Your emaciated horse is down in horrific pain with colic. What do you do? Post it on Facebook, of course. Looking for a drug that is prescription only, so illegal for anyone to give or sell to you. Did you know there is a person out there who is trained in this sort of thing? They have gone through 8 years of schooling so you have someone to call when there is an emergency and they will come and help your horse with their pain. They even have Banamine with them! It is called a vet and I am sure the mobile phone you just used to take that picture could also look up the number to the one closest to you. Just looking at this horse I suspect it probably needed the vet a long time ago and this colic was a couple weeks or months in the making. Don’t cheap out and allow your horse to suffer. Call the Vet, even if it just to have them put the horse out of its misery.
This sounds safe. Riding a neurological gelding even on the best footing, with no changes in grade and for short periods would be a risk, but you want to go out on the trails and cattle sort with this horse? Why? Are you hoping to end up like him? Or dead, or in a wheelchair? Does he really need to be ridden or are you being selfish and riding him because you can. This is just an accident waiting to happen and it is not fair to the horse. It doesn’t bother you to ride a horse with a pronounced limp, it doesn’t make you think that maybe you are doing something cruel? How would you feel if you had a pronounced limp, either from pain (bute has to be doing something to make him more comfortable) or something neurological, and you were forced to strap on a backpack and go jogging. It would be real fun for you wouldn’t it? Retire the poor horse or put him down. He doesn’t deserve the very real possibility of hurting himself further or killing his rider because he fell. I do think the diagnosis is a little suspect as Bute wouldn’t do that much for a neurologic horse. It might lessen the inflammation some in the nerves and make it a little better but not usually MUCH more comfortable. I would bet this horse has a lot more going on than they are saying. I do hope they find someone to make the horse more comfortable, if even trimming or shoeing will even make a difference in his case, but I really hope they man up and stop riding the poor thing.
This next one probably deserves its own post but because there isn’t a lot of information on it I am going to put it here. If more information comes out I will update in its own post.
If I am reading all these posts correctly someone stole the horse, loaded it in the trailer, crashed the trailer and left the horse in the wreckage. Are you serious? Does anything about this stink to you? If it is true, what sort of asshole does this to a horse. Just left it there on the road. She wasn’t even that injured according to the person who found her. Just a couple of scratches. The police are trying to trace the trailer and hopefully the horse gets the care she needs, including being protected against theft. That trailer looks like a death trap even upright on its wheels. What a good mare to even load into that death trap.
Then I leave you with this. Because we have had so many people featured here who seem to think they must beat, force and break down a horse to make them work for us. Then we have the wonderful Buck Brannamen, who I will love forever after he tore into the woman with all the stallions. If you don’t know what I am talking about you need to watch his documentary Buck.