Rico was removed on July 16, 2012 with a fractured coffin bone and loose bone fragment. Surgery to remove the fragment only has a 10% success rate and a 90% of permanently crippling him. Instead of surgery, Rico’s lower right front leg was put in a cast for several weeks, and his status was monitored closely.
Rico can now put full weight on his injured right front hoof and trot without lameness. In fact, Rico is now fully saddle trained and can give rides to small children and small adults. He is in excellent physical shape, and he enjoys the company of people. He will let children pet him for hours at a time.
Born in 2009, Rico stands at about 12 hands and weighs about 670 lbs.