Never Donate Your Horse...
I had been riding this horse named Barney from June thru August. He is a 9yo TB and is partially blind in his left eye (though you would never know). I was riding him for his owner because she didn't have enough time to ride both of her horses and her daughter lost interest (I have no idea how people lose interest in horses.....). He was quite overweight, so I got him back in shape. He got fit and we would jump 3ft+ courses and do awesome dressage. Since he was her daughters horse and her daughter didn't want him, Barney's owner donated him to a local college. She got a $5000 tax break/refund/whatever it's called, and they got an awesome school horse. He was on a 30 day trial and in just 20 days, he had gas colic and lost so much weight and muscle. He was just turned out in a sand paddock with no grass. They sent him back after 3 weeks because he coliced.
He looks like a skeleton. You can see all of his ribs and the top of his ribcage and hips are sticking out. He lost all of his muscle so his back is sunken in, and even his face bones stick out. I rode him for 20 minutes just to see what he remembered, even though I really didn't want to- he just looked too sad. He doesn't bend, flex or really respond to anything. Walking in from his field, he was afraid of everything- even me, and was terrified of walking into the barn. He was unresponsive to my leg and any aids I used while riding. He used to be cuddly and now he just has a dull look in his eye and puts his ears back when you brush him.
I'm so upset because I would've bought this horse if my dad hadn't lost his job. He looks so different and isn't the same horse. While his owner was dissapointed that they didn't want him, I'm glad he came back if this is how they would've treated him. I can't believe how much has changed in just 3 weeks :'(