Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
• Horses: 0
If you can't afford to get the vet out to check this mare now, please find a home for her that has the financial means to give her the care she needs. Horses are a luxury, an expensive one at that. Just properly feeding them can be expensive, especially during a drought.
An acre of grazing is nothing for a horse---our 2 mini's dry lot is bigger than that and no grass will grow on it because they eat it too fast even with free choice hay. You need at least a ton of good quality hay, preferably alfalfa because it's nutrient dense if she really needs to gain weight plus a good quality grain concentrate, probably a Senior feed since most are complete and easy to digest-----Those 2 feeds could easily cost you $200 (USA). The grain needs to be worked up over a couple of weeks so you are feeding the amount per the feed tag for her ideal weight.
Depending on how this mare is, you may be dealing with refeeding syndrome and compromised organs----only a vet can determine this. Both of those conditions require special feeding and if fed incorrectly or the wrong feed types, the horse will die. She'll also need both a salt and mineral block, fresh, clean water available all the time, a clean shelter that bedded so she has a comfortable place to lie down. Add in fly spray, treats, at least a couple types of fly traps, a fan to keep her comfortable in the heat and help deter insects, feed buckets, halter, and lead rope---Horses are expensive!
When the vet checks her over, hopefully within the next day or 2, have him pull blood to check for compromised organs, take a stool sample to run an FEC, and ask about starting her vaccination program. Also go to the bank and start a savings account to cover emergency care expenses, adding to it with every paycheck. You sure don't want to be in the position where you have to have her PTS because you can't afford that emergency care.
Sorry to be a downer, but we've done enough rescuing of both horses and dogs to know the reality of just how expensive animals can be. However, there is nothing more rewarding that watching a starving, abused animal recover and find joy in life, knowing that you were the one who believed in him and nursed him back to health.