Before and after
Before and after
One Day There Was A Twenty Year Old, Seventeen Hand,
The first couple of weeks walking was very hard for me. I fell down quite a few times and got a lot of cuts and scrapes from it. My legs were swollen and my muscles stiff. Judy would let me out in the mornings to wander around and eat the spring grass and in the afternoons some of the kids would put a lead rope on me and walk me up and down the driveway. Slowly, the swelling went away and my legs weren’t so stiff. The kids also brushed and bathed me and the itch went away, more and more, day by day.
Other people came to visit who were doctors that looked in my mouth, ears and eyes. They listened to my heart and stomach and poked me with needles. I didn’t mind, though, because I knew this was to help me. Dr Mitch Benson came out and Dr Catherine Szabo came many times.They always left medicine behind for Judy and the others to give me with my grain and supplements.
So many people showed concern for me, bringing me supplements to help me gain weight, oil for my skin and coat and special shampoo for my itch. All the kids spent time walking and grooming me and giving me the medicine the doctors brought.
I had a few setbacks. I couldn’t get over the abscesses that I had. Everyone was so worried but they all stayed with me and eventually I healed.
After six months we tried a little workout in the arena and it was splendid. A little walk, a little trot. Everyone was quite surprised to find that I still have a few of my old moves!
Dr Catherine Szabo and Dr Mitch Benson for their kind and wonderful veterinary care, so much of it donated. Dr Catherine also donated much of her own time to come out and take care of me and take my blood tests (she has been nicknamed the “vampire-lady”). She also saved me from a difficult trip to UC Davis by staying in close contact with the doctors there who work with starvation cases. More thanks to Dee Dee and Cindy at Dr Benson’s office for such personal service, Jill at Saddles to Boots for supplement donation, Ariel for taking care of my special grooming needs and starting me on my slow, painstaking path to fitness, and all the wonderful people at Three Gaits and beyond, adults and children alike, who have spent their time, love, energy and care helping me make it home.
For more information, call 541-582-8025 or email Judy@threegaits.com