I can’t post this on my “local” forum as I don’t want to stir up drama which might prevent the other horses from getting homes, but I wanted to share his progress and eventually his training in a more linear form than just sharing FB photos with friends and family.
Meet “Pharaoh,” the Arab colt we picked up on Friday, April 13th, 2012. The first few pictures were taken about 3 days prior, when I went to see the horses she had for sale, not knowing what condition they were in, originally offering to take photos for a sale ad as it sounded like she was in over her head and needed some help rehoming her horses quickly.
There was a dark bay STB gelding in equally crappy condition with this one. As I understand it, he’s found a great home, thank goodness. He deserves one; he had something evidently wrong with his lower back and hip area, yet she was still jumping him regularly and he still performed willingly despite being malnourished and obviously in pain. Owner is a minor and thus a dramafest won’t fix anything, we’re just doing our best to educate her and hope she absorbs the information before owning more animals.
Pharaoh was quite weak and only needed a little encouragement and assistance to get onto the trailer. After the ride to his new home, he almost fell out of the trailer (poor boy) but the look of amazement on his face when he saw all the grass was pretty priceless. He almost looked like he didn’t believe it! We were concerned that he might eat himself stupid but our grass is pretty lame at the best of times. We pulled him in about an hour into his face-stuffing fest and his tummy sounded like it was happily at work. Went back out around 10 PM and again at midnight just before bed time, still a-ok. Introduced grain in small handfuls the next day, and wormer on Sunday (just ¼ dose to prevent a mass kill impaction.) Now it's a full 7 days since he's come here, and he's beginning to realize he has a set of nuts... nuts which will likely be removed at some point, however we are hoping to track down his papers as it turns out he has some pretty decent breeding. Not that we plan to stand a stud in my front yard or anything, just keeping the options open on the chance that he has a fantastic growth spurt and some rich knowledgeable Arab breeder wants to pay us thousands for him. Or trade for a flying piggy, perhaps.
Anyways, he's an absolute sweetheart and everyone involved in getting him out of his situation has totally fallen in love with him. Pic below is 5 days after bringing him home....