So, we went to pick him up. When we approached his field, what we were looking at was this little woolly mammoth-like mini-horse who appeared to be wearing elf-shoes. he was living with an overweight Arab mare who also needed a trim but, was not nearly in this condition (and I know I cannot save the world) I was sickened and saddened by the way he looked. I walked out in the field to get him (in my work clothes and nice fancy coat, oh and my nice loafers--yeah, horses rule and the rest can be washed right?). The woman believed that I may not be able to catch him. Anyhow, I used the techniques I learned practicing PNH with my big guys and used the approach and retreat exercises. I was able to get very close to him. Then, I handed him a piece of a golden delicious apple. I attached the lead line to his halter and he did not resist or struggle, he looked a little worried but, for some reason, was willing to trust me. (The halter was getting so tight that if we hadn't rescued this little guy, it surely would have embedded in his face.) I then calmly lead him out of the pasture and took him to the trailer. I walked on the trailer and asked him to load, he did, I tied him, and then got got off the trailer and shut the door. He was a little excited but, OK with what we had done (funny thing is, the woman was standing there telling my friend that I would need a but rope, etc. to get him to load and here he was, on the trailer ready to roll). She also mentioned something about needing to soak his feet in kerosene! I have no idea what she was talking about and ignored her and just drove away.
So, when we got home, we unloaded him and he acted fine. I trimmed about 2 inches off his elf feet and barely made a dent. I ordered a new rope halter and lead. A friend of mine also does natural balance trimming and we got together on Sat to decide how to proceed with this little guy. He got a major trim. The horse is not lame believe it or not. So, we think that there is definitely hope. He also has been dewormed, the vet floated his teeth, gave vaccinations, and Coggins. She thinks he looks great and that he is only 6 years old.
I look forward to watching his spirit grow as his life and health are improved. For now, he is quarantined from my other horses but, they have nickered to each other. So, that's it!