7/21/2009

He's an easy keeper, so feed him you RAB!!!


To the former owners of Pascal...here is a big ol appy hoof upside your heads! I added a shoe because you really deserve a whomping!! Sunday
night, Shelly of Sunny Acres Ranch and the DOR went out to look at a little Paso Fino, it was worse than they expected. Shelly went back, got her trailer and brought him to the ranch to be rehabbed.
It is a good thing that Shelly is good dealing with people because the DOR wanted to slap them upside the head.







Look at this eye. So soft and gentle. But there is distrust there, his owners didn't like him and made that very clear. They are also sore from all of the gnats that were making a feast of him (sad he was food for flies when he had no food of his own).
His owner said he was willful and hard to catch. Heck if they were my owners I would run as fast as I could away from them too!














Speaking of running...how the heck was he supposed to move with these flippers for feet?
These are his hind feet. The owners decided that since he wouldn't stop pulling his hooves away from the farrier the best solution was to stop having is feet done...problem solved right?



















Here is a picture of his front feet. Poor little guy looked like a toddler in flippers trying to walk by a pool. But there was no pleasant pool just a dry, dusty, grass-free, poopy lot to wander in search of food.



















So here is a body shot of the easy keeper. Easy to keep a horse if you don't feed them, have their feet done, fly spray them, groom them or anything else. Worked out fine for the owners, but as you can see Pascal could use lots of groceries.
You can see how sucked up looking he is. The skin just hangs on his chest.
Pascal's owners had him for 9 years...9 years of treating him like a second class citizen. Their other horse is fat, has his feet trimmed, got fly sprayed, and groomed. Some where along the way Pascal's owners decided he just wasn't worth their time because he wasn't perfect.






His spin protrudes up too far, his little hips poke out, his withers resemble a shark's fin.
















He has lost so much weight and muscle that the crest of his neck flops over. I have never seen this happen in a horse before.

















His eyes are weepy. He seemed at a loss over what to do with the grass and fresh water.
Shelly has him on a feeding recovery program. She is also working with this little guy to undo the emotional damage done by his past treatment. The farrier and equine therapist will be here on Saturday to address his physical needs.
Pascal's rehab will be long and expensive. If you would like to join me and helping Shelly contact her through her board. No donation is too small and will be greatly appreciated (Sunny Acres in NOT a tax exempt organization, so you donation will not be tax deductible). Emotional support is just as important and appreciated as financial support...long rehabs are very draining on humans (what do they think it is on us?). The DOR is paying for the farrier and therapist visit this weekend...what can you do?
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR
(all photos of Pascal are used with the permission of Sunny Acres Ranch)

37 comments:

Cheryl Ann said...

Awwww...the poor little guy! The gal who owns the ranch where Quad is boarded raises Peruvian Pasos. Hers are all palomino, too! He would fit right in! Poor thing! I'm sure he will blossom under your and Shelly's care, though! I'm glad you guys rescued him! :-)

fernvalley01 said...

Poor fella ! he looks like he a lovely horse, once he gets some groceries and some love I will bet he is beautiful! Yay to DOR and Shelly for helping this little guy and all the others

Denise said...

So happy this beautiful horse has found a good home where he will be taken care of and given the kind of love he deserves.

Kate said...

People who undertake rehabs get hugh applause from me - it's hard work. What a lovely little horse - I hope he recovers well and finds an excellent home.

Amanda said...

Syndi I thought he was a Peruvian Paso? He will be ok, Poncho was just as bad if not worse and he is really coming around good. His topline and hips still need some meat on them but the vet said only conditioning would improve that. Poor little Pasqual.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

He might be a Peruvian, I will ask Shelly. I forget that there are different types of Paso's

Pricilla said...

I will never understand people whe get an animal(s) and then don't care for them. This is why we now have Jillian and Mallory on our Farm. Their previous owners thought you could just put them out in a yard and have them survive on whatever grass grew. And in the winter they could eat tree branches.
*sigh*

Desert Rose said...

People who mistreat animals can never be understood by any of us. There is something missing inside of them...and we can not even imagine how they can act that way! Best wishes for a speedy recovery with love!

Shinade said...

This is just heart breaking!! I am so glad he has been rescued and now has a wonderful home!!

What a wonderful thing you guys do...jack you and your DOR are tops in my book! Hugs:-)

One Red Horse said...

Awwww, he is just lovely. What a fortunate boy to have changed his address. When I was reading about DSLD, one of the danger signs was a floppy crest or "broken" crest. Hope he recovers soon.

Leah Fry said...

Emotional support will have to do for now. Please keep us updated. I would so like to see a happy Pascal.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Poor Pascal! I hope he'll be better soon. I knew a horse when I was a kid that was in this kind of condition. Sad.

Mountain Woman said...

I saw those pictures and I got so angry. His eye is so sweet and kind and look at the rest of him. I don't understand why people get horses they don't want to care for.

My mare is a very hard keeper, very fussy and just doesn't maintain weight well. I started using Gleam and Gain and it just packed on the pounds. Only thing I found that has ever worked. But even at her thinnest, she never looked like a skeleton horse. I'm off to visit their website.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

Oh poor Pascal! I wish I had all the money in the world to help fund this poor boy's recovery. I will send him many prayers in the meantime and thank you for posting this, and thank you to everyone who is giving this beautiful boy a fresh start. Such a kind face - it is despicable that anyone could mistreat such a gentle giant, no matter how much he pulls his feet up at the farrier!
Good luck Pascal, we are all rooting for you!!

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