Saving Max

$15,110 of $16,000 goal

Raised by 474 people in 35 months
My sweet miniature horse, Max, got mysteriously shot in his leg on December 1 right behind our house in such a nice part of Acushnet, Massachusetts. Whether it was a hunting accident or malicious we won’t stop until Max gets some justice! We also don’t want this to happen to any other horse or animal! The Acushnet Police Department has an ongoing case for Max.

Max has been at The Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester, NH for the past month. There he was under the care of Doctor Grant Myhre and his staff. Max had surgery and they took out the fragments of the bullet and they injected stem cells into him. He has been on pain medicine and antibiotics. He is finally healed enough to come home!

As of right now Doctor Myhre says that Max won't need a prosthetic leg! But we won't know if Max will be okay until he completely heals, which won't be until next year. He's going to need vet visits, x-rays, and possible surgeries. It's going to be a long road but with the help we have been receiving we'll be able to get Max the best possible care!

Just so you know a little about Max. I rescued Max when he was 4 months old and brought him to live with us (inside the house and out)! He's only about 150lbs and the sweetest little horse you'll ever meet! One of his favorite things to do is to lay by the bonfire with his belly out enjoying the heat! He loves going for walks, and exploring the garage and trying to go upstairs! He's more like a toddler than a miniature horse. 

Everyone has been so amazing and supportive for Max and we are SO thankful that we have got this far! It’s such a horrible incident but it’s blossoming into something beautiful.

When all said is done and Max is healthy. We're going to train Max to be an amazing therapy horse. We’ll bring him to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, anywhere where he can bring some joy! This has been one of the toughest years of my life, for personal reasons, and horses have been my safe haven! Max has been there for me when I needed him most and now he needs me and I’m going to be there. I wish you all could meet Max and see how special this horse really is!

We need your help! Even with all the amazing donations, please spread the word about Max! Together we can help save Max’s life!

These are the news report on Max. (videos)

http://wpri.com/2015/12/07/miniature-horse-shot-in-leg-police-investigating/

http://wbsm.com/miniature-horse-shot-in-acushnet/

http://turnto10.com/news/local/miniature-horse-shot-in-need-of-prosthetic-leg

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It's been a while since I've given an update on Max but it was time that he needed to heal.

Max is doing SO good! His wound is completely healed, his hoof is growing in normal, and he barely has a limp.

It took months of going back and forth to the vet, casts, splints, x-rays, and then eventually wrapping nightly. But he is free to roam and even trots from time to time.

He's back to his old self and is definitely %100 comfortable!

Thank you all so much for all the donations, prayers, and support.

All the donations are still helping pay off all Max's vet bills. We still owe $1,400 so every little bit helps.

And as for this hunting season approaches Max is VERY close to the house with his best friend Reggie! Hope all animals are safe this year and hunters hunt responsibly.
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Max is doing great!

We went up to NH last week to the Myhre Equine Clinic to get his cast removed and to take some X-rays. His hoof is growing in and there's no infection!

They put on another cast to continue the healing. We'll go up next month to remove this one and to take more pictures.

Thank you all for the donations, any donation helps! This is a long recovery for Max but all this support is the reason why he's here today!

Please keep sharing Max's story. ❤️
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I'm so grateful for all of you, Doctor Karin Kaczorowski, Doctor Myhre, and everyone at The Myhre Equine Clinic!

Max is home and safe! He currently has a cast on to help with the healing. This is going to be a long year, but with everyone's help with donating and sharing Max's story we'll be able to pull through.

He will need weekly visits by Doctor Karin, antibiotics, transportation, and another visit to The Myhre Equine Clinic next month for the removal of the cast and for more x-rays.

He currently is on stall rest and will be for the next six months. He is feeling good though! He's very rambunctious.. but what 2 year wouldn't be who's stuck in a room?! But it could be a lot worse! So.. There is so much good news today and we are so happy, but we do need to raise more money for him for all these upcoming vet visits.. With everyone's help though and with sharing this post Max will stay one happy and healthy pony. :-)
Doctor Grant Myhre, Max, & myself.
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Thank you all so much for all the support, without you Max wouldn't be here today!

Max is doing great! His wound is drying up and there is no infection. He'll be coming home next week and we can't wait to have our Max back!

As of right now he won't be needing a prosthetic leg, but it is going to take this whole year to heal. We don't know if he's going to be lame or if it will heal just fine, it will all be said in time.

We do still need your support. This year is going to be tough and he's going to need multiple vet visits, x-rays, and possibly another surgery to make sure things heal correctly without any infection. We still want to keep giving Max the best care for his recovery and all of you are helping us do that.

Just a quick disclaimer, a few people were wondering about the quad for Cole, it was completely donated! Someone had it sitting in the garage and it didn't run, so we took it and gave it some TLC and it was good as new!

Everyone at The Myhre Equine Clinic has done such an amazing job taking care of Max. I couldn't be more happy with the turnout!

On Wednesday a wonderful photographer, Susan Correia, went to the Myhre Equine Clinic and took some pictures of Max for our site!

"Max was very feisty, liking all the attention and when he went to the x-ray room his girlfriend Suzie was calling for him. I think he thinks he is still a stallion".
Max being prepared for x-rays that will help determine the status of the healing process with prevet student William Bryer holding Max and Dr. Allison Erkman and Max's surgeon Dr Grant Myhre from Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester New Hampshire.
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Desiree Lenay
35 months ago
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How awful to do to such an innocent little baby. I work in a prosthetic office and we have done a few animals before. Contact me if needed!

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Suzanne Allen Roy
35 months ago
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I agree.

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Bri Van Scotter
35 months ago
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I'm wondering if we could start a Go Fund me to the sweet little boy who donated his savings!!! Wouldn't it be nice to hear he has a new "cowboy"?

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Audrey V. Mills
26 months ago

Thank you for the update Julie! I'm so happy to hear Max is doing so well! By the way, you might want to edit your post where you say you hope all animals aren't safe this year.

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Nancy Wood Dupont
26 months ago

Julie... so happy that Ma x is back to normal... I know it was a long road but you saw the whole thing through. So proud of you and your determination!! and so grateful to the vets that brought him to where he is today! Gerry and Nancy

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Colleen Marie Corcoran
26 months ago

That is wonderful news... That poor boy has been through hell, and so has his family. I'm glad you're keeping him close to the house so the hunters don't mistake him for a deer. I hate hunting to begin with but I understand that some people do it for food. It's the people you do it for pleasure that I will never understand. Glad Max is well!!!

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Chris Peterson Preliasco
26 months ago

How is Max doing now? I don't think there has been an update for quite awhile. I hope he is ok

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Rita Petitjean
34 months ago

So glad to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel! And we all know whose light that is. Keep the faith and keep the updates coming!

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Dorothy Swol
34 months ago

GOD bless you MAX and to all of those that are helping you. I live in New Bedford, I love to be able to come see you some day and Bring you some carrots and apples.

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Patricia Lyons
34 months ago

How is Max doing? I'd love an update.

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Sierra Gaboury
35 months ago

May i have your adress so i can send money your way from Maine and me and my 2 minis wanna support Max! So we can help with Max. Thank u so much!

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Merle gross
6 months ago

Please make sure he is not in pain

$35
Anonymous
26 months ago
RY
$25
Robin Yurkevicz
26 months ago

Barely a limp, max looks great!

$25
Robert Marsh
26 months ago

Hope max enjoys the fall. Nice to see the recovery.

$30
Anonymous
26 months ago
NS
$25
Nancy Sheehan
26 months ago

I had been wondering how Max was doing - so glad the surgery was successful.

$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
MA
$50
Margarita aguilera
26 months ago

So happy to hear Max is doing well. Hope this helps with your bills. Please keep the updates. Is great to know that is no longer in pain.

Desiree Lenay
35 months ago
3
3

How awful to do to such an innocent little baby. I work in a prosthetic office and we have done a few animals before. Contact me if needed!

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Suzanne Allen Roy
35 months ago
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I agree.

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Bri Van Scotter
35 months ago
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1

I'm wondering if we could start a Go Fund me to the sweet little boy who donated his savings!!! Wouldn't it be nice to hear he has a new "cowboy"?

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Audrey V. Mills
26 months ago

Thank you for the update Julie! I'm so happy to hear Max is doing so well! By the way, you might want to edit your post where you say you hope all animals aren't safe this year.

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Nancy Wood Dupont
26 months ago

Julie... so happy that Ma x is back to normal... I know it was a long road but you saw the whole thing through. So proud of you and your determination!! and so grateful to the vets that brought him to where he is today! Gerry and Nancy

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Colleen Marie Corcoran
26 months ago

That is wonderful news... That poor boy has been through hell, and so has his family. I'm glad you're keeping him close to the house so the hunters don't mistake him for a deer. I hate hunting to begin with but I understand that some people do it for food. It's the people you do it for pleasure that I will never understand. Glad Max is well!!!

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Chris Peterson Preliasco
26 months ago

How is Max doing now? I don't think there has been an update for quite awhile. I hope he is ok

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Rita Petitjean
34 months ago

So glad to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel! And we all know whose light that is. Keep the faith and keep the updates coming!

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Dorothy Swol
34 months ago

GOD bless you MAX and to all of those that are helping you. I live in New Bedford, I love to be able to come see you some day and Bring you some carrots and apples.

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Patricia Lyons
34 months ago

How is Max doing? I'd love an update.

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Sierra Gaboury
35 months ago

May i have your adress so i can send money your way from Maine and me and my 2 minis wanna support Max! So we can help with Max. Thank u so much!

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