By Donalee Paul
In May of 2004 I rescued Tego from a local barn. A friend had called and told me about this horse. I remembered him from a previous barn I worked in. He had been abandoned and there was a confusion of who was to pay the bill. He had been locked in a 17x17 dark stall for better than a year and was brought out only to get his feet trimmed which the barn owner did out of the goodness of her heart every so often. However, he came out so fast a couple of times he slipped once when the owner was leading him and another time when the trainers assistant decided he needed to get out of that stall and took him to longe. When I arrived he was a class 2 or 3 lame at the trot and the front of his left hock was twice the size it should be. It was hard and not hot. He was being fed alfalfa and grain and his thyroid was so big it was blocking his swallowing. He was 200lbs under weight. The barn owner had a vet talk to her about his injuries but would not allow the vet to examine him, as the owners were not paying the bills they already had. The vet told her he might have a fractured hock and possibly a hip as well. We took Tego home and started the recovery process. Using my prior knowledge as well as following Michelle's advice, good chiropractic, good nutrition, and finding a shoer that does "Natural balance" shoeing, we managed to get him out of pain and started him on the road to a once again productive life. It has been a long road and has come full circle back to spending 10 days with Michelle fine-tuning his movement as well as his riders skills! The changes we have made this week are documented here as well as several photos of our first trip to get him. This horse is 24 years old in 2008!
Ashton retired Tego to the farm in 2009. He is still sound and happy!
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