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post #11 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 04:21 PM
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Definitely talk to the barn manager and see what arrangements can be made.

If he is on pasture a lot, you may want to invest in a grazing muzzle. They are a great way to help reduce intake for horses, especially those overweight and prone to founder. Whenever he is turned out, the muzzle should be on. There are a lot to choose from, but I like the Best Friend Have A Heart Deluxe model. I use it for my overweight cob pony and it is great. She doesn't mind it at all. I know they sell them on Amazon, but if you google it you can find it. Size matters with grazing muzzles, be sure to get a draft size!

The hooves are a problem, but they are also related to being overweight and poor nutrition, so it is an all encompassing issue.

They do make hoof boots that make it easier for you to do the soaking. I have a friend that has the brand in the link below (with an article, too, about abscesses) and she puts the stuff in there and turns her horse out.

Hoof Abscesses and Protective Horse Boots - Horse Boots Customer Help | EasyCare

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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
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!!
This is true and does work. However I can not stress enough do not do this your first few times out in the field. Again, let someone show you how to use a whip in defense. It would be a bad idea for you to go out unexperienced with a whip and start wacking horses. You may confuse "do you have a cookie" with "i'm going to get you" behavior.
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post #13 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 05:54 PM
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hello, welcome to the forum! I do not agree with you buying a rescue as a first horse, but since you have already bought him, I'm going to try and give you as many resources as possible. Please keep in mind that although these things are helpful, you still need an experienced person with you atleast the first time or two. I also would like you to answer the questions already asked about the horse. Can we get any backround on him? Whether or not he has ground manners, is saddle trained, etc, makes a HUGE difference.

Here are some basic videos, links, etc on things you'll need to know about horses.

How to Put a Halter on a Horse - wikiHow -- this link is good, with nice descriptions and more links on how to make sure your halter is on the right notch, or how to use a halter made from rope instead of nylon/has a clip at the throat. It also has the parts of a halter listed, tips, and warnings signs to look out for.

this is a good herd-scenario video on horse to catch your horse. I personally would rather loop my leadrope around the horse's neck, then halter him, however.

this is a video teaching you how to tie up a horse. this is EXREMELY IMPORTANT, especially with a large horse like yours who you know little to nothing about. this video is ONLY for if you have a metal fence to tie your horse to. If you have wood for a fence, use the pole that is driven directly into the ground, not the horizontal pieces that are only nailed on. If your horse were to get scared and pull on the rope (which is very possible) the rail would break and could hit him or someone else.I advise in only watching this video up to 2:30.

this video is a how-to on cleaning a horse's hooves. This will be very important with your gelding, because of the shape his feet are in.

Horse Behaviour this site is an all-together great first time owners guide, as it has links to basic horse health, care, behavior, etc.

there are many other things, but I need to go ^^ I do want to say this, though.

Horse ownership is a HUGE thing financially, timewise, and healthwise. If you are not willing to enlist a trainer for yourself and your horse (I'm assuming that you know little about riding) pay vet bills (your horse WILL get hurt at some point, especially in a herd of 15 horses in a large pasture) and are not able/willing to go out to the barn atleast 3 times a week, pay for yearly shots and checkups, exercise your horse, bond with him, sacrifice for him, etc- I really think that you are better off trying to sell him to an experienced person who is willing to work with him. Its great that you rescued him, and I'm sure you mean well, but rescue horse and an inexperienced person in a situation like this spells out disaster.

Saturday may be too late for his hooves if he is developing sore in his feet. Try to atleast call the barn and ask them if there is anything that can be done.

I wish you luck and safety. Feel free to message me with ANY questions.

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post #14 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 06:24 PM
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Your horse is going to need daily attention as already stated. I would talk to the BO about adding in a monthly fee to doctor your horse until he is feeling better. It would not be a bad idea to take a few 'horsemanship' lessons (IE: safe leading, tying, nutrition, walking out into the heard, what to look for when you check on your horse...)
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post #15 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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I've been reading the responses, and already sort of knew this would be over my head - I just put an ad on kijiji looking for a better home for him, but until I find one, I will do the best I can... which is all I can do. It's a shame though, he's so beautiful, I hope when I'm ready to own a horse for 'real' that I can find one so nice looking!!

He is a 9yo paint X draft gelding, he is greenbroke, apparently children used to ride him but it's been years - he's just been neglected for the last who knows how long. up to date on shots, deworming. He's a great big brown and white paint. I tried uploading a couple pictures but my cell isn't connecting to the network ahhh. I'll try again later.
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post #16 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 07:35 PM
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Sorry that it came to this but I think you are doing the right thing. It's hard enough owning a first horse but this situation could easily be over the heads of many owners.

I hope you stay on the forum - it is a great place to gather information and learn.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #17 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures for the curious!

I appreciate everyones help today, I posted this thread and had so many people giving advice, and you were all so pleasant!! No one knocking me over the head for doing something like this ahaha. I really do just want what's best for the horse. I already have some nice responses to my ad for him, but I will be very picky!
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post #18 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by KeroKero View Post
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Pictures for the curious!

I appreciate everyones help today, I posted this thread and had so many people giving advice, and you were all so pleasant!! No one knocking me over the head for doing something like this ahaha. I really do just want what's best for the horse. I already have some nice responses to my ad for him, but I will be very picky!
Where about are you located? A good friend of mine mentioned a few weeks ago that she was going to start looking for a project horse, and she was hoping to get a pinto.
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post #19 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking it might be too far for you guys :( This pretty chubby boy is in Southern Manitoba, Canada.
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Aww, he's cute. Somehow I and picture kids riding 3 deep on his big back. You did a nice thing for him. It's too bad it's not a great fit for either of you. Horses do take up a tremendous amount of time...and lately money for some of us!

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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