Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rosie

This seems to be the summer of lots of changes...

Craig came across this pony at the same farm where we got Annie and Zip.  She is a rescue that the farm owner took in recently.  She had been purchased at an auction in April by a teenaged girl, unbeknownst to her parents, and had been thin at the auction.  Somewhere along the way since April, there was a divorce and some financial difficulties and this mare hasn't been getting enough to eat and is even thinner than before.  We have the space and the means to take on a rescue so here she is.  She is painfully thin but nicely put together with really great manners.  The pictures don't show how prominent her backbone and the pinbones in her hips are.  She is missing hair in places, her feet are very cracked and she definitely needs some TLC.  She is branded and is supposed to neck rein well.  We have been told that she was ridden last week which leaves me speechless since her spine and her ribs are so prominent.

These were taken of her as soon as she came off the trailer and 
the pics are straight out of the camera

She is about 20 years old, is 13.1 hands tall and about 700 pounds.  We think that she probably needs to gain close to 100 pounds.  She has been wormed and we have started her on Senior feed that has probiotics plus all the hay (timothy/alfalfa mix) that she can eat.  She doesn't seem to have health issues but we will have the vet out soon to check her out and give her shots (I want to put some more weight on her before we give her immunizations).  We gave her a bath, trimmed her bridle path, conditioned her mane and tail, and addressed some skin issues she has.  I am going to work on her feet and Annie's feet this week.  She is a gorgeous chestnut color so we named her Rosie.  I have no idea what we will use her for but I want to make her life better.

15 comments:

threecollie said...

Poor, poor girl. So glad that she can depend on you for a better life.

Intense Guy said...

Yikes! Some people shouldn't have "pets" - and this poor animal really got mistreated.

I know she's in good hands now - I hope you have her "fattened up" and back to good health soonest.

Looks like T is appalled by how thin Rosie is... that expression of her's is worth a $1000.

Sydney_bitless said...

Poor baby! What a wonderful thing you have just done.

Carolynn said...

Oh my gawd. That's criminal. Damn, I hate to see stuff like this. What the h**l is wrong with people?!? I'm so glad she's found a home with you. Her life has just improved a thousand fold.

Ed said...

If anyone can take a tragedy and make some good out of it, you guys can. I'm lookin' forward to seeing her recovery..:-))

Anonymous said...

Nice to see a skinny horse get a decent home finally. There sure are a lot of horses out there these days who need a new home.

Anonymous said...

....and you probably know from rescuing other horses, that all rescues should not be 'fattened up quick', but very slowly and carefully. That a big load of worms tends to make a horse look thin (and that worming has to be done very carefully if they have a big load of parasites), and that ponies need to be kept a little slim or face founder and other serious problems.

dibear said...

This brought teas to my eyes. Bless you for saving her. :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Good for you!

Shirley said...

Bless you for rescuing this mare! She looks like a good, well built mare, and despite her short height I'd bet she isn't a pony breed- or not purely pony. It's interesting how she stands with her front feet well underneath her.

gtyyup said...

How wonderful that you can take this nice mare in...many blessings to you. She'll be in great shape in no time I'm sure.

Ashley said...

what a precious face...she is so lucky she found you. that just breaks my heart...and wow, riden a week ago? poor babe! can't wait to watch her progress :)

CTG Ponies said...

Thanks for all your kind words and votes of confidence! It's heart breaking to see especially since she's a really sweet pony and was obviously well taken care of at some point. We are providing her with good nutrition and space to move around in, at her own pace. I'll post updates often.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awww....so very sad that she ended up like that. Bless you for taking her and trying to give her a better life.
How could someone get up on that poor mare's back to ride her in that condition? gah!
Looks like she'd look better if she gained 150-200 lbs. Have you considered beet pulp, too? That's supposed to help thin horses put on weight naturally.
Her back feet look uncomfortable. I hope she doesn't have hood issues, like founder or ring bone. Poor girl.
Keep us updated. I'd love to see her transformation as you nurse her back to health.


~Lisa

Janice said...

I would say Rosie's luck just changed for the better. It is great that the rest of her life will be good and her final memories of humans will not be forever tainted.It amazes me that animals who have not been treated kindly by us so called compassionate humans can still have the capacity to love us.


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