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I think I have "sucker" tattooed on my forehead. UPDATE-3: He looks better!

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  • I think I have "sucker" tattooed on my forehead. UPDATE-3: He looks better!

    I'm getting a third horse. Definitely was not planned.

    I've known this guy for about 3 1/2 years. Owner had him at a local barn and was gonna pull his shoes & have me rehab him cuz he was dead lame. Apparently, showing was more important, so after just 2 trims, she had him re-shod. Her horse/her choice.

    But since he never came sound and she wanted a horse she could show, she left him at that barn on pasture board, went out and bought another horse to keep elsewhere. This barn couldn't just have him around, taking up higher-paying clients' real estate, so one of their barn workers, a current trim client of mine, agreed to take him with the owner understanding she'd have to pay that gal for his board & to cover his trims with me (since I'd be getting him back under my grinder.)

    Well, yesterday morning, the owner PM's this other gal and says "I don't want to pay you anymore, so either he stays there free or you can get rid of him."

    His feet are a disaster and he's about 200 pounds underweight. Mid-teens 16.2 dark by OTTB.

    Having known this horse in better days, I can't wait to rehab him. I don't have any current pictures yet, but I'll get some Tuesday when I swing by the other gal's place to tweak trim him, as well as leave the Bill of Sale and a One Dollar Bill. I want this legal!

    So here I am after all these years of saying I'd never have a gelding (I'm a total mare person) and I'd never have a TB (draft person here), God shows His sense of humor.
    Last edited by ChocoMare; Nov. 27, 2019, 09:09 AM.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.
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    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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      Yikes. Those feet.

      You are earning massive amounts of good karma for this deed.

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        Yeah, first picture was scary, wondering what what left of that foot underneath, but it doesn't look so bad under there.
        I would start with x-rays, to be sure there are no bad surprises inside, but from the little we can see there, it seems to be just the walls that are the problem.

        Poor horse.

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          Bless you for giving him your ‘feet expertise’ and a forever home ~

          Jingles & AO ~


          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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          • #6
            He's lucky to have you!

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              Originally posted by Bluey View Post
              Yeah, first picture was scary, wondering what what left of that foot underneath, but it doesn't look so bad under there.
              I would start with x-rays, to be sure there are no bad surprises inside, but from the little we can see there, it seems to be just the walls that are the problem.

              Poor horse.
              Yeah x-rays will be on order for the 19th too. I've got to know if there's permanent damage in there.
              <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                Thank you for coming through for him.

                Wherever this goes, I'm sure he needs relief. Don't forget the option of padded hoof boots, even gel shoes.

                Poor horse. Hopefully he will be on an upward trajectory from here!

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                  Originally posted by OverandOnward View Post
                  Thank you for coming through for him.

                  Wherever this goes, I'm sure he needs relief. Don't forget the option of padded hoof boots, even gel shoes.

                  Poor horse. Hopefully he will be on an upward trajectory from here!
                  If he needs boots, it will be the Equine Fusion Jogging Shoe, since he's staying barefoot. I've rehabbed several OTTBs out of shoes with them. They are the bomb! (www.comforthoofs.com is the U.S. distributor).
                  <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                    Poor horse! This is good karma for you OP. God put you at the right place and time for this boy. I hope with some TLC amd some groceries and time he turns out to be an amazing horse for you. If he gets sound and gorgeous again, I bet old owner might want him back. In that case I'd say No way Jose! You didn't want him so he's mine now! Great idea with the bill of sale OP!

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                      Originally posted by Vyce View Post
                      Poor horse! This is good karma for you OP. God put you at the right place and time for this boy. I hope with some TLC amd some groceries and time he turns out to be an amazing horse for you. If he gets sound and gorgeous again, I bet old owner might want him back. In that case I'd say No way Jose! You didn't want him so he's mine now! Great idea with the bill of sale OP!
                      Funny you should mention that about the current/soon-to-be-former owner. She had the NERVE to tell my client that "should she sell him, I want first rights of refusal and if she has to put him down, I want to be there."

                      Where's the Fruitbat?!

                      He will stay with me until the Bridge. I don't "do" resell.
                      <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                        Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post

                        Funny you should mention that about the current/soon-to-be-former owner. She had the NERVE to tell my client that "should she sell him, I want first rights of refusal and if she has to put him down, I want to be there."

                        Where's the Fruitbat?!

                        He will stay with me until the Bridge. I don't "do" resell.
                        Yeah, crazy people are everywhere.

                        As for keeping him "forever", better not say never, life has a way to go where it wants to go, no matter what we want.
                        Forevers are not guaranteed for anyone or anything.

                        We had one forever horse, Tuna, that a handicapped kid fell in love with and we had to let the family have him, so the kid could care for and be with him every day.
                        A match made in heaven you can't refuse due to forevers.

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                          Originally posted by Bluey View Post

                          Yeah, crazy people are everywhere.

                          As for keeping him "forever", better not say never, life has a way to go where it wants to go, no matter what we want.
                          Forevers are not guaranteed for anyone or anything.

                          We had one forever horse, Tuna, that a handicapped kid fell in love with and we had to let the family have him, so the kid could care for and be with him every day.
                          A match made in heaven you can't refuse due to forevers.
                          I hear ya but.... my clyde-X mare might have another year, maybe. This way, I have the third equine on site so that when that day comes, my perch-X already has company. I'm a big softie.
                          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                            Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post

                            Funny you should mention that about the current/soon-to-be-former owner. She had the NERVE to tell my client that "should she sell him, I want first rights of refusal and if she has to put him down, I want to be there."

                            Where's the Fruitbat?!

                            He will stay with me until the Bridge. I don't "do" resell.
                            Yeah, in your shoes I'd find creative ways to be SURE that old owner stays out of the picture - forever. Sounds like she wants someone else to solve her problems for her. At their expense. But she wants the good part back after they do it.

                            I'll bet the horse will be glad to hear that she's no longer any part of his life. (Especially at The Bridge, whenever that time comes, may it be a long happy time away.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post

                              I hear ya but.... my clyde-X mare might have another year, maybe. This way, I have the third equine on site so that when that day comes, my perch-X already has company. I'm a big softie.
                              Lining your ducks in a row is a good motto to live by.

                              Will be interesting to see how the poor horse's feet look a year from now.
                              That is terrible!

                              That may be the best dollar you ever spent.

                              Hugs for the softies of this world ... and their good men.

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                                Bless you!! I hope he turns out to be the most awesome horse ever.
                                Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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                                • #17
                                  Just, WOW on that B-word soon-to-be-former owner

                                  ChocoMare So, you don't think this guy is kind of a Celestial Wedding Present? ​​​​​​​
                                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                  Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                  Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                  Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                                  • #18
                                    I think you have "I'm a compassionate human being and will help this horse whose former owner dumped him" written all over your forehead. That's a HUUUGE compliment!!!

                                    Never ever EVER say never. The universe takes note of these proclamations, I'm convinced!!

                                    ETA: never say never about the sex of horses who win your heart. Always say never about passing a horse down the line if you don't have to. You're a saint for this horse. A saint.
                                    Last edited by J-Lu; Oct. 4, 2019, 12:27 AM.
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                                    • #19
                                      God bless you. So glad you took him on!

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                                      • #20
                                        Just make sure you have a legally binding bill of sale in case once you get him fixed up, she wants him back because she figures she can sell him for a couple thousand.

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