Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
I honestly didn't think a horse could be that ugly. He certainly looks to be the furthest thing from a purebred Quarter Horse. How tall is he? Even at a healthy weight, I don't think he'd look much "prettier". It always makes me shake my head when people suggest animal services. Wouldn't it be a perfect world if we could just tell them "he doesn't look good!" and they'd actually do something about it? Welcome to reality, if the animal has even a scrap of moldy hay or grimy water, there is virtually nothing any animal services operation can do. In some areas (mine), they don't even need a real shelter as a requirement of care. The SPCA would laugh in your face over this case, unfortunately stupidity is not against the law. I agree with pain - the way he cocks his head, holds his ears, and steps under his hind end signifies some extreme back/hip pain and a sweet enough horse not to do a darn thing about it. Which quite frankly, with how absolutely horribly he's put together, wouldn't surprise me at all. Good for you trying to help him. I hope you get somewhere with it!
Lol! He's definitely not the prettiest guy. I confirmed that he is, in fact, purebred QH. I definitely agree with the SPCA thing. He has access to food, water, and shelter, so to many, that's considered okay.
We mentioned the mineral block, and according to the owner, she tried it before and the horse ate it all at one time and "even his legs swelled up."
She's going to allow us to buy the horse an ulcer guard, but she doubts it'll do anything.
Today I hand-walked him around the ring for a while, and he definitely seemed happier. His ears were pricked, his eyes held interest, and he didn't seem as awkward when we walked. He really enjoys being doted on. Poor guy--he really is very sweet and willing.