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post #11 of 26 Old 02-12-2015, 05:07 PM
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Agree with most said. She is under weight but not as bad as a lot. The age on the coggins doesn't mean a lot. A vet will give you a better idea. Good food, hay, teeth, and worming(more than once) and she should start to feel out.
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In addition to what others have said, I know you didn't ask for advice on this, so I apologize if I'm out of line here. It's obvious you really care about her and want to take good care of her, so I'd really recommend getting some lessons yourself. Not just riding lessons, but stable/horse management lessons where you can learn things about first aid, feeding, grooming, tack/equipment fitting, ground work, safety, barn management, etc. A dozen lessons would go a long way towards helping you decide what's best for your horse. If you are under 18 I'd also really recommend getting involved with 4H or pony club if they are in your area. They teach a lot about good husbandry and general care. If you're an adult, pony club has really good reference books that are excellent for kids, adults, beginners, experienced horse people alike. If you are interested, here are some excellent books, that I read and learned a lot from:
(the current edition isn't necessary, they are all good)

Not pony club, but still great reference material!
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post #13 of 26 Old 02-13-2015, 03:19 AM
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She's thin, but there's something funky going on with her lower back too, which may make her appear thinner, due to the atrophy. Being tied up without free movement won't have helped, and as well as getting a chiropractic vet or such, I'd be getting her out & about for as much low grade exercise as possible.
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post #14 of 26 Old 02-13-2015, 09:47 PM
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Free choice hay is very important. Check the quality of your hay too, that could be an issue.

In addition the other feed suggestions I've also fed oil successfully for putting on weight.
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post #15 of 26 Old 02-14-2015, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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My father in law and husband have both owned horses all of their life, its just the gaining weight thing we are lost on. I have tried all of their recommendations to make her gain weight and it worked...but then the weight gain slowed down and now she's kind of stuck where she's at. Thank you guys for all of your input
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post #16 of 26 Old 02-14-2015, 11:36 AM
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Great advice from everyone. You definitely need a good vet's advice to rule out ulcers and worms. You do need to keep two things in mind . . . one is that some horses, like some people tend to stay on the lean side no matter how much they eat. The other is that it sometimes takes a long time to get a starved horse looking really good again. I rescued a TB mare that was turned out last winter and was the only horse out of three that didn't die of starvation. She did make good gains with worming and proper feeding but is still filling out and it has been a full year since her rescue. Some of this is due to her now having more muscle tone.
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post #17 of 26 Old 02-15-2015, 10:23 AM
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Yes, in my opinion she is considerably thin. As long as she is healthy otherwise, it is my opinion that she (and other underweight horses) should be left on free-choice hay until she has a chance to recover and gain weight.
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I'm happy that you rescued her (good for you for doing so!) but am concerned that you would not know the answer to that question.

Look at any healthy horse and compare. There should be no bones protruding, just as in a healthy human or dog. For her though it's not just her weight but her condition, her coat is dull and that's a sure sign that she's missing nutrients.

Has the grass in your yard, that you're letting her eat, been sprayed for anything?

PS she looks much older than 12 to me, the horse in my user profile (to the left) was about 11 or 12 at the time of that picture and he looks WAY younger than your horse.

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post #19 of 26 Old 02-15-2015, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by EponaLynn View Post
PS she looks much older than 12 to me, the horse in my user profile (to the left) was about 11 or 12 at the time of that picture and he looks WAY younger than your horse.
Perhaps you're not used to looking at 'poor' horses then epona. She looks pretty good - and not terribly thin - in the summer shots too.
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post #20 of 26 Old 02-15-2015, 09:39 PM
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Yup you need an equine vet.

Teeth are a good idea. The vet should at least be able to check even if they don't do it.

Ditch the sweet feed, I'd put her on equine senior. 24/7 hay.

Ask the vet for recommendations. Do a fecal when they come.

I think she just needs more/better food.

Yes, part of her "weight" IS her conformation. She's not a horse I'd expect to have a flat back.. She is still thin, don't get me wrong, but her conformation makes it look worse than it is.

FWIW while Arabians DO have higher tail sets the conformation of her topline is atypical and is a fault. Just don't want you to think "it's an Arabian thing" there is good and bad conformation for every horse and breed. The tail shouldn't be poking out in the air like that, again partially her weight and partially her conformation. Don't use her topline to judge weight.

Her conformation isn't great all around but she's a super cute horse and I think with a little help will be stunning!

Do what you can and hopefully the vet can give you some good advice.

She almost looks a little better in the summer pics?

With her conformation I would be looking at a chiropractor (if you want to go the whole nine yards, obviously her weight is more important atm) and take a look at her "back end". Was she a broodmare? Either way I'd never breed her and she may need "caslicking" do look that up and if you think it applies talk to the vet about it.

Good luck!
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