Regrettably, 2024 hasn’t had the best of starts for us. As many of you know, last year we lost access to part of our sanctuary where our stables were located. We are currently in the process of building new stables on our visitors yard, but while we battle the non-stop bad weather, we have had to temporarily move some of our bigger horses to a paid livery yard.
On New Year’s Day, one of our volunteers noticed that Nutty, our Ardennes draft horse wasn’t looking quite right and potentially had choke, so the out-of-hours vet was quickly called. We are lucky to have a good vet, James, but sadly Nutty needed more inspection and had to be scoped, meaning a tube had to be inserted up her nose and into her stomach. Eventually James managed to dislodge a blockage but also noticed Nutty had developed a respiratory infection meaning a course of antibiotics needed to be prescribed.
On day 2, Nutty still hadn’t shown any signs of improvement, and was rushed to Oakham Veterinary Hospital. The veterinary experts then managed to continue clearing the choke blockage and Nutty has since developed pneumonia.
While Nutty is not out of the woods yet, this is more promising and treatable news. She will stay at the Equine Hospital for a little bit longer. We would like to thank all the vets treating her and Will for helping transport her.
Our sanctuary’s nature means that we will always have high veterinary bills, and we never expect any less. However, with the loss of the stables and the additional costs to build more, this is proving to be a very challenging time.
The current estimate from the vet and Equine Hospital for Nutty's stay and treatment is approximately £3000, though this figure might increase should her condition change. Additionally, factoring in our personal vet fees and transportation expenses, we anticipate these combined costs to range between £3000 and £5000.
If you are able to support Nutty and our sanctuary please leave a donation, please see our website or GoFundMe fundraiser.
We kindly ask you keep Nutty in your thoughts at this difficult time, and we thank you for your amazing support to us, and our animals.
We will keep our Facebook page updated with Nutty's condition.
Terena, volunteers and animals. X