Ranger’s story: A need for training
“Ranger” was a gorgeous palomino colt, a grandson of a well-known stallion. Two brothers owned him and intended to make him their prized stud horse. Unfortunately, they were in over their heads and the long yearling had become unruly. Now, they wanted him gelded.
Everything went fine with the surgery, and they went home with management instructions and advice to find a trainer to help them.
A few months later, Ranger was back in our hospital because of a severe cut on his hind leg. We sutured and bandaged the limb and gave the brothers instructions for recheck appointments and bandage changes. Sadly, Ranger returned about two weeks later and the brothers wanted him put down. The original bandage was still in place.
The brothers said the horse was kicking them, and they were frustrated and afraid. To them, the horse had no use: He was no longer a stallion prospect, and they felt the nasty scar from the wound made him an unsuitable riding prospect. The veterinarians taking care of Ranger saw a handsome 2-year-old with a serious need for some training and convinced the brothers to simply relinquish ownership to them.
After a few weeks at the hospital, Ranger’s wound healed. In that time, appropriate handling led him to become more respectful. He went home with me and was turned out with my herd of three mares for some much needed socialization. As the mares put him in his place, I started him under saddle. When he was ready, I found him the right owner who rides him regularly, and enjoys his playful personality. Knowing when to get help is an important part of horse ownership, and especially of horse rescue.