On June 6, the staff at Easy R Equine Rescue in Lubbock, Texas took in a horse that is in, by far, the worst condition of any horse since we started the non-profit horse rescue charity in 2009. She was with an owner outside of Abilene, Texas who had completely stopped providing any decent care for her. The amount of neglect was immense and cruel. Her weight is so low that it is a miracle she's still alive. It's also shows a testament to her will that she even survived the three hour trailer ride to Lubbock. The following is a list of her current issues that will need addressed:
*** Blood draw for Coggin's Test
*** Very thorough veterinary exam to diagnose all evident and possible conditions
*** Systematic re-feeding routine, including probiotics to increase gut and digestive health
*** De-worming and vaccinations after she has achieved some weight gain
*** Immediate hoof trim to address extremely long front feet; evaluate need for therapeutic shoes
*** Evaluation of hooves to rule out founder
*** Treatment of spot of proud flesh on back hoof due to neglected injury
*** Powerfloating of teeth to take off sharp points when she can safely tolerate sedation
*** X-rays of right hip which is either dislocated or has been previously broken
*** Possible Caslicks surgery to address slanted and open uterus (due to starvation and change in sacrum position, and possibly being used as a brood mare in the past, the uterus is open and horizontal causing feces to enter the uterus and cause infection
*** Further evaluation of current heart murmur
*** Complete blood work to rule out any other health problems
We don't know what her name was before, and it doesn't matter, because she has a new name. Chablis. She is currently at a local veterinary clinic and will remain there until the Coggin's test is back from the lab. While we are waiting on that, the farrier visit, blood work, and x-rays will also be completed. Based on the results of all these things, we will then have a better idea of the prognosis for Chablis' future. We want to do everything we can to give this precious horse the best chance for healing and recovery. But we never want to keep a horse alive that will have extreme pain issues. We have re-fed many starved horses, so that is not the biggest concern. Our worry is that the hip has been broken in the past and will cause her a great deal of pain.
Of course, all of these rehabilitative activities and efforts are costly. And, in addition, we have had an outbreak of strangles with two of our current horses, causing one of them to have pretty serious complications. Tango, our beloved Mustang who is used for our community educational activities, has been at a veterinary hospital for the past two weeks, and hopefully will get to come home this week. But his hospital treatment will be around $2000.00 So this fundraising campaign is for Chablis and Tango.
Even though the photos of Chablis are very disturbing and difficult to look at, they give a very real picture of the amount of neglect she has suffered, and the great deal of effort it takes on the part of rescues to get horses like her well again. Please consider donating in order to give her the best chance possible to recover and thrive.
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