Ranger’s story: A need for train­ing

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“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.

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