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post #11 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 09:57 PM
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Call a vet and ask for advice.

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post #12 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 09:58 PM
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If being calm is the biggest issue, then I would feed her some type of b calm type supplement, but I would gradually give her more bermuda (or other type of grass hay), and less alfalfa, and slowly decrease the amount she's getting as well. If she's getting that high strung, then turn her out in a big arena or paddock for a little bit, and let her exercise off some of the energy. If she's getting food aggressive, than thats a different story. I'm still not entirely certain what the issue is other than she's getting fed way to much food, and needs to be getting less plus some safe exercise.
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post #13 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 10:05 PM
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A few tips:

Cut way down on the alfalfa, of course, but not in one fell swoop. Same with the too-great amount: gradually reduce it. Replace with horse hay (alfalfa's suited to cows). Weekly bran mashes will be wonderful for soothing the insides, & won't make horse "hot". Get her exercised daily to burn calories, keep her sane, & keep her fit. Give her social interaction with other horses/animals as is possible. Put feeding times on a schedule; horses do well on schedules (middle-of-the-night munchies will then be history). Good Luck!
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post #14 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 10:31 PM
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OP, your posts are extremely hard to understand. I would suggest re-writing what you are trying to say, and try to include some background on the mare. Who owns the mare? How long has she been fed like this? Is she overweight, or just getting on a sugar high from having too-rich food and too-little exercise? How often is she worked? Does she get turned out?
Also, I don't quite understand how this horse is in immediate danger of passing away. Could you please clarify?
For your questions... Peppermints are sugar. Adding sugar isn't going to help.
Have you tried researching a good equine diet and presenting it to the person(s) that are in charge of her feeding? For what it's worth, running up to them and saying "stop! She's going to die!" won't help... presenting your side in a mature way might.
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post #15 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 10:45 PM
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Giving treats while she's energetic only rewards the energy. For an overfed, under worked, disrespectful, belligerent, wild, unmanageable horse, I recommend a solid training program with someone who knows what they are doing...

Frankly, I commend them for feeding alfalfa, but I must say, that is high on the expensive scale when it comes to hay costs. They can afford to feed top hay and can't afford a vet check when they think the animal is having a problem. Hmm... Here alfalfa exceeds high quality grass horse hay by several dollars per bale. Everywhere I've lived, alfalfa was always more expensive.

If they can't afford the vet, they can't afford supplements, and really, IMO can't afford the horse. My vets take payments, and even gave us a discount for paying the full amount right then in cash. There is no excuse for lack of veterinary care.
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post #16 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if shes food aggressive.

JustDressage it-I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little offended. This is my friends horse who hasn't h
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post #17 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 11:25 PM
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Why are you offended? You posts are incoherent and are not helping us see what the immediate danger is. JustDressageIt is just asking for background information that will help us understand what is truly going on here as well as asking you to be a bit more clear in your posts as they aren't making a lot of sense to us. I'm sorry you feel offended, but she was more than polite in her post.

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post #18 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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oops wrong button but to continue, she hasn't had this horse very long and she recently moved it to her grandmas but grandma fed wayyyyy to much. This horse is extremely high on energy and is in horrible condition. About the dying part, I feel I am being mature rightnow. It is hard to explain her condition but when Isay she could very well die tomorrow I mean it! It isn't ecessarily "immediate" it is like giving a kid who can't focus tons and tons of sugar.... Freedom(the horse) is so high and light headed she's going absolutely crazy, and she has tons of sugar in her it isn't funny. My friend is new to owning a horse and didn't know her grandma was going to do this. ButI don't blame either of them, and I hope no one here does either.....

Dressagebelle-what kind of b supplements?

ladydreamer- the vet is pushing it, supplements they can do, and the horse owning....we do what we can for our horses. I will admitt.....I can only remember seeing a vet come out to our house once. The vet for us is our very last source, we sound like we never take care of them but.....we get advice from other people who have dealt with this stuff before. My grandma would never call a vet, we do everything ourselves, and we know what we are doing.
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post #19 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know her history! She's had the horse what.....2-2 1/2 months! It is hard for me to explain her condition.

(honestly I'm not suprised you people can't understand me hahahaha I tend to speak jiberish to people sometimes I'm workin on it^^)
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post #20 of 92 Old 12-10-2010, 11:37 PM
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It sounds like the horse needs a diet change. If its anything more than that, you will have to call a vet. Because despite your insistance, you sound pretty clueless.
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