Help for John the Police Horse
Sometime during the summer we began to notice that he had some swelling around the hoof area. Eventually we had the vet come out and look at it. At first it was diagnosed as “scratches” a common treatable fungus. But after a month of treatment and it continued to worsen we looked for a second opinion. And a third and a fourth and finally the fifth vet diagnosed him with a very rare and little known disease called “Pemphigus” an autoimmune disorder that may have caused another little know disease called “Canker.” But they could not be sure because by now it was advancing quickly and without something being done he would have to be put down before he lost his hoofs all together. But what to do, no one knew? He went to a Vet clinic for a week in New Hampshire and was seen by the best Hoof doctor in the country. After a week of examining and testing him they said he needed what is called “debridement” on all four feet. This is very risky and expensive and because he is so big they only gave him a %50/%50 shot at recovery. The unit survives on the goodwill of others and has a very small budget so they could not afford the procedure but someone suggested a “gofundme” page. In the meantime a Good Samaritan offered to care for him holistically until we raised enough money to have the procedure or the worse happened and we would have to put him down. You see all this time he was being monitored by a Vet and if at any time he seemed to be suffering he would have to be put down. Well we never raised enough money for the procedure but that was actually a good thing because it gave time for the Holistic supplements to do their work, and then a miracle happened he started to get better. Once rotted hoofs, that were all gooey and spongy started to harden and then new growth began. Thanks in no small part to SmartPack who has their headquarters in Plymouth, and made some donations of supplements that were in line with his holistic treatments. Its contents too numerous to mention hear.
All of which brings us to today. Big John the Police horse is doing much better and continues to make progress even going for a short ride last Sunday. Then we find out that he must have someone upstairs looking out for him because his original owner reached out to us. They said that John was originally rescued from a PMU farm as a baby and it is a miracle he is alive at all. So I feel truly blessed to have a chance to spend time with this wonderful horse who is a true hero! With your help he will be able to return to the work that he loves and you can come and see him at the Plymouth waterfront next summer, but you might have to get in line if you want to say hi or pet him on the neck…
Please the cost of suplements are expensive your continued suport is still very much needed and appreciated. Thank you!
It doesn't say exactly what the issue is, but I know a phenomenal barefoot trimmer who brought her own horse back sound from founder, even after a vet recommended euthanization. If you need any assistance of that nature, please let me know; I'd be more than happy to give you her info. I hope you can reach your goal and get John healthy again! Healing thoughts to him, and to his friends and family and caretakers!
If John needs a good barefoot farrier, Abbie Conway should take care of his feet. She is True Step Trimming and lives in Plymouth. She's very good, a horse whisperer . Her # 508-922-0437
Medical insurance for horses is a complicated and expensive endeavor.
This is so sad. Question? Police horses should have insurence policies?? Are the Plymouth police horses uninsured??