Hello everyone. Why do awful things happen to such good horses. This is Taz, an 11 year old Miniature horse who has volunteered most of his life as an animal assisted therapy with Stampede of Love. He does not deserve to feel bad. On August 16th he developed a bad case of colic that pain management and sedatives did not help. The veterinarians performed xrays, ultrasound and blood work, but they could not determine the cause of his sudden illness. They had to take him into surgery at NC State University later that night (minimum upfront cost of $5000). Sadly these things are very expensive, but it was his best shot. I would go to the ends of the world for him. He has given me and thousands of others so much joy though his past 8 years of therapy work. He seemed to do well after surgery and he was sent home on the following Saturday. Unfortunately his pain returned that Sunday and I had to rush him back to NC State for additional colic treatment (minimum upfront cost of $1500). He had developed another impaction. They do not know why.This time medical management of pain meds, sedatives and fluids were successful in clearing him out. After a few rough days he seemed to feel better. Our biggest issue then turned to getting him interested in food. They treated him with sucralfate and another blood panel revealed that he has colitis, probably brough on by an after surgery salmonella infection. NC State changed his medications and he improved. A week later he spiked another fever. One more round of treatment for the colitis was prescribed. Taz's veterinany bills are over $8200.00. Please help if you can. Any donation towards his recovery is appreciated more than I can put into words. He has a long road ahead of him, but we will fight it together. .