But you already knew that. Let's do a quick tally of the total cost of my 4th "free" horse;
- Diesel for the trip to pick him up $140
- Meals for the trip up $30
- New halter $24 (Turquoise with zebra stripes - hell ya!)
- New rain sheet (that it's too cold to wear) $59 - tax free sale - score!
- 4 rolls of vet wrap, Epsom salts, wormer $30
- Hoof heal - free borrowed from my mom - thanks mom!
- Poultice - Nicole bought this for me - thanks Nicole and Dawn ;)
- Emergency hoof trim - $40
- Two bags of shavings added to the stall for extra comfort - $11
Grand total: $334.00
Not too bad so far! I wish I could say the same for Indy's feet. They are a disaster. It looks like it was a while since his last trim, and they are full of thrush and the soles are extremely weak. I was lucky to have my parents neighbor come over and do an emergency trim on him. He has a really bad abscess in his right hind and is on three legs at the moment. I was able to pierce it last night and some puss and blood came pouring out.
|day 2 before trim|
|ignore the poultice...see the shelf at the toe??|
|wtf is going on here|
We did a 20 minute soak and poultice last night. Now it's wrapped and he's out with Miss Pen for the day. His feet look miles better already since his trim and daily washing. We won't be doing any riding any time soon...which is fine because my ring is still covered in snow (I'm not bitter), and I think this horse has earned a vacation.
His manners are impeccable, him and Penny love each other to pieces already, and I mean really...his face is too cute for words. So while a free horse may never truly be free, they may be worth the extra effort and cost if you give them a shot.