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- rest in pease, Fancy
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year old (1999 model) halflinger mare
possibly registered, but name unknown and papers lost if any
approx height 13.2hh; approx weight at arrival 5000 lbs
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10/15/11 -- arrived badly emaciated (starved), body score of 2
means "minimal body fat and muscle."
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10/15/11: Fancy arrived, with Magic, today. Fancy is a 10-ish year old
Halflinger mare who is badly starved, and severely lame with damage to
both front hooves. She is not so thin as Serge or Twiggy or
even magic were on arrival, but close, and
her being in so much pain makes it even more significant. Her little
have to figure out how to regain fat stores, grow
a winter coat, and also allow her hoof issues to heal and grow healthy
foot. We are very cautiously optomistic that we will be able to return
her to a normal quality of life.
THE FEEDING CHALLENGE: Fancy's hoof issues bring a new challenge into
the process of returning her to a healthy body weight. We need to
minimize the strain on her hooves at this stage; yet we cannot let her
go into winter in such poor physical condition without giving her as
much help as possible. So we will be watching her diet EXCEPTIONALLY
closely, and may be varying what she is fed a lot over the next weeks
as we work to find a balance she can manage to verrry slowly gain
weight while also getting the right minerals and protein building
blocks for her hooves to manage their recovery.
well behaved on the ground. This was someone's pet. She is great about
handling her hooves despite her pain, was extremely good for the vet,
melts under grooming and attention.
don't know if Fancy will ever be able to have a career again. Time will
have to tell.
Career: NOT YET
can't know if Fancy will ever be more than pasture sound, until we find
the causes and cures for her hooves.
clearly comfortable in a stall; her only worry is that Magic is safe
well, and travelled calmly. She essentially loaded herself, and
unloaded with ease.
currently only pastured with Magic. She was temporarily placed
with Ginger, but Ginger was pushy and bossy with Fancy and Fancy is too
lame to protect herself or stay out of the way. We are keeping her
activity to a minimum but trying to avoid complete stall confinement
for Fancy's mental as well as physical comfort.
Medical Care: B+
Fancy had a basic
exam with Doc Jenn of Prairie Rivers Equine, and behaved very well.
Fancy has had dental work done within approximately the past 2 years
and her teeth are in reasonable condition for her state of starvation.
She is in significant pain with the 'bad hoof' (left front) and we are
hopeful that isn't masking pain in the also damaged right front. Fancy
has an old scar on her left hind as well which does not seem to bother
a 2 on the body conditioning
scale -- 0 is dead; below 1.0 is major organ failure and unlikely to be
She will take 6-12 months of careful feed management and expensive care
to rehabilitate and return to a healthy level and, hopefully, either to
fully sound or to a pasture sound condition with good quality of life.
Because she is so thin, her body will have to make difficult
decisions - calories to winter haircoat? to battle the hoof infection
and whatever else is going on in her feet? to new hoof development? to
stores? maybe eventually to muscles? It will be a VERY
expensive 6-9 months at least.
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dont know the background of Fancy's owners; only that we received a
call from a concerned neighbor.
A group that was apparently trying to start a horse rescue had 20+
horses, most or all in VERY poor condition. We and another rescue
received the worse cases which the owners surrendered, so animal
control was not involved.
Fancy needs to get back to the hard work of healing her hooves, but
first her body
needs to fix all the weaknesses from the starvation. We can't know what
her long term prognosis for her hooves is at this stage. It
will take time...and
NOVEMBER 2011 -- the x-rays have confirmed our fears...Fancy has
extreme low ringbone and other structural damage inside the left front
hoof. The right front is almost certainly also severely damaged but she
is so unsound that we cannot get her to stand for an x-ray of that hoof
without extreme sedation.
December 1, 2011 -- today, our Fancy made her final sacrifice to the
humans in her world...she will be put to sleep at the University so
that the vet students can learn from the damage done to this poor
darling mare's hooves and body, from neglect, lack of vet/farrier care
when this problem first surfaced, then starvation.
news -- while working to trim and properly shape Fancy's "bad" hoof,
Mike located and at least partially drained an abscess.
The bad news is that this did NOT give Fancy marked improvement in her
discomfort, as had all so hoped would happen. It may simply take her
more time to recover due to her overall body condition.
Currently, we are cleaning, draining, packing, and bandaging the 'bad
hoof' dialy, and watching it carefully. Ironically, she is not healthy
enough to introduce oral antibiotics at this stage. We will need to
watch her carefully, and if the infection becomes worse then we'll need
to speak with Doc Jenn about next steps for her.
Luckily, Fancy is a very common body size when it comes to blanketing.
We have a nice assortment of sizes 69 and 72 which fit her reasonably
well and will help her through this challenging winter ahead.
||Bad news. there isn't good news ahead for Fancy's
hooves. The x-rays are extremely bad, some of the worst Doc Jenn has
seen, with definitely THE worst case of low ringbone she has ever seen
(structural damage to the coffin bone joint with calcification and
other damage in that joint) along with other areas of damage.
The kindest choice for Fancy will be to ease her across the rainbow
bridge and end her pain.
We will let her have a bit more time here iwth us, enjoying good food
and proper care, people showing her love and affection, and time with
her dearest of equine friends, Magic.
||last night, Magic was allowed to stay with Fancy
one last time, to spend the night in the paddock they once shared. This
morning, Fancy got an extra special breakfast, then calmly and without
distress, she loaded and hauled to the University. there, she unloaded
and behaved like a perfect lady yet again. The students will love on
her and make a huge fuss over her, learn as they are able from x-raying
that damaged hoof and such, then they will lovingly put her to sleep
and end her pain. One last time, Fancy will be kind to the humans and
let these students learn from the damage done to her.
REST IN PEACE beautiful Fancy. We all miss you.
Sponsorship: Fancy needed medical sponsorship!
- $100 initial vet exam.
- $200 hoof x-rays. the x-rays
showed no value to additional expensive tests or costs for Fancy.
- $100 final expenses.
- Feed -- Fancy was on a fairly
simple diet, focused upon slow careful weightgain to avoid damage to
her joints, of 3 cups of Equine Senior per day. A caring supporter
donated for her feed needs for November.
papers or papers lost