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MHWF, Inc.
 #1 

2/15/2018: 
Dillinger is about 26 years old (January 2018) and came to us in an emaciated state on 12/27/2017 from Clark County, Wisconsin.  He is a grade QH type gelding.  

Dillinger came to us in a very emaciated state with a body score of 1.  He needed his dental work, vaccinations, a new Coggins, de-worming, trimming and some major rehab.  He has gotten all of his vet and medical needs met and is well on the road to recovery at this point, having gained quite a bit of weight already.  He came in with bite marks all over him, and when we went to pick him up, he was picking through the snow looking for something to eat -- there was a round bale out.  I am sure between not being let at the round bale that was out there as well as dire need of dental work (which has been completed) had a lot to do with that.  Pictures below of when we first met Dillin.  Dillin was in that stage of "oh my gosh, food, there is food, where is there more food!" type of behavior.  There were times when he was showing rather frantic survival mode behavior.  He has definitely settling in at this point, and he is realizing that those meals he is getting are very regular and won't get skipped.   

Dillinger had a vet and farrier visit on 1/11/2018.  He got fully examined, teeth floated and feet trimmed.  Dillinger has a thyroid tumor, and his teeth were in dire need of floating.  He has a wave mouth and has a few teeth we are going to have to keep an eye on that may need to come out in the near future (possibly EOTRH).  The good news is that, remarkably, Dillinger has already packed on a quite a few pounds. 

Cheyenne and Dillinger come in at the same times and go to the same area to eat their meals (they get special meals that takes them a long time to eat).  They know each other very well and they know the routine very well.  Every morning they come up and bang the dinner bell, aka, stand around complaining to each other that they want to be in and eating NOW!  They stand there together and bicker at each other continually.  They don't move away from each other, they stand close together, and bicker.  Today I grabbed my phone to get a quick video of this from the back door.  Of course they stopped doing it shortly after I started recording, but I'm sharing the video anyway, as you can see a little of the action right at the beginning of the video.  The adorable Calamity Jane was hanging out with them this morning too. 

Don't mind the narration, I was whispering so that they wouldn't hear me.  Although I think Dillinger may be deaf or at least partially deaf, Cheyenne's hearing is quite intact.  😉 

Here are the old married couple in a short video clip. 

Here is a link to the original thread from Dillinger and Princess’ arrival, and we will keep future updates and photos of Dillinger here on this thread. 

http://mhwf.websitetoolbox.com/post/here-we-go-again-princess-and-dillinger-rescues-9603147?&trail=75

 Below are photos of Dillinger from his arrival on 12/27/2017 and from 1/14/2018. 

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TriciaK
 #2 
He looks great!
Jenni O.
 #3 
He looks so much better! I bet he feels better too.
Christine
 #4 
Oh man, he is looking so good!
Karen-MHWF
 #5 
Just a quick little video from this morning of Dillinger and Cheyenne coming in for breakfast.  All of the marks that Dillinger had are well healed up, the hair just looks funny in all those spots.  Once he sheds out his winter hair, that will all look completely normal.  




MHWF
 #6 
Dillinger is finally at a weight we like to see him at, healthy, happy, sound, feeling and looking good. He is a super horse in every possible way. He comes when called, is always polite, he is very affectionate, super easy going and is ultra-likable.

Not only does Dillinger have all these qualities, but he is as well broke as a horse can get. When you tack him up, he stands there quiet and relaxed. When it is time to mount, he stands still. Once you are on his back, he will take very good care of you and has not questioned a single cue, and he knows his stuff. Walk, trot, canter, and back down. He even gets his leads correct every time. He is going to make someone look like a pro under saddle, a great confidence builder, and a horse anyone can ride and enjoy with no worries. We were blown away by how well Dillinger did and cannot say enough good things about him.

Does Dillinger have a few basic special needs, sure, he is older, so what. He has a thyroid tumor, might give him problems some day, might not. So far it has not been an issue at all and does not affect him in any way. To keep him in weight and looking good, he will need a little grain twice per day, but again, so what, not many horses are as sweet, well broke and as reliable and safe as this guy, not to mention that is is really cute too.

He is current on all his shots, de-worming, Coggins and because we only want to find the perfect home for Dillinger, we are going to waive any adoption fees and list him as "Any Donation and a Good Home".


3/10/2018:  



Lisa B.
 #7 
Amazing!!!
Jenni O.
 #8 
Crazy to think of what he looked like when he first came to MHWF and look at him now! Amazing!
medusa3
 #9 
I'm amazed!!  Just a couple of months ago Dillinger was starved and beaten up, and now you're riding him?!! What made you decide to try him out?  (Sorry, I'm so astonished and pleased I couldn't wait for your update to comment.)
Scott: MHWF
 #10 
Dillinger is finally at a weight we like to see him at, healthy, happy, sound, feeling and looking good. He is a super horse in every possible way. He comes when called, is always polite, he is very affectionate, super easy going and is ultra-likable.

Not only does Dillinger have all these qualities, but he is as well broke as a horse can get. When you tack him up, he stands there quiet and relaxed. When it is time to mount, he stands still. Once you are on his back, he will take very good care of you and has not questioned a single cue, and he knows his stuff. Walk, trot, canter, and back down. He even gets his leads correct every time. He is going to make someone look like a pro under saddle, a great confidence builder, and a horse anyone can ride and enjoy with no worries. We were blown away by how well Dillinger did and cannot say enough good things about him.

Does Dillinger have a few basic special needs, sure, he is older, so what. He has a thyroid tumor, might give him problems some day, might not. So far it has not been an issue at all and does not affect him in any way. To keep him in weight and looking good, he will need a little grain twice per day, but again, so what, not many horses are as sweet, well broke and as reliable and safe as this guy, not to mention that is is really cute too.

He is current on all his shots, de-worming, Coggins and because we only want to find the perfect home for Dillinger, we are going to waive any adoption fees and list him as "Any Donation and a Good Home".

See new video of Dillinger being ridden in the new post above!
medusa3
 #11 
Did you ever imagine that when you went to pick up an old horse that might not make it through the winter without help that you'd be getting a treasure?  Dillinger sounds like a perfect match for a therapy program.
Karen-MHWF
 #12 
Medusa, to be honest, we weren't even sure that Dillin was going to be able to be rehabbed at all.  As he started gaining weight and settling in, it became apparent what a big sweetheart he is and how much he enjoys people.  When we saw him getting more active and that he was sound as he ran around, we knew that we needed to see how he did under saddle.  We never expected such a perfect gentleman, and so well trained.  What an absolute gem he is.  A confidence booster for someone, teach the kids to ride, etc.    The years that someone is going to get with him will be absolutely priceless!!!  
Karen-MHWF
 #13 
In addition to the above video, here are some pictures from yesterday, 3/10/2018.  


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doreen
 #14 
What a treasure he is!
Debr
 #15 
Dillinger is just a wonderful horse!  Please someone see what we saw on Saturday.  He has a heart of gold and would be the best confidence builder for a child.  This old guy knows his stuff. 
Karen-MHWF
 #16 
Holy handsome!  Dillinger is such a handsome hunk, and I can't wait to see him all shed out!  Through all of the bite marks that he came in with, we can see his healthy, shiny new hair growing in and he is going to be quite spectacular once he sheds all this old winter stuff that he came in with.  [wink]  😉  


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Barb S
 #17 
If I had room I would love to have him and Babs living with me. Sadly 6 is my limit. I love them Sr horses.
Donna R
 #18 
I agree with you Barb.  We are also full.  Those two really catch my eye.   I believe Dillinger would be the perfect guy for my grandkids who are beginning riders.  I think I have made it well known how I feel about Babs.  My first horse, Dolly was older than these two.  I would guess her to have been well into her 30's.  She shouldn't have had an adult rider but I was only 8 when she came into my life.  Sadly, she was only with us for a year before it was her time to cross the bridge.  What a great year it was for both of us!!!  An older horse and a young girl to dote on her and learn from her!
doreen
 #19 
What a regal head shot of Dillinger!
Karen-MHWF
 #20 
Dillinger had his spring vetting done yesterday, 4/28/2018!  He is current on all vaccinations, deworming, trimming and had his teeth floated again.  Dillinger did not need any teeth pulled, so that was a good thing.  He had the tooth issues we've mentioned previously, but Dillinger is doing absolutely fantastic and at this point we are having to back his feed regimen down because he is almost starting to get a little on the chubby side.  😉  

Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped on vet day yesterday!! You are all the absolute best!!  

Here is Dillinger with Len and Donna helping Dr. Hartmann with the floating portion of Dillinger's day.  

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Barb S
 #21 
Man I Love this boy!!!
doreen
 #22 
Chubby Dillinger?  WOW  that is so amazing to see how far he has come.  Wonderful job, guys!
Barb S
 #23 
I’m raking my brain trying to figure out how to sneak him into my barn without my husband finding out. Barn is FULL😔I need a bigger barn😏😉Love this Guy💕
medusa3
 #24 
In one of your earlier posts  you mentioned that Dillin might be deaf or partially deaf.  Any more news on that?
MHWF
 #25 
Dillinger seems to hear just fine 😉
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