UPDATE on Rooster, our November Bucket Fund horse with the ground-breaking and life-saving skin graft!

You all may remember Rooster, the terminally injured horse whose wound hadn’t healed in over a year.  Rooster’s owner was told to euthanize him by several vets and specialists.

Enter Strawberry Mountain Mustangs who dug deeply and and found Keresis.  Keresis offered a new product, and a ground breaking new application protocol – and it is working!!

You can read Rooster’s original story, here.

Why Kerecis®?  (from the website)
Kerecis Omega3 is intact fish skin rich in naturally occurring Omega3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. When grafted onto damaged human tissue such as a burn or a diabetic wound, the material recruits the body’s own cells and is ultimately converted into living tissue.

Compared to mammalian-based skin substitutes, Kerecis Omega3 offers improved economics and clinical performance, as well as reduced disease transfer risk and no cultural constraints on usage.

Other tissue-transplant products are based on tissues of human and porcine origin. These are not ideal substitutes because heavy processing is needed to eliminate the risk of disease transmission. This harsh, anti-viral treatment removes most of the material’s natural components, making it dissimilar to human skin.

A goofy, recent pic of Rooster!  He is a perfect patient.



Rooster has his bandages and grafts changed weekly.  On the left is where he started (a wound that exposed bone, was 5″ across with necrotic and proud flesh).  On the right is where he is today!  Darla says the wound measures:

“Today’s pics on the right. We’re down to about 2 1/2″ across and 3 1/2″ diagonal. What we started with was over 5″ across everywhere.”

AMAZING!  Thank you SMM and Kerecis!



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