Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: NW Arkansas, USA
Ok, so I'm now looking at this as more of a rescue situation... Those nice pictures were taken this summer before she weaned him. Since she weaned him he has lost some weight. During the weaning process, she decided it was a good idea to make him a stall out of loose plywood and cattle panels and he tried to break through that mess to get to his mom. Hence the leg injury. This was about 3 weeks ago. He's pretty scratched up on two legs, but nothing outrageously deep or on any tendon areas. The cut in the picture is the deepest/worst one. She told me she had pretty much not touched this boy and let him and his mama sit in the pasture without human encounter until a month ago.
His feet look TERRIBLE. They look like they are sound as far as structure and build go, but his hooves are so long that they are beginning to split in the middle on each hoof. She hasn't messed with his legs at all and when I was carefully rubbing him down to see what he would put up with, he kicked out every time I got to the top of his legs. Not in a mean way, but it was clear that he hasn't really been worked with at all.
He seems to have a sweet demeanor. He was a little nervous at first but is curious about EVERYTHING. He quickly learned that hubby's motorcycle helmet wasn't a monster, and then he stuck his nose right into it... I think he thought it was some kind of funky bucket and wanted to know if there was anything yummy inside! He does lead well and stood tied nicely for about 15 minutes while I talked to the owner.
SO with purchase ($100), geld ($200-ish), tricky hoof trim ($50+), and lots of TLC I think he will turn out to be the "good deal" we thought he was going to be in the first place. When my vet comes out for the gelding process, I'll have him check him over. Even if he turns out not being exactly what we wanted, I can't let him be treated like this anymore. We're in the process of arranging his trip to my barn.