Our Bucket fund filly from November, Lucky, has her new braces!
In case you missed her story, it is linked here.
Lucky was born with club feet. Instead of giving her the much needed surgery as a foal, she was instead locked in a stall for 3 years…
Upon first looks at Lucky, her rescuers (SEALS Care and Rescue) thought the best future for her would be humane euthanasia.
However, surprise surprise, the filly showed so much gumption with her bucking, rearing, trotting and traveling very well, the rescuers fell in love with her joy for life – and decided to give her a chance.
Luckily, you readers thought this she was a worthy cause and donated towards the fee to have her braces created!
HOW DO BRACES WORK?
The braces are used to help support her shoulder and create proper length of leg which evens out her spine normally. In this way, with practice, she will build up her shoulder muscles which in turn will help her hips and back to align comfortably.
Her hooves are not asked to straighten. Instead, the braces conform to the underturned hooves and add cushion, impact resistance and length. So, she is still landing on her hoof, but the concussion is far less. And, the accommodating contortion of her back will go away.
As you can see, they put a 4-Leaf Clover on the bottom of Lucky’s braces… Nice!
TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY!
Today was her first day with the new braces and she did well! At first, she was unsure… she took some very clumsy steps and then she got the hang of it!
Lucky can only wear them 2 hours at a time until she works up to all day use. Usually, this process take about two months.
Lori from SEAL took video and photos of this historic day.
And, the Film Crew from the local news did a very nice piece. Wow – A celebrity! Click here to watch the local news about Lucky.
I’ve posted two of Lori’s videos for you.
The first video shows how Lucky didn’t know what to do at first. Be warned – this is scary to watch in the beginning because you think she is going to hurt herself. But, she doesn’t…
The next video shows her settling in and walking straight towards Lori really quickly!
I’m sure we will receive continual videos of her progress.
Lucky’s life is about to change in a big way! (big grin…)
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