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    10-25-2011, 05:50 PM
finding a happy forever home

Back in April I moved onto a new stable yard with my horse. For two days I thought the stable opposite mine was empty. I was pretty busy and had been keeping myself to myself taking care of my Colt who is a handful to say the least. Anyway, one morning I arrived at the yard and found a few of the other horse owners stood around the stable door tutting and shaking heads so I wandered over. Stood there was the most horrendous sight I had ever seen. It was pretty much a skeleton with fur, stood with his head against the wall and without any energy to even look up. "he's dying" one woman said. Well I was shocked. After several hours of talking I worked out that this horse had been brought onto this stable yard two weeks previously, by a woman who claims that she rescues horses. She had owned the horse for four years and had turned him out to grass, to find that a few months later he was in this state and she had no idea why, except for the bright green foul smelling totally liquid poo which was almost constantly dripping down his back legs. He totally stank like he had already been dead for a month. The owner arrived and (i admit I was very two faced) I made conversation about the horse and what was happening, I was friendly to get her on side and not ruin my chances of helping this horse. Turns out she couldn't afford a vet and didn't know what to do. I offered to call a vet myself and pay for the treatment (with no payback) but she refused. Eventually I managed to persuade her to give the horse to me. In all honesty I thought I'd have him shot the next day, I thought it would probably be for the best. I noticed he had an unsightly deformation of his back leg, which was twisted from the hock down. The original owner said her children used to ride him and he was an old donkey who was as good as gold and that the leg never caused him any real problems for a light hack. She gave me a photograph of him all tacked up and ready to go which was apparently taken the year before. (the photo turned out not to be of the same horse) The vet came out that day, and shook her head, saying he would probably be dead in a week, but took some blood tests and said she thought it was worth trying to save him. We agreed to give him 7 days to see if there was any improvement. There was a massive amount of Red Worm in his droppings. The vet examined the leg and said it was probably a fracture as a youngster which healed. She said we would give it a go and assess the leg as he didn't appear lame on it or in pain. Anyway, he went from strength to strength, at first all his feed, hay and water had to be at shoulder height as he couldn't put his head down or lift it up. He was wormed, he'd digested parts of his own stomach, his feet were pure rot from neglect with pus and god knows what else. But his liver and vital organs were still functioning and I plowed on desperate to give him at least one day of happiness. As time went on I found that this horse had spend the first 7years of his life alone in a stable. A Stallion simply because no one could afford to geld him you can imagine the life he must have lived. At some point someone had tried to remove his wolf teeth and smashed them into a hundred pieces and his other teeth were like razors. The dentist believes that he had never seen a proper dentist. Eating was painful. He had been gelded the year before simply so he could be turned out to grass with this woman's other rescue horses as she'd been asked to leave the stable yard and had no where to go. He was cut and chucked out in that field from september2010-April2011. He then came to this yard in that state. Well he's now pretty much fully recovered, and I love him with all my heart. He's a little stroppy at times but he isn't nasty at all. He's a kind horse even after the misery he has had for 7years of his 8year life. His leg doesn't cause him pain but he cannot hold a rider. But I love him just the same. I'd love to say he was grateful for my help, but he isn't. He's an eating machine and i'm the servant who brings it. But he is very very affectionate to me and my partner (he doesn't really like many other people and who can blame him). Sadly my partner was diagnosed with prostrate cancer a few weeks ago and I am looking for a forever home for this horse who deserves a bit of happiness. I can't say if he wont develop problems in the future because of his past but I can say that if he needed to be returned to me I would take him. He cannot live out in cold weather or rain. He needs a bit of spoiling. I can deliver him. He'd make a great companion or for a non-rider who wants a horse that just needs to be loved. Please help me find him the home he deserves. For some reason I cannot upload pictures but I can email them to someone if they could upload I would appreciate it.
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    10-25-2011, 05:52 PM
We are a based in London by the way, and can deliver if you are serious and have suitable arrangements.
    10-25-2011, 05:55 PM
Prostate cancer isn't a death sentence for men any longer, so I'm not quite sure why you think you have to rehome this horse.

Honestly, with all his problems, you're going to have a very hard time finding anyone to take him, especially since he's not the friendly sort.

Don't know where you live, but I can tell by your grammar and vernacular that it's not the United States.
    10-25-2011, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the above. My partners cancer has spread to his stomach and liver. He needs care. The horse is friendly, but no keen on strangers. I know its a long shot but I have to try to find somewhere for him. He deserves a bit of happiness. My other horses will be sold so I can be with my partner. This poor guy is a bit of a lost cause but I have to give him a chance.
    10-25-2011, 06:05 PM
Ah, now I see. Yes, if his cancer has spread, then he'll need much more care. My condolences to both of you.

I had a feeling you were in the UK, which is going to make it even more difficult to find this horse a home, since horse keeping is expensive and most people don't have their own farms.

Have you tried UK-centric horse sites? HoFo is a primarily North American board.

I wish you the best of luck.
    10-25-2011, 06:17 PM
Ah I didn't realise this was only for you yanks! A friend recommended (but said you might all be mean to me for rescuing him) thanks for being nice.
    10-28-2011, 01:58 PM

Kudos to you for doing what the "rescue" did not, and working so quickly. So sorry for the diagnosis for your partner.

There is a "for sale" section on the forum. You might try posting the info there as well. I hope you're able to find him a suitable home. Are there any "real" horse rescues in your area? Can you contact the police to see if they can recommend one? Is there some kind of Humane Society in the UK? Could they recommend a reputable rescue? Or what about a local animal shelter for dogs and cats--could they recommend a place for horses? Does your vet know of anyone who could take him on and give him an easy life?

Please update us & let us know how it goes.
    10-28-2011, 03:01 PM
Amazingly after emailing over 100 rescues I have some FANTASTIC news. An eccentric old lady who runs a horse rescue charity has offered to take smokey but had a MASSIVE fall out with the trustees over taking on another horse. Anyway, at the same time another charity rang saying they couldn't take him but would SPONSOR HIM FOR LIFE for another charity to take him on. I've put the two in touch with each other and my eccentric old lady is now getting 6 new stables built for taking him on (they wont be paying monthly sponsorship now) all paid for by the other charity! So the old lady walks into her friday meeting saying "i am taking this horse nothing you can do" and shows them the agreement. So now the trustees are eating humble pie, my baby boy has a fantastic new home and my old lady is telling everyone she hasn't lost her marbles after all!! God is good. And he has totally blessed my horse in the past 6 months. I should call him Lucky from now on
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    10-28-2011, 03:10 PM
The first pic here is of smokey when I got him. The second was taken 6 weeks ago. I think I've managed to attach them now
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    10-28-2011, 03:17 PM
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I'm so happy for you and him. The best to you and your friend and your horse.

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