In an unfortunate and mysterious pasture accident (we’re not sure how it happened), the Miniature Horse that some of you had the kindness to help rescue, broke his hip and fractured his jaw.
The only solution was to perform a groundbreaking surgery that had never been done on equines before, only bovines. The other option was to put him down which we didn’t want to do.
In order to get him to the hospital, with the advice of a vet, Josianne Petrement (the owner of the domain on which he lives) set up an ingenious and makeshift sling inside a truck. And she sat with him for the whole ride.
The surgery itself was a procedure apparently never performed on an equine before (at least, never at St Hyacinthe veterinary hospital) and is usually used for bovines. They had a bovine surgeon come in and guide them through it. They removed about 2 and a half inches of his bone and so he now has a leg shorter than the other. In a few weeks an expert, specialized farrier will come and see what he can do to readjust his feet. He needs to build up his muscles first. But he pulled through and has such a strong will to leave, he’d try to run if we let him!
The surgery went well, but we’re left with a 3000$ vet bill, and because we’re setting up an official rescue we could really use some help. Remember that every dollar counts, and if you cannot donate, please pass the word/signal boost anyway!
He’s really worth it. He’s 25 and recovered marvellously fast from starvation, and he’s been doing really well since coming home from the hospital. He’s a very special little horse, the kind of charismatic personality everyone falls for within minutes of meeting him.
Pictures posted are the makeshift truck and post-surgery at the hospital (you can see where they opened him up and if you look closely you can even see the IV).
If you have a few bucks to spare help this little guy recover! Every dollar counts, that can’t be stressed enough. So if you have it, it’d be amazing if you could help out! And even if you don’t, please reblog this to spread the word because it helps just as much.