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post #1 of 2 Old 04-17-2017, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Little rescues weight gain!

I rescued a 8-9yo fox trotter pony last month who was scoring around 2.5-3 on body score. All ribs clearly visible, spine visible but could not yet see individual vertebra, hallow hips. Its been a journey with this guy. He was apparently broken to ride as a 2yo then his owner PST and he spent the next 7 years in a cattle field. He was "rescued" last fall by a former border of mine who was unable to care for him and contacted me. It took us 3 weeks to catch him to bring him home. I am very pleased with his recovery and rehab. Not only has he gained a substantial amount of weight in such a short time he is now happy to get caught greets everyone at the gate or his stall. He received his first probably ever bath today and I really noticed how well his top line was filling in spine has a nice layer of fat\muscle and hips are filling out too. I hope to start working on breaking him to saddle soon still would like a few more lbs. Wish I had better pictures of when he first came home.
First 3 and last photo are from day one the 4th is last week when I introduced him to a bridle and the last 2 are from today.
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He is currently getting about a pound and a half of grain (half a carb care senior feed high in proton fiber and fat low carb and a rice brand) and free choice hay in the stall and free choice grass on pasture. He was getting just the occasional sweet feed and treats when I got him, I wanted feed that had low sugar/carbs to build up his weight without going crazy while trasitioning to the stall.
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