Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Road-A-Lot Was An Appropriate Name

Many people in North Georgia were accustomed to seeing this  horse tied up at Walmart or riding down the road for 20 miles several days a week. The mare was transportation for the owner who didn't think caring for her needs was important. Animal Control in Habersham county was finally able to arrest and charge the owner of the mare we call Road-A-Lot, aka Roada. The long blanket covered her malnourished body as well as the horrific wound on her withers. SOS Horse Rescue located in Habersham County helped with this case. They have been trying to get something done for a while. They had no room to take in Roada and her pregnant mare friend Princess. Working with other rescues and animal controls save lives. It takes dedication to help so many animals.
Roada standing patiently at Walmart, traffic, people, nothing bothers this girl.

The animal control officers were so wanting Roada to be safe, they drive her down to SaveTheHorses on a Sunday morning. That's dedication when you help animals on your day off. Very admirable.

What was under here was really horrible and deep wounded skin and muscle
Seeing Roada's wound and finding out the owner treated it with bleach made us all cringe as the though of the pain Roada was in. 
I won't post the gory photos but it started healing nicely. The volunteers took such great care of her and she was a good patient. 

Washing her wounds, scrubbing off the old debris, she stood as she knew were were there to help. A piece of muscle had to be removed because it was so damaged. Good nutrition and good care makes all the difference between life and death. This proves it.
This is after 3 months of wound care.
Dr Marcella came out to see her and we continued with her care. 
Roada was re-bandaged almost daily.
She loved getting food and hay on a regular basis. I now understood why the previous owner kept her tied instead of putting her in the pasture he had. The first day I tried to bring her in from the pasture, she turned her butt to me and ran. I was surprised but it made sense. It only took one time of bring her to a clean stall, fresh shaving, hay and grain to convince her life is getting better. She now knows she does'd have to ride someone miles and miles with an ill fitted saddle. Never again!

It took several months for her to heal and to get her ready for her new home. It was worth waiting for and she arrived at her new home a few days ago. 

Now Roada has a new friend and after being neighbors over the fence, they each had kinds words for one another.
The Meeting
      Now they are happily grazing together and sharing hay!

Thank you for your support. 
Your donations, your time, your compassion, your caring!

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc
1768 Newt Green Rd
Cumming, GA 30028
IRS EIN # 58-2479748

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