This poor girl has been suffering from a deep, severe infection in her left rear hoof. She has white line separation all the way around and all the way up her hoof wall. There is less than 20% of it still attached. While Dr Kemper and her team were carefully removing a deeply embedded stone, it popped out and a river of blood poured out of her foot, unabated, like an opened artery. The pain this pony has endured must have been dreadful and profound, as the infection has been going on for a very long time.
However, we are hopeful she can fight off the infection, re-grow her hoof and possibly recover. Dr Kemper feels like it is worth a shot but says it will be touch and go moving forward. There is concern that the infection could set in deeper or that she could founder during recovery. Due to the severe pain she is in, Fiona was not at all pleased with the proceedings today and let us know about it. She had to be heavily sedated and this will have to be done every three to four days in order to change the bandage. Even without complications, regrowing an entire new hoof -- where there currently is none -- will be a long process.
If you can donate to help us with the costs of this girl's rehabilitation, please donate at www.auctionhorsesrescue.com or you can call in directly to the hospital at (805) 386-7151. Please state that your donation is for "Fiona the pony."
If anyone has a pony sized Easy Boot they could donate we would greatly appreciate it.