Y’Know… sometimes it really feels good to go after something that has a 99% chance of success.
I mean, it isn’t that we shouldn’t help the ‘uncertain outcome’ horses. But, once and a while it is nice to KNOW that whatever you do to help will ensure a life saved.
October’s Bucket Fund is one of those ‘sure thing’ cases.
Meet HOPE. She was born severely knock-kneed. But, even with her disability, she was able to stand and nurse for 4 weeks – until her breeder cast her out into the field to die.
You see, the vet had pronounced that this baby would need radiographs, surgery and aftercare. That prognosis proved too much for the owners. And instead of finding a humane alternative, they put her in the outer field to be eaten by whatever wild animal got there first.
Luckily, a neighbor saw what was happening and grabbed Hope.
ALDER HILL FARM
The neighbor did her best to care for Hope for two weeks… but was unable to continually feed this baby with all of her work and home duties. So, she called in Alder Hill Farms. Smart.
The kind folks at Alder Hill drove out to help the good neighbor with this filly.
What they found was quite upsetting…
Hope had deep, nasty, tendon exposing, infection inviting compression sores on both knees. Evidently, the breeder had splinted and wrapped Hope’s knees to try to fix them without surgery.
Not the best idea…
Anyway, Alder Hill Farm rushed the 6 week old filly to the University of Missouri Equine Hospital.
The hospital vets were very optimistic!
Even though this was the worst case of knock-knees they had ever seen, this condition could be rectified via surgery. Totally do-able! Hope would never be a reiner, let’s say… but she could potentially be good to go for light riding or any other ‘easy on the knees” vocation.
Most importantly, this sweet girl has a great shot at a good life, with surgery.
Surgery could be performed as early as THIS WEEK!
First, Alder Hill is working on clearing up the infection in her wounds to make sure nothing bad moves into her joints. Concurrently, Alder Hill is hoping to find the funds for the veterinary fees, build a special shelter, pay for her aftercare as well as the ever expensive milk replacement formulas.
The good news is that the University of Missouri is offering a 25% ‘non-profit discount’ to get this procedure done quickly!
IN THE MEANTIME
In the meantime, Alder Hill has crafted a temporary shelter, tends to Hope’s wounds hourly and has brought in a few friendly nursing goats to provide company, comfort and milk!
Everyone has fallen in love with this filly who doesn’t know she is disabled. Hope is a perfect patient and everyone at Alder Hill is pulling for her.
Hope has to be safely separated from the herd but she loves the big horses and giddy-hops over to the fence so she can be as close as possible.
She pushes the goats out of her food bucket and loves to nuzzle her cat. Hope totally understood her shelter hay bed from the first time she saw it – she plopped down and took a snooze right away! Hope trailers and stands haltered for the vet. She is a brilliant baby!
She loves her humans and according to everyone at Alder Hill, Hope is very, very sweet!
LET’S GIVE HER THE CHANCE TO RUN!
We know surgery will benefit this girl and give her a full life.
Anyone want to feel good today? I do… I love being able to KNOW that my donation will FOR SURE help a little one.
From the jaws of a predator to the gifted hands of a surgeon – let’s help this filly!
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