Breed: American Quarter Horse
Approximate Date of Birth: 1/1/2000Sponsor: Needs a sponsor
Arrival Date: October 15, 2022
Rocky, an American Quarter Horse, arrived at the ranch on Oct. 15, 2022. At the time he was a twenty-two-year-old gelding. We had been approached by the Remiatte Foundation. Another rescue that the Remiatte Foundation also supports, Hearts and Hands Animal Rescue, Inc., had rescued two horses in August of 2022. While the younger mare found an adoptive home, this twenty-two-year-old gelding was in need of a sanctuary placement. The Remiatte Foundation asked us to help.
We were told that Rocky lived with the same family for twenty years. He traveled all over the west coast and Arizona on trail rides. In spite of two decades as part of the family, he was emaciated when he was rescued. He still had a lot of weight to regain when he arrived in our care.
Dr. Harlan of ECLAP, diagnosed Rocky with pastern arthritis in his rear legs. We also suspected Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH). As EOTRH progresses, the roots of the incisors start to resorb, basically dissolving. Several of his incisors are loose and were extracted by Dr. Harlan. Fortunately, he is a very good eater in spite of his dental issues and his weight has improved dramatically in his time with us (which is quite visible comparing his early photographs to more current ones in his gallery.)
We wish Rocky’s family of twenty years had provided for him during his golden years. Horse ownership is a lifelong commitment, and Rocky deserved far better care than the neglect he received.
Fortunately for Rocky, he was rescued. Today, thanks to your support, he is living his best life with his two girls Margie and Scampi, and his buddy Bubba next door.