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    12-16-2009, 02:15 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
17.2 hands? That would be a draft - draft cross. I don't know a vet that would try Ace.
Not necessarily...Alot of thoroughbreds are 17-18 hh...same with warmbloods, and other sport horses, Saddlebreds are often pretty tall too...and occasionally other breeds can wind up being super tall.
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    12-16-2009, 02:23 PM
I don't think he's a draft mix, he's got a thoroughbreddy head but that doesn't mean much. I know plenty of horses that are 17.2 and not drafts.

Antibiotics are going in his food, he'll eat anything luckily. He does have cuts that we think are from branches, but he gets close enough to me when I'm on Pat that I can take a good look at them. Some of them are just too perfectly placed plus they are near older scarred up ones.

I know very little about sedatives. Like I said, I hate to use them. There's nothing too pressing that needs to be looked at immediately, so I'm just ignoring the idea of sedation so far.

Yesterday we had a good long talk :) he rested his head on Pat and just kind of watched me calmly while I talked for about a half hour. I'm liking that he's calming down. I'm not too worried about his stud part. Sadly, a lot of the rescues i've dealt with are studs. Thanks for the feedback everyone!
    12-16-2009, 02:30 PM
His behavior could be attributed to the fact he's a stud, or it could just be he's not really been gentled. But too me if he acts like that towards people he probably was abused. Most horses that I've encountered that didnt really socilize with people before were more shy/skittish and less aggressive. One thing I do with an aggressive horse is look down a little when I approach, walk with my hands at my sides, not crosses and shoulders dropped a little. You want to look inviting not scarry. I try to talk to my weanling in a softer tone, a little high pitched but sort of in an excited way. Kind of like how you talk to a child to get them to be excited or like something new.
    12-16-2009, 03:37 PM
Sounds like you're doing pretty good to me.
    12-16-2009, 07:33 PM
Green Broke
I am glad you took him in, didn't know it was an ASPCA thing, that is why I asked what I asked. He is a very lucky boy to be in the hands of someone who is willing to give him the time he needs.

Can you post pics? I would love to see him.
    12-16-2009, 10:12 PM
Glad to hear the progress! How about a pic or two? I'd love to watch his progress along with your updates.
    12-17-2009, 11:27 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
I am glad you took him in, didn't know it was an ASPCA thing, that is why I asked what I asked. He is a very lucky boy to be in the hands of someone who is willing to give him the time he needs.

Can you post pics? I would love to see him.

I agree. I would love to see some pictures of this boy!
    12-18-2009, 01:30 AM
Course I just realized since he is an ASPCA horse, you may not have the right to post pics yet. Anyway, keep up the updates. Fantastic work, you!
    12-19-2009, 03:54 PM
It's official. His owner has been found. A neighbor of the woman reported that there were horses being starved in a bare field. They found two dead in the field, two more pretty close and one stuck in a fence. When they showed a picture of the boy I have to the neighbor she confirmed it. We think he jumped out to get some food.

The lady has officially admitted her guilt and her abuse to the boy I have. Like tealamutt said, I can't put pictures up just yet, or put too much info about him because there is going to be a trial. Once the papers are signed, he'll be an official ASPCA horse but theyre going to leave him with me until we can adopt him out or something.

As for him, things are going good. The lady is claiming he has something wrong with him and that's why she never gelded him, but we don't know what to believe. Patrick has been helping immensely. I took a chance and started grooming Pat while the stud was free in the paddock. Pat kept me safe when the stud tried to be stupid and by the end, he was so jealous of the attention that I was able to pet him. He will now let me groom him with a soft brush for a few minutes at a time.
    12-19-2009, 05:19 PM
That's really great that you're able to pet and brush him! That's a pretty big step. Congratulations =)

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