Surgery for Barbara
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."
we can always use extra funds for her care before and after surgery
this for sure pays barbara's surgery and 24/7 care exspenses !
We will send up-dates as she progesses
Hello Friends, The outpouring of concern for the plight of a foal is truly heartwarming. Martha Talley and I thought we were going to have to face this basically alone. Even so it was our collective decision to play the hand we were dealt and not just put an innocent foal down for convenience. Mere thanks is hardly enough to express my appreciation for supporting our effort to sustain Barbara until surgery is possible. I will be updating my personal Facebook page and pass on the pics and story to the ""Save Barbara" FB page to keep everyone informed on how it is going.. Allen Pogue, Dripping Springs, Texas
I saw this on national news and it just struck me as the most sweetest and kindest scenario I have seen in a while between "boy and beast". I donated in part to support that young boy who so exemplifies selfless love and kindness. Bless his heart and the upcoming surgery .
I'm trying to raise money for my Bassettehound Olivia on Gofundme thru Facebook, she has cancer she has a tumor underneath her belly, her surgery cost 3,000 dollars, but nobody wants to help us, PLEASE read her story on FB,..I'm under Ruthy Noemi Ruvalcaba, her story is there a long with a picture, i posted the story 3 or 4 times already today, thank you, any donation is greatly appreciated. We can't wait to long if we do the cancer will spread...thank you, if you can find it in your heart to help.
So what is the date for the surgery?
Good luck with the baby, I actually saw a mature SE with wry mouth, almost a 90 degree angle, as an adult, and she clearly was doing quite well :) - so I am sure with all the extra care and surgery Barbara is having she will thrive. My concern is the mom, could you private message me? I am seeing too many SE's not wanting to nurse their babies, and I hand raised one baby, did everything ''right'' but now she didn't want her foal to nurse, although it was an extremely traumatic birth with an upside down presentation. We have milked her, but I am wondering if this is an inherited trait we need to be on the look out for, like SCIDs and CA. Good luck with your beautiful little girl, I wish I could do more, but I am up to my eyebrows with my guy.
Wow, that is a pretty interesting surgery. I hope she soars right through it like a champ.