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post #1 of 85 Old 07-10-2014, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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New rescue, crazy sad story

I don't call many of the "projects" that we get in "a rescue" but this guy really did need rescuing.

So I received a call about a horse who was tied up at an abandon property. He could graze what he could reach (which isn't much when you are tethered on a 15' line) but was frequently out of water. The guy calling was from the city and up for the 4th of July weekend. He has spent the last week running water out to the horse and said that he untangled him every time he went to see him. He traded the man who owned the horse, a car, for the horse. Bought him some sweet feed at tractor supply. Its nice to know that there are people like him in the world yet. He told me that he didn't know anything about horses but that wasn't any way for a horse to live and wanted me to take him (must have found my number online). The horse would get tangled up, give up and lay down just stuck there. I thought that was odd, until I saw the horse, he is also BLIND! The poor soul spent 4-5 months tied, tangled and alone in a world he cannot see.
The guy was so hopeful that this would be a useful riding horse once he was fattened up but I had to give him the bad news that this horse is very likely going to be laid to rest this week as I feel that is in the horses best interest. His ankles are a dislocated popping mess from catching them in the rope I'm guessing, looks like he jerked his hip around pretty good, his back is sore, he urinates in very frequent very small quantities which would lead me to believe that he has suffered some sort of failure due to the lack of water, his heart rate is elevated (70) not to mention hes thin, has lice, has worms, has hoof abscess and is 100% blind on one side and at least 80% on the other.

The horse is a saint. He is very well adapted and must have been blind most or all of his young life. He knew what the trailer was, he let his nose bump into the floor then put a foot where his nose was and hopped right in. We took the stock trailer so he could be turned around to come out, he tip toed to the edge with his nose to the floor and when the floor ran out he hopped down. He is so very sweet and happy. Once home, he discovered that he was in a round pen and took himself for a stiff trot around and around and around smiling all the way. I wiggled my hand in his water bucket, he stopped and walked over to note where it was. What a sweet, smart boy.

Luckily, he isn't as thin as I feared but unfortunately, weight isn't his only issue.

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post #2 of 85 Old 07-10-2014, 11:50 AM
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Poor boy. :( Glad that guy got him out of there. No horse should have to live in pain like that.
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Poor guy :(. And the saddest part is, that with as well adapted as he seems to be to his blindness, he probably would have made a perfectly nice leisure mount for someone before his legs and organs were destroyed.

Bless you for taking him, if only for a few days to give him a full belly and space to stretch his legs before his suffering is ended. What a fighter- he looks so cheery and grateful!
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post #4 of 85 Old 07-10-2014, 03:27 PM
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What an angel of a horse! And you are an absolute saint. Sounds like he still has a will to live, hopefully his internal organ failure isn't too far progressed...and if it is thank goodness you found him and he has had a fantastic end :) Now to find some tissues.
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Poor guy. Hopefully he isn't as far gone as thought to be. What a shame if he is though. So sad for such a sweet guy. Good luck to you and him!
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Endiku that is exactly true and very sad. I think that if anyone would have made a nice trail horse as a blind horse, this guy would have.

I wish that we could find someone with it in their heart to offer him a place. I have eight horses here and five are pasture-sound retired horses that I've picked up to help out. I am not sure that we need a sixth but I know from experience with these first five that no one else will take him. I am seeing what can be done for him but he looks like he hurts a lot of places. Right now, hes happy to be "free" and enjoying a full belly :) He is happy and I think that HE wants to live.

We have retired older horses, an otherwise happy 6 year old Thoroughbred with a severe chronic tarsal bone slab fracture (who lived in a cabin when we got him) and a Quarter Horse with a large displace navicular bone fracture. A light riding sound Thoroughbred who is a grade 2 lame with a turned out hip and a front leg that turns in due to life in a stall and circling to the right all five of her growing years with no turnout.

And they all make wonderful company!
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If he still wants to live have you cobsidered contacting an animal sanctuary? I work at one...we have two 100% blind horses and one blind in one eye along with horses with other ailments. Being blind shouldnt be a death sentence though i understand your situation so i am in no way judgeing or criticizing!
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If he still wants to live have you cobsidered contacting an animal sanctuary? I work at one...we have two 100% blind horses and one blind in one eye along with horses with other ailments. Being blind shouldnt be a death sentence though i understand your situation so i am in no way judgeing or criticizing!
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I am with you 100%! If you re-read my posts you will see that I am by no means putting him to sleep because he is a blind horse! His back is very sore, his stifle locks, there is something wrong with his hip, both back ankles pop and cause him to stumble, he has abscess in all four feet and he urinates in small frequent amounts. Among other things. Like I said, he'd make a great riding horse even with his lack of sight IF it weren't for all of the repercussions due to the neglect he has suffered and tangling himself in his rope so much over the past four or five months. Even if I could get him more comfortable he would always have the hip and ankle problems, that might be "all" IF we could take care of the stifle with weight/muscle and when the abscess heal and IF a chiropractor fixed his back. I just do not see a comfortable future for this poor horse. I've estimated about $1,200 that I'd have into finding out if he could become a "more comfortable pasture sound blind horse" that would still be unfortunately nothing anyone would want.

I think that getting him out of there and ending his suffering is doing right by him.
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The guy that found him and put him together with you deserves a certificate for good citizenship - it's so easy to 'look the other way' sometimes.

Whatever you have to do for this poor chap, it will be the right thing.

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Poor horse, he deserves his last days to be relatively pain free. Kudos to you and the person who traded their car for him. More than likely, everytime he pees, it would feel like peeing battery acid to him, how horrible.
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