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!!