Lucent was found abandoned by Animal Control. I was at the shelter to pick up another horse. When I saw Lucent I thought he was so majestic and beautiful. I told him I'd be back for him, and just about a week later I was. I called him our unicorn. Shortly after coming to TLERS he was diagnosed with wobblers and became a sanctuary resident. He wore many hats here at the rescue. He was Sheeza's best friend and when she was ready to foal, he was right by her side the whole time. He was the greatest babysitter to Lucas (Sheeza's colt) and Velvet and helped raise them into the horses they are today. He was always low in the herd and easy to get along with. He had difficulty keeping his weight so he would get supplemented senior feed. Everyday, twice a day, Lucent, along with the other hard keepers, came to the gate to be let out of the pasture for breakfast. I knew something was wrong when Lucent wasn't there.
I found Lucent on the ground by a feeder. He was in obvious distress and I couldn't get him up. I gave him banamine, made the call to the vet, and was able to get him up and out of the pasture by the time the vet arrived. I knew it was bad. No gut sounds, elevated vitals, but the vet felt he had a chance, that he hadn't twisted his gut. So, we got Lucent onto the trailer and to the vet's office. Lucent was there all day the next day with little improvement and the following morning I received the call. Lucent had to be euthanized during the night. I am just so sorry he couldn't be home with his herd when the time came. I wish I could have been with him. I wish it didn't happen. He is so loved and greatly missed.
There is still so much to write about. The snow, the ice, the mud, all of the new things we have experienced moving from California to Montana. Our goals for Spring. Our goals in general.....Next time. Thank you again for all your support <3