Rod and Sue Weeding from the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre are pleased to report young rescued gelding Jett has returned home safe and sound from Barcelona, after undergoing groundbreaking surgery to repair his malformed back leg.
Jett was rescued severely malnourished from an orange grove with acute deformities in his left hind fetlock.
Sue believes Jett likely contracted a virus as a foal, which turned into septic arthritis and caused irregular bone growth.
“Most young horses would die from this if not instantly treated but amazingly, he survived,” she says. “Given that throughout his young life he was also severely malnourished, it is a miracle that he made it to two years of age. This is yet another example of the strength these animals have to survive.”
While special remedial shoes were made for Jett, x-rays later revealed his bone structure was so poor that only tendons were holding the leg together and there was a strong risk of collapse.
So four months ago, Jett was sent to Barcelona’s specialist Equihealth Veterinarian Clinic for arthrodesis surgery, which meant breaking and rebuilding the damaged joint in Jett’s leg then reshaping the bone and adding metal plates along the side and the front secured with screws.
“The operation was a complete success,” Sue says. “It’s very groundbreaking, the kind of thing you’d normally only attempt on a really expensive horse. So it’s quite incredible for this little guy, who was found in an orange grove completely deformed. That made us even more determined to do something and again against all the odds he has survived.”
Rod drove up to Barcelona on June 17 to collect Jett, who travelled the eight hours home very well. He is now turned out in a small paddock during the day while an assessment is made about the best paddock and companion for him.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies heavily on its network of charity stores across the Alicante province to help cover the costs of state of the art surgery such as Jett’s, plus the feeding and care of the other 82 horses, ponies and donkeys that live at the centre.
Sue and Rod are preparing to open their eighth charity store at Gran Alicant by the end of July and are looking for volunteers to help staff the shop. A van driver is also need one day a week for pick-ups and deliveries.
Any donations of good quality furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac to help stock the store are also gratefully welcomed. Please contact the charity shop hotline on 652 021 980 for more information about furniture pick-ups and volunteering.
The public is invited to meet the many animals saved from abuse and neglect during Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre’s Sunday open days from 1pm-4pm. Entrance is free and guided tours begin at 2pm. Tasty food and refreshments are available in the garden café.
For Directions please visit www.easyhorsecare.net and click the about us tab then map and directions or call 652 021 980
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