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Abby 02-17-2008 04:36 PM

My Moms Rescue Horse
We rescued this soon to be four year old QH gelding a month ago and I wanted to post some pictures of him of when we first got him. I'd like to show you the horrible mud that was caked onto his knees that took hours of endless working to get off but we had already cleaned his knee's when we took these pictures. They're the day we brought him home. Happy pictures of him soon. Ugh he was so skinny, you could feel down his sides and feel his ribs horribly, he has almost no muscle and he was starving and scared of people. He is so much better now. I will take some new pictures when i get a change to go out, we've been sick horribly and haven't seen our babies in a week. :{

free_sprtd 02-17-2008 08:57 PM

OMG! even with the winter fuzzies, you can still see the ribs especially in the last photo. God bless your family for saving the poor thing! Cant wait to see updated happy pics :)

Vidaloco 02-18-2008 05:14 AM

Poor baby, he looks so sad :( I'm sure you will have him happy soon :D

ahearn 02-18-2008 07:56 AM

This brought tears to my eyes! LITERALLY!!! I still cannot believe in this day in age that people still think this is ok to do to their animals! If I could switch jobs right now to help neglected animals I would. (God has other plans for me, I help out neglected people. Don't no which is more important but nonethless both are needed)

I recently bought a rescue horse. He looks NOTHING like your baby but does need about 2-300 lbs. put on him. Here's his pic.

Your baby was so neglected. God has a special place in heaven for people like you and your mother!! :D

my2geldings 02-18-2008 05:20 PM

what a looker, good for you guys. My full respects go to your mom for taking such good care of this fellow.

Great to see people saving those poor horses. Good for you guys!

brittx6x6 02-19-2008 05:54 PM

I love the feeling of when you rescue a horse and you know you did something amazing for that horse and the horse knows it too. I have experienced that a rescued horse always forms a stronger bond with you because they are greatful that you helped them!!

Keep us updated on how he is going and how is weight is going!!!!
Tell your mom I said congrats

FGRanch 02-20-2008 05:24 PM

Awww...that's so sad, he's so skinny! How is he doing? Would love to see some updated pictures!

Abby 02-21-2008 12:58 AM

Thanks for your support guys. He is doing quite well, you cant see his ribs through his fluffy fuzzies anymore but you can still easily feel them by resting your hand on his side. His quarters are filling out now and his back is less bony. We really wanted to start work with him on breaking but he is so thin we don't want to add any extra stress to his joints. He's on supplements for weight gain and we are slowly increasing the amounts so he doesn't gain weight too quickly. He has hay 24-7 now instead of no hay 24-7. Even at three years old he doesn't have a healthy supple three year old body, he is not muscled and rather weak and tires easily. We've been doing a light exercise regiment with him where he walks for fifteen minutes and trots for ten, and then walks for fifteen minutes again, and then we repeat that once more and then walk him until he is breathing normal. The first day we introduced this to him sweat after the first few minutes of trotting and was panting so heavily that we couldn't do a second cycle. He can now do both without breathing too hard at all, and calms down after about three or four minutes versus the fifteen to twenty it took us at first. He had worms when we got him too, so since we wormed him the pounds have been flying on. The sad thing is, he is the most friendly horse ever! He runs to greet you in the pasture and calls to you when you leave, he plays peak-a-boo in his stall, which is funnier then heck! He is such a sweet horse after he was abandon that it amazes me.

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