From the headshot of this beautiful little mare, all appears right with her world.
Her eyes and demeanor do not reflect the pain and discomfort to which she has
become accustomed the most recent years of her young life. Such is the strength
of spirit and will to survive of those most magical creatures- horses.
In September of 2011, Equine Voices received a call from a concerned neighbor
about a cream colored mare, hobbling around as best she could on feet that were
horribly deformed, even to an inexperienced eye. Although her body condition and
weight were adequate, her owner had neglected a critical part of the required care
of a domestic horse- the feet. In the wild, Nature provides the means for horses to
maintain self trims on constantly growing hooves, buffing and smoothing the hoof wall
as it makes contact with the natural terrain. In the care of humans, when restricted
movement on soft ground, prevents the natural hoof trim, horses rely not on nature, but
their caretakers to provide regular care by a trained hoof care specialist. Chronic neglect
and overgrowth of the hoof wall can lead to permanent deformity and crippling; robbing
the horse of their very life essence-their movement.
After discussions with the owner, it was finally agreed that the little mare would be released
to Equine Voices, and given the opportunity to begin her road to recovery and healing of
her horribly deformed hooves.
The first step was a visit by our wonderful Veterinarian, Dr. Michel Hutchison, who performed a
thorough examination and x-rays of the hooves. The radiographs determined some re-structuring
in the coffin bone, and provided a guide to Hoof Care Specialist Courtney Vincent in how and
where to begin the trimming and rehabilitation of the "elf" feet.
Mary B. in Tucson graciously offered to take the little mare into her care and provide a foster
home. On October 11, 2011, "Trinket" moved into her new home. Shortly after, with careful review
of the x-rays, Courtney performed the first hoof trim. Trinket's job now, with the help of her foster Mom, is to grow all new feet. With regular hoof care, proper diet, and moderate exercise as she can tolerate, this will take approximately one year. We are hopeful that Trinket will make a wonderful recovery.
We will share with you Trinket's journey, with photos and video of her road to recovery.
Stay tuned for frequent updates on Trinket!
Articles and pictures by Carol Grubb
Hay Availability & Pricing Information
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