Birth Year: 1998
Wilson a 16 year old thoroughbred gelding, was seized by the local Sheriff’s department and transported to the Circle P Sanctuary, a non-profit horse rescue specializing in abuse and neglect cases in Ohio, on June 5th, 2013. Wilson has a tattoo on the inside of his upper lip which typically signifies he had raced professionally. When we tracked the number, we discovered he had raced from 2000 to 2006, with 82 starts and earned $65,000 in winnings. He went from his profitable career on the track to being purchased at a garage sale by a couple that had no idea how to take care of these types of animals. Upon arrival at the Circle P, Wilson was extremely emaciated and given a body condition score of 1 by The Ohio State University's equine veterinary team (9 being extremely obese and 1 being completely emaciated). He was thoroughly covered in a skin fungus and had lost most of his hair. Lynne, co-owner and operator, had to use a flea comb and over days gently remove the remaining fungus from his skeletal frame. The farrier has also noted that he seems to have fused phalanx bone on both front legs. On October 9th, 2013, after four months of nutritional rehabilitation, Wilson was healthy once more and moved over to our Equine Center to begin work to condition his now full figured body.
He gets to roam free in green pastures with many horsey siblings and live his life stress free and at ease. He no longer has to worry about when or where his next meal is coming from and human hands now offer a comforting pat or encouraging scratch, not harm. Wilson is pretty well behaved on the ground, but may try to rub his head on you. He stands well for the farrier, vet and to be groomed. He is accustomed to wearing a fly mask and getting fly sprayed.
Wilson tends to fall to the bottom of the herd hierarchy and would do well in a smaller herd however he does submit to bossier horses so larger herds may not be too much of an issue with him. He was being ridden/used in our lesson program, however with the progressed bone loss in his hocks this has become painful and he has retired and become a pasture pal in a small herd.