"Jack": 1969 - 1979

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(a study of the effects of neglect)

January, 1969 Jack was born on a quarter horse ranch in San Diego, California. He spent his first days frolicking beside his mother.
March, 1969 Jack's feet were trimmed for the first time by the ranch farrier. The pointed foal foot was rounded at the toe so that Jack would break over straight when he walked.
May, 1969 Jack's foot was growing as the colt got bigger. The foot was getting wider and rounder. His feet were trimmed again as they would be every two months while Jack was at the ranch. Jack was taught to lead and pick up his feet.
June, 1970 Jack was moved to a box stall. He was taught to ground drive on long lines, to trot and stop on command.
July, 1970 Jack was returned to the box stall. He was again driven with long lines, and ridden. Jack was taught to stop, turn and move into different gaits. He was shod for the first time.
February, 1971 Jack was two years old and had reached his full height. His chestnut coat was smooth and glossy, the veins visible beneath the skin that covered bulging muscles. Jack was gelded by the ranch veterinarian.
March, 1971 Jack was sold to Melissa and sent to a trainer for Western Performance Training. While he was at the trainer's he was shod regularly by the trainer's farrier.
September, 1971 Jack came home to Melissa to be ridden every day and entered into horse shows on weekends. He performed willingly and well. His feet were symmetrical with good wall and sole, nearly perfect. Jack was shod every two months.
June, 1975 Melissa was married. Jack was sold to Bonnie who took him to Los Angeles County. Bonnie wanted to ride in horse shows but after entering several and performing poorly, she became disinterested.
June, 1976 Melissa was married. Jack was sold to Bonnie who took him to Los Angeles County. Bonnie wanted to ride in horse shows but after entering several and performing poorly, she became disinterested.
December, 1977 Jack's frogs were all but destroyed by thrush. His front feet were elongated, the contraction more pronounced. The wall was thicker at the toe from pressure caused by long feet.

The heels were underslung, the bulbs of the heels protruding behind the foot. Inside the front feet the navicular bones have formed small calcium spurs.

The bones of the pastern joints are miss-aligned from un-level feet caused by neglect and poor shoeing.

December, 1978 The fetlock joints of the front feet were swollen from mis-alignment in the joint. The navicular bone had begun to de-calcify. The deep flexor tendons were inflamed and painful from gliding over the roughened surfaces of the navicular bones.

Jack walked with short, stiff, painful steps.
March, 1979 Jack was sold at the El Monte Horse and Mule auction and put in a pen with other poor looking old and sick horses. Later he was trucked to Fresno, CA in a large stock van.
May, 1979 8:30 A.M. Jack's life is ended by a stun-gun and knife. Hooks are inserted behind the superficial flexor tendons behind his hocks and he is hoisted to the overhead conveyor track.

The dead horse is gutted and his skin is peeled off with a pneumatic air gun. The carcass is then cut in half with a chain saw.

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