Name: Rex (Jockey Club Registered Name: Esping Rex)
Status: Deceased, June 29.,2017
Esping Rex began his life as an unsuccessful racehorse in the early 1990's. He only raced three times and never showed. This sweet old guy is really just looking for a nice place to retire and enjoy the love of his very own human. Rex is enjoying retirement at Finally Home as the grand-daddy of the herd and is making great strides in improving his health.
When he came to us, he had some serious health issues and had dropped his weight significantly. We've spent the last several months working on his nutrition and searching for answers with his medical care. We are pleased that the adjustments to his medications have really helped Rex out. He has grown back to an appropriate weight, his coat is looking great, and he's looking and acting like a much younger horse!
Rex is doing well in his training, learns quickly and seems to just love children. His new best friend is his turnout mate Daisy, one of our other senior citizens. Rex is a gentle, sweet horse, but his age has been showing lately. While his health was improving over the summer, winter can be hard on him. He was officially retired in September 2016. He continues to be receive love and grooming and easy exercise from volunteers.
The winter was really hard on Rex. He's maintained his weight reasonably well, but suffered with controlling his feet and he started having more bad days. He trips and loses control of his feet. He is definitely in decline, so we will make sure he gets lots of love.
June 2017 - Rex had been having bad days, but was hanging on until the last week of June, when he declined quickly. He was not willing to walk anymore but stayed standing. When he did gingerly move in his stall, he could not pick up his feet, he had to drag them. He let us know it was time to let him go to a place where he had no more pain and could control his legs. With his original owner by his side, as well as a small group of volunteers who loved him, we let Rex go peacefully with dignity. It is never easy and Rex will be missed. We are working on helping his girlfriend Daisy to deal with his lost. Rest well sweet Rex.