In December 2014, we were contacted by a local woman who had just fed her horse the last flake of hay they had. Her husband, a veteran, has been seriously ill and they were very short on funds. She had called several county agencies trying to surrender her little stallion, but was told that authorities only get involved in abuse & neglect cases. It turns out she lived not too far from JERAS, so I ran her over some feed and took a few photos of Bayron, a small mustang/pony cross who is very afraid of being handled. He is 8 years old. I sent out a plea and the photos to about 50 Az. rescues, but no one was able or willing to take a stallion. Every town has the “I pick up unwanted horses” man (kill buyer) and we sure did not want him ending up in a Mexican slaughterhouse. In the spirit of the Christmas season, we agreed to take him in, since Poco’s pen is now vacant (Poco has moved over by the burro herd). Our friends were kind enough to transport him. Bayron wants to connect with people, but apparently had bad experiences with a trainer in the past. We will have the vet out to geld him as soon as possible.
Update Jan. 2015- Bayron has a condition called DSLD (degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis) which prevents him from being “usable”, even if gentled & trained. So, he will be gelded and stay here with our herd and get to have some space & companionship. He is now on supplements which have proven to help with this condition. Despite daily work to desensitize him, he still is terrified of being touched.
Jan. 2016. Byron was gelded a year ago which required squeezing him into a corner with a corral panel and giving him tranquilizer, a double dose of sedative and healthy dose of anesthesia. Within minutes of his surgery, he leapt onto his feet, despite being very unsteady. Fortunately, our vet is an experienced horseman and we all came through unscathed. Byron now shares several acres with Lucky. Although he still will not allow touch, he is doing great and loves to run and play. He seems to be comfortable on supplements which help with DSLD.
Here he is playing with Lucky