William joined the rescue program in June 2018 from a financially troubled animal sanctuary. Due to a lack of finances, he has not received professional farrier care or basic/emergency veterinary care for a few years. He is known to have some history with “colic”/ulcers. Upon initial evaluation we know that William is too thin, needs proper hoof care, dental work, treatment for parasites and other assessment for lameness and/or body soreness due to whatever his prior use might have been. It is clear he had a poorly fit saddle at some point in his life due to the white hairs (scarring) on his withers. William has a sensitive, somewhat reactive at times, personality but overall is a sweet boy with good handling skills. He does not have a lip tattoo so was never raced.
After William’s initial rehabilitation phase where he gained weight, had improved digestive function, received worming and fecal counts, got dental care and began receiving appropriate farrier treatments, he received lameness evaluation. The scarring on his right front hoof was from an injury which caused damage to soft tissues but fortunately had not injured any structures inside the hoof. Unfortunately, X-rays revealed damage to his hocks, particularly the right hind which leaves William in a state of ongoing pain due to the formation of bone spurs. No supplements or other treatments for arthritic changes can help due to where the damage is located. We will watch William closely for signs of increased pain, lameness or malfunction of the joint. For now, he is content playing with his pasture mates (Flash, Buckshot, DJ and Pip).
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