On February 7th we received a call about a poorly pony abandoned on the side of the road in Mysore. Fortunately we had no owners to deal with and so four days later, Gambit came home.

Poor Gambit had obviously been through hell. His coat is miserable, he’s infested with fleas/ticks and worms and likely has a fungal/bacterial infection. Like Sawyer, he’s blind in one eye and both front fetlocks are completely deformed. After consulting with both our farrier and vet, it seems like his front legs were run over by a vehicle, crushing his pastern and leaving him flat footed. He also has a large lump just under his chest, between his forelegs. His left hock is swollen from an old injury and his entire hip/pelvis is dislodged and has shifted to the left, after what can only be massive blunt force trauma to his right side.


Upon arrival Gambit was bathed with a herbal tea/flick shampoo and was dewormed, which helped get rid of all external and internal parasites. He has also been given his tetanus and anti rabies vaccines. The farrier has already worked on his front hooves. Unfortunately we can’t do much about the forelegs, we’re just hoping regular hoof clipping/shaping will help even his weight distribution.

Gambit will be kept separate from the others until we’re certain he can’t pass on any infections. He will then join Sawyer & Pickett in their paddock. With the right care and plenty of love, Gambit will live a long and happy life with us at The Backwater Sanctuary.