Rocky, our newest resident
We are so grateful for your support that allows us to feed the 106 equines in our care. We were recently approached by a local foundation, the Remiatte Foundation, that supports what we do to care for horses. Another rescue that the Remiatte Foundation also supports had rescued two horses in August. While the younger mare found an adoptive home, a twenty-two-year-old gelding was in need of a sanctuary placement. They asked us to help.
We were told that Rocky lived with the same family for twenty years. He traveled all over the west coast and Arizona on trail rides. In spite of two decades as part of the family, he was emaciated when he was rescued in August. While he still has a lot of weight to regain, he has a strong appetite. The arrival of fall temperatures will make weight gain more challenging but we are blanketing him to keep him from burning important calories keeping warm. We want all of his calories going to weight gain.
We suspect Rocky has developed pastern arthritis in his right rear leg. We also suspect that he might have Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis, also known as EOTRH. As the disease progresses, the roots of the incisors (and sometimes canines) start to resorb, or basically dissolve. Several of his incisors are very loose. Fortunately, he is eating well now. In November Dr. Harlan, our veterinarian woth East County Large Animal Practice, will x-ray his legs and likely begin extracting the impacted teeth.
It is a very difficult time for us to add an additional horse to the ranch. Feed prices are unprecedented. Each new resident represents a life-long commitment. We wish his family of twenty years had provided for him during his golden years. Since they were unable to, and the non-profit that rescued him couldn’t provide him with life-long care, we are grateful to YOU for your support. Your generosity will allow us to transform this skinny fellow into the true beauty that he is. Every pound he gains will be the result of your support. Thank YOU for saving one more life!
Rocky is a friendly, curious horse
Rocky is significantly underweight