Picaro arrived at ERAF in November 2018 with the 11 other horses known as the Union 12. They came from a group of 51 Paso Finos that were seized by law enforcement in Union County, Florida, and placed in the emergency care of the ASPCA.
Like most of the Union 12, she had little handling or training. With persistence and patience, the team at ERAF brought this pretty little mare out of her shell. She has blossomed and become a favorite of staff and volunteers for her sweet and calm nature. We were working to place her in a local therapy program that caters to children with special needs and trauma.
Picaro began having some lameness issues that we were treating under the guidance of our veterinarian but they seemed to come and go. After another thorough examination to try and determine the underlying cause, she was diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis or EPM.
EPM is a complicated neurological disease, caused by a parasite, that can manifest in a myriad of ways and with varying severity. You can read more about it here.
There is treatment available for Picaro but it is very expensive. We need your help to defray the cost of this treatment giving Picaro her best chance at recovery. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help Picaro. From all of us at ERAF, thank you.