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post #1 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Need to help this neglected pony before it gets worse

My father was telling me about a horse that was given to my brother's girlfriend, more specifically.. Her 13 year old daughter. Neither of which have any kind of experience with horses. They were told he was a miniature horse, but at 2 years old, he's roughly 11 hands, and growing. He has not been gelded and is starting to act "stud like" and I worry he's going to hurt himself or any of the kids (they've got four small kids-5, 6, 8 and 13 years old)
Over the winter, they had the pony tied in the haymow. They moved him to a small paddock when it got warmer because he started kicking and striking at the kids when they were in around him. He's very nervous and skittish. He's sweet and curious (he wouldn't leave me alone when I went to pet him yesterday) but he's also scared, and he bit my forearm, leaving a mark on my jacket and a light colored bruise.

Now to the point.. His feet are overgrown and cracking and chipping. He's got a couple cracks almost the length of his hoof, and a decent sized chunk out of another. His halter is too big, so they've got it tied above the buckle, instead of getting him one that fits. I did not see a bucket or trough for fresh water, and his small paddock is over grown and full of weeds, a few of which I'm sure would make him sick. He has very little, if anything, to graze on. Any grass is very very short, and I'm afraid he may have worms. He's been cut above one hip. His skin is tight and dry, likely from dehydration. His coat is still in okay shape, but I'm afraid it won't last. I talked to my brother about buying him from them (my brother would just give him to me if he had a choice) but the 13 year old threw a tantrum about it, though she hasn't been near him for months, maybe over a year. I was thinking I could talk to her mother, but I'm not sure what I could say, or how to word it, without sounding mean and arrogant, as I tend to get very harsh about situations like this. I do not want to cause trouble within the family, however, the well-being of the pony, as well as my nieces and nephews, is far more important to me than worrying about them being angry with me. I would like to be able to keep him and care for him, as my horse was sold with out my knowledge in November, and I really miss having one around to care for, but even if that cannot happen, I want him to go to a place where he will be loved and well cared for.

So.. Suggestions??
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 07:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Cute pony.

Offer them money. Past that, he's not in bad enough shape for the authorities to do anything.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. And Thank you. I thought he was pretty cute

I've offered money, but the daughter doesn't want to let him go, even though she's not doing anything with him. And as far as I can tell, what she says goes =[ Unfortunately, I think the only way he'll be bad enough is if he's dead. It seems as though no one does anything for the larger animals around here
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post #4 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 07:57 PM
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Not much you can do then. Look up the number of a farrier for them. Are yiu close enough to offer to help care for him?
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post #5 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thankfully, yes. I'd like to try to talk the mother into letting me buy him from them, but I don't know how to do it without sounding rude. If nothing else, I want to get him a new halter, get him wormed and have a farrier over, then get the daughter to help me out so she can learn some things
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post #6 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 08:27 PM
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I would worry about gelding him before his feet.
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Ah, have you mentioned stallion behavior to the mother? Not to encourage her to geld him but perhaps alarm bells will go off. All that good stuff about being unpredictable, biting, breaking out if it smells a mare in heat two miles away. In case she should ask, have the info on how much having him gelded will cost and possible followup care. May as well throw in the cost of getting his feet done while you're at it. If you have to haul out the big guns, mention the cost of hay for this coming winter. Once those dollar signs are flying around in her head you might just wind up with this pony. He appears to be lacking in salt.
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Ah, have you mentioned stallion behavior to the mother? Not to encourage her to geld him but perhaps alarm bells will go off. All that good stuff about being unpredictable, biting, breaking out if it smells a mare in heat two miles away. In case she should ask, have the info on how much having him gelded will cost and possible followup care. May as well throw in the cost of getting his feet done while you're at it. If you have to haul out the big guns, mention the cost of hay for this coming winter. Once those dollar signs are flying around in her head you might just wind up with this pony. He appears to be lacking in salt.
This is definitely a great idea, and I've been thinking about it a lot. The hay thing may not do much, as they have a dairy farm and do their own hay, but everything else. I was thinking about throwing in that, since he's a stallion and not handled much, if one of her kids or their friends goes in to his paddock trying to "pet the pretty pony" they could end up in the hospital. Hoping that may make her realize what's going on
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post #9 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 10:32 PM
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Look up or find out your county or city's laws regarding the housing of stallions. A lot of places require you to have a certain type of fencing or a certain setup to house a stallion. There are usually hefty fines in place in case people ignore these laws. If worse comes to worse and she ignores you, report them for improperly housing a stallion. Maybe that will wake them up.

If it were me, I would probably just get the horse the things it needs. Buy him a new halter and put it on him. If they are as inattentive as you claim, they likely won't even notice. If they do say something, make light of it and say that you couldn't stand to see that big old halter on him anymore, or that such a handsome guy needed a nicer-looking halter than what they had on him.

Offer to help work with him and get him to where the kids can work with him. Don't be rude about it and say "You guys suck at horse care. I'm taking over your pony so he doesn't die." Say something like "I noticed that Junior doesn't get enough attention and was wondering if you'd mind me working with him. I can help get him to where the kids can at least brush him and pet him." Try to educate them about proper horse care and do it nicely. Express your concerns that as things stand, the children are likely to get hurt.
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post #10 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I would definitely not say it like that..Haha She just has a tendency of taking some things the wrong way, and there are already existing problems in the family.

I'm definitely going to look it up, though. I think they've gotta be separate, except for breeding, if they're over 2 years. With electric wire, which they have. But part of the paddock only has one line, and it's not tight. I do, however, already have a nice gray halter picked out for him, and someone who may be willing to trim his feet for a decent price-he did my mare's hooves until she was sold, and has a lot of experience with "problem horses" that haven't been trimmed much
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