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 he's 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.