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Neglected Horse Making Great Progress At Equine Humane Center

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 11/21/2013 11:31 pm

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center said a horse involved in one of the worst cases of neglect the center has ever seen has hit a major milestone.

Workers said Metro Jessica’s feet are beginning to look normal again.

Executive Director Karen Gustin said the farrier examined both of her feet and told them they didn’t have to pack and wrap the feet constantly anymore.

Gustin said the 3-year-old Standardbred horse also had severe abscesses from gravel impaction and her two hind feet were missing major portions of the sole and hoof.

They said she was 400 – 500 pounds underweight.

Now, Gustin said the abcess in her right hind foot has healed enough that she can wear a regular shoe.

Her left hind hoof has grown out and the farrier was able to trim off a hold that has grown out enough to be cut off. That foot also no longer needs to be packed with iodine.

The center does say her left hind foot has a ways to go, but it making great progress.

Gustin expects the horse to make a full recovery.

For information on how you can help Jessica, visit www.kyehc.org.

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