The little Mustang colt's problem's were an irresponsible breeder who halter broke him and weaned him all at the same time when he was 8 weeks old. The colt flipped out, went over backward and smashed his head against a cement curb. The owner just put the unconcious colt into a stall and left him there. I paid $500 for him eight month later! The guy had turned the colt out with my mare and two month old filly, and my mare was letting him suckle. We got out of that place fast - but I couldn't leave without the colt. It took four months to talk the guy down from $3,000 to $500.
We tried as hard as we could to save him. And once with us, he had a great life, which was as good as I coudl for him. The kids (a whole 4H group) woudl spend hours loving on him. We had naturalapaths comign out of the woodwork to bring him suppliments - at least for the first year. Heck, I even had a woman who never met me and lived 2000 miles away, send me $1000 to help me get him healthy.
For the short time we had him, he was well loved and he had a quick, painless, and fearless death - he is also only one of two resuces (the first one, actually) that I have ever brought in that didn't make it. I'm not a formal rescue, but I have take in over 20 horses/mules in over the decades, rehabed them, and either kept them or found them homes. So Braveheart has a very special place in my heart that makes me sad that we couldnt do more for him.
In spite of the fierceness of my icon, I have to go cry now.
Last edited by yadlim; 05-07-2012 at 11:22 AM.