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Well most of you know Junior, eventerwannabe's horse that I used to ride. Junior came to eventerwannabe as an abusive situation rescue. She got him back to health and then I met him and started working him back up to jumping shape.

Well about four months ago her mom said that he had to go because she hates him and we found a home for him. It started out going ok but slowly the lady turned into a flake. We just went and picked him up from her on saturday and we are not happy with what we found.

He is underweight, his hooves were trimmed completely wrong and they shoed him which we do not do because he has to have special shoes the regular shoes mess him up, his hooves are also covered with shallow cracks, she left a too small nylon halter on him while he was in a paddock for 3 1/2 months so he has rub marks, he has no muscle left, he is back sore, he has a cut on his foreleg, she was feeding him very low quality hay, not enough grain and wasn't keeping up on water. She also didn't blanket him as much as she should have.

Needless to say he was happy to come home, he hates trailers and does not load well but when we got to him on saturday all I did was lead him to the trailer and he loaded right up no fuss. He is very happy to be home and is getting a month off of just food and love before he starts groundwork again to slowly build his muscles back up.

Anywho I am creating this thread as a progress thread for him, take a look see if you want, comments and questions or what not are welcome.

Before he left:



The first pictures we received from the "new owner":


^^That is why he is so back sore!

Pictures from saturday, the first day we got him back:




^^Hard to see but his hooves are extremely long to the point he is tripping as he walks.

^^His hay at home, the person in the back is me and I am 5'5"

Oh and when we arrived at the lady's house she was not there, her son was. He was in a small pasture with very chewed down grazing, no remnants of hay anywhere, no remnants of grain anywhere and no water.
 

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Just wanted to give a little more detail on my mom...

My mom wanted to sell him because she couldnt afford having three horses (we have two now). She asked me to put him on the market, so I did. I had a few people interested, but the only person who wanted to come out was the woman that had him for the 3 1/2 months. The lady really liked him and my mom wanted to take him to her place as soon as possible. So she took him down there.
She had just broken up with her boyfriend of 5 1/2 years (THANK GOD!), which for the last 3-4 months of the relationship he wasnt paying ANYTHING and was making our household horrible. She was very stressed out and was losing money. Once her boyfriend left, she was a lot happier, but still stressed out and stapped for cash.
She does dislike Junior, but she doesnt really have anything against him. She does want to keep him now, as she wants me to teach my niece, her new boyfriend's (who is great and drove us all the way to go get Junior this last weekend) daughter, and his sister granddaughter who to ride.
The whole situation is/was crap, and very stressful.

I just wanted to back my mom up a little is all. I dont feel it is fair for everyone to think she is a bad person and "hates" Junior. My mom is pretty great, and think about it this way... She pays for everything. "/

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That's realy sad. The saddle photo made me cringe.

Glad he's back in a good situation.

Post photos when he's fat and shiny again.
 

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First, I'm very glad you got him back.

Second, I wish my mom had been like yours. And I sincerely wish that my daughter felt that way about me.

It just amazes me how some people will get an animal, and not feed or take care of it. It's almost like they want it as a status symbol...just to say, "Oh, I have one of those!" It's very sad and disappointing. I hope that wasn't her behind the horse in the saddle pic. **NOTHING against larger people because I am definitely NOT a light weight** With her size and the placement of the saddle, not to mention the weight loss he had already sustained, I'm surprised his back is just sore. Poor guy.

I look forward to keeping track of his progress!!!
 

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Thanks guys, yeah we are glad to have him back.

I want to clarify that I didn't mean to rag on eventerwannabe's mom. It has been a hard situation and in all the frustration things have been said that weren't meant to be said that made her mom seem like she didn't care but I know she does. I am very thankful that she is willing to help us out and was willing to bring Junior back to her home and probably save his life again.

Charlicata, yes that is her that you can barely see in that picture. She is somewhere around 250 to 300lbs. I have nothing against larger riders either as long as they are riding a horse that is suited to them. I am only 140 to 150lbs so that is what Junior has been accustomed to for the last almost two years. Took some pictures today will post them soon :]
 

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So glad you guys got him back!!

AHH!! That saddle picture made me cringe!
 

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What the heck would make them think that that is how you put a saddle on? :eek:

Glad that you got him back, he is in a better place now!
 

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Poor boy!
 

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Poor guy. Glad you guys got him back, he'll look great again in no time with the love of you guys!

Eventer I LOVE how you talk about your mom. I wish me and mom got along that great!
 

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Eventer I LOVE how you talk about your mom. I wish me and mom got along that great!
LOL, thanks. Funny thing is, we arent very "close." Like we talk and such, but never hang out or anything. I just know she is working her butt off to pay for Bear and Junior. But thank you again. :)
 

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Well as a Mom it sounds pretty cool to hear a kid ( I know your not really a kid) praising their mom. Most kids just take advantage of them. I really hope my kids appreciate me as much as you appreciate yoiur mom!
 

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LOL, I was told over and over again by my old "best friend" that I dont realize how lucky I am and that I dont appreciate my mom, so I learned quick. :p

But back on topic!

I turned Junior out with Bear today, they have been walking around having fun in the cold rain for the last few hours and just now went in to eat their hay (even though I fed them right after I turned Junior out with Bear).
 

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Quick little update. My sister and neice are coming out sometime to meet Junior and when he is rideable again my little neice [she is four] is going to start learning how to ride on him. So I will be posing pictures of that next month sometime as well. My sister, who has never been around horses really, wants to learn to ride too so I might give her some lessons as well. Plus eventerwannabe has two little girls on her side that want to learn to ride as well, he is gonna be quite the little lesson horse when he is all better but it will be good for him.
 

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Austin [my sister] and Aryah [her daughter] came out and met Junior. They liked him and are excited to start riding him in April :] I can't wait! He is looking better already and was even galloping and bucking around the field with Bear today.
 

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Welcome home video :]


That whinny in the beginning is the whinny he let out right when he stepped off the trailer lol!
 

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Yeesh, that saddle picture!! That is..sure something!
So glad that he can come back where he is loved and will be cared for. The video is cute =)
 

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UPDATE:

Talked to eventerwannabe today, she had her farrier out to do Bear and Junior and we found out that what ever [insert any bad name here] farrier trimmed and shoed Junior last did a really horrid job. I mean we could tell that just by looking but we found out that his back hooves were angled so wrong that it cause the angle of his coffin bone to be off meaning we can't lead him or anything at more than a walk. The farrier that was out today couldn't fix it this time because there wasn't enough hoof there to trim off to make the correct angle so when he comes out next and trims Junior again we might be able to work Junior at a trot. Stupid lady that had him probably payed some back country cowboy to come out and do a 5 dollar trim and shoe job. *sighs and shakes head*
 
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