Dreamer was an emergency rescue and saying “We can’t take him” wasn't’t an option. Dreamer is an 11 year old stallion. He’s been in his pen so long he was standing on 2 to 3 feet of his own manure. He was born on the place we got him from – never haltered or feet done – essentially never touched. We were alerted to his plight by the granddaughter of the person who had him. The day after I got a bill of sale we drove 134 miles to get him. There was so much junk around him it took us over an hour to get through the junk to his gate – which was buried in 2 feet of manure and we had to dig it out. Since he can’t be touched, we don’t have the appropriate chute here to put him in to sedate him, we took him to another facility that did. This was on a Friday. On Monday a vet and farrier were there to work on him. The vet sedated him and they went to work. But – turns out Dreamer is a cryptorchid (retained testicle) which requires major surgery and can’t be done in the barnyard. But his feet were trimmed. The farrier took off 18.5 inches of foot – about 5 years’ worth. It weighed 3 lbs. 12 oz. The next day we moved him again – to FCER. We will be working with Dreamer to get him handleable. He has to be trained and confident to go into the Large Animal Surgery Room at the vets. It will take at least a month, probably more. As of today – 4 days after the trim – he’s still a little wobbly on his feet, also sore. So we’ve put plenty of shavings in his stall so he can have a soft place to stand. He’s laying down a lot, with his front legs curled up underneath him – something he couldn't’t do for the past 6 to 8 years. Since we can’t touch him we’ve added a pain reliever to a mash, but he doesn't’t seem to care for it. He just nibbles at it, which is better than nothing. He’s a little thin too so he’s getting grass hay free choice. We put it in a wall feeder so he does’t have to put more weight on the front feet. We’re also giving him small portions of alfalfa hay – fed by hand to develop trust and start a relationship. Dreamer has a long road to success, but he’ll make it!
UPDATE 4-13-19 Dreamer continues to make progress toward haltering. It's a slow go, as Dreamer has an odd behavior I haven't seen before. When he feels stressed he turns his head and bites himself! So our sessions are frequent, but short, as I try not to get him stressed to that point. He sometimes turns his head, but hasn't bitten himself in a few weeks. And he shows NO aggression toward humans, thank God. `
The 2 photos above show the deplorable conditions Dreamer was forced to endure.
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