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|| Needs a sponsor!
||9yo (2001 model),
registered Thoroughbred gelding -- $100k+ winner racehorse, exceptional bloodlines (see below)
|| In mid May 2008, we received a
distressed phone call. A young woman is suffering with severe kidney
problems and praying for a transplant, and is being hospitalized again.
She suffers also with an overwhelming concern -- what will happen to
horse? We agreed to help, and she donated Tennyson to CWER immediately.
We brought him into our facility on 5/25/08.
|Intake Notes: Tenn's former
family tells us he was an exceptional racehorse until he bowed a tendon
at age 4. He won over $100,000 in 11 starts with 9 placings. His mom
took him home after the "high bow" on his foreleg was healed, promising
not to let him race again, and began riding him. He was a real
gentleman, handling trail rides and arena work like the aristocrat he
is. His ground manners are impeccable. She told us he needed his spring
He arrived at CWER
in late May, big, built and beautiful! His coat is gorgeous and he's
fit. We immediately brought him current on his shots, trimmed his
hooves, and got him a preliminary vet exam. Dr King found him to need
chiropractic work common in mega-athletic horses, and he had his first
adjustment. He will need turn out time, then at least 1 more
adjustment, and will be ready to return to work and start figuring out
his new career. He was scheduled for dental work in early June 08.
Like so many
ex-performance, show and boarded horses, Tenny doesn't understand how
to live in a mixed herd. In our world, our geldings are required to be
a part of the primary herd mixed with mares, and to behave acceptably
together. We believe he has had little exposure to mares, and also has
limited understanding of how to get along with other geldings when in
with mares. We currently have exposed him to the quietest, easiest
"miss manners" in our herd -- Sandy & Jackie -- and will continue
to work to help him understand what is expected to be able to live
happily among the herd. We will almost certainly not be able to pasture
him with Miata, who is an extremely dominant and aggressive gelding.
| June 2008:
|| Tenny is coming along quite nicely.
He has made friends with the recently returned Sherlock, who is also on
limited turnout to ease his digestive tract back to grass. The two
massive thoroughbreds seems to be getting along well, enjoying their
time together, both in the indoor roundpen and in the grass paddock 1.
The boys are not stalled except for grain time, and are allowed to be
easy and active together at all times.
Tenny's movements improved significantly almost
immediately after his first chiropractic. He had a second adjustment
and dental work done shortly after, and again his movement improved. We
have done some long lining (driving from the ground), and he obviously
knows how to carry himself in frame and has a VERY classy, big way of
moving, even when going forward slowly. We are really looking forward
to getting him back to work in the weeks to come, as time allows around
preparing for Open House 08 and other
more urgent issues.
|June 2008 #2:
||Tenny is riding! And doing VERY, very
well. He's a surprisingly easy ride, without a lot of hurry or
nervousness, but he does require a confident upper intermediate rider.
He has an enormous amount of power stored under you, you
can feel it, but he's not bursting with go at every step. He tends to
carry his head high and forward, so we are working on getting more
round and moving in a frame. He is still a bit downhill at a canter,
indicating he needs work on balance as well, but is coming along
||Tenny had gone home with one of our volunteers;
however, for personal reasons, she was no longer able to keep Tenny, so
he has returned to CWER. He has settled back into our herd and is
recovering from a hoof abscess. Once that is fully healed, he will be
going back to work, and we will be actively working to find him a great
||Tenny's hoof is healed, and he is happily back at
work! Tenny loves to ride, and it shows in his eyes and his personality
as he works in the indoor arena currently, regaining muscle tone and
getting back to work. Tenny has had a bit of a rough winter, with his
abscess and with him not handling the cold very well. He needs to
regain some weight and some muscle tone, but he is in light riding work
and doing wonderfully.
2010: Tenny needs YOUR help...
has had a really tough winter, and spring as well.
- In October 2009, Tenny had a hoof abscess,
which was treated and carefully followed. We did a urinalysis at this
point to confirm he did not have a urinary infection which had gone
systemic (we've seen that happen twice before with geldings with weight
issues). Through this round of antibiotics, Tenny began losing weight
-- just small amounts, but weight loss in late fall is hard to recover
over winter, and worried us. We did an additional full panel of
bloodwork to ensure nothing more was wrong. Nothing was found.
- In December 2009, Tenny was struggling terribly
with the cold, and particularly needed to be brought warm water and
electrolytes at each meal to get him to drink, without an obvious cause;
- in February 2010, Tenny began riding again and
seemed to have recovered, although he was still having chills and still
needing warm water. We had relocated him from the main pasture to our
outdoor arena with access into a stall for shelter, to better oversee
his water intake and to keep him warm and safe;
- in April 2010, Tenny again had a raging hoof
abscess, and was literally 3 legged lame. He also had a ragged,
lackluster coat and wasn't shedding like the others -- almost looking
like Cushings or Insulin Resistance -- and we tested for IR, just in
case. Another full panel of bloodwork showed that, despite normal
worming, he had a significant infection of 'bloodworms' (a particular
type of worm that, for one of its' stages, burrows through the
intestinal wall and into the bloodstream). We did a "PowerPac"
super-de-worming procedure to clear him of these evil beasts, and
continued to watch for other issues. The abscess was vented, and the
wound was packed with betadine-soaked padding and he wore a "sneaker"
on that hoof (a removable slide on 'shoe' that covers the whole hoof)
to protect it. Medication was put in the bottom of the sneaker before
it was slid on, again to treat the wound and to ensure no new infection.
- Also in april 2010, Tenny was put on an
expensive, very strong antibiotic to make sure the hoof infection was
fully resolved this time. Tenny responded to the antibiotic by having a
significant allergic reaction and literally appearing to have had a
stroke. We thought we were going to have to lay Tenny to rest, and his
personal energy and presence seemed to believe the same as well. He was
wobbly and off balance, excessively lethargic and unaware of his
surroundings. Another emergency vet visit, another set of bloodwork
this time checking for EPM and other neurologic disorders. Tenny's
reaction to the antibiotic was defined and treated, and again we
continue to manage the abscess.
- In may 2010, Tenny appeared to be recovering.
He found his personality again, and was rushing around the outdoor
arena to play with his companion, Blixa. He is eating well, built
topline and rump muscling as he had run around 3-legged if the
hoof wouldn't keep up with his need for speed, had finally lost
winter hair and his coat was starting to gloss and shine again. He was
back without his boots, and coming sound.
- We spoke with a lesson barn who had been
keeping up with Tenny all winter, and they wanted to adopt him and see
if their vet/farrier and their more "show barn style" living conditions
-- what Tenny had always been used to -- might encourage his recovery
and a great new future.
- It is now June 2010. The lesson barn decided
they could not take a chance on Tenny, so he remains here. He is again
mildly unsound, and the vet believes he is again attempting to clear an
abscess from that same hoof. We considered x-rays, but the vet didn't
see any need to do so. He believes Tenny has never completely healed
from the November abscess, and just keeps reinfecting the foot each
- The new plan is as follows:
- Tenny will be transported to the Illinois
Equine Center, Dr Monfort's facility an hour+ from our farm.
- Tenny's abscess will be fully vented and
cleared with great care, searching for any additional traces or other
possible signs of any remnants of the infection elsewhere in his hoof;
- They will mount "hospital plates" -- a
specialized, nailed on horseshoe that goes directly against his
- Mounted onto the hospital plate will be a
thick, protective pad, and then a secondary shoe ontop, to keep the pad
- Each day we wll remove the outer plate and
pad, treat the open abscess holes, reattach the pads, and return him to
his partial confinement. He cannot be allowed into the large pasture
where he will surely tear off this type of shoe, for an extended time
- About 30 days later, he will be trucked back
to the sterile environment, to remove the shoes and again treat and
check the hoof.
- How can I help? CWER isn't a 'donate by threat'
organization. We aren't going to tell you that if someone doesn't
donate the $500 this new round of care is going to cost, that we will
put Tenny down or leave him suffer and become permanently unsound. That
isn't who we are or what we do. HOWEVER, we are burning through our
emergency vet care reserves to care for this unexpected series of
challenges for Tennyson, and we need to replenish those reserves.
- Even a small donation helps. If 5 people
donate $20, that $100 will cover the cost of the next round of
- Tenny's vet bills and supplies to get him
through these past 6 months have totaled $1,200 before the June
||Tenny is huge, forward, and floaty.
The words "show horse" simply exude
from every inch of this gorgeous fellow. We are looking forward to
finding him the right forever home and soon.... Based upon his way
of going, his personality, and his bloodlines,
it appears Tennyson should be an ideal amateur Eventer or
hunter/jumper. His natural
overstep and impulsion make him ideal for the dressage component; his
power and proven speed make great sense for cross country.
| Adoption Details:
||ADOPTED!!! Tenny has been fostered
for months with Sherlock's family. We've just made it official, that is
now his forever home!!! Congrats Tenny and Merry Christmas!!
have transitioned Tenny to Ultium, and he is gradually gaining a good
layer of winter weight and winter coat as well. He is currently eating
9 lbs of Ultium a day -- 270 lbs of feed per month, at $22 per 50 lbs,
his feed costs just under $130 per month. We would GREATLY appreciate a
feed sponsor to assist with this cost.
had some significant medical expenses during his initial intake time.
His first vet bill was approximately $175, plus $35 for his shots. His
dental and second chiro totaled another $175. His third chiro was an
additional $75. From October 2009 through June 1, 2010, Tenny incurred
over $1,200 in vet bills, medications, prescriptions and supplies. Your
help with these extensive costs is MOST appreciated. Every $5 counts!
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RACE RECORD North America/USA
YEAR AGE STARTS 1ST 2ND 3RD USA$
2004 3 10 4 2 3 102,860
2005 4 1 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 11 4 2 3 102,860