on sunday i went with my grandpa and picked up the horse to spend a while with it. it's hooves are horrible. they don't even have horse shoes and they are all cracked and they are really smelly on the bottom. i rode the horse and he rode perfectly. my family hade all gone out and left me and my grandpa with the horse. when every one got home they wanted to see the horse. my sister and cousin wanted to ride the horse. my sister got on the horse and the horse wasn't used to so many people. so the horse got on two legs and my dad managed to pull the horse on the floor. my sister managed to get off the horse when it fell to the floor. so he bucked all the way to the end of the backyard. soo now my dad wants to get the horse and sell him. i really want to keep him, but my parents don't. what should i do. i rodeTate (horse) for two hours strait and didn't even flinch. he got scared and my dad just won't listen. any suggestions:D
first off. I suggest before you do anymore riding on this horse have a vet come out and look at him/her. Farrier out to trim those aweful feet. If there is a nasty smell on its feet, i would suggest you pick the bottom of the feet to make sure it is just not the manure smell. If you pick them and there is still an aweful odor coming from them, call your vet, this could be a serious problem. Horses should be trimmed every 7-10 weeks (depending on hoof growth) and dewormed at the same time. The way it sounds this horse has not been trimmed in ages. Do you have a current coggins on this horse? Is it up to date on all vaccinations?
The way it sounds the reason this horse could have bucked: your sister (?) could have kicked it in the wrong place, been pushing it too hard, has sores on its feet from not being trimmed (horses in this bad of condition should not be ridden until it is taken care of)
I would also suggest you join this forum: http://www.equineadoption.com there are alot of knowledgeable people on there that could help you more, since it is a horse forum. I have adopted two horses from there and everyone is honest, and knows a ton!!!
Good luck with this one! Don't give up or sell him. If you do decide not to keep your horse, donate it to a program like the link above. Horses sold at auctions often end up in slaughter houses. There are a lot of kill buyers out there, so be careful.
Again, good luck. Do you have pictures of its feet, and the horse?
I have to wonder, if the horse's feet are in such bad condition, what the heck is everyone riding it for? If your dog has sore and cracked feet, do you take it on a 2 hour walk?
It sounds like the horse has advanced state of thrush in it's feet. This is a aerobic bacterial infection that's typcially caused by standing in marshy water or a uncleaned stall with urine for extended periods of time. Left untreated, the bacteria can invade the 'frog' (or soft tissue) part of a horses feet, literally decaying/eating the hoof from the outside clear in toward the bone. It can be very painful. And you guys are going out for 2 hour rides on this horse? No wonder it reared up and bucked.
To put it bluntly, you guys 'rescued' this horse to put it through even more discomfort and pain through yourr family's ignorance about it's physical ailments. To me, you guys are putting the poor horse through even more animal abuse and neglect, even though you are well-intentioned. Has it even seen a farrier?
If your dad sells the horse I hope it goes to a buyer with some 'horse sense'.
If he doesn't.. get some freaking veterinary care, get a farrier to come out and take care of it's feet, and stay off of the poor beast.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/30/2006 11:23:40 AM*** Reason: add
i didn't know the horse had his feet in that problem until my grandpa checked his feet after i rode him.he kept putting one of his feet up in the air, so my grandpa checked his feet .their is no manuier on the bottom of his feet. put it is a weird smell. i won't be riding him any more until his feet are fixed. i still don't "own" the horse, but i will soon, hopefully.
***Edited By: rottyover0021 on 5/30/2006 11:31:36 AM*** Reason: s
The smell is indicitive of the fact your horse has thrush. When you mentioned the smell, thats how I know.
Even if your horse doesn't have manure on his feet right now or doesnt' live in standing water right now, he still has the bacterial infection thrush from his past living conditions. Take care of it and stop riding the poor animal. If the horse was limping, why on earth would anyone let your sister get on it?? Or anyone else?
If there is no manure on his feet, I would say this horse has THRUSH. It may be a mild case, it may not be. If this horse was not cared for before you got him, I would say it may be more advanced. This horse may need to be dry lotted until the thrush clears up some, because if kept in wet conditions the thrush can get worse. It is painful for the horse. Its like someone having their bones be eaten inside out on their feet. Not good! Get him checked out, get the opinion of your vet. If this is the first horse you have owned I would suggest you may want to rehome it to someone who knows more about these problems than you (not to be mean) this can be a very costy illness, and if not treated properly, this horse can die and be in so much pain. Again take a look at the above listed link and let me know what you think. Where are you located?
OMG! you rode that horse for 2 hrs in the florida heat and with the feet in that condition!?!??!??
And then the horse bucked, reared, fell and your dad pulled it to the floor?
Honestly? you have no business having a horse. It is not something you just "hop on and ride"
But apparently, you think just that, cause that is what you did!
As someone else said, you had the info and much like leaving your dog outside to get heatstroke and wanting to know what to do after the fact and wanting to avoid a vet bill (which it needed ANYWAYS and yes you did take it and it STILL Needed fluids) tells me you surely cannot keep up the upkeep on a horse.
Funny that your dad got the horse and now he wants to sell it...
In its present condition, it would end up at a slaughterhouse.
Call an animal protective league and get contacts to get it in some sort of rescue. It doesnt need to go from one bad owner to another!
traumamamma- did I miss something? Is this the same person who had the dog with the heatstroke and then the dog with the ooozing pussing teats?
I agree. HAVE A VET SEE THIS HORSE ASAP! You obviously did not look at the link I posted about the adoption place I got my horses from. That would be a good place to start to get this horse back on track. If they cannot take the horse, they can refer you to someone who could. And help you with any questions you have.
so we have a 13-15 yo asking questions about horses with thrush, dogs with heat stroke, dogs with oozing from the nipples, dogs attacking goats?
I ask, where the heck are the parents in this situation, and why don't they do something with these animals? If they allow the children to get them, and don't do anything when they need vet care?
Old mcdonald had a farm.....on this farm was sick animals....e i e i o.
Sounds like a regular mcdonald farm or noahs ark around there. the more the merrier, lets see how many different animals we can get in this place.
IMO, just like dog breeders/fanciers. The more breeds you have the less reputable breeder you are, and it is hard to focus on all these different breeds. How hard can it be to focus on all these different animals? Dogs, goats, horses, what next cows? chickens?
i hope that the people who gave you the advice on this board that horses don't need to be pampered are now able to come on here and help walk you through treating the health problems this horse has due to improper care.
I'm at a loss for words!! *joins in banging my head*
How can you have possibly took the time to climb on this horse, ride him for 2 hours (stupid idea) and never seen its feet somewhere in there. Why would you even go jumping on a horse that hasnt been checked out yet?
This poor thing is suffering at the hands of uneducated and irresponsible people, it is sad....please send this horse to a rescue with experienced people.