We have been asked by Animal Control in another county to take a filly that has endured a horrible ordeal. We have the facilities and around the clock care she needs. Last week the owner of several horses sent a man to pick up her horses from a boarding facility which included a weak and ill yearling filly. The man loaded all of the horses except for the filly – she did not want to get on. He fought with her for quite awhile until he finally got her in. Once in, surrounded by other horses which included a stud, she went down in the trailer and was trampled on and could not get up. The man pulled her off the trailer and she has been down since. A vet examined her twice and has recommended she be taken to a rehab facility that has a sling and the means to help her. The vet treated her with IV fluids and anti-inflammatory medication that day and once more since.
The filly, with human assistance, has been able to get up and stand on two occasions since the injury – but she didn’t stay up for very long. But the fact that she could stand says a lot, IMO. She has been being turned every 2 to 3 hours and she is eating and drinking. Pam and I will be leaving within the hour to try to get the filly into the trailer to get her here and into a sling so she can be examined by our vet and a treatment plan implemented. If, however, it is determined that her injury is such that she will not have a good quality of life we will do what is best for her. But we won’t know unless we try to help her.
The filly has survived this long – she obviously has a will to live. I know it is going to be a lot of work but how do we deny her? I keep thinking about my recovery process after my spinal cord surgery which left me quadriplegic. I worked hard, kept the faith, and had a wonderful support system of humans (including my family). I regained use of my limbs again. As time went by, swelling went down, pain was managed – I got my life back. I can’t feel anything below my neck still but it is a lot better than living in a wheelchair. I may have limitations but I am alive. This filly deserves a chance.
We need help to help her. At this time we would like to ask for pledges to help with her initial expenses. Both our traditional and holistic vets will be part of her rehab and recovery. She may, depending on what the vet determines once she is here, have to go to the hospital. We’re taking it baby steps but at least for now the wheels are in motion to get her the care she needs. In fact, we’re pulling out to go to get her now.
Please pray for her – she’s just a baby. If you would like to pledge to help her please email me at bhfer. No amount is too small – donations are tax deductible. God bless and I’ll update once we get back.