Roxanne was rescued from heading to slaughter in July 2023. This gentle older mare may have known kindness during part of her life, but ultimately she became another worked-until-injured and used up horse who was sent to an auction only to fall into the wrong hands. The photos show traumatic and very painful leg injuries, partly years old and partly more recent. Someone had also wrung the “last use” out of her as it’s clear she had been bred at least once, more often most likely. Also based on her injured legs, there isn’t any chance that she didn’t sustain additional physical trauma elsewhere when each incident occurred. Having to compensate with the rest of her body to manage with those injuries means she lived in non-stop pain, being forced to carry and have a foal would have exacerbated this. After veterinary examination, Roxanne was humanely put down to end her suffering, giving her compassion and dignity.
Roxanne’s veterinary exam included the following information: severely lame, severe muscle atrophy RH (right hind); RF (right front) severe carpitis – reduced ROM (range of motion), acute septic arthritis; open, draining abscess RF lateral.
(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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