean they never come? Do you know what the horse eats? Whether the owner's had the vet out...?
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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well I'm not in direct contact with her owner as i'm at this barn to train other horses i just look after her on the side. The day she came i fell in love with her and that was the only day i've directly spoken to her owner i asked if i could groom her and he said yes. since then i've asked the stable hand to tell her owner that she has whatever various problems (fungus, cuts, etc). recently the stable hands say that her owner doesn't come out at all, i'm not sure what to do as i'm still a little new to this barn.
I'm usually there from 9 Am- 1 Pm on Sundays, for the past couple months i've not seen him in that time frame
starting this week i'm going to be there from 1 Pm- 2:30 Pm a couple days a week. i might not see him because i'm sure he works and comes later in the day, but the stable hand did tell me he hasn't seen him around at all. i'd post a picture but… i can't figure out how
Animal Control couldn't do anything as she is fed and isn't in a dire situation, but that doesn't mean she isn't in need. u can see every rip and her hip bones stick out a lot.
what i was thinking is that she can't put any weight on because she has so little muscle to add to (She's in her stall all the time for no lameness reason that i can tell)

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 06:13 PM
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why dont you get the owners name from the boarding manager / owner and ask if he wants to sell you the horse. That would really simplify all this.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Well he has to be there sometimes because i know he trims his horses hooves himself and Karma's feet just got done and he took care of the Thrush that was starting
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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stevenson, i would love to do that but… i don't have the kind of money to be paying board
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-05-2014, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Should i leave a note on her stall door? but i don't know what that would resolve because i think he cares about her just her weight isn't bothering him…Then again he doesn't groom her properly. There are others at the barn who don't love Karma like i do but comment of her weight

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