Cleo
Cleo

Cleo is a 25-year old (in 2016) Thoroughbred mare. Speed is the marker by which Thoroughbreds are judged. Only so many of the animals bred for the racing industry actually make the cut and competition is fierce. Cleo was not fast enough for the track, and sustained an injury to her knee. Still a useful horse by no stretch of the imagination, she was leased as a “test” mare. This role saved her from going to slaughter, but she needed medical attention. She was in bad shape. Cleo could barely walk when she stepped off the trailer at Mylestone. It was clear she needed significant care.

Her rehabilitation at Mylestone began, and she sailed through like a champion. Now Cleo is able to run the paddock with her companions. True to her Thoroughbred heritage she is both sensitive and courageous. She can be timid and a handful all at once. Cleo is very temperamental and requires an experienced handler. She has become friendlier and more willing to let people pet her over the fence. Because she was abused in the past, she is very fearful and we realize that this is a big step for our sensitive girl.

Cleo, left, with her paddock mate, Piper

Cleo had major dental surgery done two years ago. She had a dental disease which is called Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis. It was very painful, and it caused her front teeth to grow abnormally large and cause gum deformities. We had her front teeth removed, which is why her tongue sticks out, and she is doing much better. She eats mash and hay.

Although Cleo is in exactly the same paddock, she has moseyed over to the Sanctuary Horse herd and is no longer available for adoption. As Cleo is aging, and because of her past, we feel she will be happiest and most secure remaining here at Mylestone. Of course, our lovely Cleo loves being sponsored! We hope you'll make her happy and sponsor her!

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