I just bought my first cob! Introduction + feed advice + photos!

Schollym

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After a torrid 2 years of stress (not horse related) I have sold the posh competition horse and bought my first cob!

Introducing Rigsby!

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Fetched him yesterday - before anyone has a fit, I was NOT grazing him on the lawn, I was walking him to his field, where he wears a muzzle, he only had half an hour, and we are scalping it when we have bought diesel this morning. He was like a terrier in a maxi Shetland body on the way and made me feel like a hapless 10 year old as he grabbed a mouthful!!!

Rigsby is 15 years old, he was owned by wonderful, caring people who had to sell him due to personal issues. He has EMS and has just recovered from mild lami (which caught them by surprise and was caught extremely early) and is ready to start coming back into work.

Rigsby is admirably slim right now (his sticky out bits actually stick out!), and his owners have given me feeding instructions, which I will follow. But, I wondered what else I can do. He is on soaked hay, 8kg a day unless he has time at grass ( up to 3 hours with a muzzle) when the hay is reduced. He has just a single handful of chop when he comes in, which I will continue as he comes to call because of it! Once he is back in work he will be able to eat a bit more bulk, which will please him greatly, I think.

Also, he has his legs clipped to keep scabs under control (which they are) but I would love to try to grow his feather. His old owners tried all sorts, including the mite injection, but his scabs are persistent. They are controlled by a good scratch every morning, so it may be that he needs to stay shaved.

I must confess, I don't feel like I own Rigsby, I feel like he now owns us!

My plans are to get him back to daily hacking, which is the only thing he has ever done so far. I am stressed and busy right now, and having a furry pal to walk the lanes is just the ticket. He has obviously been very well cared for, he is confident and friendly.
Due to his age ( plenty of life to go, my mare is 21 and loves a gallop) it might be worth getting his hormone levels checked as mild laminitis without any obvious triggers could be an indicator of cushings. My pony who had had previous bouts of laminitis and was kept on a strict diet would go pottery and had Cushings diagnosed. Was fine on pergolide although we had to syringe it in mixed with custard.
 

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Due to his age ( plenty of life to go, my mare is 21 and loves a gallop) it might be worth getting his hormone levels checked as mild laminitis without any obvious triggers could be an indicator of cushings. My pony who had had previous bouts of laminitis and was kept on a strict diet would go pottery and had Cushings diagnosed. Was fine on pergolide although we had to syringe it in mixed with custard.
It is tested regularly, upthread ^^^.
 

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After a torrid 2 years of stress (not horse related) I have sold the posh competition horse and bought my first cob!

Introducing Rigsby!

View attachment 55359 View attachment 55360 View attachment 55361

Fetched him yesterday - before anyone has a fit, I was NOT grazing him on the lawn, I was walking him to his field, where he wears a muzzle, he only had half an hour, and we are scalping it when we have bought diesel this morning. He was like a terrier in a maxi Shetland body on the way and made me feel like a hapless 10 year old as he grabbed a mouthful!!!

Rigsby is 15 years old, he was owned by wonderful, caring people who had to sell him due to personal issues. He has EMS and has just recovered from mild lami (which caught them by surprise and was caught extremely early) and is ready to start coming back into work.

Rigsby is admirably slim right now (his sticky out bits actually stick out!), and his owners have given me feeding instructions, which I will follow. But, I wondered what else I can do. He is on soaked hay, 8kg a day unless he has time at grass ( up to 3 hours with a muzzle) when the hay is reduced. He has just a single handful of chop when he comes in, which I will continue as he comes to call because of it! Once he is back in work he will be able to eat a bit more bulk, which will please him greatly, I think.

Also, he has his legs clipped to keep scabs under control (which they are) but I would love to try to grow his feather. His old owners tried all sorts, including the mite injection, but his scabs are persistent. They are controlled by a good scratch every morning, so it may be that he needs to stay shaved.

I must confess, I don't feel like I own Rigsby, I feel like he now owns us!

My plans are to get him back to daily hacking, which is the only thing he has ever done so far. I am stressed and busy right now, and having a furry pal to walk the lanes is just the ticket. He has obviously been very well cared for, he is confident and friendly.
Second comment sorry. Mallenders And salenders cream helps with the scabs. Google it!
 

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Rigsby looks like he's smiling in those photos. Glad you both got to enjoy the weekend even if camp was unfortunately cancelled.
 

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Rigsby looks like he's smiling in those photos. Glad you both got to enjoy the weekend even if camp was unfortunately cancelled.
I love a Rigsby update. You can tell from those photos he was loving his day out.
He jumped onto his lorry and stood there like the Pope in the Popemobile. Like it was his place on his outing and he was ready to tackle the world.

I think he may be going to have another outing soon, just to see him so proud again. There is a longer ride, that I said he couldn't do, but I think we may do it. I'm not worried about his feet, they are conditioned on the road planings of his patio, it was more about my weight on him. Nothing to stop me hopping off for some of the ride and walking alongside though.
 

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Rigs is looking super 👌
Thank you. I hate having to have him quite as slim, but the vet insists. He is up to 6 hours at grass, muzzled, with 4 Horsehage Blue - High Fibre - haylage nets spread throughout the rest of the day.

They say that 1 bale lasts the average horse 3-5 days, but Rigs has one in less than 2 days so, with grass as well, he certainly isn't under fed. He also has a sugar beet and chop meal at night, for his vitamins.

Last year he suddenly dropped weight when his asthma flared, so I am watching out for that. Hopefully catch it earlier this year with some antihistamines.
 

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Thank you. I hate having to have him quite as slim, but the vet insists. He is up to 6 hours at grass, muzzled, with 4 Horsehage Blue - High Fibre - haylage nets spread throughout the rest of the day.

They say that 1 bale lasts the average horse 3-5 days, but Rigs has one in less than 2 days so, with grass as well, he certainly isn't under fed. He also has a sugar beet and chop meal at night, for his vitamins.

Last year he suddenly dropped weight when his asthma flared, so I am watching out for that. Hopefully catch it earlier this year with some antihistamines.
He looks super. I’ve got Polly on a very strict diet and muzzled on a bare field, after losing control last year of her EMS. She’s now looking thinner than I’ve seen her in years- bum is going pointy, crest pretty much gone, dipping at flanks, ribs starting to be visible. It’s taking all my strength not to relent and ditch the muzzle, but I’ve got to remind myself that she clearly feels the best she has in ages- her eyes are bright, no fat pads above them, she jogs everywhere and I’m fairly sure we are on the way to eradicating her EMS.
She’s due back in work this week after a month off so I may have to increase her hay slightly in the day if she drops much more, but that awful heavy feeling of dread I’ve had for the last couple of years has gone.
 

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He looks super. I’ve got Polly on a very strict diet and muzzled on a bare field, after losing control last year of her EMS. She’s now looking thinner than I’ve seen her in years- bum is going pointy, crest pretty much gone, dipping at flanks, ribs starting to be visible. It’s taking all my strength not to relent and ditch the muzzle, but I’ve got to remind myself that she clearly feels the best she has in ages- her eyes are bright, no fat pads above them, she jogs everywhere and I’m fairly sure we are on the way to eradicating her EMS.
She’s due back in work this week after a month off so I may have to increase her hay slightly in the day if she drops much more, but that awful heavy feeling of dread I’ve had for the last couple of years has gone.
It's a balancing act, for sure.

After his colic, I decided to allow a little risk, as in he has to enjoy life even if that is a little less healthy, for a bit more grass, hence 6 hours now whereas last year it was 4.
 

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I rode baby horse good and early this morning, so I could go open water swimming, but then found there had been a glitch in the booking so had some spare time. So...

Rigs got to go for a ride again!

Picked up a bridle from someone locally who I had loaned it to, then the Postie stopped me and gave me a parcel.

Good old pack horse Rigs!

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He's looking great. I know it's a big commitment managing his diet and frequent feed times but how nice to have a pony who you can pick up and have a trip out and then he's also happy having his down time. He's having the best life and he sure does make you smile (most of the time!).
He really does. I bought him when I was so stressed, I wasn't even fit to ride myself. We walked the lanes and got fit together. He was secretly glad when I got another though, as I was wanting to do more than he was.
 

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You both look great in the ridden picture.
He was funny, totally ignored the village bunting, decided at the end of the road that he would rather do the short ride than the long one, greeted the postman like a long lost friend and strutted home like he owned the whole village! Was less impressed with his bath afterwards!
 

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My friend came to rode today, Rigs was a gent.

A posed photo on the road and then one I took from the CCTV, synchronised dismounting! Neither of us looks elegant, but the boys are dealing with us like gents 🤣

Rigs enjoyed a new person to transport round; he likes his little outings. We enjoyed the chat, first time we have met up since Covid!

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