Saving Ben's Eyesight
Ben is a wonderful, sound, 14yr old gelding that in his prime was one of the top ten Appaloosa jumpers in the United States. After retiring from jumping, his new career has been giving three lessons per week and going on trail rides with his owner. Ben is also a great EFL (Equine Facilited Learning) horse and loves to connect with people. Within the last several months he was diagnosed with Uveitis that requires medication 3 times per day. Uveitis is an eye disease that can cause blindness. The ophthalmologist believes he is a good candidate for implants in his eyes to reduce recurring inflammation and keep him from losing his sight. This surgery is expensive and difficult for his owner to afford. Ben is a willing partner and loves his life and job! Please help him to fulfill the rest of his life to the max!+ Read More
Good news! There is an amazing opportunity for Ben to be part of a Uveitis clinical trial at UC Davis! The trial uses stem cell therapy to help stop the disease from progressing. The good news is that the clinical trial is free, but he bad news is that he will need to be at a lay up facility for 6-8 weeks, which is very expensive. Plus, he will need to be transported to and from Davis, as well as back and forth to the treatment center. The current treatment (about $1,000 per month) has become very difficult for his owner to afford. However, because of the trial opportunity we are able to lower our goal to $3,500 instead of $6,000! So far Ben is still loving being around everyone but struggles to keep his left eye open. Attached is a picture of him in his show days! Please help continue to spread the word about him and this wonderful opportunity!