Rockstar was removed from the slaughter pipeline in July 2023. Like so many other Quarterhorses, he was likely used for either the type of work or competition which leads to a significant leg joint (and soft tissue) injury, leaving him lamed up and crippled for life. No doubt he was a kind and willing horse whose good temperament was taken advantage of. Whether or not he knew kindness or received any treatment at times of injury will never be known. What is known is that he was left in a great deal of pain and disability, cast off and ended up in a life threatening situation. The range of motion to his badly injured knee was barely 5% out of 100%. Having to compensate for this loss meant that other parts of his body had to adapt to abnormal ways of movement, also causing discomfort, soreness and pain.

Rockstar’s veterinary exam included the following information: RF (right front) severe carpitis, severely lame, reduced ROM (range of motion) by 80-90%.

(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.)

Rockstar was humanely euthanized as there were no successful treatment options to improve his quality of life and keep him pain-free. The damage was too significant.

More About Rockstar

  • Success Story
  • Sorel
  • Gelding
  • 2008
  • QH
  • Colorado

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