Just to give everyone some background on this colt (and New_image - I am SO glad to see him go to you!
), the breeder and owner of this colt passed away about a year ago now. He was in his 60's and did 100% of the horse duties himself
When this colt was born, he had just undergone major surgery (hip replacement) and was bedridden a lot of the time. His daughter helped out as much as she could. His wife always had "0" to do with the horses and didnt participate at all after his surgery, nor did she help out after he passed away either. He was also in ailing health overall but too proud to admit it and slow down. It was nothing for him to put up 3000-4000 bales of hay by himself if he couldnt get anyone to help him
The daughter did the very best she could in managing her own home and family and coming over every day to tend to the needs of the horses, while grieving the loss of her father. She also got the word out on the horses and slowly, one by one, placed them.
I know that she intended to keep this colt - she liked him a lot, but I believe she wasnt given that opportunity due to circumstances beyond her control and I believe what happened next was that without her there looking after the horse end of things, this colt was left in the care of the mother who - once again - had "0" interest, ability or desire to look after any of them let alone a young colt. Remember she was in her 60's as well, in poor health and probably never dealt with any of them let alone a young, rambunctious colt, so she simply left him in the stall until she could figure out what to do with him
No excuses for any of this. It was simply a horrific set of circumstances and the horses did end up suffering through no fault of their own but I guess when you have someone in their 60's with no interest in the horses overnight being given the responsibility of looking after 20+ of them, a lot of things arent done correctly at all. The father adored these horses - they were his whole life and he did the best for them when he was living. In an instant he was gone through a freak accident, with no one to step up to the plate after him
I miss him terribly still. He was a wonderful man and a very dear friend ... he would have been terribly upset to see what life this colt had led before New_image got him
All the very very best with him