Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I think it is case by case. Kenzie never really did drastically change her personality even after being so emaciated, with the exception of a few weeks of "I'm really not so sure that I like you right now" when we were dealing with the not-fun business of treating wounds. Then again, I never did let her get away with anything and dealt with any and all behavior problems as they came up. So that being said, maybe it depends on who rehabbed them and whether their new owner decided to play it soft with them and let them get away with murder, or if their new owner TRULY rehabbed them, both mentally and physically, by training them at the same time. I've met many rescues who were total snots, not because of what happened to them in the past, but because what happened in the past messed with the HUMANS emotion, and the human babied the horse.
I'd say if he's quiet and social now, and he's in good condition physically, chances are he has that personality naturally and isn't going to suddenly go beserks when you get him home. Just in case though, I'd get a vet to look at him and evaluate him. I know you've had your share of project horses and the last thing you need is another, so I'd really look at him carefully before deciding.
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