Breed: American Quarter Horse
Approximate Date of Birth: 4/3/1997Sponsor: Needs a sponsor
Keno was retired from the U.S. Border Patrol in 2018. When he retired, he was adopted by an agent. Unfortunately, the agent subsequently wasn’t able to continue to care for him. In hopes that Keno could have a new career as a lesson horse, he was moved to a new ranch. Changes in 2022 to his farrier care were suspected of causing his feet to become very sore. His shoes had been removed before he was moved to the new ranch. However, even when his feet were re-shod, he remained sore. It was thought that this change had caused “road founder,” a type of laminitis that can be caused by trimming a horse’s feet too short. This diagnosis prevented him from becoming a lesson horse, so he came to us to enjoy full retirement on March 11, 2022.
While in our care, Keno surprised us all with a diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease. We had not suspected this given his body type and healthy coat. Fortunately, the diagnosis allowed us to start him on medication. This, combined with proper shoes and pads, have proven to provide Keno with the support he needs to be pain-free.
Horses that have served this nation through the U.S. Border Patrol hold a very special place in our hearts. We are so grateful to our vet Dr. Harlan and our farrier Ray for helping to provide Keno with the quality of life he so richly deserves.