Will he grow any bigger ?

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I might have to give that ago the mud near the gate in the winter field is horrendous and it's the only way out of the field it's just like a mud bath for pigs and it worries me with his feathers and mud rash but I make sure I put loads of mud barrier on his legs before he goes out so gives him some protection.
Iv got some turnout boots for him but hes lost one so can only use the 2 front at the min and I idealy want to protect all four of his legs not just 2
Took this today so you can see what we do.
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If it looks messy it will grow back. It allows the hoof to dry and the mud doesn't clog up underneath.
She comes in almost clean.
 

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If it looks messy it will grow back. It allows the hoof to dry and the mud doesn't clog up underneath.
She comes in almost clean.
That's good I'm certainly going to do that with ozzys feathers will make such a difference and Like you say yours comes in clean which is what I want with him too.
Also I know cobs are hardier and dont need rugging as such ( hes not clipped ) hes got a lovely thick coat hes very hairy iv got him a 0 fill rain sheet for cold wet days also a cooler so if he is soaked I can stick it on and dry him off so it reduces the risk of him getting a chill in stable but iv also got him a gorgeous blue fleece ( stable ) and I'd love to put him in it but worried that he overheats during the night last thing I want to do is overrug him :( his stable isn't in a barn or anything its undercover but can be quite draughty does anyone else put a fleece on there cob when in
 

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If she's had to be in for anything I don't rug unless unwell. To solve the nippy corner I hung two large nets and filled with a combo of hay and straw. It blocked the breeze and she could nibble if she wanted.
 

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If she's had to be in for anything I don't rug unless unwell. To solve the nippy corner I hung two large nets and filled with a combo of hay and straw. It blocked the breeze and she could nibble if she wanted.
I'm not a fan of rugging really I prefer them to be without and natural my other horse I had pts was the type that needed rugging
I wish I could keep ozzy out at night he much preferes been out rather than stuck in his stable but iv not got that option anymore as yard rules are they have to be in on a night and out during day and hes happier out 24/7 so hes a bit bored on a night plus now the other 2 horses that were on the yard have left and its 3 week ago I lost my big lad so been alot of change for ozzy over the last 3 week so hes been a bit colicky and stressing as hes the only one there now even in the field so I prefer him out to keep everything moving feel so sorry for him looking at the option of possibly getting a companion for him sometime down the line but not right now as ( 1I) cant afford to got massive vet bill for sarry & ( 2) I want to work with him and concentrate on just him so bit stuck how to stop him stressing on a night in stable hes got balles hung from his stable roof and a treat ball but he just seems so down
 
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I'm not a fan of rugging really I prefer them to be without and natural my other horse I had pts was the type that needed rugging
I wish I could keep ozzy out at night he much preferes been out rather than stuck in his stable but iv not got that option anymore as yard rules are they have to be in on a night and out during day and hes happier out 24/7 so hes a bit bored on a night plus now the other 2 horses that were on the yard have left and its 3 week ago I lost my big lad so been alot of change for ozzy over the last 3 week so hes been a bit colicky and stressing as hes the only one there now even in the field so I prefer him out to keep everything moving feel so sorry for him looking at the option of possibly getting a companion for him sometime down the line but not right now as ( 1I) cant afford to got massive vet bill for sarry & ( 2) I want to work with him and concentrate on just him so bit stuck how to stop him stressing on a night in stable hes got balles hung from his stable roof and a treat ball but he just seems so down
Well I know I said I wasnt going to buy another and I will proberly get slated for doing so but hey ho
Ozzy wasnt happy at all very stressed , sweating up and not himself at all had the vet out 6 times in the last 2 weeks so decided it was best to get him a companion so after many hours searching for something local to us I found this little filly
Shes 3 yo still very bummy shes 13hh at the mo and is expected to make 14/14.1hh i went to see her on tuesday and she was delivered on Wednesday shes had very little done with her in the past few months but is good to load catch and comes to call hopefully one day in the future I'll be able to ride her too we have named her indy
 

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Who would slate you for getting another one Misha? Not anyone on here I hope - nobodys business but yours. She looks very sweet and they look as though they have become buddies already. How is Ozzy now - does he seem more settled?
 

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She is lovely and very well behaved
I was surprised how quickly they bonded Itogether I kept them in on Wednesday after she arrived then turned them both out for a couple of hours thursday and was shocked how well they both were together was almost like they had been together since foals I expected ozzy to chase her but nothing they just grazed happily together and he looked for her if she wandered off
He was fine Wednesday night Thursday morning and thursday night friday morning also then I brought them in Friday night fed them and within the hour he started to sweat up again along his neck under his mane and under his armpits so called vet again they arranged for us to pick up some bute Saturday morning it's not colic as hes passing poos eating all the normal stuff my farrier says its stress hes grieving for sarry and the other 2 that moved off
It's been a really traumatic few weeks for him loosing his mate then his other 2 field mates so I'm hoping that's all it is hes on bute now ( but wont touch it in his feed ) so trying other things like jam sandwiches which he eats but jams got a lot of sugar in he spits carrots out so it's really hard getting the bute in to him :( we got him some chamomile to put in his feed will see if that helps.
Hes having bloods taken tonight but vets say if that comes back clear then they want to scope him for ulcers I personally cant see it been ulcers as hes eating, drinking ,pooing fine and this has all started since sarry died and the other 2 moved off
 
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They should bond as they are both lost.
The younger one looking to the older one for company in this new world, and the older one looking for a friend.

And as @Cortrasna said who would slate you, your life and decisions are yours and yours alone.
We would have moaned if we didn't have photos, but we've trained you well.
 

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Yes your right it's my decision and my decision alone what I do
We had to do what was best for him, hated leaving him all alone at the stables knowing he was all alone hated seeing him in the field looking round for the others then looking depressed it upset me alot knowing that he was lost and grieving we had to act and shes just perfect for him and vise versa they will help each other so much and we cant wait to watch them grow up together and spend there lives together as best buddies
They have bonded really well and there both only young so we have plenty of fun times and enjoyment ahead with them and plenty of memories to make with them
 
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I'd be very annoyed to find someone slating you for getting her, and you don't need to justify your decision to anyone because it's not their business.

Grief can do funny things to them, I remember Little Un going very strange for a while and extremely unsettled - even getting him onto the yard caused meltdowns and if he wasn't in the field he'd panic if I was out of sight. He will settle and be fine, it just takes time.

Could the sweating be stress at being in, combined with a heavy coat? I'm just wondering if a calmer alongside something like a suitable Bach Flower Remedy and maybe a tiny clip would help. Having spent years managing a horse with recurring ulcers I'd be wary of bute if they're suspected. and anyway I think getting him relaxed is going to cure the problem. Does he have enough hay to last him all night? Do you have an old rug that smells of Sarry that could go over his door? Little Un settled better when I gave him one of Jim's old rugs in the stable and moved him into Jim's box - nearly broke me mind.
 
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Yes grief can do funny things and yes it will take time for him to settle its been a horrible few weeks for him
The sweating could be with him been in and having a thick winter coat I did suggest that to the vet but they said no( but then they would )
I am reluctant to give him bute as it can cause ulcers and intensifie them so I'm thinking of taking him off the bute .
Weve moved him into sarrys old stable ( which hurt ) and weve also put one of sarrys old rugs over the stable door and sarrys treat ball so he can still smell him I think so too I think once hes relaxed he will be better in himself again I doubt its ulcers tbh yes hes always got hay to last him all night I make sure they both have enough and if I'm in doubt I'll chuck a bit more over the door for them I'll have to see about clipping him slightly too
 
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In that case you're doing everything you can and it's just going to be a case of give him time. Unless you think ulcers are a likely problem, and to me you don't and aren't even sure it's proper colic, then I'd hold fire on getting him scoped because that in itself is a stressful and invasive procedure. Let his new girlfriend work some magic, and try to relax yourself xx
 
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In that case you're doing everything you can and it's just going to be a case of give him time. Unless you think ulcers are a likely problem, and to me you don't and aren't even sure it's proper colic, then I'd hold fire on getting him scoped because that in itself is a stressful and invasive procedure. Let his new girlfriend work some magic, and try to relax yourself xx
Yes it's just going to take time it's all speculation on the ulcer situation at the min hes had bloods taken tonight requested by the vets so will have results for thoes hopefully by Friday
We honestly dont think the problem is ulcers as this all started when sarry died and the others left never had a vet out to him before .
We want to put off him been scoped cos as you say its stressful and invasive and we think hes been through enough so we will defo give her the chance to she may work wonders hopefully that's the hardest thing trying to relax in situations like this but we have to do other wise they pick up on the facr were worried stressed etc so I need to relax I agree xx
 
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Be aware that Succeed do a faecal test for ulcers. My experience is it's not as accurate, but if the vet starts pushing you to scope it may be an option, https://www.succeedfbt.com/

Thanks for that info.
To be fair I think I'd rather ask them about the faecal test rather than put him through the stress of trying to load him to get him to the clinic and then the stress of the scope and him been away from home overnight and away from indy , I think it's unfair to stress him anymore unless its absolutely a must so I'll be asking about that if they try and push for a scope.
 
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