"Hobbit Horse"

An AHRN Special Rehab Case (June 98)

"Hobbit Horse"

Hobbit's Knee

June 22, 1998

A few weeks ago I received a call that there was a bay arabian gelding at the feedlot, young, pretty, healthy with one exception. He had a very serious knee wound -- not life threatening, or even a threat to his soundness -- just a wound that would take time and daily care. Now tell me -- who is going to buy this horse? His right front knee area is completely open with proud flesh growing thicker every day.

He came through the auction with an unsigned note which said exrays showed no bone damage, and while he is expected to recover fully the owners didn't have the time to doctor him--he's rideable, the author tells us, but no one wanted to care for the wound, and thus he went to auction.

And so, one of our most stout supporters on AOL, Swgribbon (Susan), put up the $350 to buy him. Linda of the Equus Sanctuary picked him up and brought him to my home about three weeks ago. The stench from the wrapped - for - days - without - cleaning infected wound made me ill. But all the while we scrubbed and wrapped, the sweet gelding stood patiently.

A few days later he came down with a pretty bad case of strangles -- he was a mess!!! The vet cut down the proud flesh and cleaned the wound. Since then, I have daily washed and rewrapped the wound, the strangles have run their course and "HOBBIT" is gaining weight and getting healthier every day.

The doctoring that the previous owners did not have time for takes me about 10 minutes a day -- and the wound is much improved, and HOBBIT hasn't taken a lame step!! The lack of committment on the part of Hobbit's previous owner is not unusual -- if the horse can't do what I want, off it goes!!

Hobbit will remain with AHRN until he is completely healed and then we will find him a loving, kind companion who is committed to him. He is only 10 years old.

Update 8/15/98: Hobbit left for his new home in TX! AOLer Susie (Swgribbon), who put up the money to save him, has decided to bring him home! Watch out, Susie! Roseann says he's a little troublemaker!! He's a 14.3 gelding with a Clydesdale stud attitude ... but, if you raise your voice, he shrinks to 12 hands and is mortified!! She says the wound has healed very nicely and is now only the size of a quarter. Congratulations Susie, and thank you for saving him. May you have many happy trails together!!

Update 11/22/98: Here is an update from Hobbit's new mom, Suzie!

I guess now is a good time to update Hobbit Horse's story. God knows we all need some good news (after the death of Gin Fizz and a fellow online friend). Hobby is the little gelding with the leg injury that I conned Roseann into pulling from the lot (not that it took a lot, just had to pay the ransom and Roseann did the rest) When she agreed to do this I had no intention of taking him home with us but I kept hearing about him and his gentle personallity and so when another placement option did not come to fruition I called Roseann and said send him on. My husband is not a horse person and the cost of shipping Hobbit did not make him a happy camper but he did not even really argue with me. Roseann had the usual difficulties with the haulers but finallly found some one to get him here. He has won my husbands heart. We have three other horses but Hobby is his favorite and he is now asking for a western saddle so that he can ride. Hobbit's leg is totally healed and he thinks he is the boss of the pasture (the alpha mare thinks a little differently). He is fat and sassy and we have started doing some work. He, in short, has a home for life and lots of love and attention, and has managed to convert a man I had dispaired of ever getting on a horse. Pretty good for a little guy whose previous owners were not willing to spend the money for one vet visit and the 10 mins a day it took Roseann to care for his leg. Thanks Roseann for saving John's new buddy.

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