Should have seen this coming..
So, this is kind of a mourning/rant/stupid me. A little over 4 weeks ago, I bought a horse from the kill pen. He was affectionate and seemed a real sweetheart, not to mention a CUTE mover and loudly marked (black/white overo) I knew I could be getting myself into a mess of things not knowing a thing about this horse, but it seemed perfect. He was a real trooper, being halter broke, loading and tying without complant in the trailer, and generally being curious and affectionate during the short time I had him. He was even learning manners. I was even pleasantly surprised after I called the original owner to find that he had been saddled/ridden before, was double bred Blue Max. After a few weeks.. something was wrong. Instead of patiently waiting for me to take him out of his stall as usual, he practically bowled me over to get out of there. He started stall walking, and was listless. The vet at first thought it was severe constipation, but after two excruciatingly exhausting days, we realized it was neurological. I cannot begin to tell you how awful it was to watch. We made the hard decision to put him down, and the bloodwork showed his liver had failed. The toxins the liver should have been filtering were going straight to his brain. Because it was neurological, it took enough medication for a pair of draft horses to put this 800 lb gelding to sleep. It was awful. I later found out from the previous owner that Koda had a half sister who died of liver failure, had been deathly ill as a foal, and had been drinking extreme amounts of water before the sale (typical in liver failure. I had also somewhat noticed the water intake) Basically, its safe to say I learned my lesson. Buying a kill pen pony can be so tempting, especially when you hear the kill buyers bidding. Not all situations end this way, but be careful. There may be reasons that that horse is in the kill pen. Never forget that these horses may also carry contagious diseases, I can't imagine how awful it could have been, it was bad enough. Just, be cautious when buying a horse, especially at an auction. Though things don't always end up this way, it is absolute hell when it does happen. Please everyone, don't be fooled by a cute face. I'm glad Koda wasn't killed at the hands of a butcher, but this is not how it was supposed to go. Has anyone else had similar circumstances? Or happy ending stories? I could really use a pick me up