New horse with troubled past??? little long
A couple weeks ago my BO found this 9 year old dun paint gelding online. They claimed that he used to show open shows and do well at them they would trail ride him and he did well as well as use him as a lesson horse. Then a little over a year ago they were out riding when he totally flipped out and sent his rider to the hospital and they don't want anything to do with him now... and for the most part it shows.
The price for him was about what they would get for him at an auction barn... I had a horse show and was about 60 miles from the place so my mom and I took a ride over there to take a look at this "crazy" horse from my BO (she had sent cash and everything with me to pick this guy up)
We pulled up into the yard and instantly saw him in a very small turnout covered with mud/crap (it was like he was living in soup). He came right up to the gate with a very find eye. The owner came out and was asking if we brought a halter for him (Ive never heard that we needed a halter to look at a horse- and I have certainly never bought a horse that didnt come with a halter). She came out of the barn with a rope halter and couldnt even get that on correctly and handed me the rope and said "here".
I walked him out of the mud pit and stood him on the cement to take a good look over. His front feet had shoes (not a very good trim with the shoes though) the owners have the vet records of shots and coggins, but he is atleast 200lbs under weight with not much for defined muscle. I lunged him and he went through the paces, tracks well even with the bad feet job. Just very puppy dog. Then he started doing this weird thing with his tounge- he would stick it out the side of his mouth and sorta chew on it so I took a look in his mouth and he has his wolf teeth still and they have some nice points on them... hmmm behavior issue or pain issue??? He let me touch him all over- nothing seemed to bother him.
I called the BO to let her know what I saw and she said load him up and if he is "crazy" she would send him off to her trainer after she got some weight back on him. He walked right into the trailer and didnt even talk to April.
Got him back to the barn and he tore into the hay and settled in for the night. Yesterday me and the BO played around with him for awhile. He doesnt seem to be excited about much. She did say that he tore around the pasture for awhile. But he let us clip him and pull his mane. Seemed to really welcome the attention. She will have the vet out soon to get his teeth done and after that heals we are going to work on some ground work and maybe try riding him before snow falls.
What we don't get is how do you have this nice show gelding and after a blow up instead of finding out what is wrong you just ignore him and be scared of him. I know I can't get comfortable with him till I get to know him better but I wouldnt ever just give up on him either. We are really thinking that it was his teeth- he is nine already... he could have had those things for a few years already.
We are hoping that everything works out for him but we figure at the least we are saving him from a possible trip across country lines. He isnt ready for anyone to ride yet and sadly right now those horses don't fair out well.
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