The poor baby had been posted on our local Craigslist for a long time and I watched his price drop every week... Once it hit $100, something in me snapped and I knew we had to go check on this horse. My instincts were correct, and the lady who owned him hadn't taken care of him at all. In his first 6 months, she literally did not touch him... Just let him and mom sit out on a pasture. When she decided she wanted to sell him, she brought them in and halter/lead trained him (to a point). She did not worry about desensitizing him to anything else. His hooves were WAY too long, as they had never been handled, let alone trimmed. He had a hay belly and his ribs were showing... I knew we had to get him out of that situation.
So we brought him home on the 21st. Hubby has worked with his desensitizing every day since we got him and the difference in his mannerisms is amazing for only having been here for 9 days. Now, he is comfortable with being touched/rubbed all over, loves to be groomed, and allows his front feet to be picked up. The back feet are the next project. Since he is not yet comfortable with his backs, we will be giving him a mild sedative for his first trimming this Sunday.
We had him gelded yesterday, and he is bouncing back very well. Has shown no pain and very little soreness. So far, there has been almost no swelling.
What really impresses me about Rebel is his personality and character. He is so smart and curious! I can't believe how quickly he learns and how willing to please he is. I have a feeling we have gotten ourselves a great little horse. Anyway, here are pics of the day we purchased him: