Caroline was left alone in an old hay field after her pasture mate passed away. She had a nearly empty gallon bucket for water, no grain, and hay only every couple of days. 250 pounds underweight, she also lacked vet records, vaccinations, and her Coggins. Caroline was saved because a concerned citizen called animal control after seeing her condition, and she was relinquished by her owner.
Upon her arrival at H.O.P.E. in January of 2018, she received the appropriate veterinary care and was placed on a nutritional program. Over the spring and summer she put on weight and has filled out nicely. Sweet-tempered and approachable, she gets along well with others in the pasture and is a favorite among many of the volunteers. She has good ground manners, stands to be washed, is not easily spooked, and is quiet when saddled.
Caroline does have Cushing's Disease, which is a disfunction of the pituitary gland that is most common in senior horses. Among other complications, Cushing's can cause long, curly hair that does not shed properly, laminitis, and an increased tendency toward infection. Cushing's can be managed with diet and medication. While essential for all horses, proper preventative care, such as regular deworming, dental care, and farrier work, is imperative for a horse with Cushing's.
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