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lisamylo

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lisamylo says:

my poorly foal

i have a 3 month old foal that i rescued hes in a bad way and very emaciated hes very weak n cant stand for long periods of time n once he lays down he cant get uo my vet has diwn blood tests and told me hes anemic due to the lice that had that is now treated but i was wondering if anyone could suggest a good supplement that i can give him that will help raise hes iron copper n vitamin b levels???? please

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soniadevereux

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Re: my poorly foal

i would ask your vet for advice. I would think that he would need a milk replacer as he really should be still on his mum. If your vet cant help phone a local stud or two and tell them your story ansd ask their advice. Good luck with your little one. I have a 7 month old foal, but he has been lucky. He is still on his mum but just starting to wean him. xx

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lisamylo

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lisamylo says:

Re: my poorly foal

hes on milk 4 times a day. my vet said if hes happy nibbleing on hay let him and he does eat hay and a tiny bit of hard feed daily my nutritionist suggested hand feeding him level grow whick i do with my other 18 week old foal (whose healthy) the vet suggested i put him on a good supplement to balance hes white and red blood cell count but didnt suggest an actual supplement

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lisamylo

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lisamylo says:

Re: my poorly foal

yea hes pretty good he eats a small hard feed 3 times a day but like i say its small with hes level grow sugar beet n multi-milk. im not to worried about hes diet as i think hes eating pretty much good hes not suffered scourers or nothing like that but i just want sometime to boost hes red blood cells to try n get him to not be so fatiged but i dont think hes a little lazy when it comes to getting up as i have seen him a few times get himself up but he'll be laying up in hes stable munchin on a bit of hay n see me n decided to lay lay and go all floopy and when i lift him to get up he puts no effort in at all hes like a dead weight until hes up so high that hes legs are straight then he uses hes legs but puts no effort in at all. once hes up hes fine n he mooches around my barn and is quite bright in him self but then he'll see me n lays down wherever hes standing whether it be on concrete in a puddle or in hes stable. isit me???????

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lisamylo

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lisamylo says:

Re: my poorly foal

i am working with my vet to get him back well. im trying my hardest with him all i want to do is save hes life, i have had horses and foals all my life but never been in the situation i am now with him as i dont know why hes laying down all the time the vet says its unusual behaviour even if he is poorly he goes floopy when im there i have seen him get up on hes own but he now waits for me to get him up. im giving him everything i possibly can be nutritionwise. but good news is he went out in the field today for the first time and loved it bless him.

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rockingunicorn

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Re: my poorly foal

i used to have a horse that was anemic , she was rescued , i found the best feed sup was seaweed and rose hip, she was a 2 yo, and would have an egg cup full a day , she improved greatly , within a couple of weeks

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: my poorly foal

milk replacers and speak to the vet in reguards to his feeds, can you break it down even more? more feeds will mean he gets more of the goodness out of his feeds. avoid sugar and make sure he's rugged properly as they loose loads of calories through shivering. I've got a youngster who was a bit older but he was a really bad, he's still with me and is now backed and like any other horse. Only thing I would say is I made the mistake of taking over the mare role without truely understanding horse behaviour so he's behaviour towards human is the same as towards another horse. Has anyone you know got a older horse that can stay with him so he has a role model and someone to curle up with?

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