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post #1 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Free leasing my sister's malnurished gelding...

As the title says, I am currently free leasing my SISTER'S malnurished and neglected gelding.

She is the reason why he's like this. Lets get that out of the way.

I'm tired of seeing such a wonderful horse waste away in a stall. He's never fed, watered, groomed or cared for properly under her care. Hell, half the time, he isn't even fed or watered!
So today, I asked her if I could lease him, she said yes.
Do you think I did the right thing by "rescueing" him?
I understand that I shouldn't get too attached because after all, he is her horse. I just wanted to help him. Point blank. Not to help my sister through her laziness, or to showboat.
This horse needs HELP!

Also, he had a massive absess on his whithers that someone at our barn, unannounced to I or my sister, lanced and alouded to drain. The absess is still there and I know I need to contact a vet but what can I do? Clean it, anything of that nature?

I don't mean to sound or act like some horsie hero but this horse is just such a wonderful soul that I couldn't stop myself from jumping in.
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post #2 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 09:58 PM
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You need to set your sister's hair on fire.
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I know! >.<
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post #4 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 10:15 PM
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With some families, it might be even more important to get the lease details in writing- what you are agreeing to do and be financially responsible for and what she remains in charge of so there's no confusion. A vet visit sounds in order, but in the meanwhile, soaking or hosing the wound is likely a safe first step.
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post #5 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Sharpie!
I'm working on the contract, it was a spur of the moment idea so I don't have a contract yet.

Would spraying it down with a bit of vetericyn help too?
It's worked wonders for me on cuts and what not. Not sure if it applies to abessess.
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post #6 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 10:27 PM
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Are you sure someone lanced the abscess? Did someone actually tell you it was done? I'm just asking because in my experience, abscesses left untreated can perforate and begin to drain on their own, the body's natural way of trying to heal itself, and yet another sign of further neglect that it had to happen on it's own instead of a vet treating it.

Kudos to you for taking over, but be careful as this can cause waves in your family in ways that you may never have expected. And also be prepared to do a ton of work, have the horse in great shape, only to have her suddenly decide to reclaim him. This happens a lot.

It sounds like this horse needs vet attention, probably farrier attention and groceries with some ground work to start with. I wouldn't start rigorous exercise until he is in good condition again. Start slowly and from the ground up.
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post #7 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 10:33 PM
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I LOVE vetericyn! It might help and is great for surface or open wounds, but if the damage is deep and there's dead tissue still trapped inside there, it will probably take sedation and a vet cleaning it out properly for it to actually heal from the inside out rather than just closing over just to break open again later.

CW is dead on though... family is wonderful, but always makes everything terribly complicated! I took my sister's parakeet nearly five years ago for similar reasons (lack of proper care, etc) and to this day it's still kind of awkward if I mention how the birds are doing.
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That's what I plan on doing.
Everything is slow and easy going from now on.

On the absess note: I did have someone tell me that another boarder did infact lance it.
My vet is currently on holiday so it'll be another few days before he can be seen by the vet and treated.

I am cautious of the situation. Like I told myself and others, this is for the horse. I'm not doing this for myself in anyway.
I'm sure when I have the horse in better shape, she'll snatch him up from me.
I'll be satisfied that I was the one that took care of him through it all.
Man, I all ready sound like I'm attached....Oops.
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post #9 of 56 Old 12-28-2011, 11:36 PM
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Kudos for stepping in. An animal that's being neglected is everybody's business. You are never overstepping your boundaries by interfering when you see an animal being mistreated.

Hope everything goes well.

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post #10 of 56 Old 12-29-2011, 08:04 AM
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I wouldnt lease, buy it. Or take it off her hands, It isnt right this person will benifit from your money and work.
Here's whats gonna happen with a lease, you spend money on vets, food, care, get it back in shape, start riding it. Get it working, then sister swoops in and reclaims it to either sell at a hefty profit, or suddenly decides to start riding again,,,, till she gets bored and stops caring for it again. and you come along cycle repeats.
You probably need to show some tuff love, straight up tell her she is neglecting the horse and you would love to "have " it. If she refuses fine tell her to call a vet and start feeding it or you are gonna report her to animal control for neglect.
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