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."
Her face is beautiful and she spoiled rotten
Thank you for all your help
Her annual vet report we are hoping it to be perfect!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
Thank you Kathy Adams!
Had her teeth floated to help keep teeth alighned and all going well so far
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
Will Barabra's mom (horse) be going with her?
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.
Thank you for the update. Barbara is a beautiful lady. It is heartwarming to know she is in a loving home.
I live in Massachusetts but would have loved to meet Barbara at the party on Saturday. Are the tee-shirts you planned to sell there available for sale?
It was a splendid day to see and fuss over Barbara and thank her many caretakers and well-wishers.
Barbara has a beautiful face, heart and spirit! I have been following her story from day one and just fell in love with her and like many, have been a fan from hello. Unfortunately I will miss the Cedar Chest meet and donate day. I'm so sorry about that. Please update if there will be any other weekend follow ups! So grateful she is doing well. We do love our animals in central Texas. A loving horse owner and Barbara's Kyle neighbor.
what a joy it is to see her living a normal life. and she is adapting quite well. what a long journey this has been and now she is safe and sound at home. she is one lucky girl!!
I will urge KXAN News to do a followup feature once Barbara is back in Texas.
I'm even gladder now I purchase Land o' Lakes products! And will continue to do so in the future; thanks, company directors!!
Whew!! This update started like an emergency report! Turns it to only have been a recap of The Story So Far! That's a BIG relief. I first thought there'd been a sudden relapse or accident of some sort. Might consider revising this update a bit so it doesn't lead off so alarmingly.... Apart from that, great to hear a good recounting and I will be donating further this week.
you don't know how happy it makes me to see Barbara eating out the the bucket!!!
Huzzah for another good report! I will continue to support this fundraiser each month. Hope all continues to go well and that we see Barbara home as soon as she is able.
Thank you for all your updates. This brave little filly has been through a lot, but she will get through this. So many good people are caring for her!
Go Barbara Go! We sure look forward to visiting you if possible when you're back home. This horse is such a brave soul. Great to get these updates altho' we always hold our breath hoping the news stays positive. Lighting more candles tonight!