Procrastination just doesn’t help matters…
I guess there could be the excuse that there wasn’t enough money to release her tendons as a tiny foal – when the procedure is usually done fairly routinely – to have saved her feet from progressing to this point.
But, to do nothing and trap her in a stall for three years seems criminal. Especially because she was at on a breeding farm. Lots and Lots and Lots of horses… Yet she was in a stall.
She was born with digital flexor contraction or club feet.
It could have been fixed fairly easily.
Basically, Lucky’s former owners were TWH breeders.
Judging by Lucky’s birth defect, maybe there was a bad gene in the pool… but whatever, the breeding kept on happening while this little filly – and her defect – were locked in a stall.
The owners kept on keeping on… all the while this filly got worse and worse.
She was never let outside of her stall.
She was never allowed to walk on green grass.
She has never run in her life.
Finally, the entire breeding establishment was disbanded and all the horses rehomed – except Lucky.
No one would take her. She needed a miracle.
That miracle came from SEAL Cares Animal Rescue in Cottonwood, Alabama.
THEY COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW HAPPY SHE WAS! She was joyous! Excited! Thrilled to be in a new place!
When SEAL brought her home, they thought they would be humanely euthanizing her.
Except, the filly was full of life.
She was joyous and excited to be in a new place.
They couldn’t believe her exuberance! Lucky did her best to dance around and express her zest for life!
No one could believe it….
Everyone fell in love with her.
Within a week, she became the SEAL people greeter!
That was it… they had to try to fix her.
COULD SHE HAVE A QUALITY OF LIFE?
Upon arriving at SEAL, Lucky was evaluated.
Hmmmmm. A very, very bad case of club feet.
They took her to a specialist, special farriers and their own vet.
All said the same thing, “Worst case I’ve ever seen….”
But, interestingly enough, they all thought she could be fixed.
It would take surgery, splints, healing and relearning, but they all thought she had a really good chance. ANYTHING was better than being trapped in a stall with these feet!
So, SEAL emailed HORSE AND MAN.
To be honest, I saw the photos and was taken aback. Wow!
She reminded me of Star, who we had just helped.
Since Star was doing so well, I thought I’d call Lucky’s vet to hear from him the actual prognosis.
I called him, Dr. Wayne Waguespack, Jr., and he called right back.
He said he would love to help her as she was the worst case he had ever seen. In fact, bi-lateral club feet were rare. Dr W. said that she could have been helped as a tiny foal and this would never have progressed like it did.
Dr. W. said he planned on performing a digital flexor transection. Although this is a routine surgery, her case is atypical and very severe. He said there were no guarantees but he knew he could make her better. Depending upon how well she did, he would recommend splints or corrective shoeing. She may heal and not need shoes/splints, or she might always need shoes and/or splints.
I asked him if this was his sister’s horse, would he recommend that she do this surgery?
He said, Yes.
He said he thought this ‘little filly’ was such a sweetheart and had done so well with no help – ever – that he wanted to help her now.
SEAL has scheduled the surgery for November 9th. This Friday.
We already have money in the Bucket Fund from a generous benefactor who wanted her donation from last month to roll over into this month. We are starting with a whopping $500!
WE CAN HELP HER BECAUSE WE HAVE MONEY ALREADY – just not quite enough…
The surgery/recovery is $1500. Shoes/splints…??
If her incredible enthusiastic spirit has touched you like it did me, Let’s help this sweet filly have a life that she’s never, ever known!
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