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        06-15-2013, 05:21 PM
      #51
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    He looks better today, to me. Are you hand walking him to keep him from swelling?
         
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        06-15-2013, 05:56 PM
      #52
    Showing
    You need to have another horse or two in the barn. He's feeling vulnerable to attack and wants to be with the herd. We see a stall as safe, he sees it as a trap. If he can see out, then he thinks a predator could easily have him for dinner as he has no where to escape. This has nothing to do with being a stallion or gelding. Did you check his teeth to validate his age? If he's not registered then the seller can tell you anything. Would you have bo't him thinking he's a yearling? Maybe not.
         
        06-15-2013, 07:03 PM
      #53
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Would you have bo't him thinking he's a yearling? Maybe not.
    First of all, I really have no idea what you mean by this.

    There is *NO* reason for the seller to lie to me about his age. Him being 2 is NOT A SELLING POINT. It is nothing for her to be proud of! When we were first at the auction, a couple of older guys were looking at these two colts. I asked the one who jumped into the stall if they were yearlings. He said, and I quote "Older than that". Between that, and her breeder report that she has all filled out, just looking at and being around him, I believe her.

    Now that being said, he has seen 2 vets since I got him. The first was a total arse, was 1 hour and 20 minutes late to our APPOINTMENT after we drove 2.5 hours up to his office for coggins, health cert and rabies vax, and responded "Ask your regular vet", when I asked him about worming.

    The second vet, my regular one, who is actually pretty cool showed up at about 8:40 pm to castrate this guy, told his stories, then stayed late to help us (quickly) draw blood for coggins and health certs for my other guys so that I can MOVE in 2 weeks. I suppose I could have made him look into my 40 dollar horse's mouth, but I was a little busy, not to mention exhausted at that point. But hey, we all have our priorities.


    Both vets were told how old he is. The BO was told how old he is.

    Also, I don't think I mentioned how he is being kept.

    Because he is local and he'd probably be dead if he had anything, he is placed one (empty) stall away from Big Paint gelding that is on stall rest. I told the BO to keep him there so he isn't competing with ANYONE for hay, and also just in case his nose does start running in the next few days. Across the aisle are the two pony geldings that are in during inclement weather or whenever the BO feels like leaving her ponies in. He is not used to being stalled, but he is also not "alone".

    I have four other horses, three of which are on this property.

    I guess I'm just kind of confused? But hopefully that cleared up some of the confusion.
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        06-15-2013, 07:05 PM
      #54
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    He looks better today, to me. Are you hand walking him to keep him from swelling?
    The vet told us to lunge him today after letting him rest. I went out this morning and he was walking around, and we will go our and lunge him in an hour or so (somewhat gingerly...I mean OUCH!!! But...doctor's orders!!) to keep swelling down, and apparently to keep it draining.

    Of the two choices, walking sounds better X_X
         
        06-15-2013, 07:37 PM
      #55
    Showing
    Hey, for what it's worth. I had Dobe and the Paint I picked up at the same time gelded after they had started their saddle training and I continued to ride them while they were healing. Gave them the day off the day of gelding, but I was back on them the next day. I did take it easy on them, but they never had swelling of any sort, the wound stayed open to drain, and they both healed up quickly with zero problems.
         
        06-16-2013, 12:56 PM
      #56
    Yearling
    Smrobs....that sounds horrible! Lol! I'm a bit squeamish about live things with open wounds!!!! Yet another reason it's good I stuck to forensics instead of going for an MD ;)




    Here's a pic of Strider last night when we were going to try to lunge him in the arena. Ignore the poo...he's clearly eating xD

    The BO has been dumping a little bit of grain on his hay, and he has eaten it that way. She knows that we are starting him off very slow though so for the most part he is getting as much hay as he can eat and a small bit of grain. He seems a LOT better just from a couple of days of eating.

    He's a pretty sweet horse. He walks to me when I go to pull him from the round pen. Last night when I was trying to open the round pen gate, he turned towards me, and then the gate somehow pinched the web of my fingers between my pointer finger and my thumb. I squealed REALLY loud, and then looked up to find that instead of running away...Strider was suddenly right at the fence checking if I was ok!!! Crazy how this little guy exhibits concern (or at least curiosity) at what hurt me, whereas it would stand to reason that his first reaction should be to get away from the pain causing thing!!

    The little Frankenpony is starting to grow on me!

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        06-16-2013, 12:57 PM
      #57
    Yearling
    Also is it me or does it look like he has gained a couple of pounds already? I'm terrible at judging size unless it's super obvious.
         
        06-16-2013, 01:23 PM
      #58
    Super Moderator
    I don't know about the weight but his overall appearance looks 100X better

    He has a very kind expression in his eye. His ears are up as if to say "I knew someone would help me". His expression looks like a very willing to please horse

    20 years from now, you might find yourself saying he was the best $40 you ever spent
         
        06-19-2013, 09:57 AM
      #59
    Yearling
    He has a super cute head! Hope he's continuing to improve.
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        06-19-2013, 09:26 PM
      #60
    Yearling
    Hey Cynical, he is improving, I think...getting some attitude. I'm going to be updating here:

    Strider, The Accident Prone, Auction House/Impulse Buy Foundation QH

    So that I can keep it all in one place =)
         

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