Meet Memo. He is a 10 year old Quarter Horse. He came to us off of a race track in New Mexico. This lovely boy has been with us for a while when we agreed to take in a 3 year old off track thoroughbred, Sparkle. The woman who introduced us to Sparkle bought a gelding from the same owner for her husband to ride. When she went to pick the gelding up it was clear that something was wrong. The gelding's front legs had big lumps on them and one of his eyes was obviously injured. She decided that when she delivered the filly he, Memo, was dropped off as well.
We had his front legs X-Rayed and discovered that the lumps are bone growth caused by some sort of trauma. Luckily his joints are not damaged and he moves out sound. We will never know what happened to his legs but it is clear that he sustained some major injury to them.
His eye tells the same story. He has an orbital fracture meaning the bone above the eye was crushed giving the eye a sunken in look. He is also blind in the that eye for all we can tell.
Now comes the more horrifying part. Memo's entire body is covered in small bumps and scars. We had the vet remove one of the bumps and to our horror it was a pellet from a BB or shot gun! His entire body is littered with them. Someone pelted him with them. He is currently undergoing natural therapy to help with the elimination of them. He is moving about well and has good energy.
As horrific has his previous life has been, this animal is still kind and trusting towards humans. He is a delight to handle and be around.