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END OF THE MONTH BUCKET FUND REQUEST: A HAST WATER RESCUE HARNESS! All we need is $562 to save horses’ lives during Flash Flood Season!






 

TODAY, we have had a special request from the incredibly hard working equine rescue group  Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC).

THEIR PRESENT (INDUSTRY STANDARD) SLING HAS RECENTLY BEEN FOUND TO HAVE A GLITCH THAT CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTAL DROWNING… and it is Flash Flood Season.

They need a safe water rescue harness… the type that they already own – and is the industry standard – has a glitch and has been reported to caused equine drownings.

LRTC does not want that to occur to them so they are desperate to fund a newly invented equine flotation device (that has been accurately tested) – The Hast Water Rescue Harness during this critical flash flood season.

LRTC responds to 100 equine ER calls a year.  They are out there fighting the good fight.   The new Hast Water Rescue Harness costs $562 and could potentially save many horses and foals caught in high water.

Can we help them?!  Your donation is Tax-Deductible through the Let ’em Run Foundation.

We need just $562!   IT WILL ADD UP QUICKLY AND WE CAN DO THIS FOR THEM!  EVERY LITTLE BIT WILL REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE.

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The new Hast Equine Water Rescue Harness

The new, tested and safe Hast Equine Water Rescue Harness.  It is SAFE.

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LRTC IS OUT THERE 100 DAYS A YEAR – RESCUING HORSES AND FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!

The average age of the on call and trained volunteers is 62.

Yup, retired people who have the time and inclination to go through training and help.

Giving them equipment that is portable, lightweight and easy to use is a smart idea because they will go out there and use it!

 

LRTC rescuing a horse in high water using their former flotation device.

LRTC rescuing a horse in high water using their former flotation device which has been known to cause accidental drowning if a horse catches his foot in the net – THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO LRTC however they wish to not have to use this device again.

Another successful LRTC water rescue from a boggy area using the old sling...

Another successful LRTC water rescue from a boggy area using the old sling…

This is the well-used and well maintained LRTC Rescue Trailer.  (The H&M Group funded their sling previously!)

This is the well-used and well maintained LRTC Rescue Trailer. (The H&M Group funded their sling previously!)

LET’S HELP EASE THEIR MIND AND GET THEM A PROPER SLING FOR THE IMPEDING FLASH FLOOD SEASON!

Thank you!


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UPDATE ON ARIA, OUR MAY BUCKET FUND FILLY – SHE HAS HER DYNASPLINT!






Yesterday, Aria was fitted with her leased DynaSplint!

The idea is to keep her from having to go through invasive surgery if a splint could work.

(To read Aria’s story, click here.)

Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!!  She's a regular filly - feeling good.

This series was taken the day before her splint arrived.  Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!! She’s a regular filly – feeling good.

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Here she is snortybucking.

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Doing the quick turn at the fence…

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And back to run around the stall…

This is Aria's horribly contracted right front leg.

This is Aria’s horribly contracted right front leg.

THE SPLINT ARRIVED AND WAS FITTED!

So, with your donations (Thank you), we paid for the lease of Aria’s splint!  It arrived on Monday and was fitted immediately by their local vet.

This is another great thing about the DynaSplint system – not only can you lease the units, but DynaSplint has created videos so most ordinary vets can apply them correctly.

I must add, the woman at DynaSplint who worked with me to take payment and fill out the lease contract was very, very helpful… she answered my myriad of questions and seemed quite knowledgeable and kind towards the animals in her care.

As an aside, I’m going to ask her tomorrow if Tess could benefit on her good leg by wearing a support brace… Hmmmm.

Click image to go to the website.

Click image to go to the website.

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The tiny splint is applied by the local vet after receiving video training.

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They were able to send an instant video back to DynaSplint to make sure they had the device affixed correctly.

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Aria makes a few rounds with the vet in tow.

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Soon she will be a pro! Hours of wear and tension are adjusted daily until she is at 12 hours and the proper tension for her affliction.

NO IMMEDIATE FIX – IT TAKES TIME

Aria was a bit wonky with the brace to start – which is to be expected.  The splint is worn longer each day until it gets up to 12 hours.  Also, the tension is tightened daily until it is where it needs to be.

So, wonky is how they all start out…

Her style splint, The Extension Dynasplint System, is primarily used to treat contractures of the carpus.  It works by applying a low-load prolonged duration stretch, gently pushing the knee backward, and in turn stretching and supporting soft tissues to achieve correction. This Dynasplint System can also be used for support of the tarsus and carpus.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

BUT CONTRACTED TENDONS ISN’T ALL THEY DO!!

USES FOR SPLINTS FROM DYNASPLINT (no affiliation)

Splints aren’t really on my radar.  Hopefully, they are on vet’s radar… But, I wonder how many applications for splints go – unknown.

I spent some time looking at DynaSplint’s website.

Wow… I had no idea the number of uses for Splints in equines.

I think it is important to pass this around so owners know of options for their horses.

Here is a list of different splint uses that I garnered from the DynaSplint website:

–Congenital or Acquired carpal contractures (over at the knee)
–Partial Immobilization (laceration over the front of the knee)
–Ruptured ligaments and tendons of the carpus and tarsus (Gastronemus Rupture, Collateral ligament damage)
–Support of dominant weight-bearing limbs
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Fractured growth plates/cuboidal bones
–Can relieve pressure from dismature carpal and tarsal bones
–Incomplete ossification of cuboidal/tarsal bones
–Ruptured collateral ligaments
–Peroneus tertius ruptures
–Can provide medial to lateral stability of the tarsus
–Congenital or acquired fetlock contractures
–Congenital or acquired flexural laxity of the fetlock
–Post-surgical/post injury soft tissue contractures
–Ruptured/lacerated tendons/ligaments (flexors, extensors, collateral, suspensory)
–Luxated or subluxated joint
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Congenital Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures
–Acquired Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures (club feet)
–Can be used post surgical check ligament desmotomy

 

Amazing results!  I'm sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint.  I had no idea...

Amazing results! I’m sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint. I had no idea…

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So HOORAY for Aria!!  Let’s hope it does the trick!

Let’s keep pulling for her and hoping that this will work and she will not need surgery!

If you’d like to donate for Aria’s continued vet bills (for regular fittings and adjustments) please click here and Thank You!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!!  I will have pics and story tomorrow!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!! I will have pics and story tomorrow!


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