Why hasn’t such a cute horse like Teddy been adopted? I often get this question, and part of my mission is education on why horse rescue is SO needed, so here goes. For a horse, there is SO much more to being desired than being “cute”. Horses cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars a month to care for, board, etc. Some lucky horses are back yard “pets”, but most have to earn their keep. This means they have to be able to do the job the rider wants to do.
Why is he so sensitive? It could be just his nature, or the way he was started out. We are only now learning that part of his issue is, and probably always has been, pain. He may just have physical limitations simply from the way he was born. Just like people, not every horse CAN be a great athlete. Since he was recently diagnosed with a mild case of kissing spine (a condition where sections of vertebrae impinge on each other causing pain), we are working on making him comfortable so we have a better idea of what he can do. We need to take things slowly and constantly assess his level of soundness and pain. We are already seeing a difference in his anxiety level now that we are solving some of his pain issues.
The bottom line is he will likely never go on to be a high level horse. In a market that is flooded with horses, it’s difficult for a low level horse who needs a high level rider to find a home. This is a PERFECT example of a horse who would fall through the cracks.