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Help is needed for Devon's Recovery

$2,900 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 29 months

Devon has been my horse and partner for 14 of his 15 years. Last November I became very ill, so after paying full board from June 2015 to November 2015, the farm he was boarding at offered a full free-lease, including feed, supplements, vetting per schedule, and horse shoeing on his front feet every 5-6 weeks, in exchange for using him as a lesson horse.

None of this was performed, although he was used in lessons and competed in one show off-property, without my knowledge.

His shoes were not maintained.
No veterinary work I paid for (teeth floated with sedation, a Coggins test) was done, although was charged for these services.
He was not fed - and he's an "easy keeper" - a handful of grain and a couple of flakes of grass hay twice a day are all he needs, normally.
I was not aware of any of this neglect.

All attempts to contact the farm owner from January through April were unanswered, so finally on April 5, 2016 my fiance and I made an unannounced visit, and were horrified by what we discovered.

Devon was completely lame, emaciated, and all his best  horse tack  - bridle with bit, reins and curb chain, breast plate, saddle with my 4-way stirrups and their leathers detached, and Parelli bareback pad, were out in the yard "to be cleaned", I was told. Funny, none of any other horses' tack was outside "to be cleaned".

Upon return home, I immediately made plans to get him off that farm. The professional horse transporter I called (my truck and horse trailer were taken from me in my 2013 divorce, so I could not move him myself) required a sheriff's presence due to the conditions I described. Once I called the county's sheriff and explained what the transporter needed, I was transferred to the county animal control cheif deputy. At 8AM the next morning, Devon's rescue began.

So on April 6th, I returned with an escort by two county animal control deputies and two county sheriffs. Most of Devon's tack and supplies were returned to me, except for the bridle with bit and reins, his breastplate, a good girth, a saddle pad and my paddock boots. The value of the unreturned tack - which was denied ever there - although my fiance is witness as we saw it and used that bridle the day before (I rode him bareback to see how lame he was) - is over $750.00.

I was able to trailer my poor horse Devon, who did not deserve this nightmare - no horse does - to the nearest reputable veterinarian transported at great cost by a professional horse hauler. The picture you see was taken that afternoon in the stall at the vet's.
Devon had to spend 8 days at the veterinarian's  before being strong enough to move to the new location I found for him.
In fact, all horses on the property were emaciated, and a 30 day notice was given by animal control to improve the remaining horses and their living conditions.

However, this is MINIMAL compared top the permanent damage  done to Devon. He is permanently lame, and his usefulness and ability to live without constant pain is GONE.

The front shoes I had personally supervised put on and paid for by check to a farrier in July, had never been replaced, and his hooves were trimmed by someone else than the farrier, who is not a trained farrier or trained barefoot natural trimmer.
The show horse class vertified farrier shoeing him now as well as two veterinarians I use now who have treated him since he left the 8-day stay vet's confirm that DEVON HAS HIGH RINGBONE ON BOTH FRONT FEET, CAUSED BY BEING UNSHOD AND TRIMMED INCORRECTLY, MAKING THE HOOVES OUT OF BALANCE, WHICH PULLS TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS WHICH RESPOND TO THIS UNNATURAL STRESS AND TENSION BY DEPOSITING BONE AT THE POINTS OF DAMAGE - BASICALLY, ARTHRITIS.

 Link on Ringbone:
Ringbone is an irreversible condition, and he cannot be ridden again. At the prime of his life, his ability to be ridden and to live without constant pain are gone forever.

Another informative link on Ringbone is:
https://www.smartpakequine.com/content/ringbone-horse

In my care, Devon has regained weight but not needed muscle because he cannot be exercised. HE IS PERMANENTLY LAME WITH HIGH RINGBONE ON BOTH FRONT FEET. All due to the unpermitted lack of shoes and incorrect trimming over the course of 7 months while there.

He also had an infestation of lice, pinworms, rainrot (a skin and coat fungal infection), Thrush on all four hooves (a fungal infection from living in wet, unsanitary environment), and an abcess on his right front hoof. I had to shave his once-beautiful long mane off due to the eggs laid in the follicles.
I have put a great deal of effort and expense to heal those conditions.

He needs XRAYS of his hooves to determine the extent of the disease called Ringbone - and possibly Navicular - that was caused at the previous location.

To accomplish all of this, I have sold everything I own except my bed, dresser, chair and desk, and now live in a rented room on the farm I board him at and care for him.

But the costs are far from over.

A week and a half ago he experienced a severe colic from the anti-imflammatory, "Bute", that I had him on per veterinarary recommendation for his pain management and also to attempt to reduce the Ringbone imflammation and lameness. That was another $300.00.

His feed and nutrients are very expensive, and he needs to have corrective shoes every 3-4 weeks for the rest of his life.

He can not walk without limping and groaning.

He needs the XRAYS and coorrective shoeing. Thank God this new farrier we have works closely with both of the veterinarians we use now.

But the XRAYS remain to be done, and the colic bill is unpaid. The next farrier visit is June 20th and we need those XRAYS so that the vet and farrier can consult and shoe him based on what's really going on inside, not looked at or felt from the outside.

I have an overdrawn bank account, and nothing left to sell. I even had to take out one of those terribly costly "payday loans" - I had no choice.
I have spent over $2,500.00 since April 5th on him to rescue and save him.

I have no vehicle of my own, no savings, live on Social Security Disabilty, and pay 85% of my monthly SSDI to rent this space where he and I live as I try to save his life.

So many items were unreturned when I seized him on April 6th that, even if he were rideable, I am without adequate tack, which I had purchased over my lifetime as well as Devon's, at great sacrifice, since I was a single mother who never got child support, and anything horse-related acquired over the years was a great challenge to afford...
Meanwhile, I have no vehicle, no way to drive to purchase feed and hay, and am almost devoid of possessions, in order to save my horse's life. I have owned him since he was 14 months old, and he will be 15 on November 11, 2016.

I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (link)  and my horse is my therapy. The use of horses in therapeutic treatment is known as Hippotherapy (link) in the medical and psychiatric world. Many excellent programs exist which benefit a wide range of individuals: from autistic children, youths with troubled backgrounds, those with physical challenges like Cerebral Palsy and more, accident victims, and our military veterans with PTSD from their esteemed service to our country.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED! I have almost 20 pounds since this happened, because I cannot afford food. I feed Devon.  And to top it all off, my Jack Russell Terrier, age 6-1/2, has terminal Mast Cell Cancer.

All monies contributed will go to vet bills, farrier, feed, past due vet bills, boarding costs, and perhaps funds for an old truck. We are in a bad way, and truly need help now and in the future. I am doing all I can to keep from having to euthanize him as a result of this abuse and neglect.

Thank you from my heart and soul,
Laura and Devon, partners in life

 

 

 

















 











































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October 22, 2016
Last Saturday (a ten mile round trip on narrow and hilly back roads with low visibility and a call for real defensive vigilance from being hit by passing - often speeding - cars and trucks), Devon's feet looked so good, even though the Ringbone is visibly more pronounced as the P2 joint fuses where the damage occurred and there is no more cartilage. It was a beautiful day, and called for a slow ride! At the barn, which used to be a Thoroughbred breeding and training facility, there is a full-size stonedust racetrack, always kept dragged and maintained. A kind and safe riding surface.
So while Devon was on the cross ties, he watched me with increasing interest and excitement as I went into the tack room and appeared with his well-worn and familiar old bareback pad and bridle. The only one that wasn't stolen from me and the only one we have, in need of repair but smells and feels good and works fine.
As I went to lift the bit to his mouth, he was so eager to take it that he reached down and put it into his own mouth! We did two laps around the track, in first one direction and then the other, at a walk. Turning sharply is a painful problem for him on either side, even slowly, but he is so eager to please me that he never hesitated or refused. It was such a good thing to be riding together again! <3 <3
He kept trying to find gaps in the woods next to the track to go trail riding! He snorted with satisfaction as we walked, shaking his head and relaxing. I sang to him and talked to him and patted his neck, scratched his mane, his ears, his rump... it was great.
At the end, in the "last stretch", he slowed down to the speed of a turtle at one point, and groaned a little for a few seconds. But he kept going, and I let him choose his pace. What a happy boy he was.
All of you Angels made this possible. We thank you. Donations are still needed as his farrier, pain medication and supplement needs are high and ongoing. I appreciate ALL of the help given so generously so far! If you read this and can't donate, I understand. If you can share this, please do. It means so much! Neighs of gratitude!!!, Devon's feet looked so good, even though the Ringbone is visibly more pronounced as the P2 joint fuses where the damage occurred and there is no more cartilage. It was a beautiful day, and called for a slow ride! At the barn, which used to be a Thoroughbred breeding and training facility, there is a full-size stonedust racetrack, always kept dragged and maintained. A kind and safe riding surface.
So while Devon was on the cross ties, he watched me with increasing interest and excitement as I went into the tack room and appeared with his well-worn and familiar old bareback pad and bridle. The only one that wasn't stolen from me and the only one we have, in need of repair but smells and feels good and works fine.
As I went to lift the bit to his mouth, he was so eager to take it that he reached down and put it into his own mouth! We did two laps around the track, in first one direction and then the other, at a walk. Turning sharply is a painful problem for him on either side, even slowly, but he is so eager to please me that he never hesitated or refused. It was such a good thing to be riding together again! <3 <3
He kept trying to find gaps in the woods next to the track to go trail riding! He snorted with satisfaction as we walked, shaking his head and relaxing. I sang to him and talked to him and patted his neck, scratched his mane, his ears, his rump... it was great.
At the end, in the "last stretch", he slowed down to the speed of a turtle at one point, and groaned a little for a few seconds. But he kept going, and I let him choose his pace. What a happy boy he was.
All of you Angels made this possible. We thank you. Donations are still needed as his farrier, pain medication and supplement needs are high and ongoing. I appreciate ALL of the help given so generously so far! If you read this and can't donate, I understand. If you can share this, please do. It means so much! Neighs of gratitude!!!
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Devon's infection is improving. From now on I will keep him on full board, where his feet can dry all night on fresh shavings. The barn owner is one of the most positive people I have ever met, and cares for him like her own. The latest donations from my closest childhood friends have warmed my heart ❤️❤️ Thank you, Rhonda and Jill!
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To begin Devon's rescue and recovery, I sold all but 5 pieces of furniture, almost everything that had been my mother's or other relatives after she died in 2014, took out a horrible CashnetUSA loan of $750.00, moved twice -two different UHaul moves in 3 months, put what I had left in an 8X10 storage unit, and was homeless from July 10th until Sunday before last as I sought a PT job and affordable place to live. My landlord in Orange thought my Morgellons was contagious and forced me from my apartment. I packed, cleaned and then moved my remaining things to the storage unit. She refuses to return my security deposit saying what she did to me "is here say", and with no car I can't drive 200 miles round trip to file a complaint with the county's housing board, so that is $775.00 gone -and in my 57 years, I have never lost a cent of any of my security deposits, nor been evicted. She is even in violation of the ADAA - the Americans with Disabilities Act. My bank account was so overdrawn that when September's SS deposited, 3/4 of it went to fees and the CashnetUSA payment was broken into installments with even more interest.
I had to let my precious dogs Clover and Peanut live with my son and his family. I have had to get food from food banks, which while I did not starve, most I could not eat because I had no place to cook. A good friend, Kelly Matthews of Zen And Now, gave me a new pair of special handmade and adjustable hemp sandals called NOMADIC which she sells in her store: my ankles and feet were so swollen from walking from 6AM to 10PM every day... what a blessing! I am trying to get a part-time job so I could find a place to live near where Devon was moved, thanks to his off-GoFundMe angel - I paid over $400- for the trailering to the vet after rescue, where he had to spend eight days until he was strong enough to trailer for hours in the hot summer sun, and I still owe that initial rescue vet $110- which has gone into collections. I am now four hours from my family and miss them so much. Especially my three grandchildren who I am mixing growing up.
Please forgive me for such detail. I hope that this helps to explain why Devon's only critical recovery is his GoFundMe campaign. I have been doing all l can possibly do.
Laura
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Devon's recovery will be a long process and he has had to go from field to stall board, and on four -and more when I can afford to buy them - medications, and vital supplements. One extremely compassionate old elementary to high school friends has also anonymously contributed at least $2,000.00. It is that serious. The anearobic infection which began in the right (previously completely healthy) front hoof, which began while under the leasor's 'care', when they stopped keeping his shoes on, stopped feeding him (and all their own horses), and all were in mud, neglected, the leasor never informing me of this, and not returning any of my attempts to communicate, either via Facebook message, cell calls, texts or emails.
This anaerobic infection can go septic and kill him. Other threats from it will also destroy his right front hoof as well, if not aggressively treated. We have begun this, thanks to the completely anonymous donor.
But more is needed I have to purchase more medications like "TOMORROW", a cattle mastitis treatment that must be done daily for up to two months, PURPLE MUSH and others, in addition to more supplements for his hooves and joints. And the board has doubled (that is being generously 50% covered for by the anonymous "Angel" for October and November, and after that falls on me, $550.00 a month. More than my own rent!
I don't have a car, so ride a bike given to me by Kelly Matthews, owner/proprietor of Zen And Now Shop in Gettysburg, PA (thank you Kelly!) a round trip of 9 miles as many times a week as I am able to.
I have degenerate disk disease throughout my entire spine, and need a left knee replacement, so it's a real help! =)
Please share his campaign on your social media platforms and via email. Printable flyers can be done on GoFundMe and posted on bulletin boards too!
No donation is too small, and sharing his recovery campaign is ultimately just -if not more - helpful to get the word out. Devon and I thank you ❤️❤️
Some of the supplements Devon needs, minus the wormer and fly control, which are now included in his full stall board). More medications are needed, and if/when the infection in his right front hoof is cured, corrective shoeing can begin.
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Raised by 7 people in 29 months
Created June 6, 2016
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I'm praying for Devon's continued recovery.

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