Justice (formerly Jester because he came in on April Fool’s Day) came to us from a plea for help from another rescue. Once we saw a photo of this severely emaciated horse, we immediately agreed to take him on. If this horse was to be saved, we had to act right away. When we arrived to pick him up, we saw what horrible shape he was in. He was not being fed during the winter because he was supposed to be “free grazed,” meaning he was somehow expected to find something to eat in a barren, muddy field.
Due to malnutrition, Justice had a prolapsed penis that was raw and infected after months of exposure. He went straight to the veterinary office for care. He was treated and his private parts were put in a sling up by his belly to reduce the swelling. His previous owner has attempted to geld Justice when he was young. Apparently only one testicle could be located and removed at the time, so he was still a half-stallion! This made having him in the training barn a challenge.
Once he had gained enough weight, Justice was castrated and we continued to monitor his ability to retract his penis. It has improved but is still not complete. This means he we will have to be closely monitored during the colder months to avoid it getting frostbite again. He will have to have very good indoor shelter when the temperature dips, and even then he may eventually have to have part of the tip removed.
Through all of this Justice has been a bit of a behavioral challenge. He’s not a bad boy, but his lack of socialization, coupled with boy hormones, required some extra training and handling to overcome. Justice is currently at trainer Rachel Jerome’s for his first 30 days of training, and he had his first ride October 18th!
It is so rewarding to see him healthy and mentally able to handle his first ride with composure! We are looking forward to continuing to see his progress and find him a loving home.
NAME: Justice (formerly Jester)
BREED: Appy Quarter Horse
HEIGHT: 14.1 Hands
COLOR: Blue Roan
STATUS: In Rehab