Posted on January 18, 2015


Breed: Draft Mule

Age: 12

Gender: Gelding

Size: 17.2hh

PENDING ADOPTION: Simon came to Safe Harbor saved from auction where she was bound for slaughter.  His life took a completely different direction and she found himself at a Safe Harbor foster farm.  His intake vetting revealed that Simon has a hoof condition called Canker in his front hoof.  Unfortunately, it had become so severe that his entire hoof wall on that hoof was unstable.  Simon had lost his heal and had significant decay in the hoof.  Simon had to undergo a very invasive foot surgery, and is in recovery.  During the recovery process he went through a secondary procedure the remove the extensive thrush in his rear hoof. He is expected to return to quality of life, but there is also a possibility that the canker will return.

Simon’s special needs will require him to have a dry lot.  He cannot stand in mud, and his hoof maintenance needs will be higher than average.  At the present time he requires a twitch for hoof trims on his rear hooves, but he consistently improves as he continues through recovery.