Czantis appears to be like any other equine athlete. Make no mistake, though, this 11-year-old gray gelding is rare.
While Czantis has found modest success competing as an amateur hunter-jumper, the warmblood’s greatest achievement is that he’s in the ring at all.
“He’s missing probably 20% to 25% of his coffin bone on the medial side of the left front foot (Figure 1),” says Jan Henriksen, an equine veterinarian at B.W. Furlong & Associates in Oldwick, N.J.
The anomaly was discovered during a pre-purchase exam in Europe.
“The radiographs were sent to me for an opinion on importing the horse,” he says. “I didn’t understand how the horse couldn’t be lame.”
Missing as much as a quarter of his coffin bone was enough for Henriksen to recommend that Dana Hart Callanan…