On Thursday 15th August, we brought Little Bertie (40yo), Magic (18yo) and Molly (28yo) into the sanctuary, as their owner could no longer care for them. Due to their owner struggling to care for them, they have not received any Veterinary care for some time and although not in horrendous condition, having been on a nice grassy field, all 3 do required some TLC, passports and microchips.
Little Bertie is approximately 40 years old, under weight, very hairy suggesting cushings disease, covered in lice and looks to be carrying a worm burden, none of which is a surprise in an old boy, but does require treatment.
Magic is a cheeky little madam, is obese and been suffering with Laminitis, suggestive of her suffering from Equine Metabolic Syndrome, this requires blood tests to confirm and possibly a course of medication, normally given in diabetics, along with a strict diet in order to get her in to a more healthy state, to give her many more years, she also has lice.
Molly has the saddest eyes we have seen for a long time, at 28 years old, is maintaining her weight, but along with uneven fat distribution, a long coat and recurrent hoof abscesses, again she is ticking the boxes for also suffering with Equine PPID, more commonly referred to as Cushing’s disease, so again will need blood tests and then life long medication, to improve her quality of life. She also has lice and sweetitch.
Molly required Veterinary Treatment on scene, before we could even entertain moving her, as due to her latest hoof abscess causing excruciating pain, she could only stand on 3 legs, making it unsafe to travel her. The lovely Caroline from RD Owen Equine Vets attended, drained her abscess, poulticed her hoof and gave her a strong dose of pain relief to get her home, she is much more comfortable now. We will continue to poultice her hoof, provide pain relief and work with our farriers and vet until Molly is fully recovered.
Initial Veterinary costs as above, are expected to be in the region of £500 for all 3 ponies, however, with worm and louse treatments, dental treatment and careful feeding of Little Bertie, to get him looking and feeling as good as our other 40 year olds is expected to all together come to a minimum of £1000 in the first month.
Please give what you can to help us with their initial and ongoing expenses.