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Need advice on a very skinny mare

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burkett
Neonate
Username: Burketthorsesonline

Post Number: 5
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 09:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted a thread about this mare about her being pregnant because the folks I got her from said she was....I got her a couple months ago and she was bones. I have since gotten some weight on her and she is doing alot better and looks alot healthier than she did when we got her. She also had a horrible case of horse lice! They were sucking her dry as well. She is susposed to be 5 yrs. and was never touched a day in her life until I got her. They were just left on a pasture. I have wormed her and been giving her sweet feed and hay and grass. What can I do to start getting her muscle tone better and to get more weight on her? I have been feeding her about 2 gallons of sweet feed a day ( that is fed throughout 3 feedings) plus free hay and grass to eat. Is this too much like someone told me or not enough? In the pics she is the black mare.

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E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 172
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Burkett- do you have any idea how far along that mare is supposed to be? I do not see any drop from the girthline back so I would expect that IF she is bred, she cannot be too far along. Even the most thin of mares will show more belly as the pregnancy progresses. As far as what to feed her, I would switch her to a processed feed versus a sweet feed. A lot of folks like Strategy but I have recently discovered a line of feed from Nutrena that I am very impressed with. I believe they call it "Life".. in any case, there are about 4 formulas of varying levels with regards to protien content and fat content. My young horse is on "Compete" and the mare/foal are on "Growth" which I believe is 16% protien and about 7% fat if I remember correctly. This is a higher cost feed, but you don't need to feed as much of it. In my opinion, the horses seem to utilize the feed better than the mixed grain I've fed in the past. You mentioned you had wormed her as well but did not say what wormer you had used. I would recommend a dose of Zimectrin Gold next time around. Try that along with the change in feed and watch her bloom. Good Luck. Ev
 

burkett
Neonate
Username: Burketthorsesonline

Post Number: 6
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wormed her with Ivermectin. And she would be around 7-10 months if pregnant I would say.... I will check into that feed.
 

Marti Langley
Neonate
Username: Pair_o_dice

Post Number: 9
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 08:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been using Platform Mare and Foal, it is wonderful. My mare is blooming , she is due on the 15th of June. Marti
 

E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 175
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Marti- I think Platform is a pretty good feed too. I've become sold on the processed feed versus the mixed grain though, it seems to be more easily digested and utilized.
Burkett- if you check the ZG womer against the ivermectin the ingredients are not the same, ivermectin is good but it will not take care of tape worms
 

burkett
Neonate
Username: Burketthorsesonline

Post Number: 8
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I will try the ZG next go around....I saw her looking back nipping at her belly last evening and there were no horseflies on her at all...She was also pawing at the ground (although she was in a water puddle after the rain) I could have sworn I saw something roll across her belly in her flank area...but Ive never seen a foal kick before so I woulnt know. She doesn't look pregnant but the past 2 weeks I have noticed her get bigger than her usual gain....



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