She looks pretty good, eh?
HER STORY: WILD, PREGNANT, DUMPED then RESCUED, LOVED – and now very, very sick.
Storm was an unhandled, solid-colored, pregnant 3 year-old mare from a breeding farm. She and 24 of her pregnant solid-colored herd mates were sent to the feedlots to be sold for meat.
Luckily Storm was rescued from slaughter by Shirley Puga and Annette Garcia, of Coachella Valley Mounted Rangers . Annette spent countless hours with Storm, and her kind and quiet training eventually won her over. Now, Storm totally loves kids, can lead, play, trailer, trim, and even RIDE!
Annette has been frantic to find an affordable surgical option, to give Storm the chance she deserves.
Luckily, through the help of National Equine Resource Network’s contacts, UC Davis has agreed to do the surgery for a fraction of the cost Annette was previously quoted ($10k)
Wow! A happy ending, right?…
BUT NOW THIS
She has Fistulous Withers (not Brucellosis). No vet has been able to contain or clear it.
The medical diagnosis for Fistulous Withers: a chronic inflammatory disease of the supraspinous bursa. Swelling of the withers, drainage of pus from an open lesion resulting from inflammation, and infection that spreads from the infected bursa to surrounding tissues are common characteristics.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
No one knows. Often it is a bone chip that works its way into an infection. Did it happen when she and all of her friends were stuffed into the stock trailer to go to market?
Or when she was in the kill pen squished with all the mares inside pipe corrals?
SHE CANNOT HEAL HERSELF – IT WILL KILL HER EVENTUALLY
This infection will eventually kill her – unless she has surgery to clean it out once and for all.
This kind of surgery is very expensive.
Annette has been frantic to find a surgeon she can afford.
Luckily, through the help of National Equine Resource Network, UCD (UC Davis) has offered to do the surgery for $4000 (a huge reduction).
The surgery will scrape/cut out all of the dead tissue and find the insulting bone fragments. Drains will be put in and will need to be flushed daily. However, once all the infection and bone fragments (?) are removed, the wound should heal.
CAN WE HELP THIS MARE – WHO HAS COME SO FAR – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIFESAVING GIFT?
Storm is a very young and happy mare who has learned all of her ‘good citizen’ lessons… She loves kids and people.
Can we help her reach the gold ring and have her surgery? Storm is young horse, with a bright future, and worth the effort to save – she has already come such a very long way!
She can survive this.