In September we received Lazarus, a severe neglect case. He has been steadily gaining weight and his hoof has improved. He is not a 100% and we are working toward getting him a therapeutic boot. We did have a medical emergency with him. Well, two actually. Although, we cannot specifically pinpoint why, lazarus has choked twice. The first time we had to have the vet out to clear two blockages in his esophagus. The second time I was there and caught it immediately. He was able to clear it on his own. There are no obvious abnormalities with his esophagus but we are soaking his grain as a preventative measure. learn more about choke: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/10022/choke-esophageal-obstruction
On 11/27/16 we found Marley down in the pasture. it was raining pretty heavily and the footing was slippery. Tragically, Marley broke a hind leg and had to be euthanized. I have had a really hard time talking about it. In fact, this is the first time I have publicly discussed it. Marley was very special to me. They all are but... I don't know. I just couldn't find peace with this. Marley was one of the worst cases of starvation and neglect we have encountered. She made such a comeback and really worked hard to overcome her baggage. She was beautiful, sensitive, and so so smart. She had just come home, I say home, this was her home. She had just come home after having been adopted for over two years. No fault of her own. I just wasn't prepared for the loss. Are you ever? She was only 9 and the grief I felt, feel, has been beyond words. She was so special and i miss her so deeply. I needed the time to grieve privately because there are still so many that depend on me, us, to go on. So, we do. That is rescue. You never forget, you lose a piece of yourself every time, and you keep going.