Amigo is a handsome Andalusian/Appaloosa gelding. He was born into poor living conditions in an extremely overcrowded pasture. He was brutally kicked in the shoulder at a few weeks of age and his injury was left untreated. Due to neglect and poor living conditions, Animal Regulation went in to take all of the horses from the property where he lived. Amigo was initially overlooked and was left in the pasture. Animal Regulation did return and they eventually found Amigo.
He was 8 months old when he came to live at California Coastal Horse Rescue. As a result of his untreated injury his foot was a pointed tube and his shoulder was painfully bulging. During his first veterinary examination, Amigo’s x-rays did show that he had suffered a broken scapula. The positive news was that even though he had suffered a traumatic injury, his shoulder and leg were strong enough to bear his weight.
Amigo receives special farrier care that helps him to use his damaged leg in a safe and pain free manner. Today, Amigo is a strong (and mischievous!) young horse who is able to run and enjoy life to its fullest. He is also learning how to be a therapy horse for equine assisted therapy.
Amigo certainly is a beautiful living example of how animals learn to cope and can actually thrive in spite of disability.