Horse health

Thank you for taking the time to consider this email. I sent my horse to a friends house in Monroe, Oregon to be out on pasture and to be ridden by her daughter in OctoberThank you for taking the time to consider this email. I sent my horse to a friends house in Monroe, Oregon to be out on pasture and to be ridden by her daughter in October

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Dr. Lowder

Thank you for taking the time to consider this email. I sent my horse to a friends house in Monroe, Oregon to be out on pasture and to be ridden by her daughter in October of 2004. I visited a month later to check up on her and she was doing great.

I am ready to sell her so I had them bring her up to Salem, Oregon. When she got out of the trailer I almost cried from the shock. She no longer looks like the animal I sent down. Sweetie is a 10yr old registered Paint Mare. She has long hair from the cold weather, her ribs are showing, she is sunken in the rear and does not seem to have much muscle tone and her hoofs were really long.

I am an amateur horse owner and have never seen anything like this before. I now have her at an established stable where she is under blanket and is being fed twice a day. I have no idea what to start to do to get her back to the horse she was as of last year. Should I consult my vet? She does not appear ill just in really bad shape. Any response will be greatly appreciated.

Tammy

Tammy,

This often happens but not to worry. I would consider deworming the horse, make sure she is current on all vaccines and continue with the feeding, etc. In addition, I would start some regular exercise to tone those muscles back.

Thank You,
Dr. Lowder