Knightly was saved from ending up in the slaughter pipeline in July 2023. This worn out senior gelding was so kind and good-natured, it’s a disgrace how he was so ill used and left to go downhill with injuries and lack of proper care. Was it worth any ribbon, belt buckle, cash prize or other trophy if he had been used in competitions? Was it worth it for whatever long days/hard work he might have endured on some ranch and then left to go further downhill with any successive owner(s)? Veterinary evaluation confirmed what was obvious, it was too late to give Knightly a successful, pain-free quality of life. He was humanely euthanized and crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully.
Knightly’s veterinary exam indicated the following: greatly reduced ROM (range of motion) RH (right hind), muscle atrophy; severe carpitis – RF (right front) extremely reduced ROM (at least 90% gone).
(Carpitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the carpal joint that may involve the fibrous joint capsule, synovial membrane, associated ligaments, and bones of the carpus which is the knee apparatus in a horse.)
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