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This centrally inserted screw was removed in December during a two-hour surgery.

Mare with screws drilled through gums rescued

The flat end of a surgical screw looked grotesque jutting from the soft mouth of a starving broodmare. Driven deep into the fleshy gums, wedged between the lower-front teeth of Wide Eyed Wanderer, the alien protuberance was covered with bubbly saliva—shrouding the mysterious object like the silence that surrounds the life of a racehorse whose life comes to no good end. There were no answers November 5th when Thoroughbred advocate Jenny Earhart showed up to the California auction where Wanderer waited, emaciated and doomed in the slaughter pipeline. There was only Earhart’s practiced routine: Flip the lip, identify the Thoroughbred, […]