Rescued: March 22, 2014
Golondrina (Goldie for short) came to us with severe laminitis and retracted tendons due to being fed rubbish and kept on her own in a small enclosure for years.
The laminitis caused this old lady’s pedal bone to rotate down onto the sole of her hoof, and Goldie retracted her tendons in an attempt to relieve the pain. Over time, the tendons begin to stay like that – kind of like a woman who wears high heels all her life, then finds it difficult to wear flat shoes. It’s pretty serious with a horse though because, as the old saying goes, “no foot, no horse”.
So in late 2014 we sent Goldie off to Gasper and his specialist team at Equihealth Veterinary Clinic in Barcelona. They operated on both her front legs to lengthen the tendons again, which was hugely successful.
Since then, Goldie’s had special rock-and-roll shoes on, which roll at the front when she walks to help her movement. She’s been very happy with the arrangement for a couple of years.
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