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.
Ballou: a 20 year old Percheron gelding, rescued from a local auction, and approximately 500-600 pounds underweight. Ballou was a gentle giant who calmly accepted the love of rescue volunteers and efforts to help him regain his health. Our hopes rose as Ballou finally showed signs of weight gain after two months. Unfortunately he was found in a mild colic early one morning; the vet check revealed a severe impaction with damage to the intestinal walls. After a day of treatment, Ballou's stoic nature could no longer tolerate the increasing pain and he was humanely euthanized to prevent any increased suffering in spite of pain killers and other medical treatment.
Justin: is a 24 year old roan gelding with severe ringbone in his right foreleg. In spite of his disability, Justin is very alert and playful. His sweet temperament makes him eligible for adoption as a companion horse. He was rescued from a local auction where they had drugged him in an attempt to hide his severe lameness. He is receiving conventional therapy for ringbone along with daily infrared light treatments with Light Force TherapyTM products. Justin was adopted in the summer of 2003. Before and after photos above.
Tariq: Tariq was one of 10 horses rescued from a kid's summer camp from August to December 2003. He was one of the most malnourished and has survived six colic episodes. See before and after photos above. He was a mid-twenties Arab gelding with tons of personality and a favorite with rescue volunteers. Unfortunately, Tariq had a severe and prolonged colic episode in the summer of 2005 and was humanely euthanized. All the FRER staff and volunteers miss him. Before and after photos above.