You guys are going to make my cry with your generosity. Your online support is more than enough, yet you keep giving! For Kenzie, we would be honored to accept your help. Her vet bills are overwhelming, but we've really just pushed them aside in hopes that she will make it.
We're just suckers in that way, I suppose. Half of our horses have come from strange or poor situations, whether these unfortunate OTTBs, our deformed dwarf, or our one eyed colt. Its just so sad to see animals who have little chance being thrown away without a thought.
When I first saw Kenzie come into our farm, I think that all I was seeing in her was the bedraggled appearance of a starved baby, not what lies underneath it. I'm glad to hear that, if we can get her over this hump in the road, she just might have a chance at being a useful horse. That would make her chances of being adopted soar much higher than as a young pasture puff.
Kenzie is on a very thick bed of straw (too thick in the BO's opinion xD) with a heavy blanket, so its strange that she was shivering last night. But she has no body fat to speak of. I have some wonderful new though! As of about 4 am this morning, Kenzie's fever has broken! My guess is that she was shivering because of that, because not long after she began sweating. If that's anything like what humans go through when their fevers are breaking, she had telltale signs from early in the evening. It is now 11 am and the fever has not returned. After, what, 4 days ATLEAST of constant fever, she is finally conquering it!
Her respiration is still very rattly and she gurgles, so I think the vet is going to come out again to see if she needs another round of antibiotics, but she is definitely beginning to make progress. She still has yet to stand on her own and she is unfortunately forming a few small pressure sores on her stomach (being treated) but my hope and prayer is that with no fever and nourishment pumping into her body, she will begin to mend and be standing very soon. I'm trying to think of a way to keep her off of her stomach without her being flat, but so far haven't figured anything out. Any suggestions?
Saddlebag, great idea for blackstrap molasses. Can I get that at the supermarket or will I need to find a natural foods market or something?
For those of you wanting to donate, let me just run it by my boss (who is the one shoveling out the money by the wheelbarrow full...I'm just pitching in all of the time I possibly can and a limited amount of money, being an owner of a very accident prone mare and filly, and still in school xD) and I'll let you guys know. She has a meeting up in Conroe today but should be back late this evening, so I'll have an answer as to where to send money and such tomorrow.
Keep rooting for Kenzie guys, she's finally going up hill instead of down! And thank you again everyone, for all of your care. You have no idea what it means to us.
, almost forgot. One of you asked what happened to her dam.
Sierra (dam) came to us in pretty rough shape. Her legs were stocked up, she had severe thrush in three (possibly four? I can't remember) hooves, she had tendonitis in both front legs, and her hooves were a wreck. One was clubbed, the others just extremely grown out and collapsing. She was also malnourished from lack of good food while pregnant and lactating, and full of worms.
We got her back up to a decent weight, cleared up the thrush, got her in therapeudic shoes, and tried to work on getting her sound again. After over two months though she was still lame and getting lamer. The picture of her galloping with her baby was one of the only times we ever saw her run. The rest of the time she gimped along like an artheritic 30 year old. The rescue actually had plans to euth her, because she was not getting better and no one wants a seemingly permanently lame OTTB broodmare. Before they could follow through though, Sierra collapsed in her stall during the night and we found her dead. She actually took down an entire wall when she fell, and after an autopsy it was decided that she had died of a massive stroke as well as underlying heart problems. It was very, very sad. That left Kenzie to fend for herself at roughly 2 1/2 months old, and from there, it really isnt a happy story at all unfortunately :(