Road to Rockport (Remy) came to The Horse Rescue with various (but fixable) problems. He has no topline, fungus on his hind legs, bad hooves, and a very sun-bleached coat. To get this guy back into shape, we developed a plan specific to him. The plan is made up of four sections: feeding/turnout, grooming, riding, vet/farrier.
Feeding and Turnout: Since Remy isn't underweight, but rather just lacking a top line, he will receive ½ scoop of Tribute Kalm Ultra twice daily. Remy will also get Hoof Aid Special by Cavalor. According to our farrier, he has no hind foot to even put shoes on him. He has torn so many shoes off due to poor management, he has no good hoof to put a shoe on. Hoof Aid Special will help him grow hoof so we can eventually get shoes on his hind feet. We are also going to put Remy on Cosequin ASU to help him feel good as we increase his work. For his forage, we will give him two flakes of alfalfa daily and will also get free choice grass hay. Remy’s turn out schedule is four hours a day in a grass pasture. We will not turn him out until the field is dry from the dew. Wet grass can play havoc on a horse's hooves, so we are taking that into consideration with his turnout plan.
Grooming: Grooming will be done daily to help remove the sun-bleached hair. We will apply Farrier Barrier on the hooves 4-5 days a week. Remy has had some bad luck with his hooves. Farrier Barrier will help prevent any thrush from developing while hardening the sole and wall of his hooves. Washing with anti-fungal shampoo will be done twice a week for the hind legs, and Banixx will be applied on the infected area daily. Banixx helps eliminate fungus and bacteria.
Riding: His riding schedule is five days a week of work, starting with 15 minutes. We will then increase 5 minutes every week, until we reach up to 30 minutes of riding. We walk every 5 minutes of work to allow him to catch his breath and revover. Just like interval training. This plan is to help Remy increase his stamina and improve his topline, but also making sure we do this gradually to account for the other problems Remy currently has.
Vet & Farrier: The vet and farrier schedule includes multiple tasks. First, Remy’s shoes will be switched from aluminium to steel shoes (only if he has enough foot for the shoes to go on, but if there isn’t, Farrier Barrier will continue to be applied on feet until there is enough healthy foot). The vet will administer fall vaccinations, check teeth to see if he needs his teeth floated, and deworm Remy using Panacur. If we feel the need, the vet will perform flexion tests.
We will revisit Remy’s progres in 30 days and update you on his improvements.