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    12-05-2012, 10:28 PM
Originally Posted by Captain Evil    
I had a special needs chicken once. Her name was Stella Rue, and all the other 55 chickens picked on her. I had to help her figure out how to eat and had to feed her by hand. She would ride around on my shoulder and put chicken spit in my hair. Even though I loved all of my chickens, I think I loved her the most because of all the ridiculously extra time I had to put into her to keep her alive. Sort of made her truly special.

What a cute name!
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    12-05-2012, 10:39 PM
Thankfully not a horse, but I do have a very special dog who has rang up quite the vet bill. Not as much as some I am sure but it always seems to be "something" with him.
    12-05-2012, 11:37 PM
Yay!! Misery loves company and I'm glad to know I'm not alone. Lol Seriously though, I have the same 4 horses for years. The other 3 combined have not had half of the illnesses/injuries of my one horse, which is why I call him my "special child", not necessarily special needs or on the short bus, unless being highly accident prone when at play in pasture and otherwise subject to rare maladies qualifies.

This latest one is mild (abscess blown through coronary band), but residual from a injury 15 months ago when he stuck his right front foot through a buried rusted drain pipe and tore the top outside wall of his hoof off down to coffin bone. It was one of his better ones... and frankly if not for my vet & farrier's superstar care, could have ended him. Mind you, horses have lived on this pasture for years and years but it is Justice's luck to have planted his foot just so to cause himself severe injury on a pipe that no one even knew existed. And I have plenty more stories like this. Lol

My husband likes to lovingly give me grief about how much money I have spent putting humpty dumpty back together again and again, but he is my "one in a million" partner and I love being with him/riding him so much that I'll keep doing it for the rest of his life.

Captain, love the chicken story. I have a few special needs geese myself (including a blind goose and severely deformed gander) and they are so much more special to me than my other geese.
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    12-05-2012, 11:51 PM
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Oh yes. I am right there with you guys.

My Lacey girl - she's IR, has ERU (Moon Blindness) and is therefore 90-ish% blind, and she partially tore a suspensory in September which she's in the midst of recovering from.
Luckily, she's not one for making bloody-type injuries...the kind that need constant watching and nursing and money, for forever, are more her jam...I guess.

But she's one in a million, definitely my heart horse, so I pay/nurse/watch happily since it means I am "required" to spend more time with her! Haha

Hazel, my old lady goat, is also mildly special needs but not as bad as that^ one. She mostly just needs her joint supplements, her blankets, her extra food, and her special hoof care. She's still coming back from being rather neglected when I got her so hopefully some of those things, like shoveling food into her and constantly messing with her feet, will go away as she recovers.

And I have a cat that's deathly allergic to fish and fish products... haha but that's pretty easy to deal with - he just doesn't get any fish action. Ever.
    12-06-2012, 01:53 AM
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Heenie Weenie suffered some brain damage the night before Thanksgiving. He's gone through a lot in his short 7 month old life. I do say that Henny rides the short bus, because really he has permanent brain damage. It's only been two weeks and he's made an amazing recovery so far, but we're not quite there yet. It kills me when he looks at me so sweetly with his head tilted. I hate what happened to him but I love every single bit about him and that will never change. As long as he is healthy and happy, with me, my wallet can suffer
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    12-06-2012, 01:58 AM
I don't think teh saying rode the short bus is rude. People need to get a sense of humour. I have 3 accident ,injury prone horses and one is a monster to doctor and treat, and now because of the flies he has summer sores on his sheath, of all places, give me a break, so its been real fun dodging his hooves..he also bites and strikes.. he's a grumpy 32 yrs. And he will kick that short bus for ya.. lol
    12-06-2012, 02:20 AM
Originally Posted by Herdof2    
Omg that is rude short bus?!? And I don't own my children, I had them.

You better stop reading my posts, it ain't gettin' no better.
    12-06-2012, 03:05 AM
I have a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia. Literally meaning that part of his brain never developed. It makes him a fantastic cat, but he's definitely short bus material. He has a 2 second delay on his reaction time and terrible balance, but a purr that never ends and loves everyone. He also has high blood calcium that's probably cost me over $1k all told. Never figured I'd spend that much on a "free" cat, but there you go.
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    12-06-2012, 03:17 AM
My last horse had an arthritic hock, would get mud fever all year, and injured himself constantly - including taking off his front right heel bulb twice!! Him I definitely counted as a special child... unfortunately his last accident was it for him :( he was my heart horse.
    12-06-2012, 03:20 AM

Siiiiigh......Dreamlet, the mare, is my spay-shul child. As a foal she would forget what she was doing, run over the top of you, bang you into walls and poles and spook if a gnat 3 counties away farted. She went inside the lean to where I stored hay one day and forgot to duck coming out. I went out that morning and she had a flap of skin frozen to her face. Healed with only a teeeeensy scar, thank God. She went in and out of that lean to 1000 times a day with no issues before that. Forgot my husband had been petting her when he bent over to fix a piece of fence and ran his head into a metal pole. Then was all shocked and "OMG WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? OMG! OMG! I'M SO SORRY! OMG OMG OMG!" And ran around the pasture with her tail and nose in the air for 10 minutes. She's had more boo boos than any 4 of my other horses, caused by her ADHD dis tractability. A Parelli trainer once tried to get her to focus when she was ooooh, 4 or 5 years old, and it took 45 mins before she'd connect and stay connected. The trainer was completely flummoxed. LOL! I won that bet. Recently she was in OSU Vet Hospital ICU for colitis. Have NO idea what caused it, cost me $1000 for 2 days....

Ditsy as she can be, she's a PHENOMENAL mother, I'm just careful to breed her to really sensible stallions. Her foals have all be awesome and smart. LOL! She's SPAY-SHUH!

I'm thinking of painting my trailer yellow......
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