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    11-12-2011, 11:28 PM
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We got my Rascal in May of 2011. Always had horses but after a long spurt of NONE a baby rescue horse was given to us by some friends. He needed a friend, ALL HORSES DO IN MY OPINION, so I put an add on craigslist looking for a young horse *as I didn't want anything to big to hurt the foal*. A woman text me said she had a horse, about a year old (HE WAS ACTUALLY 9 MO) needed to find a home for him asap. He was in a field with a 9 year old stallion and was being "harrases" to death! I could HAVE HIM if I drove the hour to get him. So I did, feeling this horse may to be in need. She sent me pics, and he was a little thin looking but in overall good shape from the pics. WELL...we get there. I see NO barn, no lot, no other horses! Litterally a sub-division type set up. WHERE DID THEY KEEP HIM????? I have no idea :(.......he was covered in blood, when he whipped his tail he would sling blood everywhere. His tail, had a huge hole where he had been bitten, and it was broken. He had gashes all over his body from being bitten. Said they had only had him a couple weeks, but judging by the pics and his condition upon arrival, that was clearly a lie. He didn't get like that in a couple weeks, some of the bite marks had already started to heal and some where fresh. He was SEVERLY under weight. Matted mess. I fell in love! We got him home, bathed him, pennicillian daily as well as bandaging wounds and such daily. He was so loving and sweet for all he has been through. I spend every single day with this horse, he is litterally my 3rd child and I cry as I write this email recalling his horrific find. Anyways....on to his medical needs. He was fine for about 3 months (August) noticed his front right pastern joint was severly swollen. We treated thinking it was a knick, after about a week it hadn't gone down and that was his first vet visit. The vet came, lanced it and drained it but said there was a chance it would never get better or that he may never be ridden. A couple weeks went by and it swelled back up. This time the vet put a cathader in his neck. The next day, he had a severe reaction to the stint and it was removed immediantly. His head swelled up like a ballon and even today, 3 months later, you can still see remenants of the head swelling. He was put back on penn. Twice a day. So now in NOVEMBER, his leg is still swollen. But not hot or painful. Just will never go down more than likely. His back legs also swell up if he stands in a stall to long. Vet said it was a malnurishment issue he would have to just work through it. We are STILL "working" through it. He isn't in pain. He runs, plays just like a normal horse. But I want more for him. He needs to be a companion horse just to be loved on and anyone that could maybe afford a second opinion on him. I CAN NOT afford anymore vet bills for him. But cannot stand to see him suffer. I have 2 seperate vets pressuring me to put him down but like I said, that is my 3rd child and I cannot. Would love to find him a great home willing and able to help him instead. Even if it means never seeing him again, just to know he gets to live. Thanks for listening.

Ok.i am going to get this horse tomorrow.what would be the best route for feeding him.and what could be causeing the abcesses.he gets them all over not just his feet.should we wait to make final decisions on him.it takes at least 6 months to get built back up or even start...and should he not be given grain...
     
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    11-14-2011, 01:44 AM
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NO barn, no lot, no other horses!
Gee, that'd be a nice novelty around here, to have access to a barn. I agree with you that horses are far better with company, but many are kept alone & there's nothing wrong with it in many people's opinions.

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front right pastern joint was severly swollen. ... The vet came, lanced it and drained it ...This time the vet put a cathader in his neck.
I presume it was an abscess on his fetlock? Did the lancing work? Did the vet do any other tests? Tell you what he thought it was from? What was the catheter for? Did he have an abscess on his neck too?

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His head swelled up like a ballon and even today, 3 months later, you can still see remenants of the head swelling. .... His back legs also swell up if he stands in a stall to long. Vet said it was a malnurishment issue
The leg swelling is common, called 'stocking up'. Horses need free movement & shouldn't be kept cooped up unless absolutely necessary. Given the malnourishment, swollen head & such, 'Big Head' comes to mind, though I don't know much about this 'disease' at all. It's effectively massive calcium deficiency. Is the horse on a good, well balanced diet now? What tests have been done on him?

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could maybe afford a second opinion on him. I CAN NOT afford anymore vet bills for him. But cannot stand to see him suffer. I have 2 seperate vets pressuring me to put him down
Best wishes there & it's certainly possible that you'll find someone willing to take him on with the major effort & expense involved despite his possible uselessness. But I think it's important to consider that's a lot less likely than something like your situation, where you took the horse on with the best of intentions but when the vets bills start mounting he is passed on. Therefore, I know it's a b***y hard call, but you may need to consider quality over quantity for his life.

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ok.i am going to get this horse tomorrow.what would be the best route for feeding him.and what could be causeing the abcesses.
I don't get this bit. Get what horse from where? Do you mean he's not yours yet & you've been getting the vet out to someone elses horse & he's not been fed/managed differently since you found him? If that's the case, why are you even getting him if you can't afford to care for him? If he's malnourished, I'd think good diet & nutrition was of primary importance & I'd be consulting a nutritionist. If the vet said his probs are from malnutrition, are you asking for us to make other guesses as to what may be wrong?
     

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