I have a huge disdain for stoopid human tricks.
What were they thinking?!
It never ceases to amaze and disturb me how unthinking, uncaring and unkind humans can be…
On the other hand, it never ceases to amaze me how generous and resourceful humans can be in the face of trauma and disaster.
(Adella is sometimes referred to as ‘Bella’ because that was her name initially.)
Adella’s owner had her in a very small paddock. For some reason that we don’t know, he decided that he needed to tie her down in that very small paddock.
He used wire.
The wire got caught on all the peripheries until it had pinned her against the fence with her foot caught and wrapped several times.
I guess you can imagine the gruesome scene.
She was trapped, struggling and in the process of cutting off her own foot in order to be free.
You can probably feel her fear and pain.
Somehow, Habitat for Horses was called and the owner released the horse into their care.
THE TRAUMA ENDS BUT IT ISN’T OVER…
The caregivers at Habitat for Horses describe the scene as horrendous. Adella was down in the trailer, spilling blood everywhere. At the vet hospital, she had a bad reaction to the pain killer and went down.
The rapid response team there went into Red Alert and swarmed around her like bees in the hive.
Whatever happened, they were going to do everything possible to right the wrong done to this mare.
Here is a piece of the actual vet report. The invoice was three pages long – listing the treatment (and fees) provided that evening. This mare on this night, was truly rescued…
Basically, she cut through the back and sides of her foot to the point of exposing her bone. Her tendons and ligaments were severed. They feared major infection in her joint as well as tissue death.
I cannot even imagine coming upon this mare and having the fortitude and temerity to negotiate her release, navigate through her terror, release her, load her, white knuckle it to the equine hospital, view all the blood in the trailer and pull her out with her dangling hoof and then watch as the vets did all they could to save her. Oh yeah, and pay for it all – whether the mare survived or not.
Adella will be able to live a successful life, although permanently crippled. She will have to wear a special shoe and a brace, for now. In time, the brace will shed and she will only have to wear the orthopedic shoe to support her hoof.
For now, she has to be stalled in a small space. In time, as her wounds heal, she will be allowed into larger areas.
Adella will live to eat grass, smell the fresh air, nuzzle with buddies, roam her pastures and never be mistreated again.
HELP HABITAT FOR HORSES SUPPORT ADELLA AND HER CARE
Habitat for horses didn’t look back and wonder if they had enough funds to save his mare. They just did it…
Of course, the vet bill was huge and ongoing. And, as with all fully packed rescues, they also must provide for all the other residents.
Let’s help them help Adella.
Bravo, Habitat for Horses… Bravo!
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