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GROUNDBREAKING Skin/Tissue substitute being tested on our NOVEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSE: MEET ROOSTER with his history-making, life threatening wound!






Rooster is a very good boy.  He is a 12 year-old gelding with a horrible injury that has not healed in a year – even with daily treatment.  (Rooster went through a fence.  He didn’t hurt the bone, but there isn’t enough tissue to regrow.)

Rooster’s owner had no hope … Rooster was given to Strawberry Mountain Mustangs to take to OSU for a final, analysis.  OSU offered the below scenarios (not much hope):

1 ) Leave the wound as is and bandage for eternity. <—- (this was a no) The changes in bone mean this wound would likely never close on its own.

2 ) Surgery to scrape away excess bone growth (*not to be confused with sequestrum) in the hope that the wound would then close on its own. Possible complications were : destabilizing the leg resulting in a fracture, and risk of stimulating the bone so it grows right back. A long recovery in a cast with a sketchy prognosis didn’t sound appealing.

3 ) Skin grafting. If you’ve followed us for long, you know we’ve done successful skin grafting in the past, but this wound has little to no healthy tissue for a graft to adhere to. It’s almost bare bone. OSU didn’t think it would work.

Luckily, Strawberry Mountain Mustangs scoured the internet and found a new, ground breaking possibility for Rooster.  Enter KERECIS.  And Kerecis (intact fish skin) is willing to help!

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance for helping SMM help Rooster (and potentially many, many others…) with this new, life-saving protocol!

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The wound seems clean and healthy enough… except it has not healed at all in a year because the bone is exposed and because of the constant growth of proud flesh.

NEXT IMAGE IS GRAPHIC – I’ve made it very small.  This is the constant battle with Rooster’s proud flesh and never ending debridement.

WHAT IS KERECIS AND WHY IS IT BE GROUND BREAKING AND HOW CAN IT HELP?! – Intact fish skin!

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(from the website) Why Kerecis®?

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.

GROUNDBREAKING KERECIS WAS APPLIED TO ROOSTER’S LEG ON SATURDAY!

This is so exciting!  The people at Kerecis are very willing to help a horse and sent instructions and the first round of product to the veterinarians caring for Rooster.

They stitched in the Kerecis patch and we are now waiting 5 days until the first check.  Rooster is being cared for and watched over by SMM.

CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW MANY HORSES/ANIMALS WILL BE SAVED if this works?!  I think this is very, very exciting and brave and fortuitous.

Let’s Please help Strawberry Mountain Mustangs in this groundbreaking endeavor to save Rooster (and others after him)!

Imagine the good this will do for others?!  Please spread the word!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Thank you, Thank you!




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This is sweet Rooster. He’s only 12!

This is what the Kerecis fish patch looks like.

This is the packaging.

This is the Kerecis patch stitched into place over Rooster’s wound.

This is Rooster after being bandaged and the bandage sprayed with an anti-chew remedy.

NOW WE WAIT… Please, let’s help take the stress off of trying a new protocol and help SMM and Rooster – for all of us!  Thank you!

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Good boy, Rooster


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Our OCTOBER BUCKET FUND RECEIPT and… Yay! Cheers to our neighbor, Paso Robles Horse Park, who set up stalls for horses of the California fires!






First off, I wanted to THANK YOU ALL for your prayers, thoughts and donations for Jo, our October Emergency Bucket Fund horse.

A note from Theresa at BHFER.

Oh my gosh, this is amazing!  We truly appreciate this – it was very unexpected and I’d say pretty successful!  Thank you for doing this!  This was truly a surprise and a great thing for the horses and those trying to help them – this makes a difference!

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ALSO… I just saw this on my local FB feed!

Most of you have probably heard on the news about the fires in California.  They are all around us, but not near us.  We have the smoke, but no fires.

Well, we have two very large, Olympic qualifying Three Day Eventing venues within 10 minutes of our house.  One is 10 minutes to the North, and the other is 10 minutes to the South.  The one to the South, I pass every day.  It is called Paso Robles Horse Park.

They are done with show season, so they thought it would make perfect sense to open up their stalls to horses in need of shelter from the fires.

Yay Paso Robles Horse Park.  Good on you!

Here is a news story about it, plus some stills I took from the news video.

The Paso Robles Horse Park is setting up temporary stalls to help those who have had to leave everything behind due to the wildfires burning throughout the state.

The horse park is hosting two nationally rated horse shows for hunter jumper competitions this weekend and next, but some competitors impacted by the fires are arriving a little early.

“It is great that we got to move in a little bit quicker here because it left room for the evacuees to come into our barn,” said Holly Charlebois, West Marin resident.

Charlebois brought 20 show horses down from Northern California to the Central Coast for the Paso Park Fall Classic Series. Moving those horses frees up space at her barn where they have, in turn, taken in 20 evacuees.

“You know I feel horrible for the people that are more affected than we are. We are happy to help any way we can and hope that if we were in the same situation, they would do that same for us,” Charlebois said.

Those at the Paso Robles Horse Park are also doing what they can by installing temporary stalls to house horses that may need to leave their homes due to the blazing fires up north.


According to park leaders, they started receiving calls days ahead of their typical load in time from people wanting to see if they could bring the animals they consider family to a safe place.

“Particularly being affected by the Kincade Fire, looking to get out of the poor air quality and into a safer zone,” said Amanda Diefenderfer, Paso Robles Horse Park Director. “We also had some people calling and asking to pull in a few extra stalls to bring a few horses that may not be competing but they wanted to get them somewhere safe.”

The park has set up about four barns to help close to 40 horse owners keep their equines safe.

“Luckily, we are really glad to be able to expand and doing everything we can to accommodate. We have actually brought in a few extra stalls from down the road to really work to help out everyone we can,” Diefenderfer said.

This comes the same day as the Easy Fire broke out in Simi Valley. Horses there, like across the state, have also required rescue. Many of those horses are being taken to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

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You can see the smoke in this one… it is just in the air, there are no fires near us.


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