Soenjer- he sure is a looker, isn't he? I couldn't believe that he was only 3 months old when we got him. If only you lived in Texas, I'd be begging you to take him in! He's such a friendly boy with tons of potential, and he's already topping 14hh at 7 (not six, my mistake earlier) months old! I can easily see him reaching 17 hands. I just wish I knew who his sire was. Here's a few more pictures of him as a three month old, just for you ;) Peppin'
I really need to get some more pictures of him. He's very flashy in his liver chestnut 'big boy' coat now!
Cmarie- ahhhh, and I wish you were too <3 these guys are in such a need for one on one attention, and it just breaks my heart knowing that there's no way that they're going to get it here, much as we love them.
GreenBackJack- If only she was, right? She's such a gentle hearted little girl, and Bree just loves children. If we can ever get her over this hump, I could very easily see her as a childrens mount once she's had some formal training.
You're exactly right when you say that she looks like she's carrying a lot of stress. She and the other five have had a very tough past, and I can only imagine the hell that they all went through.
I don't know the entire story, but we were told that the six- along with three other horses (first-year stud colts) were owned by a back yard breeder in the area who bred, trained, and raced her own horses. Supposively she made just enough to keep her operation afloat, but after a hard divorce she went bankrupt. And instead if selling the animals off, she let them suffer along with her.
She'd had all of the broodies in a large pasture, but when she ran out of money she couldn't keep it anymore and had no where to put the horses. So she sold the stud colts who were racing at the time and put all six of the other horses-a gelding and a mare (Regal) who was still racing, Sierra and her newborn filly Kenzie, Bree and Peppin- into two of these 10x10 stalls and shut them in so that people couldn't see them.
As you can imagine, none of the horses had room to move, and I don't really even know how Kenzie and Peppin didn't get trampled, but somehow all six of them survived off of the straw and old hay that was tossed to them and a few handfulls of feed for about a month. That's when someone called on this lady because they heard one of the horses 'going crazy' in it's stall. Once they were discovered, the horses were removed and through a series of events they came to live here at our farm to recooperate and find homes.
When we got them, Bree's legs were stocked up and she had a few bite marks/scrapes, rain rot, and abcessed feet from not being shod in quite a while. Then, as stated- she had the ulcers and sharp teeth. The teeth are fixed but I'm definitely wondering about those ulcers now.
Bree both leads well and will back/give to pressure so doing something like you said shouldn't be too hard. I might be able to squeeze in a short walk with her once every other day or so, until I can find someone else to work with her- but I'm afraid that's the best I can do right now. Theres also the possibility of getting one of our cowboys to pony her while riding around the property to check fences if it would help at all.
Smrobs- We haven't tried them yet, but we give them to Delriah so I have the available if I wanted to try that. Should I wait until the ulcers are under control though, before I try? I'd hate to cause her more discomfort. And I'll definitely see about getting that blood panel done on her as soon as possible.
And a cow x donkey cross.... XD poor Taz! He's such a hansome boy now though, maybe there is hope for Kenzie! Lol. She does seem to have really weak/funky looking pasterns so I'm not sure about her overall soundness later on, but as long as she can make a trail or pleasure mount I'll call it good. ;D