AngelBirthdate: May 11, 2010

Breed: Thoroughbred 

Color: Bay

Redwings Arrival: October 10, 2014

In August of 2014 a Redwings volunteer went to the Santa Rosa Racing Fair to finalize the paperwork and arrange transportation of a race horse with a bowed tendon. While she was there another trainer tracked her down and asked if Redwings would accept one of his horses with a condylar fracture of the left front leg? Otherwise, her owner was planning to put her down. Redwings reviewed the track x rays and consulted with our veterinarian to make sure there was hope for a good recovery. We were advised that with proper rehabilitation this mare could make a full recovery.

The horse could not be moved until the fracture had time to heal a little, so Alamo’s Angel spent two months at Lost Hearts and Souls Rescue of Santa Rosa, California. There she was well cared for and began her long road to recovery. She needed her cast changed weekly and had to be on strict stall confinement if the fracture was to heal correctly. Finally after two months Angel was ready for the 5 1/2 hour trailer ride to Lockwood. It was a bitter sweet departure for her caregivers in Santa Rosa. They were happy that she had a good home at Redwings, but were sad to say goodbye to the mare that had touched their hearts during her short stay.

On October 10th the Equine Care Supervisor drove to Santa Rosa and brought her home. Angel spent 6 months on strict stall confinement and for the first 4 months she wore a gel cast that had to be changed weekly. In the following two months Angel began limited turnout in a very small paddock and started hand walking. Finally after 10 months Angel was allowed out into a small pasture with one quiet friend, the other thoroughbred that we originally went to see at the track the day we heard about Angel. Hank and Angel became best friends immediately. A year after her injury Angel was finally able to be turned out in a large pasture with lots of friends. She galloped freely and didn’t take a single bad step. It was a long road to recovery, but in the end it was all worth it to see Angel run again.

Angel is now sound and completely healthy. Angel has been cleared by a veterinarian to return to work under saddle. Due to her past injury Angel is not suitable for high intensity activities such as polo, jumping, or gymkhana, but she would make a great low level dressage, trail, or pleasure horse.

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