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Hey everyone, I have a 3 year old TB mare that I am training to ...
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    Horse suddenly tired

    Hey everyone,

    I have a 3 year old TB mare that I am training to jump. I have a french canadian trainer who ride her once a week and I ride her twice a week. Once on my own, and once in a lesson with the trainer.

    I've noticed the past couple weeks that she is just lethargic. She feels like she has no energy and just doesn't want to do anything. She's dropped weight, I can see her ribs and she's not looking like she used to. I dont' think it's because of the work as she was a race horse before and that had to have been more gruelling than the training she's in now. I've given her some electrolyted to replace anything she may have lost, I've started her on a weight gain supplement AS WELL as I've just started her on vitamins as well (super form crumbles).

    I'm waiting a while to see if these things have any effect on her and if not, I supposed I'll have to get a vet to do a blood test. Does anyone have any advice or any ideas as to what it could possibly be and if I am indeed taking the correct course of action?

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    I would definately get the vet to check her out. It could be lots of things. Improper nutrition, ulcers, worms, her teeth. A vet is probably the best bet for her right now.
    But, she is pretty young, and that might be a lot of work for her, she is still growing and developing. You might just need to up her feed. You should ask one of the very talented forum members to do the feed calculations for you, make sure that she is getting enough feed.
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    I would get a blood test. It sounds as if she could be anemic (sp). You could try an iron supplement and see if that works.
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    Yes, my first thought is to pull blood. She is in very light work for her to be losing weight. How much feed does she get, what type of feed, and how much and type of hay? How does her stall look? Is their more or less "plops" and is there any change in the "plops"? Has anything changed lately, a buddy moved, or anything? She is depressed for a reason, rule out medical and environmental changes first.

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    Go vet first, second, what do you feed? Race horses are trained on a very high energy type of feed mix. I recommend maybe putting her on it if the Vet check is fine.

    How much and wha tdo you feed??
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    Hey everyone

    Thanks for all of the replies. Her feed has been raised already, she gets the normal one and a half scoops of ....not too sure what it is called, and then one scoop of BA powder, mixed in with some oil. Like I said earlier, I have added a syringe of weight gaining and coat conditioning in her feed, as well as one scoop of super form crumbles vitamins. The vitamins were only started on Friday, so I'll give them a little while to see if they work.

    My trainer did say that she may be anaemic (sp?) as well. The thing is, the weather here has been PATHETIC the past couple weeks, raining not stop, so it's been very muddy and horrible and she absolutely HATES the mud. She actually started to drop weight about three weeks after the rain. I also wasn't riding her too much because of the nasty weather as well. We have another TB at our stables that looses weight once she's not in work, but since my mare is also very sluggish, it just doesn't seem right.

    Her "plops" are the same as before. She gets wormed every month with the rest of the horses. No buddy has left the stables, no new horses came either, so unless the vitamins start to work, I think I may have a serious problem on my hands.

    Thanks again for all of your replies, they are all very helpful.

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    Oh, I forgot, she gets hay as well, but we have now started to cut green grass so she's getting that now instead. That should make a difference as the green grass really seems to make the horses put on weight and look healthy, so with all the rain we've had, there is plenty of green grass available. All of my dads brood mares look amazing when they have green grass available, so I'm crossing my fingers that that will make a difference as well.

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    TB can be hard keepers, I would get a vet out to check on her. Also how many flake and what type of hay she get?
    Horses usually loses weigh during the winter.
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    How big of a scoop? What is the protein % of the grain? How much (in lbs or kgs) are you feeding of grain?

    How many flakes of hay/grass?

    It could be she's under the weather from all the rain you are getting.....
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    When did you get her? TBs are known for getting very stressed and can lose condition because of this. If she is a recent acquisition then she could be finding it hard to adjust to her new regime - especially if she is just off the track where she probably had little to no turnout and a lot of hard feed.

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