So agree, when we took Ziggers in the rescue facility had already "fixed" the physical issues on the then 3 year old. However, if I had a dollar for every hour spent trying to get her over the psychological scars from being beaten in the head..I would be 1 of the wealthiest people in the world. She is strongly bonded here after 2 years but its still a work in progress. This week I have been working with getting a fly mask on her because the mild winter has brought an army of flies this year! Still not even close..but she did allow me to "mess" with her ears...that's a first! So, yep, no one should take in a rescue without really understanding the time, patience, & money involved!
Yes, I know health propblems can happen to any horse or really any animal for that matter no matter where they came from. I think the not knowing what happened in her past makes it hard. There's definitely something wrong as one of the other horses seized a week before her from the same place is now at our barn as well and that horse has filled out perfectly. Although that mare is half her age.
The time that went into this girl exhausted me and when I was just about ready to give up and call in a trainer, everything just clicked. It was easy in comparision from there on out. Now we just have the fine tuning left.
The things we do for our animals. Now hoping I don't lose to much sleep worrying before any results come back.
Hang in there girl! Huge hugs, hope all goes well and it's something VERY minor.
Checking her for ulcers, bad bacteria or lack of good in her intestines, teeth? Do you feed her any supportive pro-biotics? When my old gelding, whom was given to me when he was 7 after foundering AND a colic, started going down hill I loaded him up with everything I could get my hands on. His intestines were junk, at 22 he started loosing all his teeth and I had to feed him warm mash and bucket loads of supplements. Hopefully it's just a dietary issue!
I won't say that buying a horse doomed to the yards isn't a rescue. You ARE saving their life and giving them a chance.
Especially a 2,000 pound untouched stallion, kudos girl!
I haven't taken in any more severely neglected horses. It broke my heart. I did take in a few untouched/dangerous/feral unwanted horses, all between the ages of 2-5. Some I helped, two were expensive breeder culls that I wish I had NEVER laid eyes on! I pray for all the severely injured/neglected horses out there and pray for strength and resources to support them. Takes a special kind of person to face such a travesty and drag them back to health, and in the worst cases ease their transition to Heaven. I'm not willing to do it again but I'm sure there will be a day another horse will need me and I'll step up to the plate. How could one not? You guys are fantastic for stepping up to the plate and into the unknown!
Thank you. Her teeth were floated in fall but that will still be checked. Ulcers were a thought but she lets me touch and poke anywhere and she isn't really moody ever. I haven't added a probiotic yet but that is certinly a question for the vet. She will eat anything I put in front of her, except marshmellows, only thing she hasn't eaten yet.
I knew with her age she might have issues getting the weight back on but she has so much energy and absolutely loves to go out on trails. But the vet said he will take a look at what she is eating and go over it and figure out a food plan to put on weight.
Sounds like a plan!
Is she registered? Are you for sure she's only 19?
Fantastic he's interested in nutrition. Sometimes around here if you can't clear something up with antibiotics they are a lost cause, morons. How is her stool?
She is registered but I don't have the papers due to her being seized, I don't really feel like dealing with that mess getting them. One of these days I will pay the money to look up her pedigree, but I know the rescue looked her up and they said she was 18 as of last year. Only thing that darn "breeder" did right was register all his horses.
Yes I have good vet thankfully. Haha her stool, well it's usually pretty good except when we go on trail rides she pretends she's like hanzel and gretle leaving little "bread crumbs" the whole way. She did have one episode of her rear end kind of resembling a fire hydrant but she didn't seem to care and wouldn't even stop. Just kept right on going with her ears forward like nothing was happening. Just glad I wasn't behind her. But otherwise at home she's all good. She always comes right up to the gate talking to me when she sees my car. Never tires easily, she pretends when you put the saddle on, it's quite amuzing.
You could have spent lots on a healthy horse and now be having the same problem. Sometimes they just get expensive.
Romeo is alot of expense and alot of work. Definitely won't make any money. For those who don't know his story, He is an 18hh, virtually untouched clydesdale stallion I just couldn't leave behind in the meat buyers pen. Halter breaking him is...Intimidating(vast understatement). He has taken two rounds of dewormer(2 tubes each round due to his weight), hundreds of hours and we just got his halter on and now monday he gets gelded and trimmed. Its worth it in the end. There is nothing more satisfying than saving a life and treating an animal the way it should be.
Oh my, where could I start? We have taken in so many. Some we have rehomed and have wonderful stories and happy memories. Others are still like fresh wounds on my heart, each one we have lost a memory seared into my brain.
And yet we continue on, trying to make even just a little difference in the life of one animal, or one person..... Sometimes that's all we can do, and even with the heartbreak we will do it again and again, because there really is no other way, is there?