Once at the ranch last night, we immediately started BTB on a round of bute to try to quell the inflammation that surely exists in his long neglected hooves. He just about knocked us over getting to his feeder and was more than happy to eat up the mixture containing his first dose of bute.
After eating all night, this morning he gazed in wonderment at a feeder that suddenly had more food in it. A sight he most likely has not seen happen very often these last two years. Buck Tuddy Buck has an appointment with the Farrier tomorrow morning to get his feet trimmed before he sees the Vet. Our experience tells us x-rays are in order to determine the level of damage to his feet. Many of the OTTBs we have saved, come with varying degrees of pedal osteitis, many times due to neglect once they leave the track.
Since BTB has been walking on the soles of his feet for so long, there is a good chance he has suffered permanent damage to his feet. He was ridden repeatedly at the auction as the cinch marks show. The act of riding a horse in his state of emaciation, while he tripped around from the pain in his feet, was a sight that was more than difficult to witness. Today, he stands in a soft corral with deep sand to try to ease his pain and get him started on the road to recovery. He continues to eat well and is enjoying the company of one of our very kind rescue mares.
Thank you to all who have donated and offered help for Buck Teddy Buck. He is in good hands now and we will do everything in our power to ensure that remains the case. If you would like to donate, please go tohttp://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html