We received almost a week ago a stallion. He was brought to us as a donation from an old man (over 80 years old) that couldn't keep it longer. The owner was obviously old enough to deal with a stallion. He cared a lot for his horse, he even cried when he brought the horse to us.
The horse - Stallion, 18 years old, bay.
The problem is he has horrible conformation, a lot of flaws and a very strange swelling at his left hock.
We don't really know what to do with him.
Yesterday he was gelded. The doctor examined the swelling in his hock and said that nothing can be done for him. He said that probably the leg was fractured in the past and the bone grew abnormally to heal the fracture. The right hind leg was deformed because the horse used it a lot to compensate for the injured leg. I didn't understood the diagnosis so I can't tell you more about it. The swelling is very hard when you touch it, it's really like a bone.
Now we are looking for corrective shoes for his right hind leg.
I'm trying to find out opinions about him. What will be best for him?
We don't really want to put him down because the owner brought him to us hoping that we will give him some more years of rest and peaceful life. It will be so cruel to put him down right now.
I really can't understand how they kept him stallion all this years with his horrible conformation.