Santa Fe has made a lot of progress
over coming his fears during his first few years at the sanctuary. One of our members had been working with him and
was at last able to ride him with a side walker assisting. However, he began to show signs of lameness and we suspected
DSLD (Degenerative Ligament Desmatis) and he was put on rest and rehabilitation. He also had a large horizontal crack
running through the damaged part of his hoof from when he first arrived at the sanctuary.
His weak tendons were treated with a course of Adequan injections
along with daily ice and DMSO therapy. The horizontal crack in his hoof has grown out but he continues to have weakness
in the tendons in his left hind leg. We hoped that he had not develped DSLD and would find a home as a companion horse
but he has continued to break down.
Ultra sound will be performed on his ligaments in the very near future to determine
the extent of his condition.