A friend of mine regularly buys sick and injured horses from auctions where they will otherwise go for meat and turns them out in a huge pasture, he will give them penicillin and put wound spray on sores but other then that he lets nature do it's thing and when the horse gets back into shape he checks to see what training they have and tries to sell the privately or at auctions where they have a better chance of going to a good home.
While looking around for a riding horse for another friend I stopped by his farm to see if he had anything available that would be safe for a beginner. The only horse he had old enough to ride was a starved 10 year old flea bitten grey Arabian mare. Me and my husband have been looking for a while for a horse to rescue and keep as a pleasure riding horse and so I went to take a look at her...and I fell in love... She is about 50 pound or more underweight, 14.2 h or so high, as dirty as a horse can get with clumps of hair that she is shedding out and might have been bred by my friends stallion sometime in the last month. She has a sore on her leg 2 inches by 2 inches square where she skinned herself while at the auction for 2 days and her back legs are black with filth.
But I've gone to visit her only 3 times and never brought her treats and she already lets me walk right up and hug her. When my horse-clueless hubby went to pick her feet she picked them up for him. She is trained to stand on command and was sold at the auction as trained to ride and was fine with me laying over her back and sitting sidesaddle on her while my husband stood by her head.
When we get her she is going to a friends and being turned out in their pasture 24/7. She has already been slowly gotten use to eating grass and the pasture is eaten down some so she isn't going on an empty belly into a rich grass field. The wound on her leg is a bit infected but I'm planning on scrubbing it with soap and water and iodine mixed together, there is no swelling around the wound and she holds her weight on the leg fine.
Her feet are overgrown but not the worst I've seen by a long shot.
When I ask her to trot in hand she raises her tail a bit :)
I think I have most of the bases covered....
She was de-wormed when he brought her home and I will be de-worming her again on Saturday unless he does it before that.
If she is bred it was not until after she was on good food for a few weeks and I'm wondering if that would have increased the chances of her settling.
We think she just had a foal weaned from her as her udder is uneven. One teat is quite a bit larger like when a foal favors one size and the udder dries up and one teat is always bigger.
I bought a bag of mixed grain that has corn oil added. It is 6 % fat and 14 % protein. Will that be alright to feed her?