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post #1 of 14 Old 02-06-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about this rescue

There is a 6yr old gelding at the barn I ride at that is in need of some good care. He is underweight and club footed on his left front. His price is low $400 and we are fortunate enough to have the funds for rehabilitation. He is sweet, has been rides by my teacher and children. I just want to know what y'all think it will take feeding wise to get his weight up, and if his club foot is mild or moderate. I know it's not the greatest pic, I will try to get more next time I'm at the barn. He also has a patch of missing hair on the side of his mane and very dry skin underneath.

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He could be a very cute horse. Where are the owners? Can you give more detail on the situation? Like how did he end up skinny? How skinny was he when people were riding him? Do you have anyone with enough experience there to teach you how to help this horse? And what does your "teacher" say about his condition (being overall health, weight included)?
I don't think your going to need a WHOLE lot as far as weight. More like muscle in the right places, with some fat to go along. Definitely far from the skinniest horse I've ever seen. And I can't tell how bad his club foot is. You need to have a farrier look at it and tell you.
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I would be curious as to how the barn you are at let him get so skinny......And how you plan on putting weight on him at the same place if they were unable to maintain him so far?

He will be difficult to fit a saddle to.......
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There's a lot more to rescuing a horse that putting groceries into it

Sometimes the things that don't show up at the time, can be more grief and cost than getting the horse to good weight.

I could be wrong and I hope it's the camera angle, but this horse looks ewe-necked to me. Not good if that is the case.

Ewe-necked can be too short or too long of a neck on too straight of shoulders, and also looks like it was put on upside down.

If you Google "ewe necked horse" you will get some credible hits; here is one.
Icelandic Horse, Ewe Neck

Given that he may also have a club hoof, if you want the horse merely to save him and don't have plans for anything more than a bit of light hacking, he might be worth the risk if he is a kind-natured horse.

$400 is a lot of money and the horse possibly could be even more heartache in the end. It would be wise to have a vet examine him

Wish I could say more but, were it me, I would most likely swallow past the lump in throat and walk the other way, IF the horse really is ewe-necked. You need guidance from a vet:)

And yes, another inquiring mind wants to know why the BO let this horse get in this condition? I can think of a couple possibilities, in all fairness to the BO, but I am still curious

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-07-2013, 09:54 AM
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I would pass on him weight isnt his only issue hes ewe necked and a club foot. You might be buying yourself alot of heartache. Looks like hes also to far back at the knees or what is called calf kneed not good. The price really isnt cheap for the condition hes in i wouldnt pay 400$ for him. Where i live for 400$ you can get a pretty nice horse with out all the issues and registered to boot.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-07-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all of your feedback. I talked to the barn this morning, and they were very vague about his history, and did not really want to divulge too much about his care since he has been there. That presented a huge red flag for me, and as sad as he is I will just have to pass. My husband was concerned about how the barn keeps him in that condition as well. We just moved to NM about 6 months ago, and this is the first barn that we have been going to out here due to its proximity. (we're kind in the middle of nowhere) I have found a nicer although further away barn that I will be going to when and if I decide to purchase a horse out here.
I have a huge heart when it comes to animals and sometimes I need to keep it in check. Thankfully I have a place I can turn to for honest answers.
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I agree with the other posters. Keep looking.

I bought this horse for $500:

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post #9 of 14 Old 02-07-2013, 10:46 AM
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Having been on the rescuing side of the horse world for 10 years too long - I completely understand your decision. Most rescues require more money than they'll ever be worth. The heartache will be great with every set back. While the rewards are very many the pain and expense is often equal.
So I completely understand your decision and you are probably better off getting a horse you can enjoy.
But I do hope someone is doing something about that poor soul. The ewe neck does certainly make him look worse than he probably is - his owners do need to be doing a better job. Can you - or someone you know - call your local humane society? Humane societies do not just sweep in and take people's animals - they typically go in and assess the animals and have a discussion with the owners about what needs to be done to help the animal. Follow ups later will determine whether or not the animals need to be taken in - whether the animal's injuries or neglect has worsened and whether the owner has bothered to take the time to fix it. I understand barn politics and if you don't want to make the call I think someone you know should for the sake of that pony.
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I can absolutely contact the local humane society, or local horse rescue. All the people at the barn would tell me about his past was that his owners can not afford to feed him like he needs. I know that they are using him occasionally for one young boy to ride. I'm not even really to sure who has legal ownership of him at the moment- if it is the barn or if he is still owned by those other people.
I will do some digging and see what I can find and do for the guy. My husband said that he would be willing to pay for his feed so that he can at least eat- it may not be everything he needs, but it might help some.
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