Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why do I need a 15hh 30yr old emaciated horse?

Well, for a start he is yellow...and anyone who knows me knows that yellow is the all time best colour a horse could be!

So...when I saw this little guy for sale online, I had to buy him.

He was advertised on a NZ based website and his sale prompted a LOT of flurry on the message boards with people disturbed that such an old skinny horse was put up for sale for the princely sum of $100. Many people abused the owner etc..and it all went pearshaped.

I made my offer of a permenant home for him, and thankfully the seller agreed that I could purchase him. But...first...before he was allowed to travel, SPCA inspectors went out to see him and they in turn wanted a vet to check him before allowing him to come north to Auckland.

I was relieved when they agreed that he was fit enough to travel..and so he turned up at home one night a few months back.

I had a friend stop in (as I was working late) to check he was ok (the transport company dropped him off and left him in the yard for me as I wasn't home), and she immediately rang me at work. The conversation went something like this:

" know how you said he was thin...well....he's not thin...he's emaciated. Ive never seen a horse so thin, and you could take him to work (vet clinic) and give an anatomy lesson on him"

So I couldn't wait to get home to make sure the poor guy was ok.

He certainly was a sight to god. Ive never in my life seen a horse so thin and still walking. But walking he was, in fact he is absolutely as bright as a button, and positively towed me across the paddock to get to better grass. His body may be failing him due to malnutrition, but he certainly has the heart of an ox. Here are the photos taken on the first night....

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