This kind of stuff is exactly why I set up the Bucket Fund – to right a wrong. To help those horses who are helpless. To make the humans good again.
But first let me tell you – this will be hard for you to read…
The abuses, although administered via simple ignorance, are huge.
Steel yourselves. And remember, we can help her.
She has been saved and the wheels are already in motion to help her longterm.
WHY HELP A PONY WHO IS IN SUCH PAIN?
I know that many of you are wondering why the attending vet didn’t just put her down.
The answer is that she had lived this way for 3 years… why discover her and then put her down before giving her a chance?
She was up, eating, drinking … living her horrible life, one awful day at a time.
And then she was discovered and rescued.
No one could bear not giving her a chance.
So, it was decided that she would be treated, have Xrays, see a specialist or two and then have her fate decided.
Clearly, a few more ‘hopeful’ weeks would not be any worse than the last 3 years.
And then, miracle of miracles, she started to heal her surface wounds, her better ankle is snapping back into position and the Specialists think they can help her right ankle!
This is where we come in…
STAR’S STORY provided by HOPE EQUINE RESCUE
Hope Equine Rescue is a non-profit that is GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) verified.
Hope Equine Rescue (H.E.R) received a call in May about 8 ponies that needed assistance. The owners were elderly with medical issues and could no longer care for them. Like most of the horses that H.E.R. receives, they expected to see the ponies possibly underweight and probably needing to be brought up to date on vaccinations, worming, farrier work, coggins, etc.
The morning that H.E.R. arrived at the property they found that 5 of the ponies were in decent shape but 3 were in critical condition.
A 16 year old pony named Star concerned them the most. The owners of H.E.R. have been around horses all their lives and have seen a lot of severe cases that have come through the rescue, but this was something that they had never seen before.
Star, at one point and time, had foundered and the owners, thinking it would be best for her not to walk a lot, put her in a stall and that is where she stayed.. They fed her daily but no care was ever given to her already damaged hooves. Her hooves were so overgrown that they curled back around and grew into the meat on her ankles.
When they went to look at her in the stall the smell was terrible and you could actually hear the maggots moving. H.E.R. immediatley called their wonderful vet and got to work. Star was sedated and the majority of the hoof was cut off. From there she was moved to the vet’s clinic for further care.
She also had severe fly larvae in both eyes. She had MASSIVE sores on both ankles where her hooves had grown. H.E.R wanted to give her a chance and was determined to do everything in their power to save her but also kept in mind that sometimes the neglect is too much.
This began a daily routine of doctoring Star. From the beginning you could see in her eyes that she was a fighter. The fly larvae were cleaned out of her eyes and she was groomed, probably for the first time in years. By day 9, the sores on her ankles were starting to heal nicely and the continuous farrier work was starting to shape her hooves back to somewhat of a normal look. Her overgrown hooves were hung over her stall as a constant reminder of what this little pony has overcome already.
WHAT IS HER FUTURE?
Right now, the specialists are deciding if she is a candidate for a prosthetic device or a prosthesis on her right ankle. For sure, they feel confident they can help her with one or the other.
And, the specialists feel she is strong, a fighter and they really want to help her.
Although the vets are giving a very reduced rate to help her, the surgery and an equine prosthetic device or prosthesis are very costly items. They hope to raise $5000 to pay for the devices to be created, and for the ongoing fitting and fixing that happens while the device is being worn and manipulated naturally.
Remember Molly who lost her leg from a dog attack?
Well, Star may very well fall in her footsteps…
PLEASE HELP HOPE EQUINE RESCUE give Star a chance at the new life she so wants to live!
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