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post #11 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by HombresArablegacy View Post
Usually horses from a kill pen are quarantined for 30 days, as kill pens are notorious for spreading diseases, especially strangles and other respiratory ailments. Add in the fact that she's underweight and the stress of the long haul from Texas...she's bound to have some problems. Ideally, you should have her examined by a vet upon arrival.

If your barn has a quarantine stall and turnout, I'd go with that option vs straight turnout, so she can be brought in during wet cold weather. As for blanketing, yes, do so when needed.
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1. ^^^This regarding quarantine :)

2. As long as she can get in some sort of shelter and does have a decent winter coat, I wouldn't blanket her.

However, if you do buy a sheet, make sure it's waterproof:). A sheet will do more harm than good if it isn't waterproof and it gets wet.

3. I join in the thanks for rescuing her. We like pictures:) and there is a Member Journal section, if you would care to start a journal.
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-15-2017, 07:12 AM
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If the avatar is your new horse she appears to have a good coat. I wouldn't blanket and would hesitate to even sheet her. Plenty of hay will keep her own furnace going and as long as she isn't shivering and has a break from wind and wet she'll be fine. My Bels are sweating like pigs now and we're coastal but further north. The trees are all starting to wear their fuzzy coats.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-15-2017, 01:17 PM
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I definitely agree with a longer quarantine, a friend of mine in Texas served as a quarantine and 1 of the horses died after being at her house with an illness that came from the kill pen.
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Thanks so much for all of the great advice. She finally made it here this morning. Not too impressed with the barn as the field she's in has little grass and she's too large for the shelter. But there's a couple
Of big trees and she's already eaten a few wads of hay. Vet can't get out until next Tuesday so fingers crossed until then. Thanks again, this forum has truly been a big help to the start of my Journey with Lizzie the Belgian:) sorry I couldn't post another pic from my phone but will start the diary!
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-15-2017, 06:13 PM
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That is a huge bummer on her not fitting in her shelter.

With our southeast weather being so psychotic, I think it might be prudent to have a lightweight waterproof sheet on hand in case you get cold rainy nights or you're far enough north for spittin' snow.

She's underweight anyway, so for now as someone else suggested, keep her full of quality hay. If the boarding barn limits her hay intake, I would be buying my own hay, keep it at home (so it doesn't get stolen) and carry hay to her.

Horses need 1.5 to 2% of their DESIRED weight in forage, daily. Forage bing grass and/or hay. You can put the hay in an empty shavings bag, then weigh it on your bathroom scale to be sure she's getting enough.

Until she "stabilizes" for lack of a better word, feed her hay 3-4 times daily if at all possible.

If her living conditions aren't satisfactory, this forum has a handful of folks in Florida who might be able to help you find a quality boarding barn:)
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Is the shelter situated so at least it can be a wind break even if she can't get in? I see a lot of horses preferring to be out in the wind and snow, but they like to be up against the outer shelter wall when the wind is driving.

I'm a blanketer with my older mare, and don't apologize for it. Cold rain left my mare shivering almost uncontrollably on a 40*F fall day last year, and a simple rain sheet would have helped her avoid that completely. I say have a sheet ready for an underweight horse that will be exposed to wind and rain.
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