Little Freddie Mercury -Abused, Neglected and sent to livestock auction severely disabled...
UPDATE July 3:
Our sweet little boy - Freddie - has passed.
I drove Freddie out to the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center on the far side of Sacramento yesterday. (http://www.lbemc.com). I had spoken with several of the mini breeding farms in Northern CA and this hospital was recommended by several. They were indeed very knowledgeable! They have developed protocols that adapt methods for dogs that are effective for the smaller mini horses as well. That was what we were after. After extensive xrays done while he was on his back (sedated) they delivered the astonishing news: Freddie had been in that condition for many many months - possibly a year or more. The surgery that might have helped him was no longer an option since his entire joint had worn away. The only remaining surgery that they could offer would leave him with a good half year of recovery and only the ability to walk a bit better. Our path was sadly clear; the essential issue being that the quality of life for a three legged dog or cat is great - but that just does not work for a horse, even a little one. We tried..... This facility has a lot of young doctors who are gaining cutting edge surgical training. I was asked if they might, after his death, use him to perform the operation they would have suggested if he was a candidate - in order to train the next generation of vets. So perhaps he was not euthanized at the auction so that his death could help many more little horses get a surgery that would help them live. I like to think....
To see his story go HERE and click on right side of each pic.
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