When dwarfism and stupidity meet
Pet Quality Mini Horse – Super End Of Year Sale!!!!
With a description like that, you’re probably expecting to see a cute, happy little mini. Maybe you’re thinking, “Hey, here’s a responsible breeder. They recognize this filly isn’t breeding stock and as such are selling her as a pet. Well that’s just great! Maybe there is hope in this crazy world of ours for the craigslist/kijiji set! Wowee!”
Well, you’d be wrong.
First off – not sure if the seller just doesn’t know what they’re talking about or if they’re hoping to find a dope to buy this poor girl because those aren’t just feet issues. Those are some major fetlock and suspensory issues as well. Sure, they could all be working against each other, the feet could be contributing to the severity of the fetlock/suspensory issues but make no mistake – those lower hind legs ain’t right. Hell, the fronts aren’t much better!
You know what helps this kind of issue? Proper veterinary care from the time she was born. There are supportive boots that, if used early enough, can make a world of difference in correcting these types of lower limb deformities. Unfortunately it would appear her owners were either ignorant of this fact or simply unwilling to put the effort in. Asshats. If you plan on breeding horses, you should educate yourself first!
You know what else helps with feet issues? Actually getting the fucking farrier out! Shocking concept, we know! Judging by the length of those fronts, we’re guessing this little girl has no idea what a farrier is. This would be disturbing enough with a yearling that didn’t suffer from hoof and leg issues; with her it’s blatant neglect and cruelty. Double fucking asshats.
What they also neglected to mention was that this little girl suffers from dwarfism. That ginormous, disproportionate belly is a dead giveaway. The thing that really gets us about dwarfism is that it’s kind of like HYPP; it’s a hereditary disease that asshat breeders tend to ignore. And horses suffer because of it. Now, we are aware that the genetics behind dwarfism are complicated and that, unlike HYPP, there’s no simple genetic test. But the responsible thing to do with a mini that produces dwarfs is to remove it from the breeding shed in order to avoid perpetuating the gene(s).
We’d be willing to bet good money that the breeders of this “pet quality mini” are going to breed her sire and/or dam again and risk producing another similar disaster. Because that, unfortunately, is what she is: a genetic disaster.
Poor little girl. We hope someone saves her from the asshats.