I have here a young mare who sustained a grade three perineal tear (that is anal involvement) while foaling.
She's a young mustang, was pregnant when mustered, tame but not been backed yet.
I'm not interested in breeding her. However, she farts and carries on a bit, and the vet said that sometimes the noise upsets and startles them so much that as soon as you saddle and ride them they buck.??
There is an operation to fix this, but its about $4000 and that may not even stop the noise.
I can't afford the bill, the vet doesn't want to do the op either, he says she's not worth it. He also says that she shouldn't be left as a paddock ornament as its unhealthy for her, she realistically needs work.
This fits just fine as we really don't have the grazing for a paddock ornament, if she can't be ridden we can't keep her, but she's our darling and we don't want to lose her.
We've spoken to several people who have had horses with this problem and had no problems riding them, and no-one can make head or tail of why the noise would be a problem ... she makes it in the paddock all the time and doesn't care!
So we figured to slowly and gently train her up, get her used to saddles etc in a safe area and carefully sound her out to see if she'll be ok before riding her out anywhere.
If she shows any issues or distress we obviously won't continue, and we only ever ride at a gentle walk around the local bush tracks anyway, nothing strenuous.
But as soon as she heard our intentions our neighbour hit the roof! She like started ranting on and on and on ... she says its a welfare issue, breaches every code of ethics, turns her stomach, she even physically threatened us! (What the!!???)
She is obsessive compulsive in this sort of way but this is something extreme! Also she doesn't believe that we can't afford the op, she has a disposable income and doesn't understand that at all.
Under concern that she might have some real reason we didn't know about, we asked her what harm she thought we could do ... her response was simply "do what you want you've lost my respect already".
Does anyone here have any idea whether there is any real harm (physical, mental, or emotional etc) that we could do to Chevy with gentle riding?
We would rather give it a go, as we see it as a better option for Chevy than the pet food factory, and we at least need to know whether she could be OK ... we can't just write her off without giving her a chance!