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    04-20-2011, 09:12 AM
Neglected Pony

Hey, I since Mooney died I can't afford to house or buy a full size horse right now, but yesterday I went to look at a pony, not sure what kind I think welsh. He is only 10.2hh tall, loves to trot and has a ton of knee action going on. But he has been seriously neglected for the past year (not by the people selling him, they saved him from the meat man, they've only had him three weeks but he doesn't fit with their herds). His feet are slowly recovering from being elf shoes and they said he had been eating dirt at the time they got him. He is a little over weight and may have foundered in the past, but he is at least 10 years old judging by the groove on his teeth (which need to be floated badly). Do you think he could come back and become a cart pony? Possibly a riding pony (for my little sis)? He is sweet as can be needs a few manners but a little ground work can go far. I think he may have been in harness before, and even with the longer hooves he floats over the ground, with a huge trot for his size. Thanks all opinions are great! And thanks for reading all of that.
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    04-20-2011, 01:53 PM
I hope this doesn't come across too harsh - but if you don't have the money for a "full size" horse, how is a neglected pony going to be more affordable. From what you've said there are quite a few issues that need to be addressed related to teeth, weight, feeding, etc. those are all going to cost money both at the outset and in the long run.

Just things to think about..
    04-20-2011, 01:57 PM
Foundered horses take a LOT of money and time to rehab....
    04-20-2011, 02:20 PM
Okay, sorry should explain more about not affording a full size what I mean is that I rent land to keep it on, but because of the salmonella the only place big enough to keep something over 14hh can't be used. The place I got a 3/4 acre at the biggest and is in lower land which a heavy horse tears up. So it isn't I can afford to take care of one, it is the land just isn't there to feed one, and board is a lot here and you don't get anything other than a tie stall with a cramped paddock with eight other horses. I found the vet including his vaccinations and teeth floating only cost $200 less even if I bring him to the clinic. He might have founder a long time ago, there is no proof of it other than a possible fever ring on the longer part of his hoof, no signs of soreness or being lame now. His feet are already pretty much better maybe another trim before they are right where they should be. Thanks
    04-20-2011, 02:34 PM
If he's lived on softer soils with no farriery it's quite possible he grew long toes as there was nothing to help wear them down. If he trots with high stepping action It's likely he hasn't foundered. I had a truck load of pit run dumped along a favorite path so the hooves will wear more naturally. When his toes are long there is tearing of the lamina so it will likely be 9 months before his hoof is returned to normal but I'd bet money he's happier with his new shorter toes.
    04-20-2011, 02:40 PM
I am confused, does something under 14h take a different kind of housing than something that happens to be 14.h?

This pony sounds to me like something that is going to end up being expensive to care for.
    04-20-2011, 05:40 PM
No it is the amount of land, for grazing a difference between how much a 16 to 17 hh horse and a small pony needs to eat daily. I doesn't matter any how I just got a call from the owner and they decided not to sell even after they made plans to deliver him. I figure I am not going to even bother look into horse or ponies any more, every time I look it ends in badly.
    04-20-2011, 05:46 PM
Mooney don't give up. It takes time but one day you will own a horse or pony.
    04-20-2011, 05:51 PM
To late unless one drops from the sky some time soon. People have even sent there horse to auction the day before I was suppose to come, even put the price up from $1000 to $2000 than deny it was ever that low.
    04-20-2011, 06:22 PM
Mooney I never owned a horse until I was 24 years old. I never gave up just waited until the time was right. You will own one one day. Never give up on a dream.

I am still trying to get one dream right now to become a vet tech. I have a family and so I am trying to figure out how I can go to school plus work full time at my job.

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