Mouse's story is, as many are, a pretty sad one that once began in a much different manner. Mouse is a 20 year old grade Quarter type mare who was rescued (quite literally) by my neighbor. Her previous owner was pregnant and in a very abusive situation. She managed to run but Mouse was left behind for a while until she was able to be rescued by my neighbor one night last week. Now she's quite literally homeless and owner-less. She's stuck in limbo. Which is where I came into this story.
Now Mouse had a very different past. She was once a mounted prison or police horse (not sure the exact details of the story) who served for several years and then was retired where she then switched owners. She's absolutely the sweetest little mare with the saddest eyes. She is said to be bombproof and has had too many trail, parade, and show miles to count. Her teeth are about the only thing that received recent care and are actually great for her age.
Her coat is coarse and still shedding in the 102 Texas heat, so I know she's wormy. She's 100's of pounds underweight and she has a laceration on her back hock from a kick that's been swollen without heat. So overall...she needs a lot of TLC.
I'm now in charge of her care despite countless protests that I couldn't handle another project (I'm preparing to train my weanling for show season and riding my green mare), but after an offer to be helped out financially with feed, I agreed to dedicate the time and effort to help at least rehab her and decide her future when she's healed.
I don't know where this little mare will end up or how this journey will end, but I'm glad that for now she's somewhere where she can live a pain free life with a fully belly and some loving attention.
This is Mouse the day I met her. I'm hoping to keep updates, but wanted to share her story and open this thread to ANY advice. Our vet will be out Monday (She's not currently signed over into my ownership and is being cared for by the lady who rescued her) to check her over after her laceration and to also give input on feed, but truly, any advice out there is appreciated! Her back hock is where she was kicked and her whole back leg from the hock down has been swollen but without heat. The swelling is better today after cold hosing. She's also getting a bit of bute for inflammation.
1. Any feed regimens for a senior you've found especially beneficial?
2. How is it best to work worming back into an emaciated senior?
3. Any additional ideas on keeping her comfortable until the vet is here? No limping, no heat, just swelling.
ALSO! Her name has been Mouse as long as we know of, but she's getting a new start, so any name ideas??
Note: THIS IS NOT MY PROPERTY OR MY FENCE, SO PLEASE NO FENCE BASHING. Not the point of this thread.