To put it mildly, last night was dreadful. When we arrived, we had no idea what to expect and standing in the pen were two very sweet and very haunted chestnut mares.
They are thin with ribs and hips protruding and they both looked like the life had been sucked out of them. They both have scabs and sores all over and halter marks on their faces.
They are both chestnut mares and are unbroke. The one is a National Show Horse whom our vet puts at 13 years old that we have now dubbed 'Cadabby'.
The other is a coming 6 year old Quarter Horse with a deformed nose that we have dubbed 'Snuffy'. We were told that she is supposedly registered, though no details on her paperwork and that she was bred once in the past.
They both loaded well last night, but were nervous and weak. When we got them home and put them away, I had to watch as Julie broke down watching the two frightened girls explore their paddock and have a drink and nibble of hay for the first time in who knows how long.
Julie just went out to feed them this morning, and had that poor deformed girl tuck up to her for some comfort while she stood there petting her, listening to her struggle to breath properly because no one had the compassion to have her checked out by a vet before.
It takes the breath out of our lungs, even mine from out at my work in Coquitlam and I wish we could just give it to her.
Even just writing this is putting a knot in my stomach because I can only imagine what these two ladies have been through.
We will be changing both of their names, as they deserve a fresh start, but if anyone has any other information on these girls, please let us know.
If anyone wants to donate towards the vet visit today or their care, click here.
UPDATE: The vet said it is a case of wry nose and that she is quite comfortable. Her teeth are a bit messed up because of the deformity so she can't be put out on pasture and have her diet rely on grass because she can't grab at the short blades, but she can chew hay and pellets. She does have some blockage in her right tear duct from the deformity, which is throughout the right nasal gland, but her eye is fine and it doesn't cause her any pain. She will likely only ever be light rideable (walk-trot) due to the amount of airflow she can get through her nostrils, but we are thrilled to hear that she can have a long and healthy life ♥ Thank you Dr. Stef for coming out to see her! P.S. The vet bill for today was covered thanks to generous donors.
Snuffy has been adopted, but Cadabby is still available and adoptable by donation with an extended trial period.