Our deep love of animals has prompted us to write on behalf of Gus, our middle aged Belgian horse that we saved from slaughter three years ago, after he endured many years of abuse as a work horse. With our patient and loving rehabilitation Gus has healed emotionally and physically. Instead of a fearful, resigned attitude, he now shows his sweet and playful true personality.Sadly, Gus has been diagnosed with canker on both his hind hoofs. Canker is a deadly hoof cancer which causes severe pain and excessive bleeding of the hoof. Traditional treatments for this cancer are seldom successful, and the condition is usually fatal. Now, though, with your help, we could save Gus.
We have learned of a fairly new type of aggressive treatment that to date has had a near 100% success rate if initiated when the disease is in its early-to-mid-stage. For Gus, that means we should begin treatment no later than the end of March!Master Farrier Dave Giza would work with Dr. Shannon Oliver of Century Equine Veterinary Services and our Senior Farrier, Asher Hess, to perform extensive surgery and resection of each hoof, removing the diseased area. During a two-month recovery period after the surgery, the hoof would be treated daily with antibiotics, packed, and re-wrapped.We need to raise $9,000 in order to commit to the entire surgery and treatments. National Riding Stables Horse Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose main sources of revenue are the horse tours we give of the Gettysburg Battlefield, and generous donations. Gus has loved his second chance in life and carrying new human friends across the fields brings him great joy. He has handled his increasing pain with dignity and tolerates everything we need to do to him to try to slow down the disease as much as possible. He is young enough to have many productive years left and is definitely not ready to give up yet! Any help you can give to save Gus would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you all so much!!