JULY BUCKET FUND FOAL: GUS. Abandoned colt in a West Virginia mine, covered in ticks, sunburned and injured. PLEASE FORWARD and HELP.

UPDATE:  Gus didn’t make it… Today, the vets discovered something unusual about his front legs.  They were Xrayed and it was determined that they had a major injury which would cause him pain his entire life.  Sadly, the team of vets and Heart of Phoenix Rescue made the difficult decision to let him pass over the rainbow bridge.

Thank you for your love and concern.   All donations collected will go directly to Rood and Riddle Equine hospital to help with Gus’ medical expenses.

Gus was found in an old mineral mine where people have been known to dump unwanted horses.  A herd has now assembled and Gus was born there a few days ago.

He days old baby was found trying to keep up with the herd in 100 degree heat.  Rescuers (who voluntarily watch and tend to this herd) brought Gus back to the local vet.  Gus was covered in ticks, sunburned, had injuries and was very, very weak.  He was given an IV immediately and transported to the nearest equine hospital.

He is alive and at the equine hospital. He is not lethal white. They have him stabilized while they run every test possible. The poor guy was covered in ticks, sunburned and injured – trying to keep up with the herd.

Many tests were done.  A feeding tube was administered.  The Doctors are waiting for blood test results.  His lungs, heart and intestines seem to be good.   Ticks were removed, sunburn and wounds tended…  Gus was given selenium and Vitamin E.  And, after some fluids and food, he even had one ‘sassy’ spell.  However, this is a very, very sick colt.

Please let’s help them help baby Gus!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Please let’s make a difference for this foal who has a very long way to go.  Thank you in advance!

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Heart of Phoenix Rescue watches the horses dumped in the mine… they saw that Gus was in trouble and raced him to Rood and Riddle Equine hospital (we have worked with both previously).

At Rood and Riddle equine hospital.

They do not believe that he is lethal white.  But they don’t know what is wrong.  He has perked up some and can stand for short lengths.  His glucose is good.  He has a feeding tube.  The vet office says:

“So far so good. Lungs, stomach, intestine is good.
Dr. Woody will check him in a couple of hours.
They have IV/fluids in him. Going to work on getting him nutrition too.
He was a bit sassy, until he finally got tired. So that is a good sign. They have done blood work. Glucose was good. They are waiting on the full panel.
Going to check to see if anything viral is going on too.
Temp was good. They are putting a feeding tube. They said they will work on getting him to eat from a bucket as well.
They feel he has selenium deficiency, and gave him a shot of selenium and vitamin E.”

These are some of the ticks pulled off of him.

He can stand for short periods. (He is being a good boy)


Gus has a fighting chance.  Already his vet bills are through the roof.  Everyone adores him and wants this boy to pull through.  Can you help?  Horse and Man will make a direct Bucket Fund payment to Rood and Riddle for his care!

All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Thank you in advance!

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Resting after a huge day. He has a feeding tube and they are awaiting test results.

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4 comments have been posted...

  1. dawndi Post author

    Yes. Evidently, there is an old, large, abandoned mine area that is known as an unwanted horse dumping ground. Follow Heart of Phoenix Rescue in West Virginia. They watch these horses and have fought to have them removed.
    I don’t know the details, but they would.

  2. dawndi Post author

    YEs. Heartbroken. All donations will go towards his emergency vet bills at Rood and Riddle Equine hospital.

  3. Angie

    I was so heartbroken to hear poor little Gus didn’t make it, after all he went through. I’m glad though he didn’t die where he was, and at least knew love and kindness at the end. I don’t understand what is going on with these horses….they have been abandoned in a mine?? Did I read that right?

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