Poco is a 20 yo Paso Fino mare. She is the worst of the bunch seized from Wetzel county farm yesterday. Doc last examined her in March and told me she has a heart murmur and lung damage, possibly from pneumonia that was never treated. We won’t know if the heart murmur is a symptom of the starvation or if it’s one of the contributing factors of her starved condition until she’s back up to a healthy weight.
She’s a very sweet mare that jumped on the trailer for us yesterday. Her feet aren’t as bad as some of the others, but she’s lame on the left hind. Her foot is hot and there’s no heat in her leg, so I’m thinking abscess. I soaked the foot in warm Epsom salt water twice today and will continue to do so until the abscess emerges and the poor old girl feels better. Brannon is coming out Monday morning and I’ll have him check for an abscess if it hasn’t popped by then.
Her age and heart murmur are going to make it harder to get her healthy and it’ll take longer than the two younger skinny mares that came with her. Doc floated her teeth earlier this year, so at least she’s got that going for her.