A neglected horse with crippling front hoof problems will return to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre this week after receiving life-saving surgery in Barcelona.
The mare, named Goldie by centre founders Sue and Rod Weeding, came to the Rescue Centre last year with severe laminitis in both her front feet. This is a very painful condition caused in her case by years of neglect.
“All of her life she was kept on her own in the most horrendous circumstances and just fed rubbish,” Sue says.
Goldie was sent to Equihealth Veterinarios clinic in Barcelona in October, for a highly specialised surgery. This was her last chance. If this had not have worked the only course of action would have been to put her to sleep.
“She’s a lot more cofortable now and is able to move freely without painkillers so that’s been a huge success,” says Sue. “She will always have to have special medical shoeing, but we’re very fortunate that our farrier has worked with and has had training by the Equihealth Clinic so he can continue the work that was done in Barcelona.”
Rod will collect Goldie on Monday (December 1), while dropping off another rescued animal requiring specialist care, little Franky the donkey.
Franky was found in mid-November with a severely malformed hooves caused by years of inadequate hoof care, including his front left hoof that has curved so far under that the donkey is walking on the equivalent of his wrist. The Equihealth Veterinarios team will attempt corrective surgery to lengthen the back tendons of Franky`s front leg to help the hoof rotate to the correct position
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre welcomes any donations and sponsorships to help support their important work. Every single cent donated to EHCRC or spent in their eight charity shops across the Alicante province goes towards the feeding and care of the many horses, ponies and donkeys that live at the centre.
The EHCRC charity shops are located in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada, Guardamar, La Marina, Pilar de Horadada and Gran Alacant. Donations of furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac to stock the shops are gratefully welcomed.
Large donated items such as furniture can be collected from your house and offer a delivery service for large items purchased from the charity shops. EHCRC is also looking for volunteers to staff its shops for a few hours or days each week.
Please contact the charity shop hotline on 652 021 980 for more information about furniture pick-ups and volunteering.
The Easy Horse CareRescue Centre opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. The centre is located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59. For more details and directions to the centre, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net
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