Dumped at a local auction in horrific condition, Midas needs help for his medical funding.

  • Breed: Belgian
  • Name: Midas
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Size: Extra Large
  • Age: Adult

On June 3, 2017, NARPS rescued a Belgian gelding with the most horrific hoof injury that they have ever seen. He was dumped at a local auction, where he was bid on only by kill buyers... and NARPS. $350 later, he is NOW safe with NARPS! His name is Midas and he has an amazingly kind demeanor, a strong will to live, and an overwhelming kind nature, despite the atrocities he has clearly been dealt by people. We will continue to support rescues that help horses in need like Midas. 

Hip # 305, a 13yr old Belgian gelding "as is", was the description which was used to describe him as he was painfully led up and down the sale aisle awaiting his doomed fate. Surely, no one in their right mind would buy this crippled giant, despite his kind eye and gentle nature. It was an Amish auction and this work horse was clearly useless at this point for anything but the meat on his bones. We gave the okay to bid and save this boy, with the understanding that it would very likely be to simply save him the merciless 30+hr trip to slaughter and to humanely end his suffering with dignity, kindness, and love. $350 later, we out bid the kill buyers and #305 was officially a NARPS horse.

When Candace arrived at the sale barn to pay for our newest save, she was genuinely stunned. Speechless. She has been around horses her whole life, has rescued horses for the past 12+yrs, and has seen tons of sadness, sickness, and horrific injuries while frequenting horse auctions. The injury to this horse's left front hoof is enough to stun just about anyone.... and quite frankly, the pictures do not show the true horror of it. His hoof resembles something that would have gone through a meat grinder, and that sadly, is no exaggeration. The pain and suffering this animal has been enduring for months and months, of not far longer, is just impossible to fathom. Based on his physical condition and overall relatively clean coat, yet deplorable hooves, we have come to the conclusion he had to have been living in a standing stall.... meaning a stall narrow enough for him to only stand, while being tied to the wall in front of him. Can you imagine having a foot that looks like his and not being able to ever get off of it and rest it???? Oh. My. Dear. God. This poor, incredible horse. Then you have to notice his highly unusual, neat markings and spots!! Beautiful, huh?? Upon closer inspection..... he was not born with those spots. They are all scars. Every. Single. Last. One. Of. Them. THIS POOR HORSE!!!!!! And to dig the knife in that much further into your already shattering hearts..... he is the kindest, most loving, most forgiving soul on four legs. How?!?! How can that even be?! He kindly and gently picks up his feet for you, despite the undoubted horrific pain. He stands quietly while you mess with and try to clean up his mangled hoof. He lets you lead him wherever it is you so desire, despite every step being complete and total agony! Can you even imagine the pain this horse is experiencing and has lived with for God only knows how long?! It's infuriating. Blindingly so. And auctions don't and won't release records of who owned the horse and dropped the horse off in this condition to be sold, so no one is held accountable or has to pay for the unnecessary suffering bestowed upon this kind soul. Twitchingly angry. 

We have sent his hoof pictures to several veterinarians and farriers to get their professional opinions as to whether or not we can salvage this amazing animal or if the kindest thing to do would be to humanely lay him to rest. Based on the response so far, we are skeptically hopeful. Granted, no vets or farriers were able to come and look at him today (he arrived at the quarantine barn around 1:30p today) but he will be seen no later than Monday. He is currently on strong IV pain medication to help keep him as comfortable as possible while we wait for a vet and farrier to come see him.

If by chance he is salvageable... or it's at least deemed worth trying... it is going to be an expensive venture, and one that will require a team of professionals who would work together over the course of several months (at minimum). Funds are DESPERATELY needed towards his care... at very least, his purchase price was $350. His initial vetting will likely be $300-600. His quarantine board (if the decision is made to attempt to save and fix him vs humanely euth) is $450/mo. If we were told humane euthanasia is the best option for him, the vet cost/euth bill is approximately $200 and then $275 to have his body picked up. It is important that we are completely up front and transparent about everything we do, and all of the decisions we face. As we stated earlier, prior to meeting this guy, we had expected to purchase him and released him from his burden immediately. Meeting him changed everything.... he still has a will to live. He is the kindest soul you could ever imagine. To be able to gift him with making him "whole" again in this life would simply be a miracle!! We are not going to be unreasonable or unrealistic in our decisions.... we will not selfishly prolong his suffering if a great prognosis is not predicted or expected. **Those vet bill estimates are just estimates!! And only for his initial vetting one way or another. If we would proceed to try to salvage his hoof, A LOT more vet and farrier bills would be coming! We would have further estimates after having him examined. Stay tuned.

Should he have one more day with us, one more month, or another decade... we promise to make it the best we can for him and to remove the pain and suffering from his world. If you would like to donate towards this amazing horse's rescue and care, PLEASE do so! Funds are at an incredible low right now as we just had to pay our annual liability insurance... it totally wiped out our savings... so please!!


  • Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!! We are genuinely blown away by Horse.com's incredible generosity!!! They had seen Midas's story and have been following it closely.... and just like everyone else, they just couldn't help but to fall in love with him!! Horse.com loved Midas so much, that they donated $1,000 to NARPS to help us with our never ending medical bills, farrier bills, wrapping supplies, board, etc that comes along with giving this amazing horse a fighting chance! We cannot thank them enough!! Not only did they bring us a donation check, but they also brought Midas a "Heart to Horse Box"!! Horse.com has gone above and beyond!! Check out their Facebook page... there will even be a video of Midas receiving his donation check and horse box!!

    The donation was brought to us by Horse.com representative, Michele Rhoades, who also happens to foster one of our NARPS dogs, Grayson!! How cool!! Thank you Michele and Horse.com for your support and generosity!! 

    July 26, 2017

  • Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!! We are genuinely blown away by Horse.com's incredible generosity!!! They had seen Midas's story and have been following it closely.... and just like everyone else, they just couldn't help but to fall in love with him!! Horse.com loved Midas so much, that they donated $1,000 to NARPS to help us with our never ending medical bills, farrier bills, wrapping supplies, board, etc that comes along with giving this amazing horse a fighting chance! We cannot thank them enough!! Not only did they bring us a donation check, but they also brought Midas a "Heart to Horse Box"!! Horse.com has gone above and beyond!! Check out their Facebook page... there will even be a video of Midas receiving his donation check and horse box!!

    The donation was brought to us by Horse.com representative, Michele Rhoades, who also happens to foster one of our NARPS dogs, Grayson!! How cool!! Thank you Michele and Horse.com for your support and generosity!! 

    July 07, 2017

  • Warning: the pictures and videos are of the resection may be too graphic for some followers.

    Yesterday was Midas' second hoof resection with fabulous team of vets and farrier. We knew a second, and possibly third, resection was going to be necessary in the treatment plan for Midas' extreme canker hoof. The first resection went very well, but as expected, some spots of canker remained and continued to make themselves known as time has gone by. His inside hoof wall was quite wet and spongy, as well as his outside heel. We were able to get all that yucky wet stuff cut out and we are back on track with daily wraps, doxycycline and metronidazole topical powders. Just like everything, Midas was a total champ for his hoof surgery again!! He is simply amazing!! While we are hoping and praying we start to see some hoof regenerating soon, we know we have to stay realistic and know that he is a long ways away from being out of the woods yet. His spirits and appetite are still bright as ever, though.... thank God!!

    Big thank you to everyone who is working so hard to save Midas' life.... he has a fantastic team of professionals pulling for him, along with A LOT of supporters and followers!! BIG THANK YOU!!

    June 30, 2017

  • We apologize for the long, overdue update on our golden boy, Midas! Candace went to see him and redress his hoof yesterday. He is still in bright spirits and is such a gentleman about having his hoof worked on. Midas even got to venture outside and graze a little bit! He was in his glory, for sure!

    It's going to be quite some time before any real changes are able to be noticed in his resected hoof... but he will need another resection done at some point. We will likely be having the vet come out in the next few days to assess him!

    June 24, 2017

  • Yesterday (Wednesday 6/14/17) was Midas' big day!! Our vet was able to start step one to the long and tedious process of trying to salvage Midas' severe canker hoof. First step was to remove a large amount of the dead, necrotic, canker tissue from his hoof. He expects to have to do a second and possibly third resection as we progress and see how his hoof is growing back. The vet was absolutely shocked and impressed at how well Midas does on such a shockingly damaged hoof. Our farrier who was present and assisted was equally impressed!! While our vet agreed that it's a long shot, he said that if any horse has a chance at a miracle and being able to recover from this severe of canker, Midas does.... because it is, quite frankly, a miracle that he is doing so well and made it this far with a hoof that looks like that!! After the resection was done, his hoof was wrapped with pressure dressing to help control any bleeding that could occur. His foot will be rewrapped daily. He is on oral antibiotics, as well as topical antibiotics on his hoof... and pain medication as well.

    Midas was still his bright and perky self hours after surgery, long after any sedation wore off. Whew!! We are very relieved to see how well he is doing. He does not seem to be in any additional discomfort and pain since having his hoof worked on. There is a chance it won't bother him much more than his hoof did prior to surgery, as all of the tissue we removed was dead and was not supporting his weight. We will closely be monitoring him for any signs and symptoms of this being too much for him to handle. We believe in this amazing horse... he is just incredible... and we will do our very best to rehabilitate him, but should he show us this is too much for him, we will stop immediately and humanely lay our golden boy to rest.

    Midas is doing very well today!! He is up and moving around freely in his stall, as well as eating and drinking well!! Woot woot!! We will be doing his dressing change later this afternoon!

    Huge thank you to the team of professionals who have been working so diligently to save Midas' hoof, and ultimately his life!! You all are heroes!! Thank you to all who have donated towards the care he needs!! We couldn't save him without you!!

    June 15, 2017

  • Visited our golden boy today to check on his hoof and to give this Purple Mush a try! Some people absolutely swear by.... others say it didn't do much for their hoof issue. Worth a try!!! Call us crazy, but we actually think his hoof already looks like there is some improvement. It's definitely drying out very nicely! Don't get us wrong, it's still a horrible, hideous, and severe canker, but we are excited to see any improvement!! We applied and packed his hoof today with Purple Mush and wrapped his hoof. As always, he was a perfect gentleman for his treatment. We also painted the soles of his back feet which had some mild thrush which we wanted to treat. His three good feet look so much better after seeing our farrier!! After taking care of his hoof, Midas got spoiled with some grooming and even got his mane braided! Very handsome, huh?? It's so hot out today, so we figured it would feel good to get that thick, heavy mane off of his neck. He was quite sassy today and wanted to wander off and explore the rest of the barn. For those who asked if he willingly moves around on his own (meaning aside from when we ask him to move), he absolutely does... his hoof does not stop him from walking freely. He is truly an amazing horse... we hope and pray that we can get him through this and provide him with a fabulous future.

    Thank you to all of you who are pulling for Midas... for those who have donated, shared, follow his story, and are praying for him!

    June 11, 2017

  • Our wonder horse is doing great. He is still the perky, happy, sweet as can be boy that we saved one week ago today! It's been a whirlwind week on the horse side of NARPS. Pumba's dire medical situation kept Candace chasing her tail, which is why the updates haven't been posted as frequently!! Truly apologize, it's just a lot to juggle sometimes and our hands are often busy with "hands on" rescue work!

    Midas is currently scheduled tentatively to have his left front canker hoof worked on and resected on Wednesday. We are hoping and praying that it will be successful and that we will be able to restore some quality of life for Midas. It truly is a tough decision to make and one we do not take lightly. There is really no right or wrong decision in this case... it would be completely justified to humanely lay him to rest without attempting to do the surgery. Alternatively, we have gotten the professional opinions of countless professionals; veterinarians and farriers, and they all agree that he may very well be able to be saved by doing the surgery and giving him the chance. He is an incredibly special boy... and incredibly strong with a will to live. If we move forward with the surgery as planned and at any time postoperatively he shows us it is too much for him, we will stop immediately and humanely lay him to rest. We are praying we are making the right decision for Midas... if he wasn't so bright, happy, and full of life and a will to live, we wouldn't even consider this...

    One concern we already addressed prior to doing his surgery was to correct the issues with his front right hoof and to add a supportive shoe. Midas' good foot has some issues going on as well... it is slightly foundered and had a very long, overgrown toe. Our farrier worked for over three hours to correct the shape of his foot, to balance it, and to support his sole and frog. When Midas has his surgery, his good foot is going to have to carry extra weight as he compensates more while he is healing. We want to take every precaution possible to ensure his good foot does not worsen... as that would be the end of the road in trying to save his life.

    Midas is getting daily hoof care for his canker and it is being kept dry and clean. We also took the advice of numerous supporters and ordered Purple Mush, which came highly recommended. It just arrived and we are going to give it a try! We are skeptical, but we will try just about anything in hopes of helping him!!

    Our long term concerns are obviously how he will handle the surgery, how his hoof grows back, how comfortable we will be able to keep him through the process, and keeping up with the excessive expenses. This whole process could take up to a year... which is $5400 in board alone, medical expenses aside!! We have raised around $6000 towards Midas' care and have spent approximately $1585 so far($400/board, $350/farrier, $210/purple mush, $300/new Bolton... a kind donor covered the rest of his bill!! $350/purchase price, $75/hauling, and probably an additional $250 in vet bills for blocking his hoof to do farrier work) and we haven't even gotten started yet!!

    June 10, 2017

  • What a day!! Midas had a 3:30pm appointment today with a vet and farrier at the quarantine barn. We have said it numerous times, but truly, pictures do not show the extent and magnitude of his hoof injury. Both the vet and farrier were stunned when we removed the bandage wrap from his hoof, exposing his injury, its' maggot infestation, and the deep, angry crevices that make up his hoof. Our farrier was able to trim off a large displaced chunk of his hoof wall which was sitting almost upside down and bent upwards towards his fetlock. The severity of the hoof canker was far worse than our vet and farrier had ever imagined... or had ever seen in the past. They almost immediately decided to stop and to refer him to New Bolton Center for a more thorough exam. Ironically, we already had one horse loaded (check out the post coming soon about Pumba!) and waiting on the trailer to take to New Bolton, so we loaded Midas up too, and off we went.

    Upon arrival, we off loaded Midas and immediately were greeted by numerous shocked and appalled veterinarians and staff. Each and every one of them verbalized that they had never seen anything like Midas' hoof. We off loaded Pumba, and the NARPS pair of emergent horses made their way slowly and painfully into New Bolton's x-ray room and exam room. Midas underwent X-rays of both front hooves. Candace then sat down with Dr. David Levine and went over the images with him. He also shared the commonality with everyone else in that he never seen such an ugly, severe case of canker. Midas' X-rays are certainly not pretty. His left coffin bone has been affected and is missing approximately 30-40% of the bone. The lateral (outside) aspect of his coronary band has been compromised and it is unknown if it would regrow hoof where it's been damaged. He has full separation of his hoof wall from his lamina. Dr. Levine felt that there was no real right or wrong decision in this case. His hoof can be debrided and the canker removed... along with the majority of his hoof wall, leaving him very little to actually stand on. His right front.. the "good" hoof... has indeed foundered, though not severely. He would need a good trim, removing that long toe, and heart shoes to supply support to his frog and sole. If surgical debridement would be done and Midas would end up non-weight bearing on his bad hoof, there is a chance his good hoof could fall apart due to being slightly compromised already and not being able to handle the burden of holding all his weight. All in all, it's a total gamble. There is no guarantee how his hoof will handle the debridement or how it will regrow... or if his good hoof will hold up. It could be all for nothing. Or it could save his life! We have been reaching out to multiple professionals to have them weigh in on this major decision we are faced with. Post operative care would be very intense and long term... 6mo to a year... daily bandage changes, keeping it dry, possible additional resections, frequent farrier visits for constant monitoring and trims, etc. This is a huge undertaking! We have spoken at great length with the renowned farrier, Esco Buff, who more or less is guardedly optimistic, if that wording makes any sense (our wording, not his). He is on board to help wherever is needed and to work along side our farriers and vets to handle his post op care. We have received numerous estimates from trusted veterinarians whom are willing to handle Midas' surgical debridement of his canker.... they range anywhere from $1500 to $3000 (low ends) with the chance of running into complications and being considerably more.... upwards of $15,000 (over time... not just for initial surgery). Midas was, as always, a total gentleman at New Bolton and for his examinations. He is so perky, vibrant, and full of life. After discussing the options, potential complications, outcomes, etc... we have decided we are going to continue onward and pursue surgical debridement. We will know pretty quickly post op, whether or not he can handle the process and if his hoof will regrow as we hope and pray. If our prayers fall short, we can say definitively, that we tried and gave him every possible chance.... and can lay him to rest with our hearts and minds at ease. To wonder "what if" and where or not he could have been saved is just an unpleasant haunting we don't want in our minds. This is going to be a long, very expensive endeavor. Please say some prayers for our golden boy. We love him dearly already!!

    Midas came home with us and is tucked in back at the quarantine barn. It is looking like Midas will be getting a trim and shoe put on his right front tomorrow (Tues) and having his surgery on Wednesday. We do not yet have our bill from today's visit at New Bolton, or for the vet and farrier coming to look at him. We truly are going to need all the help we can get with this guy and lots of continued support!! We have raised an incredible amount of funds for Midas which will go towards his surgery and initial care.... but it realistically won't cover all his treatments.

    We cannot thank everyone enough for their support and AMAZING generosity!! THANK YOU ALL!!

    June 05, 2017