The Unforeseen…

February 7, 2009 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

So, when CANTER sends a horse off to their new homes, we disclose everything about that particular horse that we have any knowledge of.  We want the home to be the perfect fit, and our horses to be happy happy happy.

So when we sent Klondike off with Mary, we were all very happy and very sad all at once.  His vet records sent along included his schedule of shots, wormers and the mention of an ultrasound way back.

Shortly after Klondike arrived, he began developing cases of hives.

Huh?  We said?  We’d once had a case of rain-induced hives (the bumps that can lead to rain rot), but never actual ‘hives’ that didn’t go away with the moisture.  In our care, Klondike had been on 5 farms, with five very different soil/grass/vegetation.  We’d never seen a problem.  We gave our advice and assumed it was a small glitch that would go away.

It totally didn’t.

Klondike started developing hives each time he was put out in the pasture.  The hives started leading to what we think was gas colic each time, and he was becoming lethargic and depressed.  Clearly he was not going to survive at his wonderful new home, despite heroic attempts to resolve the issue by his new owner.  CANTER purchased gastroguard, Mary took him to New Bolton–nobody and nothing could fix him, we had to remove him from the environment :(.  So it was with much sadness that we picked him up in September.

When we got him home, I wasn’t sure what would happen when we turned him back out.  Would he have an allergic reaction? Would he colic?   He had been reacting to grass at their farm.  Would he react the same way back home?  We turned him out on a light pasture and watched him for an hour….Nothing…No reaction.  Three days later we put him out with the ‘real’ grass and watched closely….Nothing still! Phew!  It seems to be a very random item he was allergic to–perhaps related to the irrigation or wet creekbed near that bisected the turnouts.

We decided to give him some months off, as I feel that not only is the illness traumatic, but changing farms constantly is traumatic on a horses system as well.  So thats what we did.  Klon went out to the funny farm and got EXTRA SUPER DUPER FAT.  As you’ve read before, this is a horse who thrives on constant attention–he loves a job.  He loves people. He loves himself ;).

He told me in no uncertain terms that he was BORED and wanted a JOB, last week.  So we brought him back to be put into retraining again.  I’m happy to report that yet again, farm #2, no reactions.  I’m thrilled he is back, but so sad he was not able to stay with his new person.

So that’s the story!  Just one more benefit to buying a horse through CANTER–we take them back!

Thats all for now,



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