Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: DeFuniak Springs, Florida
• Horses: 0
Adopted 3 "Abused Rescue" horses, now what?
Yes, I felt compelled to do my part in taking the burden from a local horse rescue ( Eternal Freedom Equine Rescue) and offered to take in a few since I have ample excellent pasture and time to help out. I was graced with 3 boys, a TWH stud/colt (rack of bones and very little hair), and 2 geldings (5-6 yr olds) with ribs, terrible coats, split hooves, and every other condition you can assume from abondoned starving horses! Now it's been a month, and their body conditions have improved damatically, along with certain personality traits, and obvious diffrences in thier past handling.
The stud-colt is totally unaware of humans as dangerous, especially if food is in his face, which should make his progression normal..he just lacks basic ground rules.
The biggest, a small frame QH gelding is the boss, has some trust issues, leads very well, allows a halter on and off, get very touchy on his legs and feet, but grooming is fine, and has been trained in a round pen, understands cues and voice commands, but very high necked still most of the time. Does alot of blowing and snorting when exposed to new things.
The last gelding is the prettiest, prob has a touch of arab other wise QH, and is terrified of anytihng new..jumps sideways at the drop of a feather!!! Thats why I think there might be a touch of arab in him..his llateral movement is so fast..his flight reflex is so sudden I have to be aware all the time..but he wont run into me, or bowl you over, on the contrary, he is scared of being touch..it toook a full month for me to use a facebrush on his head, chin, and neck! He is the master at putting distance from his hindend from my reach, and will literally jump at my slightest movement! I take his halter off at night in the stall, and have to go thru a cornering rountine every morning to get it back on, while he stands trembling and ready to bolt out the stall door. I try to work my hand towards his withers, and occasionally I can touch the side when he is super relaxed, but one little movement and Biong! Back to giving my hand a rope burn, and throwing up his head with all the whites showing! Sheesh!
What can I do to bring these boys back to being happy horses with a purpose in life? Im dedicating so much time to them I can only get a couple hours in with my other 5, and one is a filly needing starting too. Should I have my broke, relaxed horses mingle with them? Do I need to tie them down and attempt to desensitize him while hoping he doesnt break his neck? HELP!