He was surrendered quite skinny, with weight gain issues and we soon realised he had ulcers and started him on treatment and he gained weight well.
Tommy was placed in our Track to Hack program and prepared to be assessed under saddle for a future as a riding horse.
However, it became apparent quite quickly that Tommy was having issues when he exercised and he was diagnosed with anhydrosis – a condition where the horse loses its ability to sweat.
This is a real problem in the sub tropical climate in Queensland and Tommy has to be carefully monitored in the summer. Tommy has been put on herbs which have helped him through our hot summer and he has shown signs of sweat patches on his body.
Due to his condition, age and his inability to travel somewhere cooler, Tommy has been retired and will live out his life here at the sanctuary as part of our Golden Oldies program.
He received ongoing acupuncture to help manage his condition and he is spoilt with his very own cooling rug and sprinkler system.