Please help Taz the therapy horse
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. .+ Read More
Just a brief Taz update. The NC weather has been a little rough on our boy. Rapid temperature drops and climbs can wreak havoc on sensitive horse digestive system. For the most part he has done well, but he did have a little case of gas colic a week ago Saturday that scared me. Luckily some pain meds and watchful eyes between myself and my Vet did the trick and he bounced back quickly. Taz sends his kisses and thanks you for you love.
A heart felt Thank you to all that have helped little Tazzy with his unfortunate medical expenses. He is enjoying his winter hiatus with the team and will return next year in the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day parade.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Stampede of Love. Taz has officially returned to the team. He participated in Duke Children's Family Fun Night and Grand Prix, visited with Students at NC State and walked in last Saturday's Raleigh Christmas Parade. We have a lot to be Thankful for. He is now on winter break where he can take all the time he needs to build back up his strength and happiness. Trust me, he has returned to the head of herd position he loves so much.
Taz is doing great and loving the cooler weather. He is scheduled to return to action with the Stampede of Love team on November 10th at the Duke Jump for the Children Family Fun Night. Photos are from last year. In just 17 days he will march in the Raleigh Christmas parade. We are blessed. Please share. While the over $8000 in bills have been paid (charged, ugh), this medical crisis will set us back for quite sometime. Every little bit helps. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.