making a lame (?) horse comfortable on a very low budget (with pics)
Long story short, I took on the responsibility of this horse when the owner left him at the barn that I boarded. I'm doing my best to find him a good home but he is very ouchy.
He's a 5yo OTTB that last raced in July. He got turned out (directly from the track) into a 25+ acre field with his racing plates still on and the owner couldn't catch him so he hadn't been handled in over a month then she left the barn and I decided to take care of him. Owner said he has ossolets (in his LF) but I have no x-rays to back that up.
I was able to catch him (it took a while!) and pull off his last racing plate. His feet look bad and he has an open wound on his ankle that i've been cleaning and wrapping daily.
Farrier is coming out asap which I think will help a lot. I can't pin point his lameness, he just looks uncomfortable. He will trot and canter a little in the field, but I haven't wanted to really make him trot for me until his feet were done.
open wound/ "bad ankle"
Feet (before I pulled his last racing plate off)
There's some more close ups.. he was standing sort of awkwardly b/c 1) it was his first time out of the field, and 2) i think the hard road was hurting his feet.
I want to try to make him as comfortable as I can but since I don't intend to keep him I really can't invest in x-rays or anything like that.