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Paint Mare Makeover – 29 Days

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This 3 yo APHA mare is the only one my best friend and business partner has ever expressed regret for selling. To this day she cites this as the one horse she wishes she would have kept.

This little girl came to us very thin and loaded with strangles so bad she could barely breathe. The first night was touch and go, we thought she might not make it. Once her strangles started draining, she started eating and very quickly put weight on.

What we fed her:

  • Commercially Available Grain
  • Beet Pulp
  • Rice Bran
  • Bran Mash
  • All she could eat Alfalfa hay as well as regular snacks of grass hay.

She was also dewormed. Our normal procedure was to do this the day the horses come in. She was delayed a few days due to her illness. Sara needed and got everything. She was not broke when we got her, thin and sick. Good nutrition, good care, grooming, training and she transformed into a beautiful horse whom we delivered straight to a training barn.


We sometimes body clip so you can “see” the horse. Especially for thin horses. Don’t worry, she was nice and cozy in her blanket in a barn full of shavings. Plus, our southern California location means it doesn’t really get that cold to begin with.

Paint Mare Makeover – Day 0 – Intake

Paint Horse Makeover Before
Paint Horse Makeover Before

Paint Mare Makeover – Day 4

This grooming makeover made a big difference on her as did pulling her mane. Just four days later she was feeling better and starting to look better. Still too thin, but you can see how the body clip and mane pull made a big difference.

Paint Mare Makeover Day 4

Paint Mare Makeover – Day 17

At this point, Sara was being started under saddle. She’d gained a lot of weight and muscle and was looking and feeling great!


Paint Mare Makeover – Day 29

Paint Horse Makeover Day 29 After
Paint Horse Makeover Day 29 After

The Final Result

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April Lee

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