We did it!
You readers are wonderful.
If you missed Star’s story, you can read it here. Basically, she was kept in a stall for 3 years. Her feet were never trimmed, they grew back into her ankles and deformed her. She was covered in lice and fly eggs. Yet, she ate and drank every day…
Rescued by Hope Equine Rescue, it was determined that after farrier care, with braces to support her, she could regain the upper body strength she once had. Once her strength was back, she would walk close to normally with the brace support. She would no longer need to hop with her back legs and drag her atrophied front legs forward.
Today was the first step in her new life – thanks to you readers!
The specialists think it will take about 6 months to get her into condition again. Today was Day 1. The braces fit. She did not fight it – in fact, she embraced the support and grazed happily.
So, time is on our side…
I will keep you updated on her progress!
We are all hopeful that her incredible journey (and future improvement) will help educate and encourage other horses with horrible deformities created through human neglect.
Here is our receipt for the funds raised and donated to Star.
STAR RECEIVED HER BRACES TODAY!!
Here is the email I received from Hope Equine Rescue today after Star was fitted:
It went remarkably well! The prosthetic designer, Graves, said he was really impressed how well Star did with accepting the braces. He said a lot of horses pull back when he puts them on and have a hard time getting used to them. Star stood there like a little angel and never even tried to pull back from him. She moved around in her stall a little and then came out and grazed for about 30 minutes. She walked back to her stall and actually moved all four feet in a forward motion and didn’t have to stop and pull her bad let with her and then let her back legs catch up. She laid down and got up a couple times as well and when she got up she actually put both legs in front of her and pulled herself up instead of getting up with her back end first! When we took them off she stood there and shift her weight to her good leg and held her other leg up like ” why did you take it off?”
We will be spending the next couple weeks getting her accustom to the brace. For the first week she will wear it for 2 hours then take it off for 2 hours and repeat throughout the day. The we will gradually add 15 minutes to the wear time and take 15 minutes off the off time.
Graves put several Stars on her braces to customize them for her and he even cut out a star at the bottom of the brace so that she can leave her mark wherever she goes.
He said that each horse was different but by the way she was responding to it, she should be straightened up in a couple months. He added 4″ to the brace on the bad foot to straighten out her shoulders but it would take the muscles a couple weeks/months to get used to not being bent over. That is the reason that he gave us a strict program to slowly break her into the brace as not to make the muscles too sore at first. She has had the braces on and off 3 times today and did really well every time.
Graves feels that Star should have a very good quality of life once her muscles in her back and shoulders get straightened out. She was already moving quicker today than she ever has. We are also going to start her on massage sessions so that will help also to loose up her muscles that have been hunched over for so many years. We all feel really good with the outcome!
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