After such a prolonged period of intense abuse and neglect, all the horses were sure to need some vet care, but the Thoroughbred gelding with the "abscess" in his leg (rumored to be from a dog bite after he was turned out in a pen with cattle), AKA Diesel, was clearly needing serious vetting. With Sophia in the hospital at the same time, we were grateful Sherry W. and Charlene S. of Yucca Valley were able to be his guardians. Unfortunately, what was found by the vet proved to be even worse than what we feared -- Diesel has severe deterioration of his coffin bones, severe rotation to the point that one more founder and his hoof will slough off, and severe navicular degeneration to top it off. This horse has been in an emaciated condition for many months, turned out with cattle, attacked by dogs, ridden and galloped hard for many miles in this condition...it's bad.
The rest of the horses are, mostly, doing well. Tiz Too is back with her breeder, Kathy is taking fantastic care of Last Caper, Teri Crutchfield's rescue is rehabilitating the Quarter Horse mare, and Sue already found a great family home for the little Mustang mare. However, we made the mistake of placing the emaciated Fox Trotter mare based on a glowing rescue referral. Unfortunately, this person seems more intent on trashing our rescue than with the horse's welfare, and we are currently concerned about the mare's condition. The authorities have been alerted, and we pray she receives the care she needs.
But the only one, sadly, without any hope left is Diesel. Come tomorrow, Diesel will be euthanized, and saved from the unsalvageable agony he is going through.