"Barbara" was born in January, 2017. She is a straight Egyptian Arabian foal born with a wry nose. Her upper jaw is offset from the lower jaw and her left nostril is almost closed.
It was an intensive and expensive proposition to choose life over euthanesia for Barbara. Making her situation even worse, her dam doesn't want her to nurse unless a human is present to insure the mare stands.
Barbara needs constant help to nurse and can't get enough milk as her sucking mechanism doesn't work correctly because of the shape of her upper jaw. Nursing is important for nuturing but she is also fed milk replacer from a bucket. She aspirated milk while nursing in her first month which led to pneumonia and yes, more bills.
Little Barbara is a very robust and friendly foal. She also looks to humans daily for "help" to nurse. Although she doesn't understand it, she knows that when Mamma is near the humans, she is allowed to nurse. When she's hungry she calls out to humans within her sight and comes confidently to them, wagging her little tongue; as if to say "please may I nurse."
Barbara turns 6 months old in June 2017 and needs to have life saving surgery that will enable her to bite off grass and eat grain. Barbara cannot currently do that and is surviving on a milk. She needs to be weened by June so she can have the surgery that will also correct her nose, jaw alignment and left nostril that is closed off.
Her medical AND intensive daily care costs are mounting quickly and we have just a few months left to raise funds so she may get surgery at six months. There are only a few veterinarians in the US that do the surgery but if obtained, the prognosis is very good for a normal life.
Your financial help will be used to pay off her large medical bills to date and to give her the corrective surgery that will allow her to have a full life.....able to eat, exercise and even possibly to be a performance and companion horse as she was bred to be.
Barbara's life is really important to us. We chose life for her and with your help she will have a normal life. She is of esquisite and ancient Eqyptian blood lines and could have a bright future if we can fund the surgery needed upon weaning.
June is coming quickly and the surgery needs to happen as Barbara is growing fast. Right now time is of the essence to help her and we have only a short window of opportunity to help her.
We post lots of photos on Facebook at Custom Poodle and also Imagine A Horse where she is being cared for by experts in raising equine foals.
We're happy to answer any questions about our "Barbara."