Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The new horse

Here's a picture. It does not accurately convey his true condition, due to crappy lighting when the picture was taken.

He may look tubby, but it's really a wormy belly. Without even putting hands on him, I know that he is about a condition score 2.5.

This means planning out his diet very carefully, and weighing everything to the ounce. His feet have not been attended to in quite some time, so that will be on the short list for "get done right away" He is so long in the toe on the hinds, it's a wonder he can walk at all. His entire spine sticks up an inch or better, and he is what we call "tented" over hips and croup-meaning, he has been burning muscle for quite some time, poor thing.

He's actually 7, not six, and I found a picture in his paperwork that shows him being ridden in a round pen with a teenager up. This is promising, but who knows how he's been handled and used or abused. It really doesn't matter, he's hungry, and I can fix that right up.

Now if road conditions would just co-operate so I can get him home this weekend......


foxtrotter said...

I don't know why, but you can see how bad he is on your blog and not on the forum. Glad he's got you to fix him up.

suvalley said...

Forum? Oh, I think I know who this is! LOL, hi!

When I get him home I will stand him up and get real pics for comparison. He is, from reports, very talkative and is now responding to human affection-which is great news. Sometimes these guys tend to withdraw as they go downhill.

Now if road conditions would just co-operate, grrr!

CTG Ponies said...

Hope he makes it home soon! Definitely post new pics. It will be interesting to see how he progresses.