Dark Vixen (“Vixen”) joined the rescue as an owner surrender when she could no longer properly care for her horses. She was ridden extensively as an endurance horse for several years. The owner indicated Vixen has hypothyroidism and requires medication. Vixen also has increasing trouble from advancing arthritis in some of her leg joints. All of her basic needs are being updated including dental, farrier and worming along with a thorough evaluation of her health overall so we can determine a rehabilitation strategy.
Update: Results from Vixen’s initial veterinary evaluation revealed a normal reading for thyroid levels from blood work. We have updated her dental care and she now wears front shoes as her soles are too thin causing soreness. She shows thickening in her front fetlocks and moves better in an arena setting than on harder ground. Vixen has osteo-arthritic changes in her hocks from X-rays but the stifle joints are in good condition. She is not in good muscle tone but this will improve once she can exercise more. Having the front shoes will help. Vixen will receive further evaluation once winter weather passes and will be put on any supplements which might help arthritic changes. It is hoped she will be a light to medium trail riding horse and available for adoption late Spring or early summer.
Update: Vixen went through training assessment and is now available for placement to a qualified home. She can no longer do competition riding or lengthy/strenuous rides, but is perfect for medium pleasure/trail work. She’s a wonderful mare and requires an intermediate or better rider.
More About Dark Vixen
- Available for adoption
- Dark Bay