On April 17, 2014 we rescued Babee on the day she was going to be euthanized by her owner because she had foundered so badly that she couldn't walk. At the request of and working with Dr. Kari Christianson of North Country Veterinary Clinic we asked the owner if we could take xrays to see if we could rehabilitate her rather than put her down. By the end of the day her feet had been given nerve blocks for transport and she was on her way to our facility. She was 300 pounds overweight and her long term laminitis had turned to severe founder. She was in extreme pain and we have been working diligently with Dr. C. and our farrier so she can hopefully recover completely.
This is Babee her first day here:
She immediately received therapeutic shoes and pads on her front feet to protect them as they grew out and she started to heal. Her hoof growth was so slow that it was almost 3 months before they had grown long enough to remove them. Once we took them off her feet were so brittle that they were splitting and chipping and she was ouchy walking around. She has row after row of fever/laminitis rings on her hooves that show months and months of trauma and are just now starting to show a little regrowth.
We put her back on Previcox pain management and contacted Poppy Phillips at http://www.equine-alternatives.com, long time practitioner and friend to EqWBR, to advise us what the best herbs would be to reduce the inflammation, help with pain and build strong hooves for Babee. Poppy provides a wide range of holistic therapies animals and humans and has made a huge difference in our ability to provide for the 'WellBeing' of our horses and we love her dearly! She is also helping with Fancy's cancer treatment.
|I ordered from Starwest Botanicals and specially blended batches for Fancy & Babee|
|Easy Care Inc.'s Old Mac's G2 boots for Babee|
|These Boots Are Made For Walking!|
We thank you all for your support, donations and continued well wishes for Babee's recovery. A few weeks ago I was worried that we may need to consider putting her down, but we are on the right track again and with persistence and continued care I am hopeful that one day, she may even be adoptable and somebody's very special riding horse.
Home for Horses Coalition,
A Home For Every Horse Program,
Unwanted Horse Coalition,
Equine Welfare Alliance, Fleet of Angels,
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association,
AZ Dept. of Agriculture Equine Rescue Registry,
CA Registry of Charitable Trusts and many more.