Type: Friesian Horse
Xaner is a beautiful purebred Friesian who came to Red Bell Run at the request of our veterinarian as she was assisting Animal Control with a horrific abuse and neglect case. Because he was starved and his left hind leg was grossly swollen and infected, our vet felt Xander had the best chance if he came to Red Bell Run for intensive veterinary care. Twenty-seven equines including Xander were removed from that “Death Farm”. The owner is facing felony cruelty chargers, and we hope that these animals receive the justice they deserve.
How does a beautiful animal like Xander end up in such a place? His breeder had suffered from a change of life circumstances; as has happened to all of us at some point. She rehomed Xander as a companion-only horse due to a previous leg injury, with the understanding he would be returned to her if things should change for the new owner. Sadly, in the equine industry, people move horses on, often ignoring these agreements and never telling the former owners what they’ve done. This is what happened to Xander. He had the bad luck to end up in one of the most awful situations we have ever had the misfortune to encounter; being ridden even with his bad leg and starved nearly past saving. Xander’s breeder was absolutely horrified and heartbroken when we notified her of the situation. She stepped up and has generously assisted with Xander’s vet bills and visits him often here at Red Bell Run. It is clear that she loves him dearly.
After many months of daily treatment, Xander recovered from the leg issue and has been refed to a good weight. He is stunningly beautiful. Sadly, he has developed a condition called Mega Esophagus, or ME. This is a genetic disorder found in the Friesian breed and is eventually life-ending. For now, Xander is happy and enjoys his “harem” of ladies at our Hilltop Barn. Our staff dotes on him and manages his ME carefully. As long as Xander’s quality of life remains acceptable, he will enjoy his “retirement” at Red Bell Run. He will let us know when it is time to cross the Rainbow Bridge, and we then will do the kindest thing for him. He will never suffer another day of his life and will always know that he is loved by everyone at Red Bell Run.