For those who haven't read the other thread, this little guy is a 3 year old reg. Hackney gelding the owners were desperate to find someone to trade them for some hay. He's skinny, but not HORRIBLY skinny. His feet are terrible, although he doesn't limp at all (I don't see how he ISN'T limping!) He is terrified. Completely terrified, and I can't determine if it was through abuse or just lack of handling, but he seems willing to try.
I had some trailer drama trying to get the poor guy home, but finally got him home this afternoon.
So here are the first impressions:
And here he is after about 45 min of getting him used to being touched, a little elbow grease and brushing (poor guy flinches with every brush stroke, he was getting quieter by the end though), getting his mane and forelock brushed out. I didn't attempt the tail yet, because he's still scared when I get behind him, and he's also having a little projectile diarrhea. I just wanted to have a little bonding time with him, so some brushing and cookies, and a good bit of rubbing down with damp towels, and we have a start!
Can you say giraffe neck??
Then back in his stall to settle down for a bit, a few more cookies over the stall wall, and some hay to much!