Tucson Tails: Equine Voices Rescues 2 Neglected Horses – Phoenixby Karyn Zoldan on Jun. 22, 2013, under Animal Cruelty, Horses, Hoofs, Goats, Pigs, Farm Animals
On June 14, 2013, Equine Voices received a frantic call from a young lady who said her father would go to jail if they didn’t do something with their two horses. The horses were located off Carefree Highway in Phoenix, and they needed a home ASAP.
Equine Voices contacted a very good friend who lived in the area, and asked if she would do a site visit and take a look at the horses. She obliged and took her trailer in the event the horses needed to be removed immediately.
According to the friend, this incident was one of the worst cases of hoof neglect she has ever seen. Looking at the sorrel, she wondered how he could even walk. His front left hoof looked like a ski.
How could humans do this to these two horses?
The feet of the other horse, a 28-year old gray, were in better condition, probably not having been trimmed in at least eight months. The sorrel’s hoofs had not been trimmed in at least two years!
The horses were removed from this neglectful situation. Who knows what would happen to them if Equine Voices did not intervene?
Once in a safe environment, it was soon realized that the sorrel was behaving as a stallion, and wondered if he was a criptoid. A veterinarian was called and she agreed with the assessment, but blood work had to be done to determine if he still had one testicle, which is why he could be aggressive and studly.
So far both horses have seen the vet and the gentle gray has had his feet trimmed. But the work and cost of getting the horses to normal health has only begun.
For now, Equine Voices will take baby steps and hope that some people will find it in their hearts to help with the feed, farrier and veterinary costs.
By week’s end, basic expenses will be approximately $600, at which point it will be determined if the sorrel will need surgery. Until then, Equine Voices is relieved that these two horses have found a temporary home until a permanent home can been found.
To donate to help these two horses with feed, farrier services and veterinary costs, please send your tax-deductible donation to:
PO Box 1685
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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