Baron upon arrival at USERL Quarantine/Rehab Farm
Our end year update begins with a thank you to all who have donated in assisting with the nutritional and medical care for 6 neglected/abused horses this year to come into our program, and $5,000+ donated for this Global Giving project this year thus far! Your support has been crucial in supplying needs for these horses requiring immediate care to alleviate their suffering from neglect and abuse.
The sixth horse this project has assisted is one an owner surrendered on November 5, 2011 from a county cruelty case in North Carolina. USERL was contacted by concerned citizens and animal control asking for assistance for a very thin horse with medical issues. The gelding, now named Baron, had profuse diarrhea and a body score of a 1 ½. His condition had worsened since the summer months when a pond, the only water source on the property, became stagnant and filled with bacteria. Many of the horses became ill on the property, and recovered, but Baron was struggling to overcome it and the stronger competition for food in the herd. The owner, realizing he could not cope with the care and expense, willingly surrendered Baron to USERL so he could receive proper medical and nutritional care.
Baron has just cleared quarantine and is doing much better! His severe diarrhea has resolved and he is gaining much needed weight, but another issue has appeared. Baron apparently ate whatever he could find since he couldn’t compete with the herd for the hay provided. Broken ceramic, glass, string, etc. has been found in his manure. Thus far, this hasn’t caused any medical issues, but he is being watched carefully for any signs of trouble.
2011 has been a difficult year, the worst yet, for donations due to the poor economy. Your support through this project has assisted with the funding for 6 horses this year to come into our program, and Baron makes number 28 helped through this project since it began! Please consider sharing your success with us and pass along our project to friends and family.
Thank you for your support and best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Baron at 3 /12 weeks in the program!