All funds from this holiday fundraiser will be used for veterinarian bills. You can also donate directly to Oakhurst (503-554-0227) or
Depaolo Equine Concepts (940-686-9111) in our name.
As a lot of you know, its been a long year with Jack. We had been treating him for his trigger point with accupuncture and working on maintaining his other issues, when he started to be lame in April on his front right leg. After multiple vet visits, he was misdiagnosed with laminitis. From April to July he became severely lame a 5 out of 5 and we were not getting anywhere. His pain was increasing. We took Jack for a second opinion and finally an answer, but unfortunately the only chance for Jack was surgery. As you can imagine it took quite a tool on our budget, but we do not give up easily and had some wonderful donations to help out. Without surgery Jack would only make it another year or so before a decision would have had to have been made and during that time his quality of life would not have been good. Dr. Jack at Oakhurst gave Jack the opportunity for life and offered to do the surgery. It has been a long road and its hard to believe so much has happened in less than a year. Jack's surgery took place in July and we have had multiple follow ups. This week after another visit for x-rays Jack's fusion is doing well, but there is an area next to his knee that required a special injection. With this injection ($375 for the injection alone) and the fusion doing well his prognosis is good for a recovery to a useable happy life.
Along with Jack, in July Cat (our newest rescue) became lame which became a 4 out of 5 lameness. Back to the vet multiple times (it is hard to figure out lameness issues). Unfortunately, what presented as an abscess turned into a collateral ligament tear (not unusual for an abscess to really have an underlying issue once the abscess is gone). This wasn’t good news, but at least a diagnosis. This meant around nine months of stall rest and leading a life without any form of racing or jumping. Thank goodness for her we don’t do those things at our barn. I always say we have had to “fix” too many horses that have lead that type of life. Leading the life we give them meant her prognosis went from a 50/50 chance to the potential of a complete recovery and a useable life. She will however not be able to ever go out on the big field, but paddock time is fine (I wish I had more ). This week she had a follow up ultrasound and the joyful news that she is progressing really well. In fact, one of the vets said they have never seen this much recovery in this amount of time before. We must do things right when following the vets orders All of this happened after she had a very painful eye abscess not long after we took her in.
Now for Tahlia (our second newest rehome with us). When we bring in a horse, we don’t know a lot of history nor do we know the extent of issues we might encounter. It has been a year and a half of progress, but still something was wrong. The puzzle was big. Chiropractic treatments helped, but still issues, a specialist visit with progress, special shoes again a help, now what to do. Off to the vet this week with Jack and Cat. The vet was confused as it appeared like maybe back issues, no not that, feet issues (the special shoes helped) so that was only part of it, than they collaborated. Neck issues? Could it be? The ultrasound machine comes out and there it is arthritis in multiple joints. At last a final piece to the puzzle (everything was needed to get us here had helped tremendously). The answer was injections in the neck joints. The good news is that they have been extremely successful with these injections and a lot of time it only has to be done once as the horse gets more comfortable and uses the neck more. This would have been an underlying cause for the other issues we had been working through. Now to work through the emotional work as well. The vet said this could very well have been the “tools” that were used to ride her that caused this. We are so excited to hopefully be on the final leg of getting such a sweet mare well and completely happy again.
What a long but exciting week its been with all three having a positive vet visit. Just as an example the bill this week was over $1,300 and all three have to go back in next month for a follow up. The biggest thing we need is your ongoing love and support of what we do with the horses and your knowing that underlying everything is our dreams for them all to be okay.
On top of all this Joey had to have emergency dental work when his mouth became swollen overnight. Yes, off to the vet he went and thank goodness it was just some floating that needed to be done. Joey is back to his loving, sassy self again.
As most of you know, we are a barn that has to be self supporting (I’m not rich ) and with so many horses that have not be able to help out it gets to be a little harder, but we do not throw these horses away like they’ve been before or were potentially headed to be. We do everything we can to help them become useable, happy, healthy horses again that get to lead a life that is not hard, where they are loved and cherished by many and help the people here in so many ways.
If you are able to give any amount its appreciated as it all adds up, but not expected. If you are not we understand, but would appreciate you sharing with all your friends and relatives. Also, be sure to share our calendars as all the profit goes to vet bills.
I was looking for a barn to board Apollo when I came across an ad for a free grey Arabian mare. While I was not looking for a horse by any means, the ad caught my attention. When I was young I owned and showed an Arabian gelding and always had a passion for them. Grey Arabians at that time were not common and I fell in love with them. The ad said Melody needed a home . I thought maybe she would work for my granddaughter, Chloe. Well trained, ex-show horse, grey, Arabian…I couldn’t resist looking at her. The woman who was giving her away had known Melody for years. She had helped a friend and her teenager daughter purchase Melody as a show horse for the daughter. When the daughter went off to college they brought Melody to the woman to find a home. Unfortunately, the person she gave Melody to as a potential trail horse let her sit in a pasture. A neighboring Arabian breeder recognized Melody’s good breeding and training. While the man was never supposed to pass Melody on, he sold her to the breeder. The breeder didn’t know that Melody had a medical issue that dictated that she not be bred. At 18, Melody had a baby and it didn’t go well. They almost lost them both the foal and Melody never was able to take care of her foal. Not working out at the breeder, the word went out that a home was needed. The woman who gave her away heard Melody was looking for a home. She called the breeder and said she was coming to get Melody. The breeder later told me that she doesn’t know why but she let Melody go without question. She said “I liked Melody but we had no use for her on our property”. Melody than was put up for free on Craigslist. The ad mentioned she had arthritis in her hocks, but as you all know I do not look at perfection but potential and the need for a home. I saw her and after one visit had to give her a home. The woman said she was always told not to go with the first person but that for some reason she felt we were the right home. The next person in line was a young person that wanted to put her on the show circuit again. Once we brought her home we confirmed that she was well trained but we could tell that she was not happy being a full-time show horse. Chloe started off with Melody and showed her for 4-H. She loved Chloe, but it became apparent to me that she is my “spirit” or “heart” horse. When our farrier, Rob, came out to trim her feet. I asked him to be gentle of her back legs. After he was done he felt her and said “this horse does not have arthritis I think her poll is out”. He recommended a chiropractor, Ron, and he confirmed Rob’s finding and adjusted her. In the past, she had many things done to her such as steroid injections thinking it was arthritis but no one had ever figured out what was wrong with her. Ron said it was like she had a headache for years. That was my first experience with a horse chiropractor.
I found out Melody and I enjoyed trail riding so she has been my go to trail horse and we have traveled many miles, from beach to mountain. She only goes to horse shows once in a while and we try to have fun while we’re there. Some of you have seen her weaving in her tall (dancing back and forth while swinging her head) that was caused by being a single horse on the show circuit and having anxiety and stress. Not a good life for her.
Early this year we almost lost Melody. The vet said it was touch and go. Alyssa and I stayed at the barn 24/7 cold hosing and applying ice and alcohol baths to get her temperature down in freezing conditions. Sometimes it was every couple of hours. High fever in horses can be very dangerous. After multiple vet visits, belly taps (two), ultrasound, blood work, etc. the vet said that it was probably sterile peritinitous (basically an infection in the stomach lining). It took not one but three antibiotics some of which were extremely expensive. Dr. Megan Rioux-Forker at Columbia Equine Hospital was amazing in her dedication to save Melody. We are so thankful for everyone’s help and support and I have to thank Alyssa for being there every step of the way to help save her life.
This year Melody had a horse hair analysis done by Dr. Depaolo about 6 months ago and we found she has multiple heavy metal toxicities that were off the charts. We are now chelating (detoxing her) and have just completed her first round. What a big difference it has made. You might have noticed how much more peaceful she is. We are excited to see her progress! At 26 this summer after almost dying she took Reserve Champion Halter and my excitement was not so much for the award as she proved a throw away horse still had what it takes.
She has been with me over 7 years and she is a much Happier Horse! Stop and say hi to her and see how much happier she is. Our sweet Queen of the barn!