The following case histories represent a small sample of rescued horses that entered Front Range Equine Rescue's (FRER) program in 1997. FRER's quarterly newsletter, The Hoof Beat, highlights histories of all horses that come into the rescue during the last quarter. The newsletter is available online or you can request an email copy.
Big John: a 13 year old sorrel gelding, John is a registered Quarterhorse donated by his former owners. Unable to sell him because of re-occurring lameness problems, FRER's rehabilitation strategy for John included arthritis supplements, magnetic therapy, and natural balance trimming/shoeing. Big John is a trail horse with the possibility of light jumping or dressage work in the future. Adopted in April 2001 then re-adopted in August 2001 when the first home could not keep him.
Jamoca: an older gelding found in a local auction pen underweight and crippled by arthritis. FRER outbid a killer buyer to rescue this gentle soul who spent his final year of life at the rescue. LegendTM shots, arthritis supplements, and light therapy brought significant relief to Jamoca who occasionally trotted and cantered when turned out. Jamoca was a special friend to Dancer who inspired rescue founder, Hilary Wood, to start FRER. In October 2001, Jamoca went into a mild colic which progressed in a short time period. He was humanely euthanized and is greatly missed by the rescue and its volunteers.
Patrick: rescued with Zeus and turned over to FRER. Patrick is a 5 year old colt suffering from severe malnourishment, overgrown hooves and is blind in his left eye. Once healthy, Patrick was gelded in mid-April. After his recuperation period, Patrick began re-training to assess his level of training. A local trainer who uses "whisper techniques" re-started Patrick in May. Patrick responded by being a pupil ready to advance! Adopted in June 2000.
Zeus: was rescued by private individuals and turned over to FRER. This Appaloosa pony was extremely malnourished and in need of care for parasites, overgrown hooves and weight gain. Once healthy, Zeus was ridden English by one of our young volunteers. Adopted in June 2000 after his second debut at a local schooling show (Zeus won two 1st place ribbons and a 6th place ribbon). He now has numerous admirers in his new home and continues to win ribbons at local horse shows.