Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Is A Miracle On Its Way For Dixie Kitten?

Welcome to the Dixie Kitten ride! It seems like we are riding a roller coaster of emotions. Dixie does well, walks around then seems to be in pain and lays down more than she is up. We have tried many things to stop her feet from abscessing and we felt we were losing the battle. We surely do not want her living in unbearable pain. 

The farrier comes and does her feet regularly but she can't always hold her one foot up for more than 20 seconds. It makes is hard to trim enough in the short sessions. The farrier would trim, put her foot down and give her a break, then pick it up and trim for 20 seconds and it could go on for an hour for one foot. Last week we had the veterinarian and farrier out together.The vet gave her injections to block the pain so the farrier could be more aggressive with trimming her feet. What a difference! Dixie has improved and has been walking around much more. We had some great suggestions sent by caring people who have used different products and methods to help horses feet.  

When Dixie does lay down, Volunteers like Kathy, make sure she is comfortable by cooling her off with a shower. 

We are also still seeing if the Vetrixinc product could be injected and help her heal. One consideration of using it is it has been used on acute problems. What we have with Dixie has been going on along time. She came to us 11 months ago and had already foundered possibly 6 months before she even came here. 

Dixie's bit of improvement gave us hope to try a few more things. We love to see her happy and if she continues to move around without intolerable pain, we will continue to do everything we can to help her. 

Some new products are on their way here. Let's hope one is the miracle we have been looking for. 

WE are Rescue!



Friday, August 29, 2014

After Surgery UpDate on Buddy!

Buddy was getting prepared for surgery by Dr Christine Murray and Dr Bill Walker so everything would go well for Buddy's eye to be removed.  It took about an hour but all went well. 
Buddy was sedated and relaxed now.
Now Buddy looks like a wounded war horse! 

Poor Baby!
He still seems to be having some pain but we are hoping it will all get better in a day or two. Hos bandages should come off in a few days.the stitches will be taken out in 2 weeks.


He looks so pitiful!


We put a hay bag in the stall so his head will stay up and eat hay It is unnatural for a horse to eat like this but eating lower could cause bleeding though the eye socket. Buddy walked up to the hay bag and sniffed it. It has alfalfa orchard hay in it. He didn't take any. He stepped back. I pulled a little hay from the bag and offered it to him. He took it and ate it but still didn't go toward the bag. I pulled some hay part way out of the bag, then he walked forward and started nibbling on it. He may never have seen a hay bag before, He figured it out! Tonight he is resting comfortably in the stall. 

We still have a few concerns. Is his eye the only damage his did to his head? We hope it all subsides in a day or two. If not, we may have to look into a deeper injury. We are hoping not and keeping out fingers crossed. Keep your thoughts and prayers coming!

   Thank you all. WE are Rescue! YOU are Rescue, too!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Buddy Update!

Buddy needs his eye removed. 

Dr Murray and Dr Walker are a team. Sadly, eye removals are becoming more common. Buddy has been here at SaveTheHorses less than 24 horse and he must think we are the meanest people trying to look and clean his eye. I hope he knows we are trying to help him. Everyone is giving him lots of love. 


He can not open his eye. It is painful and he stands uncomfortable. His eye will be removed Friday, August 29 at 3 pm. 
His eye is not repairable and he will feel so much better when it is not in pain. He is being given anti pain medications to keep him as comfortable as possible.




We will post after the surgery. Say a prayer for him.
Thank you for your thoughts and good wishes.

WE are Rescue! Thanks to YOU!





Help Our New Buddy!

This guy is in serious pain.


When he arrived yesterday, he was stressed. It was hard to tell if it was from pain or from traveling and being in a new place. He slowly circled in his stall and put his lip up and over to the side with the bad eye. We gave him some anti inflammatory medication. It did help a bit. He nibbled at the hay and grain we tried to offer as comfort to him. He even refused treats. 



He somehow injured his eye. The owner had veterinarians at Southern Crescent Equine in Newnan GA had been trying to save his eye. SaveTheHorses has worked with Southern Crescent veterinarians before of critical cases so again they suggested to the owner to call us. I offered to help with the cost of removing the eye which was quoted at $700.00. I asked the owner how much they could come up with and explained we could help raise money to help. We would rather help people keep their horses. It is always a first choice. So I was surprised the declined and said they didn't want Buddy any more. Maybe dealing with the eye was just too hard. Our first thought is he will end up on Craigslist, not treated and slaughtered. 


We planned on cleaning his eye out but just touching near the eye makes Buddy tense. Our veterinarian should be here later today to see what is under that mess. Sedating him will make it much easier on him and on all of us. 

 Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
 WE are Rescue!
It does take all of us to help these needy horses! 











Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jon Michael give love to Dixie Kitten. 

It has been 11 months since we agreed to bring in Thoroughbred Dixie Kitten, a former race horse and long time brood mare. She didn't have any value to most people because she was in poor shape nutritionally and had severe founder. Her owner was paying board to keep her at a local farm but he moved out of state for his job. The local farm told him of Dixie's condition and wanted to have her euthanized. After all, she was used up. She had a 3 year old baby at her side and had lost a baby not long before we were called. 

She is a very sweet mare. She is one of everyone's favorites. She is also a heart breaker. We have worked so hard trying to keep her comfortable. There are days when she is down more than she is up. There are days when she walks around and seems like we are helping her get better, then she lays down and seems like it is hopeless. 
You can see the crack where frequent abscesses break out
Same on this foot, asbcesses often.














We had a few sets of radio graphs done to compare if our time and efforts, along with very tender loving care, have helped. Dr Ken Marcella, Dr Kerri Porter and Dr Christine Murray have seen her, blocked her feet and made great suggestions as to how to help Dixie. Farrier John Stikes and barefoot trimmer Jan Hester have trimmed Dixie's feet. We have wrapped her feet, soaked them, cleaned them, picked them and put on numerous products to help.
She gets well, or at least seems better then gets such terrible abscesses she goes down again. 

Are we making her suffer? Do we value life so much that we block seeing the suffering? It is such a hard decision to make. We want the best for Dixie. Want her comfortable. Believe me, this is a serious discussion at the barn and a serious discussion with myself at 3 am when I lay there weighing the options. Euthanasia is a serious choice, no turning back. 

After 11 months, we had hoped for more progress. We are not giving up yet. We have spoken with the Vetrixinc company, provider of extracellular matrix (ECM) technologies about injection Dixie's feet with the matrix. They helped SaveTheHorses rescue horse, Chevelle, who we brought in from Louisianna after he was hot by a car and was at animal control in need of help. The Vetrix people are consulting with veterinarians and we are hoping she may be a good candidate and that is provides us the miracle we are hoping for! Say a Prayer for Dixie.













Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bugg Update is Great!

Our little Bugg an is doing well. It really was tough and go. Every morning as I went into the barn, I held my breath hoping I'd find a happy pony,not one on the groups struggling for his life. Your prayers and good wishes worked. 

He is slowly gaining weight but his hydration was the most concerning and that is now at normal, which is excellent.



He is getting lots of love from the volunteers. He loves every human and animal he comes in contact with. 



Just a golly good pony! 


Thank you for caring! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No! No! No! We Have No Room For Another Horse!

That is what I said, NO! And I meant it!
Honestly, we have no room for another horse. Period! 

I was actually sending an email telling someone telling them, I can't take their horses right now, because we have no room, but that I would be happy to help in any way I can. I  answered the knock at the door and that changed everything.

Then as my friends told me about a small, frail horse just moved to the pasture they lease, about 4 days ago, I had to find a place for him. It had to be immediately. I honestly think he would have died today sometime. Yes he was malnourished when he got to the 35 acre pasture. He was able to at least eat grass but the water is at a creek at the edge of the property. It seems he didn't make it there at all. He was extremely dehydrated, extremely weak. My friends have been giving him a little feed and they did last night, too. Then went around and feed their own horses. By the time all horses were fed, they came back to check on him and he had the grain stuck in his mouth. There wasn't enough moisture in his saliva to move the grain down his throat. They literally had to put their hand in his mouth and remove it. It make me want to cry. It made me say 'Yes'. 

You can see how dehydrated he is here. 

The land owner called the owner of this horse and gave us permission to take him. I really should have it all in writing but it couldn't wait. We can really get in trouble for doing it all orally but we couldn't leave him there. Today, paperwork will be signed.
no muscle, not fat, no energy

So just before dark, we hooked up the trailer and road up to Jasper. We found him standing in the clearing, head down, but happy to see us. I think he knew we were there to help. We slowly and steadily helped him down the hill to the gate. He wasn't able to walk in a straight line at all. He was that weak. He was covered with rain rot on his skin and has a sunburned nose. Once we got him to the trailer we dosed him with electrolytes to give him a much needed boost. 
 
He was an emergency. He would have died.


One the way home, I spoke with Dr Hugh Worsham from Foxdale Equine, about the condition of this guy. He was on call in case we needed him to come during the night if he wasn't hydrating.
 
Covered in rain rot.


He road well as we slowly made the trip back to the farm. He was happy to see horses when he arrived. He's really sweet. We gave him a nice cool hosing in the wash rack to get his body temperature down. He had lice, too. The poor guy had no nutrition to fight anything. We put him in a stall with some nice alfalfa hay and a big bowl of alfalfa soup with minerals.  He loved slurping on it.  

This has to be painful.

He is doing good this morning, bright eyed and whinnying. More soupy mix, more minerals, salts, vitamins and he will slowly recover unless his organs took a toll from the dehydration. The next few weeks will be touch and go. All we can do it our best and offering everything to overcome his poor condition. I am not sure the owner will give him up. Hopefully she will let us at least keep him until he is healthy and get a new start on life. We are time-sharing a stall for him, yes, imagine, Time-share stalls. Hey, it works!

The volunteers already all agreed his name should be Bugg. He has great big, sweet soft eyes that beg for love! He is getting lots of love today!

It is what we do. WE are Rescue! 
(That is a collective WE, including you!)

Thank you for your constant help, support, prayers and good thoughts. They keep us going, they keep us strong.