It has been awhile since you've seen me around here regularly. I had some things I felt I needed to take care of in my every day life. I took a lot of time to myself and it did me a world of good. A lot of things have changed for me, but that is not what this blog is about.
Upon returning from a wonderful vacation, I logged in and actually perused the site for the first time in weeks (I had stopped in, but hadn't read any threads or updates). When I noticed the new "amazon wishlist" on the profiles, I was curious, but didn't think on it overly much. I'm not one to graciously accept gifts, I actually dislike when people spend money on me. I guess I'm a rare breed.
But then I was thinking yesterday. I rescue horses, as some of you may recall. If there is a horse that needs a home, my doors are always open. I will never let an animal go cold and/or hungry even if I have to do so myself. I do not consider myself an actual "rescue" or sanctuary, but I DO rescue animals. I figure it is my duty to the innocent lives of animals to pick up the slack of those who do not know what it means to be responsible for a living, breathing being.
There is one horse who has become a "longterm resident". Mainly out of necessity, but I have to admit, he's just too sweet to part with. This horses name is Floyd, you may have seen him in some of my pictures around the site. Floyd is enjoying his last days here with me. They are numbered, It's just a matter of how many are left at this point. We're coming down to the wire here, and I have some tough decisions to make.
Floyd has a condition called "ringbone". It's a very dull name for a very serious problem. Essentially, it is a form of osteoarthritis. In Floyds case, it is "high ringbone". This is the less serious of the two in most scenarios, but in Floyd's, it is severe. It is the worst case my veterinarian has ever seen. What has happened with Floyd is that his joint has completely deteriorated. Bone is rubbing upon bone, and new bone growth is calcifying around the joint and solidifying it as a natural defense. If this bone fully fuses together, Floyd COULD end up living a few more years virtually pain free with the right care. He will always walk with a gimp because he will no longer have a joint there (not that he does at this point, sadly, but it would actually be a solid non-mobile joint). A year ago when Floyd came off the horse trailer and into my life, he could not walk. When you are as big a a horse is, your legs are very important. He was trying to compensate the pain by "spinning" on his leg. He didn't want to lift it off of the ground. His entire leg had taken on a crooked look, his hoof was growing inwards towards his body, which was putting extreme pressure on the joint.
This condition IS genetic, but can also be caused from poor care and hard use. We do not know which was the case for Floyd, but we can guess that he started to develop this condition (due probably to genetics and/or his poor confirmation and crooked legs which put too much pressure on the wrong parts of the leg, this could have been prevented with proper shoeing/trimming) and wasn't given the proper care to slow down the speed of the process. My vet believes he was probably never diagnosed, but still ridden hard (we think he was a barrel racer) despite his lameness. There is no other explanation for the extent of this. He is only 11-12 years old, something happened to make this condition that much worse, that much quicker.
When we got the initial radiographs back a year ago, I was in complete shock. I didn't know how he was standing. The vet gave me pain meds, a stern look, and told me the horse wouldn't last. He figured he would be back in a few months to help him towards his final rest. I refused to let that happen.
The normal side:
The bad side:
I spent hours upon hours researching this condition. I spent hundreds of dollars on getting a second opinion from an Equine Orthopedic Surgeon. There *is* a surgery for this. What the surgery does is speed up the "fusing" of the joint, by putting in braces and pins. It is a very costly surgery, and when it comes to horses, surgery is a major step. You take a horses leg away, and they cannot function. Recovery would be rough, and it isn't guaranteed to help. I briefly considered the surgery, but decided I did not want to put him through that. The xrays did show a lot of calcification around the joint, which is a good thing (at this point). I held out hope for improvement.
The second set of xrays we did a few months later only showed a small amount of change, but in the proper direction. His bones do appear to be fusing together, but how quickly? Will they continue to fuse? Nobody can answer that question.
After a few proper trims.
Just after one week!
I have done all that I can. I refused to keep him on long term pain medication, horses cannot handle that, once a horse is on long term pain meds you risk ulcers and colic (a deadly condition) due to their sensitive stomaches. I refused to take that step right away. I researched natural herbs for pain, inflammation, etc. I partnered with my farrier to get his hooves trimmed in a special way to released pressure from the joint. I have seen him blossom. He is happy. I have even caught him bounding around the field with the other horses when he's having his "good days".
In order to live comfortably, Floyd is on 5 different supplements/herbs, twice a day. Because of these supplements, he has only needed pain medication a small handful of times in the year he has lived with me. These were during times where he was feeling too good and did too much which caused him to become very sore. As long as I can keep him off of the pain meds, he has time. Over the last few weeks, Floyd has been having more of a difficulty getting around. My farrier did a different form of trimming on him yesterday with a heavy heart. We're coming to the end of the road, we've done all that way can do, we're running out of shots to take.
After 4 months:
Floyd has touched many hearts, but none so much as mine. He is thankful to me every day for a warm bed, good food, and a large grassy pasture. It shines in his eyes, and any fool who tells you an animal can't feel gratitude just needs to come visit him! He is an internet sensation, and I have had many people offer to help him, on SF and elsewhere. I have not accepted help, not because I am ungrateful, but because I am doing okay on my own and that leaves the person offering the opportunity to help another animal who needs it.
With the new "tip" feature on SF, I decided to place some of Floyds medications and things on my wishlist. He is not the only horse I've saved, he is not the only horse who needs special care that I have at this point in time, but he is a long-term resident who will reside here until the day we have to say goodbye. It is very hard to find a home for a horse that cannot be used. I, however, do not mind looking out my window and seeing him every day, even if I cannot ride him. Therefore, he has a comfortable place to call home where he knows he will be cared form, and that is what counts.
He costs me a lot of money per month, more than I care to admit to, and more than I'll ever mention to anyone! He is worth it.
If you wish to thank me for anything, I ask that you please do so by buying Floyd one of his medications or even a bag of apple treats. That is what will make me happiest.
I have also added a few other things to the list that I use on a daily basis. For example, I have a horse right now who is 22 years old and was not fed properly, it is like pulling teeth to get him to gain a pound. He is also on some supplements, which I did add to the wishlist.
I am also pleased to announce in this blog that in the coming months, more horses will be rescued. I am at full capacity at the time, but a couple of my longer-term horses that needed care (one being a little mare who had her leg tore into pieces when I got her) are finally ready to find their forever homes where they will be loved and cherished. By finding them the proper place, I will have the space to open my home and my heart to another animal in need.
If you have any questions, if there is a specific horse you would like to help, just PM me and I can tell you what they need. I have included pictures of Floyd above, but below are a few pictures highlighting some of the lives i've saved. *warning: GRAPHIC*
Faith, saved from the kill (slaughter) pen last fall.
Cosmo, purchased for $15 from the kill buyer, beaten, scared, defenseless.
(I helped the owners of this horse with hay over the winter, and aided them in finding her a new home where she could be properly taken care of, hence no after pics).
And of course, Laker, who I am in the process of helping now!
That's not all, and it won't be all either. This is what I was put here to do.
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