Hi, I need help convincing a guy friend that it is not in my 25 year old mares best interest to move her from Southern California to Maine. He asked me to get a professional opinion, he knows nothing about horses, so here I am asking for HELP! My mare has already been struggling with keeping weight on during the mild winters in the local mountains of South Riverside County. She also has a swollen tendon that she most likely wont get over and because of that she is no longer ridden. I will not leave her, rehome her or euthanize her just to move someplace that is not suitable for her. I am hoping that one of you will be willing to send me an email with a professional opinion on the matter. Thank you so much for your time. Amanda and Clover
Type of Animal: Arabian
Name of Horse: RA Nimrodell aka Clover
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Hello. My name is XXXXX XXXXX X would be happy to help you. I have been a Veterinary Technician for almost 25 years 12 of those working with equine.Unfortunately I have to agree with you that moving a mare into colder weather at this age may not be the best thing for her. Avoiding problems associated with the cold is one reason we tend to winter race horses in warmer climates such as Florida. Many of our large retirement farms are also located in warmer climates for these reasons. Snow, freezing temperatures and frozen ground may keep a senior horse from doing even the simplest things, such as walking to the water trough. It’s not uncommon for senior horses to have trouble holding their weight, staying warm or moving around during the winter.Senior horses tend to have less muscle and fat layers as well and when they cannot maintain their body weight they become colder and use more energy to stay warm, which can result in additional weight loss.In cold weather the majority of a horse’s nutrients go to keeping him warm this leads to decreased resources left for fighting off illness or repairing tissues should injury occur. Often this can also lead to a decline in over all health.If your Mare has any existing heath conditions such as respiratory problems, arthritis or hoof problems the cold weather tends to make these worse. The problems with the tendon may become worse as well. You would also have to look at some of the concerns of trailering a senior horse that distance as they tend to loose footing easily after a few hours. With a previous tendon problem this could be much harder on her then a young horse. Long travel can also stress the immune system in a senior. Of course temp is a factor as well when trailering that distance.There are things that you can do to help combat the weather such as warm shelter ,blanketing and increased calorie intake, but in my opinion unless relocating is an absolute necessity I do not think this would be the best move for her.You also mention that you have a hard time keeping weight on her now. I am not sure what feed you are using but you want to be sure it is designed for seniors. One we have found very effective in helping to maintain good body weight is Purina Equine Senior. Click here I hope this helps, please reply back if you have additional questionsCandyERPetNurse41061.7599476042
Thank you so much! I was irritated and embarrased that I even had to ask, I have been riding horses for 20 years and have owned multiple horses for 13 years.
I do not want to move to Maine anyways, but I know that it will be a bad decision for Clover. I am not going to jepordize her health for anyone. She is currently on Equine Senior and I am considering trying to add shredded beetpulp to her diet. She wont eat the soaked pellets because she doesn't like cold mushy things, darn picky mare lol.
If there is anyway that you can send this to me in an email I would greatly appreciate it, XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX, I will understand if you can't and I will happily pay the fee. Please let me know.....
Unfortunately the site will not allow us to email anything but you can copy and paste our conversation into the email or word document.The beet pulp would be great . Have you tried a hot mash with the beet pulp. If not you can make this very easily just use 2 cups of sweet feed or ground corn 2 cups oats 1/8 of a cup of molasses 3-4 cups of water and add the beat pulp. heat on the stove or many owners will just pop the ingredients in a slow cooker and leave over night then feed first thing in the morning . This is a great thing to use 1-2 times per week in the winter.Please do not be embarrassed at all you asked because that is what you needed to do to convince a non horse person what was best for Clover. You in your heart already knew the answerCandy41061.9920050926
Thanks again! I will definately see if the stable would not mind doing the hot mash. She will eat bran mashes as long as they are hot, but I only give bran to my horses if I have to hide medication :) Hopefully she will eat the beet pulp hot too. Oh and she is on a 6 month dental schedule, but the dentist is hopeful that after her upcoming July appointment she can move on to yearly appointments again. This was due to some improper dental care by a previous dentist, I am really happy with the "new" guy.
If she likes the bran mashes you should have no trouble getting the beet pulp in her especially with a little molasses. It sounds like you are doing everything you can for her and that above all else her health and happiness are the most important thing. She is very lucky to have you. Give Clover a good neck rub from me.I hope this helps your friend understand why it is important for Clover to stay put.
I will for sure do that, and thanks again :) Is there a way to request you if I am ever in the need of asking another question?
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