Paris joined the rescue in October 2018 when her owner could no longer keep her. She had been used for rodeos, 4H, team penning, sorting and trail riding in her past. Her teeth were in bad shape with several missing so she was unable to eat hay and had to be fed a large quantity of soaked feed 2-3 times a day. We strongly suspected Paris to have advanced arthritis especially after the owner indicated she had given her Bute twice on the day she transported her for the rescue to take over her care.

Veterinary exam indicated that Paris’ hooves had been trimmed leaving excessive sole so she was bearing her weight on the soles (very painful). She had scarring on her front heel bulbs which was prominent and old, but thick and proliferative. Both of her knees had clear bony proliferation and a decreased range of motion bilaterally. It was very painful for Paris to flex her left front knee and she limped for a short time after the flexion attempt. The results of the flexion testing indicated ongoing, active inflammation of her joints. X-rays showed osteoarthritis of both knees and in pastern joints. This mare would be in pain when lying down due to the damage to her knees and subsequent pain. Because there was no way to successfully manage her pain she was humanely euthanized.

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  • Success Story
  • Chestnut
  • Mare
  • 1990
  • Quarter Horse
  • Colorado

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