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post #1 of 3 Old 08-17-2018, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Nelly's Journey

This 8-11 year old mare was surrendered to a friend of mine by their owners. She's a little bull headed but she's a sweetheart. Very well mannered other than being a little pushy sometimes but that's not too surprising since she's been mistreated and passed around. Farrier came and did her hooves today and she was a little rotten. Pulled and kicked a little but I think she was testing us because once she seen we werent going to take it she stood pretty good. Loads and unloads very good as well. Stands to be saddled and groomed. And supposedly was shown by a child before. As you can see, she is very underweight but otherwise healthy. She has access to grass and hay 24/7 now and I'm giving her a scoop of Dumor Equistages in the morning and half a scoop in the evening along with a scoop of Country Road Weight Booster. She also has a mineral and salt block in the pen. Should put on weight pretty easily, just wanted to document her journey. She's going to be a trail horse for my wife once we get her healthy.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-23-2018, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody have any reccomendations for groundwork I can do with her while shes putting on weight so she's still being worked with and will be easier to ride when the time comes? Thanks! She already seems like she's getting more energy and her and Ruger are extremely buddy sour. You should have heard them when they were seperated for 5 minutes while I put them in the other pasture. Will that have any negative impact? Can a horse be trained to not be so buddy sour?
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-24-2018, 09:25 AM
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I would just walk her multiple times a day if possible. Take her along a grassy stretch and let her graze at spots you have pre picked to get her respect your authority. If there are hills all the better. Get her to flex and give to you. Move her hind and fore. Practice backing. I don't know what is available in your area feed wise but realize that the Equistages is only 1260 calories a pound and the Country Rd fat supp tells you on the back of the bag only 2080 cal per pound is digestable (130 calories per ounce) that isn't going to put weight on any horse unless you feed it by the pound. Their suggested I am having trouble reading but I think it says 2 ounces. That would be 260 calories for a horse that needs 15,000 to maintain. She needs much more to gain. The probiotics are a good thing and if there is significant O3 then that is good too. There are better products for your money. Sometimes it is cheaper to feed the expensive feeds as they are higher quality, digest better and the horse is able to actually utilize the calories. The Ultium has 1800 calories per pound for comparison to the Equistages 1260 (and much of that may be sugars or undigestable). Ultium also has something to buffer which aids in preventing or soothing ulcer prone horses. The Manna Pro has twice the fats and over 1400 calories per ounce. I couldn't find the Country Roads product to see an ingredient list.
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