Penny is an incredible horse that I have known for quite awhile, unfortunately I never had the opportunity to own her or I would have previously in a heartbeat. She is a saint when it comes to the lesson kids - she used to jump, trail ride, go bareback anywhere and literally just took care of us as a whole. Anyone who has taken a lesson on her, seen a child take a lesson on her or leased her knows how much of a once in a lifetime type of horse she was and still is.
Previously she was rated a 1/9 (by a vet) and honestly in my opinion now she is not even out of that 1 woods yet, she may be considered a 2 by some, but she is definitely extremely underweight. I will be getting a vet to re-evaluate her and keep you all updated (as of August 2016).
I would normally never do this and I know I am asking a LOT, but I would appreciate any help anyone can give! I am going to ask for donations towards her feed and / or care.
Local contact information of stores where I will be purchasing feed:
6199 Lake Brandt Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27455 United States
My plans are to take her on, continue and improve on her current diet until she is fat and healthy. From there find a diet to help her maintain a healthy weight like she used to be! From that point it will be time to decide - can she still help some kids for therapy, or does she need to find a home as a pasture ornament and companion?
This is what I plan to have her diet consist of (unless recommended differently by a vet):
Triple Crown Senior - I personally can't say enough about this grain! But my plan is for her to be on small meals as much as possible.
In addition I use probios, yes I know pre and probios are in Triple Crown Senior, however we have to keep her system moving since she will have to be in a confined area while she recuperates and recovers.
Penny is now also eating chopped alfalfa forage in addition to her grain! AND she is also up to a BCS of 2!
We have found that she can eat grass, which is fantastic! She does drop some of it, but she ingests enough to help!
UPDATE: Penny is now at a BCS of 5! She is doing quite well and is a potential horse for a local FREE OF CHARGE therapy program! IF she makes it through all of their qualifying steps we will be looking to get her sponsored for a year so her costs are covered!
Cristin does not offer horse rescue services, however she knew Penny was in dire need and had no other options.