I bought him May 16th and brought him home on May 25th.
Raggedy winter coat that refused to shed off, 1300lbs, no muscle tone, skittish, pushy, horrible feet, scared of anyone/thing behind him. Mentally unstable. Left front hoof cracked, possibly turned (luckily it's not), very long, he's unsteady, can't trot without a limp, shy...
After an hour long trip and 45 minutes of getting lost on the way we finally got back to my barn and unloaded him. Nervous and skittish Sammy stomped, slammed, kicked and tried his hardest to buck in in the trailer. I was terrified he'd was going to hurt himself but luckily with fingers crossed and a mixture of tripping stumbling and pulling, he made it out of the trailer without any scratches.
I walked him around and started immediately on teaching him to mind his space while my trainer opened his stall door and put fresh hay and water in. We walked him into the barn where Banker (friends horse) promply bit him on the butt and consequently got Sammy's back foot very close to his nose.
After a couple hours settling into his new stall I pulled him out, brushed him, and walked him around the property. Around 6pm after dinner I turned him out into the arena were he trotted around, snorted shavings up his nose, and rolled all over the place. He was a happy horsey.
For the next week I rode him around bareback after 30 minutes of lunging and working on his manners.
As for riding he was fine as long as his rider was confident. If his rider shows any nervousness or insecurity at all he's terrified and will stand there frozen in place shaking. He needs constant reassurance that he's ok. I email this to Holly (the lady I bought him from) and ask her to look into his past a little for me. She gets back to me with a number of things that point to mental and some physical abuse. He's had dogs let out after him which explains why he doesn't like dogs running up behind him. He was batted around in the face so he's slightly head shy and a number of other things. He was left to sit, bullied by everyone and all other animals and never was given a chance to mentally mature. He dropped weight and because of his mental state was deemed "retarded" and sold again and again and again....
June 11th, 2010
He gets his feet done couldn't get him settled enough to tackle the back feet. Front shoes take 3 hours to put on but after putting them on he tests them out in the arena and walks like a puppy with socks on for a good 15 minutes. He still has a limp for another 2 weeks before he starts to even himself out. He's permanently short on his left front from excessive hoof growth but so far it doesn't seem to bother him and with shoes the vet says he's completely sound.
The vet also gives him his first Chiropractic adjustment and I start on daily massages for the big boy. He's under saddle daily for 30-45 minutes and has had two other riders other than myself.
More to come...