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post #21 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 03:46 AM
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Awesome! He is a cunning little pony, I bet with a couple months of feeding and conditioning, he's going to be slick and sweet!

I wouldn't worry too much about founder at this point Indy, he doesn't look foundered to me, but then most of the founder horse I have taken in have long dutch clogs for hooves. Just get him trimmed, keep his feet as short as possible and if he is foundered, they'll grow out ok.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #22 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 06:14 AM
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He definitely needs some groceries. Poor guy. Good luck with him!

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post #23 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Draftrider, yes he doesn't seem "too far gone", with a little TLC I think I can bring him back PDQ. Looks like I'll be picking him up on Saturday (had to get my box stall disinfected, and my side yard cleared out to keep him QT'd.)

I'll let you all know how it goes!

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post #24 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 11:28 AM
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Awww, poor guy! Goodness, bring him up to my house and I'll give him a free trim and get him a nice halter with his name on it. Too cute! I love the Hackney ponies...they are the most adorable things I've ever seen

Keep us updated....I definitely want to follow this boy. Post pics of before & after hoof trim

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #25 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
Keep us updated....I definitely want to follow this boy. Post pics of before & after hoof trim
Will do that for sure, I'll probably be asking for some guidance on his feet in the future. I have been trimming my own horses, but am still fairly new at it and I'll likely have my farrier, who comes to "check my work" every 10 weeks, go over him the first time, if I can get him out here soon enough - I'm used to my own horses feet and their individual shapes now, but not confident enough to do a starting trim on bad feet on a new horse :)

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post #26 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and sorry for the double, but I told my son about the name Mighty Mouse...he didn't like that too well, (my son's only 6 - Mighty Mouse was well before his time) but he said it did make him think of Mickey Mouse. So my son has now named the new pony Mickey. Not sure I like that any better then Hercules, but it's more likely to grow on me.

Off topic, but my son comes up with fairly creative names. Excepting his beta that is (named "Fishie"). He's named all his own pets, including the dog Bonnie, his pony Misty, and his pet rat Charlotte. Cute names coming from a 6 year old brain!)

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post #27 of 41 Old 06-09-2010, 11:44 AM
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He makes a very cute Mickey.

My 24 y/o 'useless' horse used to be named Mick before I got him. Didn't like it, so I changed it to Mack. It's close enough to his old name that he answers to it. When he feels like it.....
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post #28 of 41 Old 06-11-2010, 07:48 PM
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Hi, haven't read all replies Indy, but he doesn't look too bad at all. Perhaps a little underweight, def. undermuscled & underloved.... well, was! Remember hackneys are quite fine built.

I don't get everyone's horror at the dog collar tho. Worked on a number of stations where they prefer to collar their horses than halter them. They all did use wide (at least 2") collars of leather tho. According to some it's safer than a halter if they must be left with headgear on.
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post #29 of 41 Old 06-12-2010, 03:04 AM
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They make neck collars for horses too. I keep cow collars on my cows- much easier than trying to halter a cow to lead her in to milk or to get her into the barn for calving.

Indy, just keep his feet short. Watch for seperation at the toe- he may have a pocket there. If so, trim the hoof wall shorter than the sole where the pocket is, so that it doesn't pack with debris in between cleanings.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #30 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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I went to check him out in person yesterday. The person I was to borrow a trailer from fell through on me, new arrangements have been made for Thursday. Though at this point I doubt I will be able to wait that long so will be trying in the meantime to find something sooner.

Because......yikes. I have a few updates to share.

First, the timestamp has to be wrong on these photos. His feet are HORRIBLY long, nearly as long as Freyja's when I got her, though not curled around like hers were. Completely stretched forward, flattened, and squared off at the ends. I wish I had taken the camera with me yesterday. I'll get pictures up as soon as he is home. They look about like this, but longer at the toes:

(note these are NOT his feet, just a picture from an image search that look about the same)

He's skinny, muddy, in a dirt/manure pen, mane and tail a matted mess.
That's actually not the worst of his problems though.

He is practically untouchable. Absolutely, completely and totally terrified. When the owner and I entered the pen, he ran to the back, shivered and blew at us. The owner claims to have ridden and driven him, and she does have a real cute little pony cart there, but I question it as she wasn't even able to catch him. The pictures she sent me, which are on here, were taken from outside the pen with a zoom lens. I took a half hour, finally got him to approach me, and when I got him he promptly snapped the lead I had put on. I asked the owner to leave the pen, and spent a good amount of time getting him comfortable with me and didn't try to get a hold of him again. He finally approached me, allowed me to halter him (though he trembled and puffed the entire time) and allowed me to lead him around a little, the entire time ducking his head every time I moved quickly, raised my voice or reached up to stroke him. If I tried to touch him anywhere but his neck or shoulder, he would bolt. If I touched his face, he would bolt.

I ended up spending three hours in that pen with him, letting him come to me to catch him up and then releasing him, and just handling him without trying to push anything. By the end he softened his body language, would lead and back for me, approach me readily, and allow me to scratch under his matted forelock. He never once threatened to kick, bite or act aggressive, even in the beginning he just wanted to run away. He hung his head over the fence and whinneyed when I left. It took everything I had to walk away and leave him.

I don't know if he's been abused or just lacked handling. He continued to come up to me, even after he'd spook and run away, and he ran shorter distances each time, came back to me sooner each time. He was very curious and seemed to be eager for contact despite his fear, so I don't think he's necessarily been beat up constantly, at least not by the people that have him now....but he hasn't had much kindness either. The current owners have had him for about 7-8 months. These people had a ton of animals, and none in great shape. They were breeding their dogs - a "new breed" they created by crossing an akbash with a neopolitan mastiff. Just what the world needs. They were definitely uneducated in the care of their animals, and neglectful, though I don't think intentionally harmful. I spent a while trying to help them see that they had more than they could deal with and needed to downsize. They seemed in agreement, though we'll see I suppose.

I got to get him out of there, and soon. Anyone in Northern Indiana have a trailer I could borrow?

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