Twitch and Rogue Rescue Rehabilitation and Updates(CON TAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES)
This will be the journal of Twitch and Rogue two rescue horses that were beaten starved ridden too early and probably much worse things i don't want to imagine...
We will start with day one 8/8/13
i had to walk these poor horses to my house at 12 am and leave them in my back yard for the night since my friend couldn't get a trailer there before the next morning i had went to buy a saddle and begged the guy into selling them to me due to there health and i had gone to feed that day when i got off work he told me to get them outta there he didn't care if they had coggins paper work or not! here is what they looked like the next day
i will also add Rogue had shoes on that were so worn out 2 had fallen off leaving only the nails and one was grown into her foot and the other was so loose it drove nails into her foot every time she stepped they got taken care of the afternoon the first pictures were taken
They were so skinny i didn't know if they would make it i was afraid they would colic on grass i have no idea when the last time they had any was thankfully though there weren't any problems with feed
also Rogue is the perfect example of why you never ride a horse without a saddle pad! she had horrific open ***** sores on her back one so bad i could see the bone in her withers!
i have kept a weekly update on them for the last month and been monitoring there progress with my vet verry closly to ensure they have the best they can handle here is some updated pictures!
we have been working on ground manners and working a halter line a bridle with gentle pressure this was a picture of me bumping his leggs with a rope to de-sensatize him to it he is so laid back i don't have to worry but just in case i like to keep him used to it
so much prettier! she had just been brushed down and loved on and her back looks good too!
almost healed up!
they will be moving to a new place in a few months once the grass sets in they will have bermuda grass oats and rye grass were just waiting for it to take root good they will then be separated twitch to a studs pasture and rogue to a mares pasture unless were feeding or riding i'm still unsure of twitch's age so he won't be ridden till vet approves but rogue will be started once she is good and healthy we are gonna take her from basics since she was so abused and reteach her how to ride and know she won't be hurt while doing so
i'm gonna wrap this up for tonight i will have more to update on tomorrow i love comments and tips for them i want to teach them everything and twitch learns so fast i run out of ideas so feel free to throw some my way!
You are doing such a good thing. I am looking forward to keeping an eye on this thread, and watching their progress.
People who can allow this to happen disgust me...
Bless you for your efforts. **hugs** I can tell from the photos that they have really gained a LOT since you brought them home. It just takes
F O R E V E R
for the weight to fill them out.
I KNOW that these horses appreciate you.
^Second the above. This could very well be the first time they've known love ;-;
They've been awesome progress since you've had them. I'm looking forward to seeing how they grow and heal through your updates.
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Awe poor babies. They are looking better. Im glad you got them. How old are they? Subbing.
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Rouge is 6 and we think Twitch is about a year old
todays update 9/9/13
twitch moved to a bigger halter since his other was getting too small
her back is looking better too
i wanted a video today but i was too tired and still had a lot of work today tomarrow is bathday though so i will try to get one then
poor poor horses, so glad you got them away from the previous owner, they look so much better already, but still a way to go. it;s going to be so rewarding for you seeing them blossom and get to be a good weight.
I can't believe that they were being ridden, some people are just beyond belief.
i was always taught never ride a horse that is younger than two... and then you can ride a few minutes once or twice a week they apperantly rode rogue hard enough to hurt her back that bad and they were bragging about riding her 10- 30 miles a day! and him with her! oh i was so madd... they wanted me to saddle her and ride them and ride the day i got them and when i refused they were saying they probably shouldn't sell them to me since they didnt think i could handle them... they handle fine on the ground but i would never ride a malnourished or injured horse like them and wouldnt dream of riding the baby i put small ammounts of weight on him to keep him used to it maby 5 - 10 lbs i normally use a bag of suger just to rest on him but not a 230lb adult is just wrong
Some people ride at 2, some 3, I prefer 3 or depending on the horse. There is no rush, so much you can do to get them ready for a rider, getting on is just the last part of the process. I'm sure you will be very mindful of their poor start and follow the advice of your vet etc as to when they are ready to ride again.
Just wondering you said that Twitch was going into a studs pasture, i do hope that he is gelded already? If not then you best get them apart ASAP, nature has a way of making animals very fertile when they are gaining wait, it is like they need to repopulate the place after a disaster.:wink:
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