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post #1 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Found foal laying on its side unable to stand

Long story medium- Was buying a house that had 3 horses in back, realtor leaves and this finny drops to her side and just lays there, with futile attempts to stand every minute. I comforted her and did my best to call the owner of house, and I got desperate so I shoveled a trench along her back (she was pitted against barn wall with hooves facing barn) and then swinged her feet until she swinged over herself and then stood up after 30 minutes of being on side. I hugged the crap out of that horse and never felt more relief, but I'm worried after the owner arrived claiming she had some sort of worms in the past, has a dirty wound under chin and a few other issues. She claimed they weren't keeping the horses, even though I make good money and ill own the horses current home/stable soon, I'm scared to offer to buy her because the heartbreak of just the past 30 mins was so awful, and I'm worried of overwhelming myself with horse ownership. I was a stablehand in the past and I could handle the work, but is taking in an already sick horse impossible for a beginner owner?
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 07:02 PM
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Well she needs a vet... Soo
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 07:05 PM
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It's not impossible, BUT if she's sick, and it sounds like she is, she will need vet care. It could end up running you thousands of dollars. You could also buy her and end up finding out that she needs to be put down. It's wonderful that you want to rescue the horse, but you have to be prepared for the possibility of a hug amount of vet bills and the possibility that her condition may have progressed past the point of healing.

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'm used to dealing with sacrificing money/time to help animals- but now I'm faced with a gigantic animal in need and it hurts to even think about my own financial comfort while she needs my money way more than I do. I've seen footage of sick horses but when you're hugging one its a whole different ballpark of emotion.
One easy part is I'm a guy so my spouse doesn't have to be talked into it, she's just as concerned as I am.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 08:11 PM
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Sounds to me she just rolled and got cast......"pitted against barn wall with hooves facing barn"
If that's the case, nothing to worry about
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 08:13 PM
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What is she planning to do with the horses when you move in? I do agree with desert, foals are babies and tend to get into trouble a lot. If she stood up and is fine now then she should be alright. If you think you are capable and have the resources to take on a baby it couldn't hurt to ask if you could buy her.

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that's what the stable workers down the road told me, they said she might've been "casting" or whatever (I'm not very savvy with horse vernacular ha) but aside from the laying down she had this wound totally fused with a patch of sand like material (couldn't tell if it was just a dirty scab maybe? )

Im going to do my research and make sure I'm prepared for the worst case scenarios and if I truly can afford the money/effort/time ill go for it.

On a side note, the entire stable has a 1 ft layer of feces and it looks like almost all of their fenced in area has a small layer of it as well. How in the world can I get rid of it all? Do I need to hire a guy to excavate it?

(btw I was electrocuted moments after all of this trying to clean the water bowl, the stream connected with the fence and BANG lol, lesson learned)
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 10:58 PM
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You have a good heart, Motaro and I think you would make a fine horse owner! I hope you get the horse--it would be one lucky animal.

Good luck; however you decide to go!
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 11:13 PM
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I agree that the foal was probably just cast. She just got stuck in a corner basically and couldn't get up as she couldn't get her legs under her.

If you got zapped when you touched the water, it's probably safe to assume the horses don't have access to drinking water either.


As far as cleaning it out, shovels and hard work or hire a man with a backhoe.

If you do decide to get the filly, you could do a pre purchase exam with a vet first so you know exactly what you are dealing with. Depending on her age, you might need to take the mare too if she is too young to be weaned.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-22-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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I wrote that weird, the waterbucket wasn't electrified, I swiped hay off of the top and that big splash formed an aquawire connecting me to the fence. My spaz out freaked the horses out and then I presumed they chuckled seeing a human shocked for once ha
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