Canyon joined the rescue in April 2018 after suffering neglect for over two years at a financially troubled animal sanctuary in Florida. We were told he once belonged to a young girl who rode and competed with him. When she went to college, he was left as a companion to another older horse which eventually passed away. Canyon’s caretaker turned him over to an animal sanctuary as she had health issues. Things were fine until the sanctuary lost the bulk of its funding.

Initial veterinary exam revealed the following: body condition score 2 of 9 indicating severe malnutrition; dermatitis in both ears; loss of peripheral vision; yellowing of eye whites indicating liver toxicity; untreated Cushings disease; lack of proper hoof care; no dental care for years; lameness hind end and leg joints particularly right hind (we noticed initially resting of left hind); blood in urine, sand in manure, parasite infestation and evidence of squamous cell cancer sheath area. Canyon was one of the saddest horses we’ve met (and there have been plenty). Once the organ failure had been verified, Canyon was humanely euthanized as there was no hope for providing successful rehabilitation or a true quality of life situation.

More About Canyon

  • Success Story
  • Appaloosa
  • Gelding
  • 1997
  • Appaloosa
  • Florida

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