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        05-15-2010, 10:40 PM
    Smile Love Animal Control!

    Well, long story short. We gave a horse to a family who wanted to teach their 10 yo daughter how to ride. Gave them a big huge how-to book, tack, etc. Last year. Well, they haven't had his feet done.

    The people we bough Turd off of, well the woman is the Animal Control Officer for that county and she gave us a call. They live right beside this family. She said the horse (who was fat at 29 years old) had lost a serious amount of weight and that he was on a drylot and she's one step away from impounding him. He's also not had his feet done once since he left here mid 2009.

    So, with her as our witness, we're picking him up tomorrow. It's really a lucky thing, because her man is our farrier and she always comes with him to see the babies and Turd, and she knew TJ was in great condition. TJ is a super easy keeper as long as you feed him and I'll bet they haven't been doing it as well as they need to. We've tried to tell them over and over, but they won't have any of it. He's too good of a horse who have this crap done to him, and I feel like crap for just handing him over in good faith.

    I'm just hoping he'll gain the weight back and that he's still sound.
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        05-15-2010, 10:43 PM
    At 29 it may not be a feed issue that is causing him to lose wieght. He is in his last years no matter what care he is getting. If it was me I would just go over and trim the feet and leave him there.
        05-15-2010, 10:48 PM
    This horse has never lost weight. NEVER. Except when we changed feed, but everyone lost weight on that feed. There's no reason for him to be skinny, old or not.
        05-15-2010, 10:55 PM
    Don't feel bad about trusting people that is what makes the world a good place. Yes go and get your horse back. Have the animal control get him and bring him back to you. Please keep me posted I will be thinking and praying for you and your horse.
        05-16-2010, 03:03 PM
    I'm so sorry. He probably needs to go to a different home.
        05-16-2010, 05:56 PM
    Sounds like if you can get him back it would be a good idea. Anyone who does not take care of the feet is probably not on top of other issues. And don't feel bad about trusting people once. It means you are responsible and expect others to be. In the future though, with an older horse, lend it on a month to month basis or something like that because there are a lot of irresponsible people out there.
        05-17-2010, 03:04 AM
    Well he looks like crap and his feet were horrid and he has a fungus issue. I've NEVER smelled feet that bad, it was disgusting! If it weren't for his huge winter coat, you'd be able to see lots of ribs. I have some pics, I'll get them uploaded soon. Surprisingly, he's not lame.. yet.

    Come to find out they were giving him like 2lbs of food per day 8| I give my show miniatures that much for crying out loud! And they're not full size seniors!
        05-17-2010, 11:23 AM
    Do you have him back in your possession?
        05-17-2010, 06:04 PM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    At 29 it may not be a feed issue that is causing him to lose wieght. He is in his last years no matter what care he is getting. If it was me I would just go over and trim the feet and leave him there.
    Age is NEVER an excuse for thin horses. There is NO excuse for thin horses. The owner simply isn't feeding appropriately or providing appropriate care. Often, these old horses will have a tooth problem that needs to be addressed, I.e. A tooth pulled, or needs a float twice a year instead of once. Worms are also a big concern. Older horses can also have weaker immune systems and are more susceptible to illness which can lead to weight loss. I've read articles about 25+ year old horses being fed pounds and pounds of food but were still skinny because of an internal problem [such as teeth or the inability to digest what they were getting, as well as low-quality feed] and when the internal problem was fixed, the horse gained weight. You cannot provide the same care for the same horse from birth til 30 and expect it to maintain weight and the same level of fitness and health. Also, 29 is old, but not necessarily the "last years." He could live to 40, or 45 if cared for properly.

    End rant, I apologize for going off on a tangent.

    I'm very glad you could get this horse back and that you have it in with someone with power. Best of luck in getting him back up to par. =]
        05-17-2010, 07:45 PM
    Thankfully, despite him being old as dirt, he has all of his teeth - except one. And his teeth are done by a great equine dentist. I am planning to worm him here soon. I just want to make sure he's settled in before I clean him out, so to speak.

    Yes Juniper, we have him back.

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