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greentree 08-21-2013 09:40 AM

From Bad to Bare - BJ's Journey (LONG)
I simply cannot believe I am having to do this......

I have a 28 yo Paint gelding. Owned him all of his life. Fairly royal foundation QH breeding, with one cross to Three Bars (TB), 5 generations back. He won(or lost) the genetic lottery, and grew to be a 16.2 HH, 1400 lb guy, who wears an 87" blanket, and does not fit in a standard horse trailer.

Until he was about 18 yo, no one but me had ever ridden him. I broke him as a 3 yo, and then he injured his hind leg, and he walked on THREE legs for an entire year. He was on complete stall rest, and magically(really!...the vet did NOT believe it) he was one day three-legged, next day sound.

I taught him to jump, and we showed a local H/j club circuit, and were reserve Champion for the year. I schooled him in dressage to 3rd level, but got into endurance riding, and then years later, pulled him out of the pasture for a lesson, and wound up showing at the Regional Championships.

Then 2 years ago, we decided to move across the country. My friend knew I needed to get rid of some horses, and had a student who needed a tall horse who did not require a LOT of direction, so I sent her BJ. Her husband is a retired farrier, and all of her horses look good for the past 6 years I have known her.
The lease ended, and she kept him to give lessons.

So, last week I am out at her place, and the girls have BJ up using him for pony rides. He is scratching his face on the fence, and all broken out under both eyes. When I got a good look at him, he is weeping yellow serum on all four legs and midline, but then I got down to his FEET...Which is what this is about!!
The only response I got from my hoof trimmer and the vet was "WOW....I don't quite know what to say".

I picked him up Sunday evening, and took him for bloodwork Monday AM. Scheduled the hoof trimmer for Tuesday. (How's THAT for service???)

More in the next post, but here is what we started with

natisha 08-21-2013 09:50 AM

Oh my, I don't know what to say either. Well, I know what I want to say but it'll get me in trouble.
I'm so glad you found out & got him out. Hopefully no long term harm was done.
I imagine you're livid at your 'ex friend', I would be.
I'm sure BJ is happy to be back with you.
I'm looking forward to seeing his progress.

VickiRose 08-22-2013 09:57 AM

Oh dear! That's putting it mildly and politely, not what I'm saying in my head! Glad you've got him back!

greentree 08-22-2013 05:15 PM

I am too old to hold a I am not going to unfriend them! I AM going to find out who put these shoes on, though, so I can avoid that person at all cost!!

Here is what he looked like after trimming, amazingly he is not sore AT ALL.

ktrolson 08-22-2013 11:05 PM

So I assumed it was her husband, the retired farrier who did this. Are you not sure? If it was him we know why he is retired.

greentree 08-23-2013 10:29 AM

I don't think he did it...... he put shoes on one of my other horses a few years ago, and this was NOT his style at all. He did a pretty good job, in fact.

I had bloodwork run to make sure his skin condition was not caused by something deeper, and it came back normal. I am glad I don't have to shock his system any more than it already is!! The vet felt his skin stuff was fungal, so I am bathing him with iodine everyday.

Hoping for a few more happy years!


greentree 09-02-2013 07:53 PM

BJ has been home for two weeks now, and has made amazing progress. He has grown frogs in his front feet, and the nail holes were filed off today. He was ridden for a long time today by the little girls, who took him on a trail ride. He is slow but steady.

His eyes are not sunken in anymore, and he is taking on a healthy glow, rather than the deathly pallor...

Two week photos tomorrow!


loosie 09-12-2013 07:00 AM

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so where are the pics?? ;-)

JCnGrace 09-12-2013 11:31 PM

I'm old but I'd be livid if I loaned a friend one of my horses and they let it's feet get in that shape. I might not hold a grudge but "friend" would have gotten an ear full.

His size description sounds so much like my old qh gelding it's eerie and they're the same age. Even with our 8' wide slant load he has to go in the back stall so he has that extra doorway space. In a 7'.6" slant load he has to have 2 stalls. LOL I've always said he was a genetic throwback to the thoroughbreds in his lines even though they were several generations back.

I wouldn't take a million bucks for him though, he's been my buddy for most of my adult life and when I look at him I see nothing but beauty.

loosie 09-13-2013 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by greentree (Post 3430921)
I am too old to hold a I am not going to unfriend them! I AM going to find out who put these shoes on, though, so I can avoid that person at all cost!!

Yeah, and we've all been ignorant of stuff & trusted to professionals. Your friend probably didn't know better & those feet look like they've been that way for some time. If it was a gradual change & the farrier just went about his business, they maybe thought nothing of their state.

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