Buck had a much needed tooth float, after going without for 4 long years, and a sheath cleaning. Even while emaciated, Buck still weighs a whopping 1100 lb! Once at full weight, this is going to be a horse to rival even a larger Warmblood.
Never Kneeling had a lameness exam and multiple X-rays of her hind feet. Dr. Kemper ruled much of her issues lies in poor conformation, extreme wear of her hooves, and lack of physical condition.
Fortunately, X-rays revealed no damage to the fragile bones in her feet. Surprising, as there is no sole depth, her hooves worn down to tiny little nubs. This can likely be credited to her timely rescue, *before* permanent damage was done.
Never Kneeling is also quite underweight, weighing a mere 900 lb. Once she has gained some more weight, shoes will be put on all 4 feet, and her physical conditioning -- and groundwork -- will begin.
Longterm, Kneeling should be rehabilitable into an all-around horse, suitable for hunters, dressage, pleasure riding, or trail. She will not be suitable for eventing, racing, polo -- anything demanding a well-proportioned horse, to hold up for the high physical demands of those extremely demanding sports. We want this filly to live a long, healthy life, not worn out unnaturally young.
If you would like to donate to today's vet bills ("I'm Willie Cute" and "Lunar Daydream" have vet visits later today, too!), please donate direct to West Coast Equine Hospital at (805) 386-7151 or via our website athttp://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html