Wyatt

Wyatt was a 35 year old, Thoroughbred gelding about 16 hands who was taken in by Mylestone along with his aging buddy, Smokey in early September 2005. (Read their complete story here.) They weren't far from death when they arrived. Both were totally emaciated, needing to gain 280-300 pounds. Unable to 'earn his keep' as a lesson horse and at pony parties, Wyatt was no longer being fed. He tried to get what food was left out, and for this he was covered with bite marks and scars where the other horses tore chunks of flesh out of his body when he tried to eat. His owners paid to have him shoed as they pushed him to work despite his becoming skeletal, but feeding him was not their concern.

Once at Mylestone, Wyatt and Smokey had to be led to their food, and it wasn't until several meals later that they realized that food would be continually forthcoming. Wyatt and Smokey lived happily together, nourished and loved. We lost dear Smokey in the spring of 2007. He was about 30 years old when we rescued him, and because of his age and several medical conditions, he couldn’t fully recover his strength.

Wyatt was available for adoption under very specific conditions, but spent his final years here with us at Mylestone. He had several habits and conditions that made him a challenge to adopt. As Wyatt was a racehorse, he did weave a lot. He was very set in his daily routine and needed a home that provided him a very consistent routine as well. He also developed Cushing’s disease and was on medication. Wyatt was fed six meals a day to help him gain additional weight. He lived alone, but had the companionship of the mares on the other side of the fence, and was very attached to Cleo.

Wyatt lived very contentedly here with us. In mid September 2016, he had a violent seizure, crashing into the fences and out of control. We believe he may have had another like this not too much earlier. As much as we didn't want to see Wyatt go, we knew there was no choice but to do the right thing and prevent any further suffering and we euthanized him. We are saddened by his loss but take comfort in having given Wyatt ten years of a great life.

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