Horse Treated At UGA Vet School To Perform In Rose Bowl Parade

A horse referred to the University of Georgia in 2014 with a broken bone in his front leg is prepping to be in one of the most iconic parades in the country on New Year’s Day. Owned by David Helmuth, “Rusty” will lead the Wells Fargo six-horse stagecoach in the 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Kicked by another horse right before pulling the stage in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade three years ago, Rusty was referred to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The vet team examined Rusty, who was very lame, and determined that surgery would be required to treat the injury. The prognosis was not great: Rusty may not ever be sound again.

Rusty was initially given about a 50-50 chance of returning to soundness because of his mass (Rusty is part Belgian), the severity of the lameness and the location of the injury. Helmuth decided to take the chance and had the surgery done.

Rusty came through the surgery well and is now completely sound. He will be part of the first ever six-horse Wells Fargo stagecoach hitch (normally they stage is pulled by a four-horse team).

The Rose Parade will air on January 1 starting at 1 a.m. on ABC and NBC. The University of Georgia will play the University of Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl with kickoff shortly after 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Read more at Online Athens.

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