I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Continuation of Latest Rescue Horse
Sancho Panzo a young donkey, who was found living on his own, and more or less abandoned, in Los Montesinos, was rescued and brought to us, we were more than happy to take him in and give him a permanent home.
Thinking he would be overjoyed to be greeted by our five other donkeys, who are all exceptionally friendly.
This was not to be the case, he was terrified of the other donkeys. We tried many times to introduce him gradually to them, but he really didn't want to know. The only place he was happy was inside the stable yard with humans. Obviously this created a bit of a problem for us as to what to do with him every day. However things have a way of working themselves out.
Our latest rescue horse, who we mentioned in a previous article, has been named Jett. He is a young two year old male who has sever deformities in both of his hind legs. The irregular bone growth that has caused these deformities we believe was due to him contacting a virus when he was a new born foal, that turned into septic arthritis. Most young horses would die from this if not instantly treated, but amazingly, he survived. Added to the fact that all of his young life he has been severely malnourished. It is a miracle that he has made it to two years of age. This is yet another example of the inner strength these animals have to survive. They want to live, and can given help, overcome most obstacles. Yes, he will be disabled all of his life, but we think we can make it a whole lot better for him and give him quality of life.
The first thing upon his arrival was to have extensive x-rays done, showing us and Dorothea, our equine vet, exactly why and what was happening to his joints. We sent these x-rays off to Gasper in Barcelona. He is a highly respected European horse surgeon that saved Faith, our little amputee pony, and has also helped several more of our horses here at the centre. After studying the x-rays, Gasper decided the best way forward was that, when Jett has finished growing in about three more years time, it could be possible for him to operate to correct his worst joint. In the mean time Jett has been castrated to calm his male hormones down and make it easier for us to handle him and work with him. Working with Gasper's instructions our farrier Enrique, has made special remedial shoes for Jett.
Enrique was trained by Gasper's brother who is a master farrier based in Italy, and so has the capability for specialised cases such as Jett's, we are extremely lucky to have someone like this working with us. Jett had his first pair fitted last week. We were all very anxious here at the centre to see the outcome. We didn't even know if he would be able to support himself on his worst leg when the other leg was being lifted to fit the shoe. But he did manage it by being supported by Rubio, Enrique's strong assistant who took Jett's weight.
The result was incredible. It has made a huge difference to this young horse, both legs are so much straighter and the worst one has the support it desperately needed to stop it collapsing, as it would have done eventually as he continued growing. He has to stay in his stable for a few more weeks as it normally takes about two months for young male horses hormones to calm down, so when he is able to go out he doesn't go crazy when he sees the mares and hurts himself. In the meantime it was important that he had a companion to keep him company, and guess what, Sancho the donkey who doesn't like other donkeys has hit it off with Jett.
So they have both found a friend in each other. As I said earlier some things are meant to be. Jett has a long road ahead of him, but he is now going in the right direction, with a little help from his friends.