What malnourishment can do to foals
8 mouths old bay colt call
You giant fucking assholes! How dare you do this to a baby? His growth is so stunted due to lack of nourishment that the size of his head made us think (admittedly only for a second) he might be suffering from dwarfism. There is a special place in hell for people like you.
The owners care so little for this poor baby they can’t even type out one full sentence for his sale ad… and all we can think is thank gawd they’re selling him. There has got to be a better home for him.
This foal displays signs of Developmental Orthopaedic Disease (DOD) – which is a generalized term coined to encompass a wide range of sins (in this case aka developmental issues) seen in foals including “epiphysitis, contracted tendons, osteochondrosis, cervical vertebral malformation or wobblers”. This foal appears to be suffering from contracted tendons, and given the state of his body, he is most definitely suffering from malnourishment (large head, small body and exposed ribs).
This website is a good source of general information on starvation/malnourishment including signs thereof and also an article on refeeding the starved horse.
To anyone intersted in rehoming this deserving fellow, or any of the myriad of other starving horses – which seems to be all we’re hearing about these days… ugh this is depresing… oops forgot the point – for some good resources on refeeding starved horses, check out this article from The Horse, or this one from UC Davis. They also have this article (and this one too) on feeding foals. We’re not 100% as the ad has now been removed, but we think this ad was on the Oklahoma City craigslist – in case anyone wanted to keep an eye out for him…
Posted on January 16, 2012, in Bad Horse Ads, Conformation and tagged contracted tendons, Developmental Orthopaedic Disease, DOD, Horse, malnourished foals, Snarky Rider. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.