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.
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!
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.
YEs. Heartbroken. All donations will go towards his emergency vet bills at Rood and Riddle Equine hospital.
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?
Gus didn’t make it :-(