2022 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Award Recipients

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2022 Recipients

Official Name: Sophocles
Birth Year: 2016 Gender: Gelding. Breed: Standardbred


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South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Sophocles was found starving, with a body score of 2. He was with 7 cows in a field in what is known as “The 8.5”, an expanse of undeveloped land in western Miami-Dade. Unfortunately because the area is wild, overgrown, and remote, “The 8.5” is a favorite location to dump animals. Over time we have rescued far too many animals from that area.

Sophocles is a Registered Standardbred. He has an identifying freeze brand so we were able to confirm his identity and establish that he had not ever raced. He is a big, agreeable gelding. Unfortunately Sophocles is still in the rehabilitation process. When he arrived it was obvious that he was malnourished. Upon arrival he was given a complete veterinary and dental exam, as well as much needed hoof care. We have also determined that he is a non-sweater. We have started some minimal training evaluations, but the heat has limited progress. Living in the humidity and the sweltering heat of South Florida makes having Anhidrosis a considerable health challenge. We often seek placement in the colder states for horses with this particular health challenge, however in the meantime we have to properly address the challenge. We would like the opportunity to try Platinum Refresh in hopes that we are able to support this horse and the challenge of Anhidrosis.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
I am the Executive Director at the South Florida SPCA- Guardian Charity
We rescued this horse. He is currently residing at our Rescue Ranch. -- Chris Septer