I work with a lot of abused horses. I thought I had seen everything until a mare came in a few months ago. A vet found her and had nursed her back to health. She was emaciated and dehydrated, but when she put weight on, he realized she was a registered 7 year old warmblood. I worked with her and she is now very rideable and can jump almost 4 feet. Here's the catch. Tawny is completely blind. By completely, I mean she literally has no eyeballs, just grown over sockets. Turns out, her old owners wanted the insurance money and they poked her eyes out with forks... the vet found her abandoned and bleeding and was luckily able to save her.
Her show name is Caecus Fides. It means Blind Faith in Latin. She jumps when you squeeze her in a certain spot. Totally trusts humans.
Anyone else ever dealt with abuse cases? I have many stories if anyone wants to hear them :)
She's such a lover. I'm getting special permission to show her in hunter once and then she'll go back to her owner, the vet. She's extremely trusting of all humans, regardless of what they've done to her.
I wouldnt let them have her back.. ever. They could break her legs next for MORE money.
My Prince (also known as Phillip) was severely abused. As a weanling he was sold in the auctions, to various pony dealers, and one or more had really beat him up. From the time he was placed in the auctions as a weanling, to the time he was a 2 year old, men twisted his ears, had teenager sit on him and beat him.. they did horrible things to my lil Princey. Then he was rescued by my friend, Grace, and she broke him and raised him for 7 years before we bought him.
Where I board the BO takes all the seized horses by the AC and gets them healthy for adoption. It's crazy to see what people will do to a horse. I think the same punishment should be given to them. Let them stay in a small area with no feed until they get so hungry they have to eat their own poop to survive.
It's sickening. Thankfully we've got a very good judge that throws the book at pukes that like to abuse horses.
I have not every seen anything quite that drastic. Good for that vet taking her in and saving her life. So many horses don't respond well to being blind and are constantly freaked out and almost unmanageable. That is great that you are doing so well with her. I would love to see some pix of her pretty self.
As for my abuse case, he is a 15 year old QH. He was sent to my Dad to train in '96 as a 2 year old. Apparently, the owner had a couple of "cowboy" friends that she asked to train him first. They manhandled him and did like you see in the movies; put a blind on him, screw the saddle down, step on, the start beating him to get him to move. Anytime he would spook at them, they would punish him by hitting him with sticks and kicking him. One of his front teeth was broken by a 2x4. :( Anyway, he ended up hurting one of those boys pretty bad (good for him) and so she sent him to Dad. At the time, Dad was known as an expert in dealing with problem and dangerous horses. Unfortunately, he had just been elected sheriff and didn't have time. So the horse stayed in a pen for 2 years here. One morning, I was feeding before school and really looked at him, I fell in love. I always wanted a bay horse and I can remember saying to him "Your pretty. I think I'll ride you." That afternoon, I came home and grabbed my saddle. I have been riding him ever since. After about a year of me riding him, Dad called the owner and said that the horse was ready to come home and she owed x amount of dollars for feed and training over the last year. She couldn't pay the bill so she offered the horse instead. That is how I ended up with my sweet 16 birthday present. He can be a bit of a butthead but I love him anyway.
You can see he is absolutely terrified of me. :) LOL