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post #21 of 26 Old 02-15-2015, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by EponaLynn View Post
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.
This mare WILL have bones "protruding" at an optimal weight due to her build and topline. Now obviously that's very relative and she is underweight but she is never going to be a round horse, that's not her build or conformation.

I don't think she looks that bad since it's winter, think her coat looks fine.

No way can you tell age just by looking. I think her mare looks age appropriate.
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post #22 of 26 Old 02-15-2015, 09:58 PM
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If you can I would give her a pellet senior diet. For now if her teeth are not the best the pellet diet will help her digest her food. We give our 25 year old soaked alfalfa pellets and nutrena performance diet under the advice of our vet and he does great. We used to give sweet feed but the vet explained to us older and horses with questionable teeth simply can't break down the sweet feed. If you see grain pieces in their manure they are not breaking down their feed. 24/7 on the hay also.
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post #23 of 26 Old 02-17-2015, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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the lady that gave her to me said that her tail is short because her baby ate it off?? But yes she has been a brood mare but I don't know how many babies she has had.
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Also she has hay to lay on and a round bale of hay to eat... not sure what kind of hay it is but i bought it from the local feed store
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post #25 of 26 Old 02-18-2015, 08:10 AM
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Ok. Since you don't know what percentage protein her hay is, and you can't measure how much she is actually eating since it is a roundbale, we will need to assume it is low in just about everything. I would recommend you get her on a high (12-14%) protein grain that is also higher fat (10%+) and is completely balanced for a horse. It would be helpful if you could tell us the brands you have available to you. You the. Need to measure how much 1 scoop of grain ACTUALLY weighs. Some of my hard keepers and rescues have required the high end of what the bags required though 8-12 lbs of grain were most common- split into 2-3 means. Supplementing with oil or alfalfa pellets can also help. But if you get us that information we can help you fastest.
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post #26 of 26 Old 02-18-2015, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by heatherdf6188 View Post
the lady that gave her to me said that her tail is short because her baby ate it off?? But yes she has been a brood mare but I don't know how many babies she has had.
I don't think being a broodmare can cause that type of conformation (she's not that old so I'm assuming not that many babies and it's pretty noticeable) but it can definitely enhance it, so that may be part of it. That shouldn't effect her weight though, I'm just going a little O/T.

I would check if she already is and if not ask the vet about caslicking for sure. She may already be.

Round bale is good, make sure it's good quality. It should be green/ish (depending on type) and smell like something you would want to eat if you were a horse ;)

Personally, at least around here, I would recommend staying far away from "feed store hay" unless you're desperate. It's often low quality and ridiculously overpriced. I would recommend looking for a local farmer with hay to sell. Aka "hay guy".
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