Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The vet says.....

Chubs should be called "Old Chubs", lol

Estimated age, somewhere between 25 and 30-but with a full compliment of molars which is amazing for his age. He's in great basic health, and got a tet, flu. rhino to protect him now that he is exposed to other horses regularly.

As to his awful knees, the vet had this to say: That he was bow legged to begin with. Prior use likely led to the condition being as bad as we see today. (I since learned that he was boarded in a place where he was spooked by a bear, and he cleared a six foot tall fence, landing on pavement-I am sure that didn't help either) Basically, I can put a kid up on him and lead him around once in a while, but other than that, he's a companion horse only.

The other thing I learned today is that he has a history of going through fences and mounting mares. Egads! Now as of this moment I am presuming this would be impossible for him to accomplish, given the fact that one leg pretty much does not bend at all, and other front slightly. Seriously, I think *if* he got up there, he'd be stuck and couldn't get down. Or if he did get down, he'd loose his knees completely on the dismount, and that would be that. I am trying to find out is he has ever been near stallions-no word back on that as yet.

If I end up having issues over this, I will have to find him another home, since I cannot risk the boarder's mare I have right now. I do have a spot for him this summer, however, if needed.

Well, they do say don't look a gift horse in the mouth-for good reason ;)


Lori said...

OMGosh! You have quite the horse there! Reminds me of a old gentleman I use to know.

horse snob said...

To funny, sounds like he was quite the hooligan back in the day.

CTG Ponies said...

What a kind face he has which judging from your comments hides a bit of a juvenile delinquent. I'm so glad he came to live with you! He'll get the care that he needs now.