In the midst of the recipient mare placement, we came upon this injured Thoroughbred mare some 20 miles away. Barely able to walk, with huge wounds to her leg, we were "hopeful" it was a deep infection that could be remedied. We immediately took her to West Coast Equine Hospital, where she has remained.
But as the X-rays here show, her inability to stand on her leg had nothing to do with an infection. It was instead horrifically advanced arthritis, permanently crippling her. She can barely bear weight on just the tip of her left hind toe, nothing more.
The antibiotics have done nothing to relieve her pain. After a week living at West Coast Equine Hospital, Aries can still barely walk. Although her eyes show such sweet life to them when standing idle, when forced to walk, all brightness disappears. A horse can not survive on three legs. And she can still barely hobble from her food and water, even on the very high dose pain relievers she's now on -- such a high dose, she can not live on for more than a few days.
Tomorrow, we are going to spend with Aries, loving on her. And rather than prolong her suffering, and force her through the intense agony of lifting her body up onto a horse trailer, it will be time to let go.
We wish we could have happier news.
If you would like to help us with Aries hospital bill, please donate direct to West Coast Equine Hospital at (805) 386-7151 orhttp://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html