Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Rescued horse, First time Horse owner -help me!
I've come needing help with almost every horse related topic.. but the most urgent first.
Last Sunday, I had a horse I'd never seen before delivered to a boarding facility I had never been to - I always wanted to a buy a horse, have minimal horse experience, was not planning on buying one for a while yet, then I was offered one by a family that just wanted their horse gone. It was me or the auction that Saturday, and I didn't want this horse ending up in some meat buyer's trailer from the auction. I agreed to take him.
He is a monster, and to be honest, I'm afraid of him! But it's really only his size, he's an extremely over weight 16hh draft mix. And God when he was loaded off that trailer it looked like he was walking on cracked pancakes. 10 minutes after he was delivered, the trimmer arrived, and did a fantastic job on his poor neglected hooves (probably about 1-2 years overgrowth). Just before the trimmer left, she told me the hooves would probably abscess, and I would have to soak them in water + epsom salt everyday while they did.
It is -impossible- for me to get out there every day. I am trying to save this horse, and give him a good start at a new life, but I can not get out there once or twice a week. He is in a HUGE pasture with a little forest in it, shelter, etc with about 15 other horses who accepted him really well that first day! Anyway, the real questions right now~~~
1) if/when his hooves start to abscess, since I can't be there more than 1-2 times per week, what should I be doing to help him recover? Also I jsut paid the boarding facility, the hauler, the trimmer - I can't afford hefty vet bills to get a vet out there everyday...
2) I've been told not all the other horses being boarded there are friendly towards people (like this horse I've adopted apparently is, he's a real sweetie!) - so how do I go into a pasture with 15 strange horses safely, walk through them, pick out just my new guy, and walk out?? how do you handle so many horses, and how do you stop them from following you out the gate?
Any and all advice is welcome, but please don't be rude - I'm trying to do a nice thing and save a horse, so yes I'm a beginner but it was me or the dinner table!
I'll post some before and after's of his hooves, it's really amazing he could walk before the trim - and after they look almost normal!!