Little Rusty

Rusty was born in the BLM corrals at Salt Lake in 2001. He was eventually adopted by someone in Kentucky. In 2009, he went through an auction in Kentucky, then passed through several owners until someone in S. California bought him in early 2011. He had passed through 4 owners in 2 years. The woman in Ca. bought him because he was at risk and in bad shape, but then neglected him further. She could no longer  keep him, and offered him to us. He came to us in  summer 2011 with badly infected hooves and still 100 pounds underweight. Now that his hooves have been rehabilitated and he is no longer in pain, it turns out he is quite lively and even high spirited and spooky.

In 2016, Rusty colicked and it turned out he had a gut full of black sand that he must have been carrying for years.  There is a lot of volcanic black sand in California where he had been starving, so maybe he ingested it then. Our vet tubed him with mineral oil & we had him on high doses of psyllium for a few weeks. He recovered and has been fine since.

2018 Rusty is doing great, he still prefers humans to other horses for some reason.

Rusty after getting hosed off

Rusty 2018

Rusty loves being hosed off & rolling in the sand.

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