After a series of nerve blocks and radiographs, it was confirmed Z has what almost all Thoroughbreds do -- pedal osteitis.
To ensure a healthy sound rehab, shoes with pads will be needed to protect his coffin bones from further damage. Otherwise, he should be fine to proceed with a new career.
With his lovely temperament, and as a son of High Brite, we expect him to make a stellar pleasure horse.
Looking forward to Stage 2 of "bringing back Z"!
If you would like to donate toward Z's rehabilitation and retraining, please go to