HORSE sets showing, hopeful someone can help ill horse
Updated 10:42 pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut will host a horse showing Aug. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Guests can meet the 28 horses on the farm, including newcomer Duke, a 19-hands-tall Belgian draft horse that has lost a piece of his esophagus during a laser surgery gone bad, and his food and water come out his nose when he eats and drinks.
The 7-year-old horse is able to get enough nourishment to survive, but HORSE staff said they don't know for how long.
Additionally, he is at risk for a lung infection.
The resident surgeon at New England Equine Practice in Patterson, N.Y., said there is nothing he can do, since the flap is not there.
"We're willing to do anything that will help him regain full use of his throat so he can have a normal life at some point in time, even experimental treatments if done at a veterinary college," said Patty Wahlers, president of HORSE.
"We're hoping the community can help. We're looking for a pioneer in the world of medicine who can save this horse's life," she said.
According to Wahlers, Duke has had a difficult life. He was a premarin baby who was sold at a young age. His mother was a premarin mare, a horse who is kept pregnant so that her urine can be used to make estrogen products.
After birth, he was thrown into a field to see if he would survive. Then he was brought to auction and sold.
After that, Duke was used in a four-horse hitch and won with his team at the World Draft Horse Fair in Ohio, and ended up sold at auction only three months later.
For more information, call the 43 Wilbur Road farm at 860-868-1960.