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    06-12-2013, 06:43 PM
Wow, I never would have guessed that he was actually that old. Poor little darling, I'm so happy that now he's got a chance at life.
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    06-12-2013, 10:45 PM
Thanks for the support, guys. We got him to the barn, FINALLY at about 4:30 pm this afternoon after some run around. I have to say, he looks crappier today than he was in the pictures. He's scraped up pretty bad and there's area on his face where the wounds are healed but there's no fur. I imagine most of that is cosmetic though.

Unfortunately, he is limping badly on a hind leg. I got a call from the breeder last night that he was limping a full day after the trim, and after the trailer trip, he looks seriously uncomfortable. He ate a ton of hay then spent a bunch of time laying down...pooped lots too.

That being said, we gave him a small portion of the Tribute stuff at the barn, and mixed it with a bit of the wheat germ oil, but also when he pooped that last time, the BO added some mineral oil because she did not like the look of his feces. It's dark and it looks firm, but she says it's got like a shiny look to it that makes her worried he has some impaction in there. =/

I did give him a crappy running braid to get a better view of his neck (looked hollow, maybe dehydrated, but I did see him drink), and I took the Furminator brush to that winter coat still left on his ribs....that was probably a crap idea, because now I see that those "streaks" in the pics over his ribs? Yeah, those aren't mangy coat, those are ribs. =/ I can literally set my fingers in the channel where his ribs are after combing off some of that coat. UCK.

Now I can't wait to worm but I still haven't gotten ahold of our LOCAL vet (the vet clinic I took him to today SUCKED, and I will never go back there again!), so I haven't gotten his opinion on how to proceed with deworming. I am hoping that he is in good enough condition to geld....but I guess we'll see when I can get the vet to answer his phone lol.

Anyway with any luck, things will only get better from here.
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    06-12-2013, 10:51 PM
Oh, poor guy. I hope the poo issue is nothing serious...same with the limping. Give him a hug for me, K?
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    06-12-2013, 11:51 PM
Poor little guy He looks about the same size as the yearling mustangs my BO's granddaughter has brought in for the "Youth and Yearlings" program.
    06-13-2013, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
Healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery with the Little Guy.

Gelding - I'll bet your vet will want to wait a few months; especially now that he's been injured somehow.

I wouldn't be surprised if he's also too weak to worm. A friend of mine rescued a stunted yearling that was full of worms.

I told him to call the vet and get some worming guidance. At the very least, not to worm that colt with a full dose because he might kill the colt but he did anyway ----annnnd he killed that yearling. Needless-to-say, he was almost throwing up sick as he's had horses all his life

Gosh, you got Little Guy out of there in the knick of time.
    06-13-2013, 09:42 AM
If he's two then you have yourself a pony. Check the internet for tooth charts and age him yourself.
    06-13-2013, 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
If he's two then you have yourself a pony. Check the internet for tooth charts and age him yourself.
his parents are proper registered quarterhorses. Sadly shw had one other younster Striders age that was out of the super skinny pinto pony mare. That filly is Striders age, and striders height...lbut looked a lot healthier.

About the gelding, that would suck. Im moving back to Ca by next month and everyone will be kept wt home. I have three mares. :(

Eh I will figure it out
    06-14-2013, 12:15 AM
Ok, so my update for today. Strider has been stalled by himself away from all the other horses. He is a local horse, and TBH he has probably not carrying anything but worms, but my main concern is competition for hay. I was going to have the BO keep him pastured with the ponies, but even with them, he'd be competing with the two geldings (a Shetland and a mini) who chase MY shetland mare from the food. So for now, he is kept stalled with as much hay as he can eat 24 hours a day.

Strider was provided with a small portion of grain last night and he still hasn't eaten it. I had mixed some Aspirin in it due to his limping, so that may be why. We will try feeding it in a bucket like the breeder claims she did (when she had grain...) and see if that does the trick. BUT he is eating. Even when he lays down, he is eating.

I brushed him a little more today and he is, as of right now, really freakishly nice. I've seen him act like a younger horse (pawing, refusing to load, refusing to give foot in the field), but right now all he does is eat. He will approach me if I call him and sniff my face, and he more than likely does the same for others. It's all very sad...Some of that may be personality, but I expect him to be at least somewhat more full of shenanigans as he gains health. He *is* after all, currently a 2 year old colt. You wouldn't even know he was, if his jewels weren't right out there.

But anyway, that's the feed update. Won't touch the medicated grain, lots of hay and lots of water.

In a side note, I got ahold of my local vet this morning and he said "let's talk about this in better weather...how about just call me tomorrow or Saturday...we'll go ahead and try to do it that day (if the weather's better)".

Strange old man!!!!! ;)
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    06-14-2013, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
In a side note, I got ahold of my local vet this morning and he said "let's talk about this in better weather...how about just call me tomorrow or Saturday...we'll go ahead and try to do it that day (if the weather's better)".

Strange old man!!!!! ;)
I interpret that to mean, he wants the colt outside so he can move around after being gelded and nice weather is important for that.

Down thru the years, all my stallions were gelded outside and every vet said to make sure they move around.

The only one that wouldn't exercise himself, is the one that swelled up like so many helium balloons. The vet had to come back out, sedate him and lance him. THAT was a fun time - not

What a great update

If the aspirin is powder form, cut the tip off a 60 CC syringe, put a bit of apple juice in some water, mix it up and hopefully he will let you syringe it down him

If the aspirin is in granulated form, that won't work because the granules won't mix into the liquid like powder does.

On the other hand, it might be best to not relieve his pain so he doesn't do something stupid or risk getting ulcers, given the condition he's in.

If the vet does the cut and snip this weekend, he will examine The Lad and probably give you something for him

I hope the weather holds for you
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    06-14-2013, 01:02 PM
Thanks, Walk, I will try that if needed! It's a great idea!

I did call the vet today and he will be coming out "sometime after 2" and he "will call" us.

Strider is feeling much better today.

I just got a text from the BO that she had to close the top bars of his stall because he was TRYING TO JUMP OUT OF THE STALL. O_O
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