I have been reading the posts from the topic about a person looking for a horse prospect to resell. That got me thinking of a number of horses I have purchased (I'm old school and don't use the word rescue unless the animal was about to perish) that have made dramatic transformations. I'd like to hear other stories and see pics of all your rescues. This is one I'll share with you all. I was looking for a project horse several years ago. I found an add for a grandson of Seattle Slew who was untouched as four year old and for sale not far from my farm. When I say untouched I mean no one could remember ever touching him, but someone did at one time since he was gelded. He was turned out in a pasture with water and hay when someone remembered. Smokey was a wonderful horse, free in a large hilly pasture protecting two long yearling fillies. Although untouched you could tell he was healthy and sane, I loved him. I love big boned TBs. So we herded the group up near the barn and owner says the two yearlings were also for sale and to make him an offer. He was asking $1,000 for the gelding so I offered $600 for all three assuming he would decline and I'd be safe. He immediately accepted. I said I had no stock trailer to haul them. He said he'd deliver them for free! Yikes. The next day all three were delivered to my farm. They had herded them on the trailer and we backed the trailer up to my barn and herded them through the barn to a paddock with a run in shed. Smokey was exactly the horse I thought he was. His second day at my farm I put a halter on him and managed to bathe him and start treating the rain rot that covered his body. The first week I worked with fillies on haltering and leading, then called my vet to vaccinate and check them out. Did I mention they were underfed? The almost two year old yearlings looked like weanlings, in fact the vet thought they were skinny weanlings. Smokey was just very thin and covered with rain rot. The gray filly was the worst. So bad the vet was not sure she would ever recover. Not more than a few weeks after the vet came the 9/11 tragedy took place and I lost my contract with United Airlines. I advertised the three for sale and almost immediately found a wonderful women for Smokey. The buyer was an experienced eventer and wanted a prospect. I cried when I sold him - something I never do with horses but he was just special. The other two took two years to sell. This is what the gray looked like the summer I sold her: Not too shabby for the filly that the vet was not sure would survive. Any body else have a good story.