Save Nash: Hernia Surgery Fund

$1,125raised of $5,000 goal
22%

Organizer: Golden Spike Farm Beneficiary: Nash of Golden Spike Farm

This fundraiser is closed

Nash is a handsome black Tennessee Walking Horse that I rescued in June of 2011. He was at a horse farm in where the farm owner knows the person that trucks horses to Canada for slaughter.  The truck driver stops at her farm and unloads horses he thinks she can re-home.  To prove to her the horses are quality he gets on them bareback when he unloads them.  If she thinks she can find a home for them she puts the horses in her rescue barn.  She has about 10 rescue horses at a time that are kept in standing stalls.  They are tied up and not able to move or turn around.  As a result from standing for so long the horses ankles swell.

This is the conditions Nash was in when I went to look at him.  They said he was the nicest horse they had in the group but knew nothing of his past nor why he was on his way to Canada.  I took a look at his deep brown concerned eyes and fell in love.  I got on him that day to experience for the first time the wonderful gait (running walk) of the Walker.  Here is my blog post from that day.

It was then that I noticed he had a bump on his lower abdomen.  The farm owner played it off as not a big deal.  When he got to my farm the vet checked him out and told me it was a hernia, in a very unusual spot.  Normally they are around the belly button. The vet said to keep an eye on it and if I gets any bigger it will require major surgery.

Well unfortunately almost 2 years later the hernia has grown to the size causing my vet real concern and I have find a way to fund his surgery.  You see Nash was rescued at the small cost of $600 the surgery will cost $5,000.  I do not have the funds for this.  

Here is where Nash's big heart comes in.  He is the biggest lover of all the horses. He comes up to everyone and is so gentle he licks your hand like a dog.  He loves kisses and hugs.  Really everyone who has met in falls in love with him and they have convinced me to raise funds to pay for the surgery.

Updates

Updates

12/09/2013
by Golden Spike Farm

With so many involved with Nash’s fundraiser I figured I would give you the final numbers, so that you can know where we netted out.

The cost of the surgery and post operative care was: $6,430.75

The total amount fund raised was $5,825.00.

The remainder was $605.75 which is being covered under the farm expenses.

Thank you!

Thank you AGAIN to everyone who supported Nash in this journey.  WE could not have done this with out your generosity.


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11/01/2013
by Golden Spike Farm

Scheduled Nash’s Surgery Date:

Tuesday, November 19th

I can’t believe it is really happening!  The generosity of friends and animals lovers is beyond words!  We have raised enough money to pay for the surgery!  Thank you to all of Nash’s benefactors:

  • my lesson students who
    • choose to ask for donations for Nash instead of birthday presents,
    • raised funds through their schools – Nickles for Nash
    • put out Nash Cans at local businesses.
  • the friends of Nash & GSF who give of their own money
  • friend who organized a raffle for tickets to a football in Nebraska
  • friend and amazing photographer Judy Reinford who donated a photo shoot & images for the fundraising flyers and postings and had a client out for a photo shoot who donated to the campaign.
  • Fretz Western Wear for agreeing to have a Nash Can on their counter and their customers for donating.

I have not yet closed the fundraising due to the cost of aftercare and in case of  any post surgery complications.  If  there is any money left after he is healed and recovered I will donate it to a worthy horse rescue group.

Now for the Details

I spoke to Dr Eric Parente on Wednesday.    He is the a professor of surgery at the New Bolton Center for large animals.   He explained that we will have to minimize Nash’s feeding schedule for 2 days prior to the surgery.  The goal is to decrease bulk in his colon so that there is less pressure on the surgical site.  So this means no hay starting Sunday, November 17th and he can only have 1 -2 cups of grain every 4 – 6 hours.  He is going to be so mad at me!

Nash will be admitted to the hospital for 4 – 5 days. I can bring him in either Sunday night or Monday before noon.  On the first day Dr Eric will ultrasound the hernia to find the margins and how close it is to the last rib.  He will use the ultrasound to figure out what to anchor the surgical mesh to.  If it is close enough he might even use the rib for anchoring.

The surgery would consist of general anesthesia and the insertion of the mesh.  After the surgery he would have a belly bandage for support.  They would use IV antibiotics followed by oral antibiotics.

He should be able to come home  on Saturday.  I scheduled his release during the week of Thanksgiving when I am off from work and my parents are up visiting.  That way I can be there for him and spend time with him during his early recovery. Once Nash is home he would have to be in the stall for 2 -3  weeks with only limited hand walking.  This will allow time for the important scar tissue to form.

The end result is that the mesh would provide support from it getting bigger.  The results would not be flat against the stomach because it will have a round shape as the scar tissue fills in.


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10/07/2013
by Golden Spike Farm

A friend of the farm has generously donated 2 college football tickets to the Nash fundraising campaign.  Then he set up a raffle through ebay to raffle them off.  All proceeds will go to Nash’s surgery fund.

Please click here to visit the ebay page:  Raffle for 2 Nebraska vs Michigan State Spartans 11-16-13 football tickets

Please share this link with any friends in Nebraska or Michigan.  Thank you for your support!


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09/23/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
Today's total fundraised so far is $2,700!

I am so very pleased to let you know that thanks to the very big help of my lesson students we have reached the 1/2 way point in Nash's fund raising campaign. Thanks for all your help and support we have more to go but this is a great accomplishment. I hope to have the funds raised in time to have the surgery done this winter.
 
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09/19/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
It has been a while since I provided an update. I thought the summer was busy... coming into fall is even busier, but I can't complain.

First of all Nash is doing great!  Unfortunately his hernia has gotten a little bigger, but we are not at crisis point yet.  He is such a sweet guy and has now started licking my face!  Which is a little disconcerning because  that tongue is next to big teeth! So it took a while to be comfortable with the big slobbery Nash kiss but knowing he is a big furry love bug I almost enjoy recieving them.  Check out his update from this week on the Plog: http://goldenspikefarm.com/2013/09/18/i-love-nash/

The funds are up to $1449.10 as of today so we still have a ways to go.  Nash has some big supporters out there so we know they are still raising funds for him.  I am very grateful for everything all of Nash's friends have done for him.  Today I created a Nash Can to be placed at a local store on Friday.  If anyone has any local businesses that they have a great relationship with, let me know I can give you flyers and cards.

Thank you for all your help and support to make Nash's fund raiser a success.
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08/14/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
What a busy summer the farm is having!  Sorry I haven't upated in a while but I wanted to let you know that the fund raising campaign is still on going.  I would like to extend a special thanks to my lesson kids.  They have jumped on board and are helping raise funds this summer.  They have done lemonade stands and put cans in local pet supply stores and Vet office.  

In the spring we delivered compost (aged horse manure) to local farms and residents.  I asked that all they pay was for gas.  If the truck did not need gas at that time the extra cash went to Nash.

So today I am going to deposit $188 in cash to the Nash bank account.

Please continue to spread the word and help anyway you can.

Thank you!
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05/22/2013
by Golden Spike Farm

Nash update from New Bolton Center

I just got off the phone with Dr Eric Parente.  He was very nice, explained everything and took the time to look a the hernia pics that I conveniently posted here in the plog.  I took notes of the conversation so wanted to share with you the positive news.

Nash would be admitted to the hospital for 4 – 5 days. On the first day Dr Eric would ultrasound it to find the margins and how close the hernia is to the last rib.  He will use the ultrasound to figure out what to anchor the surgical mesh to.  If it is close enough he might even use the rib for anchoring.  

The surgery would consist of general anesthesia and the insertion of the mesh.  After the surgery he would have a belly bandage for support.  They would use IV antibiotics followed by oral antibiotics.   Once Nash is home he would have to be in the stall for 2 -3  weeks with only limited hand walking.  This will allow time for the important scar tissue to form.

The end result is that the mesh would provide support from it getting bigger.  The results would not be flat against the stomach because it will have a round shape as the scar tissue fills in.

I asked about the risks:

  • What are the risks of having the surgery?  There is very minimal risks to the surgery itself.  The only one would be infection.  This is a low risk as this site of herniation has never been exposed to the outside world.  The fear is that there would be a low grade infection inside the hernia now and that would be opened up in the surgical process.  If the does occur then the mesh would have to be remove and the surgery would have to be performed again. 
  • What if we didn’t have the surgery?  It would continue to get bigger and not necessarily rupture but get to the point where it could become traumatized.  Meaning that if it was big enough it could be accidentally cut open and risk infection.
  • What is the risk of the surgery not working?  If we stick to the recovery plan, the risk of reherniation 

So good news all around. Back to fundraising!


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05/07/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
Fundraising outside of this website update:

Nickels for Nash!

One of my riding lesson students has started a Nickels Nash Campaign at her school.  She had a table in the back of a school event and collected change for him.  She also is working with the student council to have coin collection jars in every class room.  

Another student has started her own campaign at home.  She created a flyer and a coin box which is now sitting at the front door

Football Tickets Raffle

A friend of the farm is organizing a raffle.  He just got the tickets to the Huskers football game.  He is trying to get his work involved and the local humane society.

Thanks to you all for your support of this effort!
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05/07/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
https://www.facebook.com/judyreinfordphotography  We were granted an early sneak peek at the results of Nash's photo shoot.  The pictures turned out awesome!  When available these photographs will be used in the flyer, the websites, this website and possibly even printed framed and sold.  Keep an eye out for more fundrasing activites and let me know if you can help out.
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05/07/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
Since we are all in this together I wanted to let you know that the consultation with Dr Brad costs: $474.66.  So a big thank you to the early donations because this vet bill was totally covered by you all!!!!



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05/03/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
Surgery Update

The vet Dr Brad came out this morning.  He did an ultra sound to discover Nash's hernia contains fat, which is good news.  If it contained bowel it would cause colic and a blockage. He needs surgical mesh to hold it together and Quakertown does not do that surgery.  Dr Brad is calling a hospital in Kennett Square to get an estimate.  It is called New Bolton Center and is part of Penn Veterinary Medicine. http://www.vet.upenn.edu/widenerveterinaryhospital/AboutNewBoltonCenter6104445800/tabid/1603/Default.aspx

I
 also told him about Nash running out of breath so quickly.  He confirmed that the hernia was not causing that.  But said that his lungs sounded raspy.  So he pulled some blood to check for infections.  (He already called back and said that he didn't have any.) Then decided to put him on a bronchial dialator and a steriod.  Hopefully he will be breathing better soon in time for his surgery.

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05/03/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
$1,274.89

Our current total when you take into account donations recieved outside of this account AND paypal taking their 3%.  I had no idea that paypal would do this but I gues someone has to pay for the service.
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04/30/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
Fund rasing goes beyond donating money....

GSF would like to thank Judy Reinford (http://judyreinfordphotography.com/) for donating a photoshoot for Nash's surgery fund.  I came across her via Groupon and simply asked a question about taking pics of the horses plus the cost of digital copies.  She has amazingly turned around and come on board to help Nash's cause.  Thanks Judy! We are looking forward to our Photoshoot on Thursday.  You will see her photos in the save Nash Flyer and on the websites.

I am also pleasee to let you know that we have passed the first donation bench mark.  We are over $1,000 if you count the donations recieved outside of yourcaring.com.  Thanks everyone for your donations thus far and please keep spreading the word.
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04/26/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
We are almost 1/5th of the way to the goal after only 1 week!  Thank you everyone who has contributed and please keep spreading the word.  I wanted to let you know that this week I set up a bank account for Nash so funds will be kept in savings till needed.  If you don't feel comfortable donating here. I have talked to Quakertown Animal Hospital who will be performing the surgery.  They will accept donations on Nash's behalf.  I will let you know next week the details, after the veterinary surgeon comes out for the consult.

In case you are wondering what the hernia looks like I took some photos and posted them on my plog this week.  Go to http://goldenspikefarm.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/my-boy-nash-2/ to have look to see what these funds are going to.
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04/24/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
We have raised enough funds to cover the initial consultation with the Veternarian.  My Vet recommended that I used Quakertown Animal Hospital.  I just set up the appointment for Friday May 3rd with Dr Scheuch.  He is going to do an ultrasound.  This will let us know the organs involved.  I have been thinking for a while that the lungs are affected because everytime we go faster than a walk he runs out of breath really quickly.
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04/24/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
We have raised enough funds to cover the initial consultation with the Veternarian.  My Vet recommended that I used Quakertown Animal Hospital.  I just set up the appointment for Friday May 3rd with Dr Scheuch.  He is going to do an ultrasound.  This will let us know the organs involved.  I have been thinking for a while that the lungs are affected because everytime we go faster than a walk he runs out of breath really quickly.
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04/22/2013
by Golden Spike Farm
I would like to thank Nash's supporters, after less than 1 week we are off to a great start. As you know every little bit helps, and your donation will go towards saving a wonderful horse. Please also share we need to get the word out. Thank you so much!

<img title="Nash and me on a trail ride" src="http://goldenspikefarm.wordpress.com/save-nash/#jp-carousel-175780486" alt="Trail ride">

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