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post #1 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do?

I have a senior QH. (She's 19). Had her only for a few years. We're having trouble keeping her heaves under control. I would gladly like to see her spend the rest of her days in lush green pasture. But I board her and the accommodations that I request are making the fees go higher and higher. And that is only because the barn doesn't have alternative living situation for her and what they offer still is not perfect. So, I have an expensive not ride-able horse. I've looked around and there is no place that appears any better for my mare. I don't know what I'm hoping to gain from this thread. Maybe a little encouragement or perspective.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 02:32 AM
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She is almost, not even a senior yet. I'm so sorry things have come to this, for you and your girl. Maybe you could find some rescues which have pasture and for which you could pay. Any farmers in your area, with secure pastures? Have you asked your vet and farrier, if they know of a place?

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 04:39 AM
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Taking care of those older horses can be expensive. If you can't afford to keep her at your current barn, then look for something more affordable. I'm not sure what your time constraints are, but what about a self-care barn?

Really, the way I look at it, if you have an unrideable horse, your only options are to find a place that is more affordable or have the horse PTS.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 05:59 AM
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19 isn't THAT old. Not exactly a senior horse.

What are you doing to control the heaves? Wetting the hay down? Minimizing dust? Do you give her shots for it? Is she by a frequently traveled dirt/gravel road? I'm going to guess she is stalled with turnout? What kind of hay does she get, squares or round bales?

My wife's horse has heaves. Not too bad but still manageable. We used to give him a shot every month when we boarded him. He was fed round bales and he was outside 24/7. He was right next to a gravel road that was used regularly. Once we moved our horses, he has rarely needed a shot. We try to feed square bales when available because they don't bury their heads like they do with a round bale. There will always be some dust but being away from the main road, its not too bad.

If you can, try to find a place for her that is outside 24/7 and not too close to a gravel road. There are supplements that you can give too. One is called No Cough. You mix it with water into a paste form to give orally.

Do you still ride her? You could try selling her or giving her away as a companion horse. If her heaves are really bad, you just might want to put her to sleep. I know it would be difficult but she will only get worse with time.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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She is out 24/7. She is forbidden from hay now but we havent tried flaked hay because that makes it too hard to feed to my mare when everyone is on round or bulk square bales. So she has to be seperated because the barn doesnt have a set up to keep her away from the round bales unless she is alone. Se hates being alone. We can afford the board but still it is a lot for a horse i can ride only minimally. So i feel guilty that i have this horse i could keep but i dont really enjoy the present set up. Because of her needs her sale prospect is dismal. I dont want her to end up at slaughter. There is a ton of free horses around here. I wouldnt give her away either.
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