Fudge is a very cute chocolate bay Quarter Horse gelding, grandson of Zips Chocolate Chip. He was well-bred in Ohio, and sold as a yearling. I know this from contacting the breeder on his papers. What happened to Fudge over the next seven years is a mystery. His papers were never transferred to another owner. Fudge was purchased for his very quiet demeanor.
We were looking for a horse for my daughter to ride in hunter paces, and to be a husband-safe horse. He was to be a quiet trail riding companion to the green Mustang that we are training. I saw Fudge on a DreamHorse ad from a broker located near Bart, PA – Paula Derby and Jim Whiteside of Lazy D Acres. We looked at him twice in December, and found him to be a very quiet, bottom of the pack guy. We trailered him home January 2, 2009.
There are many details of this sale that I would like to share, but I am trying to keep this page on a positive basis. The short version is that the first night Fudge showed odd movements of the lips while eating, and dropped a lot of food. By the end of the week he seemed weak behind. In three weeks time we had a horse with a major neurological disease that wasn’t safe to ride. The vet gave a neurological exam and pulled blood January 23rd. We explained to Paula Derby that researchers believe it takes weeks to two years for an active case of EPM to show physical symptoms, and certainly not one hour. LazyDacres would not allow us to return the horse, so Fudge is here to stay.
We only have stalls and pasture for three horses, so purchasing another horse is not an option. One of our horses is retired and blind, the other one is green. We needed a healthy, quiet horse so that my daughter or husband could ride with me. Fudge should not be ridden, sold or trailered at this point, and I do not believe in taking horses to New Holland Auction to dump them. We will try to rehab Fudge, and riding will have to wait for better times. Follow along with the blog to watch the EPM rehab process.