A few days ago, we got in contact with another previous owner. He let us know that Shalom (Dot, as everyone called him) is not a kids horse. He gets very dangerous when being ridden and if he gets out of breath, he will flip out on you. He said he's okay for the farrier until you get to the back feet, then he kicks out. He also said never to trust him in a stall because he's always aggressive. We already knew about that stall issue and we've been working through it. IMO, that's not a forever issue and can be fixed. Well, flash forward 2 weeks of having him and he has officially improved a lot. Before the farrier came on Wednesday, mom was in there directly after feeding time and rubbing him, grooming him a little and combing out his mane. I swear, I've never seen a horse look so blissful during grooming. He literally stood there with his eyes half-closed, leaning into the brush and into mom the whole entire time. Not an aggressive bone in his body at that moment. She went out yesterday when he was eating his grain, kneeled down at the large crack at the stall where we slip the bowl in, and started petting his head. He happily stopped eating for a moment to lean his head into her like a cat.
|Shalom says love me feed me pet me cuddle with me|
So then we started talking again a little, and he told us some of the things he was feeding him and we got some information on what he did with him (work wise and etc) and all of a sudden, it made sense. I won't post anything about what he was actually feeding but yes, it'll make a horse hot and hyped.
Also, when C the farrier was out, he did absolutely perfect. The only time he was upset was when he was pushing on his gut (very lightly) to get him to move over. He barely touched and Shalom was obviously unhappy so we're betting on ulcers, which is previous owner did say he has issues with. So onto ulcer meds we go (I would love recommendations) I'm really thinking it's to due with his stress...maybe? Anyone disagree/agree?
|The dreaded back feet being trimmed....while Shalom naps.|
|Front feet, asleep with mom rubbing his head.|
|So dangerous it's obvious he's going to attack.|
So far, instead of getting meaner with weight like the person said he would, he's gotten sweeter. I haven't seen a mean bone in his body. Now, if we were to put him on feed to make him hot? Well, let's all remember when Red got hyped up on his feed when we were getting him to gain weight and I was terrified as Red bolted and almost ran into everyone he saw.
Yeah, my horse isn't dangerous but you can definitely make just about any horse dangerous with the right amount of oats and sweet feed.
He is 100% attached to mom. When she leaves him, he literally doesn't finish his food because he sits there and looks for her. He'll settle down eventually, but he gets very sad. Instead of not wanting her around during feeding time, he loves for her to be there. When he see's our car, he takes off running to where we normally stop in the road to say hello and sits and waits for us to come see him. (Seen in above picture) Granted, we're being extra careful, but so far I'm feeling good about this horse.
Also, every single one of his old owners want him back.
I don't blame them.