We have a new kid on the block here at HART Rescue. Moby came to us just yesterday. His owners for some reason were not taking proper care of him so he lost quite a bit of weight has was seriously lame in all four feet. Fortunately for Moby, his previous owner checked up on him and took him back. Unfortunately, she was not in a financial position to take care of him so she brought him here to HART for rehabilitation and to find a new home.
When his previous owner found him in poor condition she immediately took action. She made sure that the people had the proper feed for him, called out a vet and a farrier at her expense and stayed in daily contact with his current owners. The farrier guessed that he might have abscesses in all four feet but didn't find any pockets. They put some special shoes with medication packs on him. The vet prescribed butte and ulcer medication. After 3 weeks his owners told the previous owner that they would not/could not take care of Moby and wanted to be rid of him. That is how he ended up here at HART.
When he arrived yesterday he was moving out pretty well but was still on butte. I decided to not give him any butte last night because it is so hard on their stomachs so this morning he is a bit sore on the right front at the jog in the arena. He has 4 more weeks before his shoes need redone so I'm hoping to find out more information then. Based on the description of how he was reacting it sounds more like stress founder to me then abscesses.
Moby is a SWEETHEART He is almost 20 years old, registered appendix quarter horse gelding. He is broke to ride and in face is very well broke and gentle for anyone to ride. Hopefully I will be able to get him sound again and ready for adoption.
Here is a photo of Moby before he was starved down. I will get some pictures of him in his current condition later this week.
Unfortunately, Moby's condition was so advanced that we were unable to make him confortable enough to be even pasture sound so we were forced to make the difficult decision to put him down.