Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lilo – 08/16/09

Just a quick update on Lilo… instead of moving Stride into the quarantine pasture with her the other day, we moved Maverick and the other little yearling studs in the quarantine and moved Lilo into the bachelor pad with Stride.  We also put Sadie in there with them and the three have become the best of friends!  As soon as Lilo and Stride introduced themselves, Lilo put her face in the grass and started grazing for the first time since she arrived here. 

She eats her meals with gusto now and is actually in charge of the little threesome!  She’s more energetic and comes trotting to the fence for meals instead of making me bring it to her.  She’s not aggressive with Sadie or Stride, but the two respect her leadership and let her eat in peace.  The first night together, Lilo and Stride insisted on eating out of the same bucket, even though there were two buckets right in front of them.  They finished the first one then moved on to the next.  It was so cute!

The day after posting my first post on Lilo my tiny little brain had an epiphany (it was painful, trust me).  I know she was being fed beet pulp, senior, and rice bran at her previous home, so what makes me think the same feed will make her fat here?  Her tucked up tummy and pickiness with feed made me think of Sadie and Indy earlier in the year when their ulcers were acting up.  And I certainly wouldn’t doubt that previous stress and irregular feeding have given her gastric ulcers, so I transitioned her to the same diet that Sadie is on:  rolled oats, rice bran, and corn oil.  She loves it!

She’s been on that diet for a few days now, so we’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lilo – 08/11/09

Lilo is a 15 year old Saddlebred mare, broke by the Amish to ride and drive.  She’s a very shy, quiet mare who is slow to trust humans.  Someone else rescued her off the slaughter truck last year and she was even thinner than she is now.  Then she was taken in by a family south of here, but after six months of feeding her senior, beet pulp, rice bran, and flax seed and not seeing much improvement, they decided to turn her over to us.

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Her teeth are in good shape and she comes with a clean bill of health from the last vet that examined her.

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Let’s start with the obvious fact that she’s thin.  Yeah, no kidding, right?  But look closely at her and you’ll see that she’s not quite as thin as you first thought.  She’s got some muscle on her shoulders and butt and her ribs aren’t protruding that much.  The first thing I notice on this mare is her TERRIBLE conformation!  That long back that sits much lower than her croup, the straight shoulder and back legs… this mare was not built to withstand the workload imposed on her by the Amish.  Three of her ankles are bulged with old injuries and she’s got mild arthritis in all four legs.

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She’s a very picky eater and wouldn’t finish her first dinner here last night.  She has no interest in hay or grazing, but prefers instead to stand in one place and simply take in her surroundings for hours on end.  We’re going to move gentle old Stride in with her today for company to see if that helps bring her out of her shell a bit. 

We’ll worm her today with Anthelcide and have already started her feeding regimen, which is pretty simple:

1 qt soaked beet pulp, 1 qt senior, 1 qt rice bran

We gave her twice that last night when she got here and she barely ate half of it.  If she finishes that much this morning, I’ll repeat the feeding again every two hours until she doesn’t want anymore.  Since she’s so picky, we’ll have to play it by ear with her and only feed her what she will eat. 

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Holly – 08/09/09

This will be Holly’s last update here on Rescue Recoveries since she and Synergy go home with Maggie tomorrow!

After the second worming in two weeks I finally started to see some improvement to Holly’s topline.  While it’s still far from ideal, her hips are starting to round out and the point from her spine to bulge of her rib cage is less concave.

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Everyone who visits the farm falls in love with the big gal and she’ll be missed when she leaves.