Diego is a 20 year old Colonial Spanish horse who had lived with the same family his entire life. The family member who was responsible for his care pretty much abandoned him. He is very thin & his feet were neglected. We were asked to take him and he arrived Sept. 2, 2015. He lived in a corral all his life and is a bit intimidated by even having 1/4 acre now. When he gets scared, he retreats to his corral area. He is very sweet, but needs to learn some manners and gain confidence.
Sept. 5 after first trim. I needed to sedate him as he is not used to having his feet handled and they were probably also hurting.
Sept. 21, 2015 update. Diego’s horribly neglected feet were really more than I am capable of dealing with, and we were blessed to have a professional barefoot hoof trimmer come out and trim him this morning. He did as much trimming as he could and will be back in 3 days to do some more. Unfortunately, he is returning to school and moving out of state this week. We are happy that Diego will have a great “set up trim”, at least.When I went to do evening feeding, I found Diego down and dealing with colic. It was Sunday night and our great vet came out and had to work on Diego in the dark with his headlamp for light. Diego was sedated, had pain meds and was given mineral oil, water and electrolytes via naso-gastric tube. Unfortunately, this is the price he has to pay for years of improper care. He has a lot of sand in his intestines from inadequate feeding and eating dirt in the past. We will continue to give him psyllium fiber in an effort to get sand to pass out of his gut. He’s a very sweet old horse who deserves at least a few years of happiness and decent care.
Our veterinarian was out to examine & X-ray Diego. He confirmed chronic laminitis with some coffin bone rotation in the LF. He also has pedal osteitis in his LF hoof (coffin bone degeneration). The vet removed some excess sole and trimmed the front feet a bit more. The good news is we have eliminated the sand from Diego’s gut. Diego is on a fairly safe anti-inflammatory to help him recover and is wearing hoof boots. He is enjoying the company of the other horses, though he spends most of his time in his own area, where he feels safe. It will take time for him to learn to socialize.
Nov. 7 2015 update
Diego is doing great, wearing Easyboot Cloud boots
Feb. 2016. Major breakthrough! He had been pretty lame again, but then I went to trim his feet Feb. 13 and a lot of old, dead hoof material was finally ready to be removed. I also uncovered an old abscess. Since his trim, he has been a wild man.
Sept. 2, 2016
After one year, Diego has gotten used to living with other horses, is fairly sound and loves to eat and play.