Yesterday, we were able to take our starving boy (I posted pics in yesterday's blog) to the vet. Dr Smith looked at him and said that he was cachexic (extreme weight loss, wasting of muscle, and loss of appetite due to starvation). He had bloodwork done, and we found that his kidneys were ruined, and well as his liver. He was so emaciated that his organs began to shut down, and there was no way to save him. Being in his twenties, we had to make the decision to end the suffering humanely instead of letting him waste away with kidney and liver failure. To all of those who kept him in their prayers, thank you. His last hours were full of good hay, grain, water, and love, which is all that we could do for him. We are pursuing this case with the local humane officer to make sure that whoever is responsible for this horse's condition will be punished appropriately.
As that tragic story comes to a close, we received another 'heads up' on some starving horses yesterday. We are still working on this case, and cannot intervene until we go through the legal process. Until then, keep your fingers crossed. There are between 5 and 10 horses involved in this particular case, maybe more. As winter is approaching, it is evident to us that there are going to be waaaaay more starving horses this winter than the last one. We are receiving calls about starvation cases already, and it is only September, which makes me wonder what's going to happen when there is snow on the ground and NO grass.
Unless a miracle happens, we won't be able to take in these horses, but as usual, we will do the best that we can. Like I always tell you guys, PLEASE try to make a conscious effort to tell ALL of your horsie friends (and even your animal lover friends... or super caring friends) about us and explain what we do. I like to believe that education is the first step to change, so I figure that the least that we can do as horse lovers is to educate the public about the issues that we face. We owe it to horses, who define many of us, to help them to the best of our abilities. They can't help themselves... if humans fence them in and don't take care of them, they die. I read a good quote the other day... I thought I would share it with you...
"A horse thinks, feel, and makes decisions. Treat him like a friend, not like a slave. People have to learn that whatever the horse does is right. You're the one who got into his life, he didn't get into yours." -Ray Hunt
As always, leave your comments and thoughts. I will try to answer any questions as soon as I can.