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NC - Triangle Region
November 5, 2011:
On Nov. 4th, Granville County and concerned citizens contacted USERL about a horse in poor condition needing assistance. The owner has been trying to care for the horse, but had 12 horses total and just couldn't manage it financially. He agreed to donate the gelding to USERL for medical and nutritional care. USERL volunteers transported the weak gelding today to the Triangle Region Rehab Foster Farm where he is settling in well.
Of primary concern is an illness the gelding has been struggling with since the summer, due to drinking from a stagnant bacteria-filled pond on the property. The owner has been caring for him as he could and managed to get him through it, but he is severely underweight and weak, and was not able to compete for food in the herd anymore.
The gelding will be started on good quality hay and fresh clean water and if no complications occur, a high fat concentrate feed in several days. A full veterinary exam will be done on Monday (unless needed before then).
The Triangle Region Rehab foster farm has just recovered from the damage Hurricane Irene dealt earlier this year, just this week opening it's doors again for incoming horses. With the barn dried in with a new roof section, shingling to be complete the next weekend and power finally restored, this gelding is the first to come into the program here since July.
Thank you to Granville County Animal Control for their response to this report! And a big thank you to Nora and David Mitchell (of Horseshoe Bend Hay Farm) for transporting this horse in need, and for donating 15 bales of good hay for him!
Also Thank You to the ASPCA for their grant award which allows USERL to immediately accept in our program a horse(s) in need!
December 1, 2011:
The gelding, now named Baron, has cleared quarantine and is doing much better! His diarrhea finally resolved. However, a new problem surfaced. With his manure firming up, pieces of ceramic and glass, string, etc. began to be passed. He is being monitored closely, and so far no medical issues from his having eaten the trash has occurred, and fewer pieces have been found this past week.
His severe rainrot is clearing up, too. He still has away to go to completely resolve it, but it is responding to treatment. His energy level is higher and he is a joy to handle/treat! Baron is a very sweet, laid back boy.
A dental will be scheduled for later this month now that he is getting stronger.
To the right, Baron is pictured grazing contently while a group of young USERL horses look on in interest. He hasn't been out with other horses yet, but appears to be very submissive towards others.
January 1, 2012:
Baron has continued to improve with no colic or passing of previously eaten objects (yeah!) for a month now. He left this morning for a wonderful foster home in Moore County to continue his rehabilitation. The Browns are as excited as we are about them having Baron with them! He is such a sweet boy, and although we will miss him very much here at the quarantine/rehab farm, we are grateful for fosters such as the Browns who will give Baron that individual attention to lead him to his fullest potential and a healthy life.
The Brown's promise to keep us updated on his progress and send photos, which we will post as we receive them.
January 31, 2012:
Baron's foster sent an update on his progress, and a photo! He's doing great with his weight gain as you can see to the right. He's had his dental float earlier this month.
Baron has been enjoying the TLC as well as the pond on the foster's farm. His foster reports he's very sweet, is a very smart boy - and they are enjoying him being with him.
Thank you to Baron's foster, and all our fosters, that continue their rehab to give these horses a second chance!