Merlin is currently a poorly boy and under the care of the brilliant specialist vets at Liphook equine referrals. When Merlin came to us he was obese and although his foster mum got him down to a brilliant 212kg, sadly the damage to his feet had already been done, (Obesity in horses is devastating to their feet, horses are unable to lie down for long periods of time, as there body weight will crush there internal organs, so long periods of bed rest are not a option, as you can imagine any problem with the feet can be life threatening).
The specialist team at Liphook have worked out a plan for Merlin and we all have our fingers crossed that this will help heal his little feet, so he can have a chance at a pain free happy life. We will keep you posted on his progress.
Merlin came in from a gentleman who brought him to break to drive, sadly when Merlin did not do what he wanted he became quite rough with him. Merlin is a very stubborn character so when your rough with him, he is rough back! As you can imagine by the time we got involved owner and pony were at war!
On arrival in to the rescue we noticed that there was something not quite right, after a thorough check up from the vet poor Merlin was diagnosed with Cushings disease! His foster mum Annie has to keep him on a very strict regime of diet, exercise and medicine. Sadly at Christmas this year he foundered due to his Cushings, his foster parents Annie and Mark nursed him day and night and managed to get him to pull through.
As you can see Merlin would not be a suitable candidate for adoption due to his condition and expensive mediation.