DVC Dancehall “Doc”

DVC Dancehall Doc came to us in December 2021 and we thought that maybe he just needed to have a hoof trim and that his hooves were a little tender on the gravel. When I picked him up, I could feel the nervousness, anxiety and fear of not knowing where he was headed next and what his ultimate fate would be.

Within a few days, we had Dylan, our farrier, scheduled to come and give him a trim to see if we could help what we again thought was just foot tenderness. We got the front hooves done but when we got to the rear he started to kick out and refused to allow us to touch the rear feet at all. Knowing that he was a little off, we called the vet, Dr Moga, out to do an exam on him to see if it was behavioral or pain related.

It was during his vet exam that things started to go down hill quickly. We could no longer safely touch him or handle him. Prior to Dr Moga’s arrival, we could not approach him or remove the other horse from the field. Once we were able to get the halter on him and move him to a different paddock for the exam, he became aggressive if we attempted to touch him. He would try to bite, rear and strike out. He lacked coordination in his limbs as he moved. It became increasingly obvious that he had no real clue where he was placing his legs as he walked.

Doc was placed into a field alone with the label “Dangerous Horse” while we took a couple steps back to discuss what our possible options with him were. He was tested for EPM and that came back negative. He was treated for neuro lyme and that seemed to help a little but he still exhibits signs of ataxia. We can’t safely test for PSSM2 so we opted to change his diet and go through the steps of what we would do if he were to test positive. That may have helped. He has good days and he has bad days.

Today, Doc has been given a friend that we feel is safe for him to be pastured with and safe for volunteers to be able to take out of the field for feeding. Our farm trainer, Kim R., spends time with him each day building trust and slowly working towards safe handling. Doc now seeks out positive interaction with his limited handlers and responds to simple and basic training queues. Taking things slowly with him is what we felt was the best course of action. And we celebrate each little win and step forward.

Due to his behaviors, we have deemed him unadoptable and he’s currently in rehabilitation and sanctuary status while we evaluate his quality of life. Doc has obvious signs of a head trauma at some point in his past. The white markings on his pole, behind his ears, and the side of his jaw tell a small piece of the story about how he got to be this way.

Doc is in need of sponsors to support his care and potential rehabilitation with CVHR. While it’s small progress, we have made progress with him and our wish is that he will continue to learn trust and become a good equine member of society. Please help us help him!

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