Maddie was examined by Dr. Genovese, one of the nation's leading experts in equine lameness, at the Cleveland Equine Center this afternoon. He discovered numerous abscesses in her left front hoof, and diagnosed her with mechanical foundering of both front feet due to the years of neglect of her hooves. He resectioned each hoof, paring them back to healthy tissue. Maddie was then packed with medication and had medicated pads wrapped onto her feet. All this was done under nerve blocks so she felt no pain.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Genovese and his staff at the Cleveland Equine Center. Maddie had her own stall when she arrived and the undivided attention of everyone as soon as she walked off her trailer. She seemed to know that they were intending to help her and behaved like an angel, winning over all who helped with her care. Words cannot express how kind, gentle and thorough Dr. Genovese was with our girl. Generous, too, as we found out when we went to pay her treatment. We expected a bill in the thousands of dollars and found that the doctor and his staff donated all their services and billed us only for the medications administered there and those being sent home with Maddie ($465).
So what does the future hold for Maddie? Dr. Genovese said that her prognosis is good, but guarded. She will be wrapped daily with clean bandages and medication. Our wonderful farrier, Chip (of whom Dr. Genovese speaks highly), will apply epoxy to the outer wall of her hooves in 2 weeks to stabilize them. She will be fitted with leather pads and very light shoes to further help reform her hooves as they grow back out.
If you would like to help with Maddie's care, you can donate to Equine Angels Rescue online via pay pal or by mail at 135 Durango Lane, Cabot, PA 16023, or by sending donations for our feed bill to the Mars Agway at PO Box 450, Mars, PA 16046. We also welcome donations of vet wrap and cotton rolls to wrap Maddie. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Maddie.
Maddie's hoof is beginning to look less deformed after her regrowth and Dr. Genovese's trimming
Maddie's hoof after being pared down to healthy tissue.
Maddie when she arrived at Equine Angels Rescue
Maddie was picked up on Aug 18th after we received a call from a state trooper near Cooks Forest.
Maddie is severely emaciated and has numerous hoof and feet issues. Her prognosis for a recovery is very slim but we are going to do all we can to keep her comfortable and do what we can to give her a chance at a normal life. Please keep Maddie in your prayers she has a very long road ahead of her.
We are needing monthly sponsors for Maddie as her costs will be ongoing. You can do so on our Sponsor a Horse
Thanks in advance and come see this pretty girl
she will steal your heart ...
We would like to say a very sad goodbye to Dusty who crossed over rainbow bridge after a sudden onset of a neurological debilitating illness. He made milestones and touched all of our hearts near and far. He is sadly missed.
In the spring of 2010, Equine Angels Rescue was founded to rescue and rehabilitate horses that were neglected, abused or headed for slaughter. Since then we have taken in and placed over 150 horses. We currently have approximately 47 horses at our facility in Cabot, Pa . These horses are either awaiting new homes, being brought back to health, or are placed there by the state awaiting hearings on owner neglect charges. Each horse has its own story and trials they have been through.
Our volunteers and board take the responsibility for these horses very seriously. Our stockpile of high quality hay is more than sufficient for the number of animals we have. We are affiliated with the only Board Certified Equine Veterinarian in our area, who pays regular visits to the facility to check the progress of our rescued animals. Our farrier is a miracle worker with great experience in correcting neglected hooves.
Rescuing horses in need, nursing them back to physical and mental health so that they can be adopted into loving homes is what we do, and we do it well. Our adoption rate is above average. Yes, we charge adoption fees, typically $200 for a mini and $400 for a horse (higher for promising horses who have been sent to training facilities to cross train as hunter/jumpers). Why? First, to recoup at least some of the cost for vet, farrier, hay and feed. Second, a horse that has been paid for will most likely not be resold to a kill buyer at a loss.
Equine Angels is a nonprofit organization. Asking for donations is how we survive. It is how all non profits survive, including the Humane Society and the ASPCA. Asking for donations after a financially challenging rescue is not a sign that we are in trouble. It is a sign that we are planning ahead for the next rescue.
Equine Angels is often criticized for not reaching out to help owners who are in danger of losing their animals. This is something that we do, albeit quietly, all the time. We provided feed, hay and education to many area horse owners throughout this winter alone. We also help to find adoptive homes for owners who can no longer keep their horses. We are sensitive to the emotional and financial crises these people are suffering, therefore we do not make these transactions public.
The offer always stands for anyone to come see the facility and the horses in person. If you have suggestions as to how we can do it better we are open to discussing them.