This past week we had expected to welcome Marty, a 25 year-old Quarter horse who was coming from Bakersfield (you can read his original post here). We even had a few kind people donate to help us pay for Marty’s transport to Hanaeleh.
Unfortunately, a few days before Marty came down, we were told that he was a stallion. Apparently TWO vets missed that he was still intact. He is so mellow that no one noticed, we guess?
Hanaeleh is not set up to take stallions, however- even if the stallion is great, the mares are NOT. We’ve actually had mares try to jump over fences and try to push through the stalls in order to get out, and we’ve had recently-gelded horses stick their head through the stall bars and literally pick up the stall and drag the entire stall over to get to the mares. If we had a larger property that would be something, but our place is just too small.
We decided to try to get Marty gelded up in Bakersfield at the local clinic, but when they trailered him out there, the vet said that Marty was not healthy enough to geld, and he would need to put on some weight before he could safely have the operation. So at this point, Marty is staying where he is, and working on getting healthy there.
We used the donations for Marty’s transport to pay for the vet bill he incurred at the clinic as well as some Equiiox to help keep him comfortable.
We will keep you updated as we know more about Marty’s progress!