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post #11 of 51 Old 04-28-2013, 08:08 AM
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When I bo't my Arab his hooves were to bad he preferred to walk backwards because of severe toe pressure. The excess had broken in part resulting in long shards. His feet had to be trimmed before he could be loaded.

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post #12 of 51 Old 04-28-2013, 08:37 AM
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I had the same thing happen to me a few days ago. Owner offered a Morgan and a Morgan/QH for free, with tack, hay, etc. Just wanted to get rid of them, but I could have a yard full of free horses if I said yes. But good for you for having the space and taking care of a horse that needs it. :) Good luck!

Two of our horses were actually 'free' horses, and one was a 20 year old Morgan who taught us how to drive, and the other, a 4 year old ABCR Curly mare, is now being trained to drive. Both worked out very well in the end.
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post #13 of 51 Old 04-28-2013, 02:14 PM
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Ooo good luck? Interested to see their progress!
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post #14 of 51 Old 04-28-2013, 02:18 PM
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How exciting and good lu ck!
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post #15 of 51 Old 04-28-2013, 03:31 PM
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Monday will be an exciting day. Can't wait to hear back from you!
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post #16 of 51 Old 04-29-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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All righty. I've gone to the vet this morning with my dad to see the Mustang! I've got pictures.

He is OBESE. And I thought my Tennessee Walker was fat... She's a beanpole compared to this guy. And evidently he was even fatter when the family first got him, if that's possible! The vet was saying that he really needs to go on a diet, and the dad said, "Oh, he has been on a diet. All he gets is grass. " (Rich, wet, spring green grass 24/7.) The vet tactfully explained about that whole thing.

We're going to feed him prairie hay and Enrich 32, plus biotin and SmartOmega3 from SmartPak.

Another funny thing is that the mother said, "He rubs against people a lot. He just loves his rubs!" This horse has no respect of personal space, as I sort of expected. That is one thing I can work on while his hooves are in terrible shape, and so that issue will NOT last long.

His feet are really terrible, of course. I didn't get a good look at them at all today, but tomorrow I will and I will get pictures of them. Can't believe he doesn't have laminitis. Must be the strong Mustang genes?

Here are pictures. Sorry they're not very good, but my dad had to take them on his phone. At least you can get an idea of how fat he is! Tomorrow I will use the real camera. The blurry spots are the people's faces. I didn't think they'd like their picture on the internet. I am the girl in the bottom picture though.

Notice the brand by the U.S. government on his neck? We're going to cover it up with his mane.

His name was Biscuit, but we changed it to Biscotti, which is an Italian biscuit. I would have changed the name altogether, but we don't want the family to think we didn't like the name. It's just that there are so many "Biscuits" in my neck of the woods, it gets confusing! We'll just call him Scotti or Scotty.

You can see the mustang brand in this one.

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**

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post #17 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 12:18 AM
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Why would you want to cover his brand up? It's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm right proud of my mustang & show him off whenever I get the chance!
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post #18 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Cuz my mom doesn't like it...! I kinda do. But she thinks it looks sloppy. Well, she's paying the bills, so... not complainin'!

(I'll still secretly lift up his mane and show folks, heh heh)

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**
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post #19 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 12:29 AM
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Actually, its " biscotto", since he's one boy, the - i is always plural

I used to know a Biscotto when living in Italy, btw. Beautiful buttermilk buckskin appy....
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post #20 of 51 Old 04-30-2013, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Desert~ Mom knew Biscotto was the singular of Biscotti (she knows something of the romance languages), but she liked Biscotti better. It's like calling a cat "Whiskers" -- saying "Whisker" sounds a little weird. So since he looks like he is just FULL of biscuits (plural), Biscotti it is. Going to just call him "Scotty" anyhow.

Well, I didn't get the pictures like I said I would because I forgot the camera. -_- Of COURSE. I am going to the barn again tomorrow though, so then I will get conformation pictures of him. Some of his hooves, too.

So, now I know a little more about him. He is fatter than the weight tape. We're guesstamating that he's around 1,400 pounds. He needs to get 150 to 200 pounds off. SO FAT!

He is at least quite a bit calmer than my ADHD Tennessee Walker was when I got her. (She was a bit of a rescue, also.) When my TWH first arrived at the vet, she was all hot and snorty and had to be walked around a while before she would calm down. This horse didn't care where he was. He just stood there. I'm really glad about that (even though he kind of shoved his family around for "rubbing"). I hope this will be an easier horse to train than mine.

He has a ways to go before I even think about riding him though.

He is very one sided, so that will be worked with, but he picks his feet up like a charm! Kinda surprised about that. I could also easily move him out of my space when he got too close. I think he already knows how to back on cue, too.

Tomorrow we will groom him, and I will do a little groundwork with him. I'm looking forward to seeing progress with this horse. My sister likes him a lot already, so I am going to show her how to do things such as groundwork. Looking forward to showing her, too.

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**
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