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        05-09-2010, 12:57 AM
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    Foal
    New to the board

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the board as of two mins ago LOL and pretty new to horse ownership. I grew up with them but lived in the "city" so could never own, but was lucky enough to always have horses in my life.
    When my hubby and I got married a year ago we bought a home with 3 acres and of course right away a horse. Sadly (for a lack of better words) I fell in love with a 4yr old TB that was a friend of a friends, when I meant him I was sick over how he lived. 10x10 stall that was ankle deep with crap! She bred him to race, got as far as putting a saddle on him and them decide to leave him and 14 other horse to themselves. The only time he'd see people was when she felt like feeding him. He had such spirt and was sooooo silly I loved him from the second I meant him, he just wanted to be touched and would stock me from behind his stall door it was sooo funny.
    A TB was a horse I never would of owned (no offence TB owners) but I had to get him outta there. So I offered her some money and brought him home....
    He was so under weight, never had his hooves touched, and was very agressive when you went to feed him. Oh to top it off he's a hugh cribber, he chocks himself on the fence all day long and is cryptorchid (yay me)
    Well we had the cribbing nipped in the butt, with no wood anywhere other then post ( he doesn't chew them at all) and made his gates very tall,but after two times of him breaking through the wire fence we had to put some up, now he's back to cribbing.
    Our biggest problem is weight his Vet is at a loss and so are we, it'll go up and then drop a lot, he's so boney again. We have tried so many different things it's unreal....
    So I'm hoping I can learn somethings here or someone can let me borrow their magic wand, cause god knows we need one right now I guess that's it for now hope to speak with everyone soon
         
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        05-09-2010, 08:46 AM
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    Green Broke
    Hello and welcome to the forum :)
    I have a tb as well and I think its just the breed but they are hard to keep weight on.
    Make sure you worm regularly.
    And have fun with your boy.
         
        05-09-2010, 08:38 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Gees that's the truth, hard to keep is an understatement sometimes lol
         
        05-10-2010, 08:16 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Welcome to the forum.
    Congrats and good luck with your tb.
         
        05-10-2010, 08:27 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Welcome to Horse forum.. I have only been around 1 TB (Wave) and he was a joy. Good luck with your boy.
         
        05-10-2010, 08:52 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Empathizing with you...

    First off, welcome to the forum! I'm relatively new here also. I bought a horse (a Criollo) down here in Cancun, where I am currently working. He had won first place 25 times in jumping. Unfortunately, he became sick with a lung infection and was pretty much ignored and abandoned. Those at the ranch would use him for aggressive Charro style riding when he was originally trained for English. I found him in his stall standing with his nose in the corner refusing to come out. He was so overweight from overfeeding and so angry and aggressive.
    I stood in that stall for days just talking to him and caressing him. I could tell he was enjoying the attention and was listening attently be the movement of his ears. I moved him to a new ranch with a trainer who could retrain him to the English style. First though, he had to get rid of the aggression. Anytime I got on him he would buck me or anyone else right off. He had also picked up a lot of bad habits like the ones you described. In a matter of just 2 weeks he is a happy, calm horse. We can now ride him for an hour before he gets frustrated. Though he is still scared to jump.
    I simply take him out into the fields to graze and sit with him, talking to him or petting him. I think he thinks I'm part of his herd now since I'm not riding him. He gets very excited when he sees me walk into the ranch. I think for these abandoned horses they need to reestablish a herd. They have such a herd mentality that to be all alone psychologically traumatizes them.
    I'm sure that as your TB gets more and more comfortable and relaxed, he'll drop a lot of those bad habits. The bad habits simply replace the anxiety he is feeling since he was all alone without a herd.
    Of course, I could be wrong...I am no expert. I simply speak from my experience.
         
        05-11-2010, 09:11 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Thanks everyone!
    Cancunrider- your poorboy, I'm glad he's becoming trusting again it's sick what people do...
    Thankfully Gupper is a lovebug he is uber nosy and all up in your business 24/7 and he LOVES to be touched. So luckily I think he'd just one one the dogs if it could stand up and pet his nose lol I'm glad I didn't have to teach him to trust me, that's a hard hurdler to jump, but I would forsure say he has anxeity problems we need to work through...
    Good luck with your kid!
         

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