Buddy's Makeover and Photo Shoot

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Buddy's Makeover and Photo Shoot

Postby Juliane on Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:17 pm

Buddy's day started out with getting clipped (he needed to get rid of some of his goat hair, severely needed some definition to his neck by way of a bridle path, and needed his muzzle clean shaven!). He handled all of that spectacularly! I don't think he's been clipped before, but he behaved well, even when unsure!

After that, I sudsed him up and bathed him! He was MESSY!!! I also am not sure if he's been bathed before, or had many baths. He was quite surprised when I started watering him down. However, he quickly learned to stand still and enjoy the warm water and then massaging sudsing. :)

As soon as he was clean, I tied him in the sun to dry off. I was amazed at how politely he stood tied. I had simply looped the rope around the pole, so he wasn't even really restrained. Yet, he never budged, fidgeted or anything!

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I asked Rex to come by with his fancy camera in order to help me get some new pics of Buddy. My intent was to get some good pictures of him to help market him and advertise him as available for adoption. It ended up turning into more of a "Buddy & I" photo shoot :oops: but it was fun and we got some cute pics. :)

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And yea, I know I am not supposed to be riding him, but I just hopped on for the last 100 feet back to the barn. I wanted to see how he'd do bareback, which as wonderful, as well as get a couple shots of him being ridden.

After talking to Chelsea, I am now officially putting Buddy up as available for adoption. He is available on a gift contract. I would like him to stay with me for the next 2 weeks at least, to better assess his riding abilities, get his stitches out and to put the last 50-75lbs on him. However, if you know of anyone that wants this wonderful guy, please put them in touch with me!

The sooner he goes, the better! I'm falling in love with him!!! :P
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:37 am

All I hve to say is WOW, he looks so good and so happy.
I really like the 8th picture, the one where you are on him and he is slightly turned with his nedk arched.
He looks like a brand new horse.
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Postby shellyr on Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:30 am

He looks great! This is what the rescue community is capable of! :D We can learn a lot from animals. He looks so happy and he obviously isn't letting a little setback like losing an eye hinder him in life. I think Buddy can teach a lot of us about enjoying life no matter what it brings. I'm in love with Buddy too, Juliane. :D
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:01 am

Oh, gosh, those are beautiful pictures. A gift contract is a very good deal, indeed. He doesn't look like he's got any real limitations. Lots of horses do just fine with one eye and even completely blind. You've heard of the blind drill horse and the blind dressage horse? I remember a blind standardbred that raced totally blind and did quite well. She was blind from being hit in the head by a drunken trainer and was rescued by another trainer who raced her. He retired to be a broodmare. Buddy looks like he's ready to go be a perfectly wonderful riding horse for someone. And to think euthanasia was considered instead of just having his eye removed.
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Postby tontonsmom on Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:21 am

I think he has ringbone still though, right? Which might/will impact his future soundness.

Still, looking at him just makes me grin! I can't believe he was to be euthanized with so much life left in hm.
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Postby schwung on Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:32 am

I think since he is moving very soundly on that leg and it has no flexibility in it that it has likely fused, making it relatively non-painful for him (fusing is good!). Wasn't that what your vet thought, Juliane?

Those pictures are absolutely breathtaking. I can't believe its the same horse. And Juliane, you look pretty good in them also!
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Postby cat_67 on Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:55 am

He looks great!

I wouldn't worry much about the blindness. I finally had Sunline really evaluated in depth yesterday morning. Guess what? Zero vision on the left, ten percent sight on the right. My vet said "years too late" to do anything to help her. And this horse longes both directions, rides, is fine to work around and never spooks. I am still kind of stunned. I thought she saw more than that, but I guess she doesn't.
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Postby Hope on Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:06 pm

Buddy is one gorgeous horse!! WOW! Makes me wish I only had one horse, and then he could come live here with Hootie, but I have another horse that I owe a fresh start to.
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Postby Marilyn on Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:13 pm

I would put an adoption fee on him because you have spent all of your time, your energy, your training abilities, your care and feed, etc into him and you should get something for him. The money could be specifically used to get another very needy horse from auction or somewhere. So, Buddy's adoption will go to help yet another horse.

Or you can use that money to help take care of, feed, vet, trim and worm the other rescue horses you already have in your care. They need help too.

Why not? I say put a fee on him....whatever amount you feel is fair, given his condition, his ringbone, his riding ability, etc.

Nobody who contributed to Buddy's care would mind one bit that you would be getting some money for him. I say he is worth at least $500, don't you? Even as a pasture pet if that is what his future holds (soundness issues in the future).......he's still well worth it. I'd take him in a minute but I wouldn't "do" anything with him; just let him hang out and be a horse for the rest of his life. He needs a 'job'.

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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:09 pm

I agree with Marilyn that a small adoption fee should be charged for him. You have done a lot of work with him and this will help in your efforts to continue to do what you love to do.
And I might add, I think he would be well worth the adoption fee of $500 if that is what you would choose to charge. He looks like a wonderful horse.
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Postby Janine on Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:42 pm

Buddy looks fantastic. I can't believe you clipped and bathed him and rode him bareback when you have had him just a few weeks and he has had surgery to boot. He looks like he has been doing all this forever. Impressive.

I too think you should charge an adoption fee. He is definitely worth it, you can use the money for more good work, and people value more what they pay for. Someone will be lucky to get him.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:09 am

Thanks for all of the compliments, guys! Rex is a great photographer, Buddy is a beautiful subject and it was a gorgeous day! No reason not to take advantage of the opportunity for some good pictures! :)

As for Buddy's adoption fee - I don't know. I do think $500 is reasonable for him, but at the same time, I just adopted out Sydney for $500. She was 5 years old, green broke, very sound and very healthy. And beautiful to boot! While she was a "Group Adoption" through CBER, her 'bail' was $525. She was in training for over 9 months, and I had a whopping vet bill due to her puncture wound. Her adoption fee went straight to her vet bill, of which I still have $245 outstanding :roll:

While Buddy is very adorable, he may have soundness issues in the future. He is 'one eyed'. And middle aged! I want to do whatever is right for him and to guarantee his future. I do think he will be a risky placement, and would almost prefer a 'lifetime care lease' - where I will always retain ownership - in case something happens, he would come back to me.

I don't know what the right thing to do is, but asking $500 for him makes me feel like a 'horse trader'. For me, it is not about the money. I just want him to be happy and SAFE.

On another topic, he gets his stitches out on Wednesday. I then intend to get a couple rides on him before Sunday. On Sunday, my drill team is having an easy going, basics practice. So, I am going to take Buddy - assuming the vet clears him healthwise and quarantine-wise. :) It will be good exposure for him and an excellent opportunity for me to get a good assessment on him. :) Wish us luck!
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Postby Marilyn on Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:42 am

Well then at least ask $245 for Buddy so you can pay off the debt you owe the vet for Sydney. You can't keep taking money out of your pocket to foot all the bills on all of these horses Juliane.

Aww heck, I will send you $25 to put on Sydney's bill. I'm sure others, if they are able to, will send whatever they can to help you pay off that debt.

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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:45 pm

I paid $300 for Hootie (one-eyed) and would've paid more. But he doesn't have ANY soundness issues. He is registered, and I got all the paperwork to boot.
I understand what others are saying about putting a small adoption fee on him. ANyone interested in a small Arab gelding? (I'd adopt Buddy in a heartbeat, then him and Hootie could be pasture pals)
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Postby AgilityGal on Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:04 pm

It's always hard to know what is fair and the best for each animal. However, I will agree with the others who say to ask for a "placement fee" that would cover the remainder of your vet bills. Then, you might also put him out under a lifetime lease as you call it so you have some kind of control over what happens to him in the long run. He's looking gorgeous!
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