In July we rescued Zoe, a beautiful and headstrong 7-year-old Buckskin Quarter Horse from Nampa. She, along with her mother Juno, her father Comanche, and her sister Babygirl had all been kept in a long narrow lot, no bigger than an eighth of an acre. The fencing consisted of old wire and weaved sticks. The lot was full of debris such as old car tires, broken panels of wood, and a rusted out truck. Sadly just days before we were able to rescue them, their younger sister, a 3-month-old foal died of undetermined causes.
We could see that Zoe’s feet were in terrible condition. It seemed as though they hadn’t been trimmed in over a year and had grown to nearly 8 inches long. Her hooves had begun to curl to the point of which she was forced to walk on her heels. She had also foundered. We had to sedate her to trim her hooves. The pain in her feet was so bad that she didn’t want to pick up one foot at a time. It hurt her too much for us to have a closer look at them, let alone trim them. She was not only very skittish when anyone went near her feet, but extremely defensive.
We had her front feet x-rayed to find that Zoe has what is called ‘pressure founder’. Due to the length and shape that her hooves had grown out to, an unnatural pressure was placed on the coffin bone. This pressure resulted in damage to that bone and her body began to resorb parts of the tip and edge of the bone. Consequently, that caused her immense pain. We have trimmed her since and she is now in therapeutic boots but her prognosis is grim. Our director and founder, Robert Bruno is doing everything he can to save her, however she may be too far gone. Only time will tell. Either way she will never be able to be ridden again. The boots do seem to be making a difference; however, this is only a temporary solution. Again, only time will tell.
It is important to remember that most of our rescues come from places where they have been neglected or abused. Often times they’re in small confined areas with no room to move or to be a horse. It is a heartbreaking reality for everyone involved. Idaho Horse Rescue is about giving second chances to these majestic animals and that is what we intend to do with Zoe, in hopes that we can save her.