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post #11 of 16 Old 03-05-2013, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-05-2013, 08:08 AM
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Good x-rays to see what the coffin bone is doing would be the first step and an experienced trimmer/farrier would be the other. It could be fixable and it could not. Not enough info just from those pics to know for sure either way.

I never would have sent to auction though. I would have either rehabbed if there was a chance of recovery or put down if there wasn't. No need to pass an issue like that on to someone else.
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I never would have sent to auction though. I would have either rehabbed if there was a chance of recovery or put down if there wasn't. No need to pass an issue like that on to someone else.
This horse needed to be PTS, there was no passing it off to someone else.
If it went to auction, it went to slaughter.

Op, I am sorry about the horse, it sounds like you really liked him, I would suggest working with someone else's horses in the future, someone with a sense of responsibility. I suspect if they treated their horse like this, they didn't treat you much better.
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-05-2013, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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It's a really long story, but he was kept at my Aunt's property, along with another horse. When he was healthy, he was AMAZING. He was my heart horse, so it was a very, very sad time in my life.

The owner was a POS. I worked with his horses for their benefit. I bought their halters. I bought tack for them. I could never get permission to deworm them or anything like that. The only time they ever had hoof care was when he had shoes put on after he foundered.

I had never even seen the owner. Ever. (But I did have his expressed permission to work with them.) After they were auctioned (yes, likely sent to slaughter) I have never been back.

And I offered to buy this horse SO many times through the years. He always thought he was worth more than we were offering, even after he was dead lame.
-sigh- He was a wonderful, wonderful horse and I miss him every day. I learned everything from him.
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-05-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Trip down memory lane, anyone?
BTW, I was 14-15 during this time.
First picture is of the other horse, rest are Gunner (from OP).
Second photo is right around the time he foundered (obvious from stance). The rest are from happier times.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-07-2013, 04:25 PM
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Wow, what a sad story. If it were mine I would have gotten it proper care, I would not have considered sending to auction. How ruthless...calling the owner a POS is putting it mildly.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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