(This Rescue Story is from back in 2006)
Charlie Boy’s Rescue Story
Charlie Boy came to us in October 1st, 2006. He was severely emaciated and scored a 1- on the body scoring index. His owners were out of the country for six months vacationing and boarded Charlie at a stable. When they came back to their horror they found him in the condition shown in the photo below. These photo’s were taken at our rescue the day Charlie Boy arrived.
Charlie Boy was an 8 year old TB gelding, off the race track. From everything that we could gather is that he was placed in a pen with other horses. He was timid so he was chased off of his food. Then he developed a wind sucking (cribbing) habit to pass the time, and then became addicted to alcohol. Soon the addiction overcame the hunger for food and he just dropped weight. We brought him to a rehab center close by, and he was able to kick his habit. The boarding stable obviously did nothing to help poor Charlie Boy out. Certainly not all boarding stables are operated with high standards of quality.
Our first priority was to get him checked out medically to make sure there was nothing going on inside other than pure starvation. He checked out fine, he had his teethe floated, and through it all he was a good boy. He was a little anemic, but otherwise there was no medical reason for him to be in the condition that he was.
Charlie Boy continued gaining weight. A mere 2-1/2 months later he looked like a different horse! It is hard to imagine that he can gain his weight so quickly, but he did. The UCDavis diet really worked wonders for him.