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post #1 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Rescued horse, First time Horse owner -help me!

Hello everyone!

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!!
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post #2 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:35 PM
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First of all good luck with your new horse, I've been in a similar situation myself. I've rescued several horses over the years and often it's been a spur of the moment thing like this.

Horses do need someone with them at the very least once a day just to make sure they are well and haven't hurt themselves, have water etc. In winter however, they need someone morning and evening to check and feed them.

The best suggestion I can make, If you cannot do this yourself, get someone else or several people to do a separate day of the week when you can't get there, to just check on him and soak his feet for you.

Other than that, find somewhere closer to where you live so he's easier for you to get to every day?

I don't think it would be hard for you to find a couple of people that will help.

I would recommend Cornucrescine for his feet, this will speed up the recovery time a lot for you and is absolutely fantastic stuff. I've been using it for over 20 years for feet and hair growth.

Do watch his weight, if he's already overweight you definitely don't want him getting any fatter, that wouldn't help his feet either.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:40 PM
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If your new boy needs medical care daily and you are not able to do it then you need to find someone who is able to do it for you. Ask the barn if they have an option for you to pay for this service.
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post #4 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:42 PM
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I think it's great that you saw it in your heart to save him. I don't have any advice about his feet but is pasture board with those other horses your only option? That's not a situation I would want to walk into especially if you are a new horse owner with very little experience.
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post #5 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:48 PM
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If a horse's hooves begin to abcess you have to do soak it a couple times a day. Not once or twice a week. They make these tough material that reminds me of a an IV bag that you put the solution in and stick the horse's hoof in and tie it off to let it soak for a period of time and then you take it off. You
might need to consider buying a medicine boot.

I agree with AB. You will probably need to find someone to help take care of your new horse or find a place closer to where you can get out everyday.
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Unfortunately is was my only option, it is the lowest cost, closest boarding facility I could find- there were cheaper further away, and closer but too much to pricey facilities.

I will go out there this saturday, see how his feet are doing, see if I can find any trouble spots/abscesses, and try to make some arrangement with the facility owner for daily feet soakings. He should be fine, as he stood beautifully for the trimmer.

I am so nervous about going out with the other horses, but I have no choice but to buck up and put on my brave-face! How hard can it be....?

And yes he is on a diet now! no treats, no nothing! Just the normal hay they get fed there. There are always people there, he isn't alone, he just isn't worked with.
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post #7 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:52 PM
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I would talk to the barn owner and tell them you are new to horses. This way they can show you how to deal with the herd so you do not get hurt.
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post #8 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 03:58 PM
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Carry a dressage whip with you everywhere! Especially in the pasture when getting your new horse. Don't be afraid to give any horse disrespecting your space a good whack! It is the equivelant to another horse kicking it, Although it doesn't do as much as a real kick would be, so don't be scared!!

Talk to your barn owner (BO) or barn manager (BM). Ask them if they could help you out with the feet soaking. You may or may not have to pay for this.

I agree with finding a barn closer to you so you can see him more often. You are going to have to make a serious effort to get out there as much as you possibly can. You have to move your schedual around to make it fit.

1) How are his ground manners?
2) Is he rideable?
3) Why were the previous owners getting rid of him?
4) What feed is he on? (as you will probably need to be changed if he is over weight)
5) Do you have any records of when he last saw a vet? Dewormed?
6) Did any tack come with him?

We would love to see pictures of your new boy!! As well as it would help us in determining how over weight he is.

Congrats on him!!

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #9 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 04:16 PM
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I agree. I would find some one to help you out at first. Some one needs to teach you the simple things, like how to put a halter on, and typical horse behavior. If you are going to be walking into a field with that many other horses you will need to learn their body language and what they are saying to you and to other horses. Im sure you are feeling overwhelmed with everything right now and all of us can go on forever about what you need to do now and down the line, so please find some one to work with you.

If you plan on keeping this horse forever then you need to establish a bond and get his respect. This will require you seeing him more than twice a week. I agree that you need to look for somewhere closer. Even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes after work to stop in and say hi to him, helps...
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post #10 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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My opinion but, as a first time horse owner with minimal experience, it would be prudent to find this horse a home more suited to help him with his issues! It is great that you want to help a horse, but it sounds like you don't have the necessary time/nor the experience to deal with him. If you are afraid of him, he already knows it and will eventually hurt you. If you are bent on keeping him, find a trainer who can help you get this horse on track. Good luck!
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