Friday August 18, 2017 at about 5:30pm my brother in law called me to inform me that my horse was shot with an arrow. I thought it was a bad joke, but when I arrived my kids mare Tulsa had an arrow clean through her neck. I immediately contacted Butte County Sheriffs and filed a report. They took both tips of the arrow as evidence and ensured me they were taking this case seriously. They were so great in taking down the details and talking me through scenarios while making it through my ugly crying. The arrow is a hunting arrow and SOMEONE knows who it belongs to. Someone has to recognize it. She was then transported over to the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center for emergency treatment where she received AMAZING care. Tulsa now has a drain tube through her neck, multiple injections, as well as pain medication to help her through this. This mare is a trooper and I am so confident that she will heal and pull through this, but we still want to catch this culprit and we are still not in the clear. I am hopeful that they feel some remorse and won't do this again. Tulsa is a black Quarter horse in her late teens. She's the type of horse that you trust your kids with, that they can love all over, and now (understandably) she doesn't want to be touched nor be approached. She has a long road of recovery and we are so thankful for all of the support and information we have received.
Thank you for reading Tulsas story and sharing this post as well. The Gardner Family.
08/23/17 THANKYOU so much for the overwhelming support! Tulsa is alive and doing well and I couldn't ask for anything more than that at this moment except I want the person responsible to face the consequences of their actions as Tulsa is having to. Things could have been worse, we could have lost her, and I'm so thankful that we didn't, but it does not excuse the actions of the shooter. We WILL find this person. I just wanted to share an update and to let everyone know that Tulsa is strong and though she is still hurting she is doing so well. Again, I can't express my gratitude for the community and the support enough. Y'all are so amazing!