Blue is a young mustang gelding out of Nevada who came to AAE after being asked for assistance by Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and Virginia Range Wild Horse Sanctuary. He's had a large growth over his rear fetlock/pastern area, and he was unhalterable when he arrived at AAE.
He made great progress getting ready for his first veterinary evaluation, and his initial evaluation (exam, radiographs, and biopsy) resulted in a positive outlook. The bone in his fetlock area looked good and a biopsy confirmed the growth is granulation tissue (proud flesh). It appeared to be, but we wanted to confirm it wasn't something more. However, the mass is very large, and healing is expected to take considerable time.
We have been working on gentling and desensitizing to get him comfortable with his legs being handled for post surgical care. He also experienced a set back with what we think was a reaction to something (e.g. fly spray, a weed, a bite, or ?) and required some additional care and healing before we could move forward. Blue has made great strides with accepting humans and allowing his leg to be handled. Understandably, he was very sensitive with anything near the "blob". His surgery has finally been scheduled for Wednesday, August 23. He will need long term bandaging and care for best healing results, so we are anticipating needing lots of bandaging materials and post-op care, probably some sedation in early visits to assure safe handling.
Blue has come a long way since arriving at AAE, please donate to help cover the estimated costs of his surgery and care such as radiographs, biopsies, medications, post op care, and bandages/supplies to wrap his leg for months to come, and evaluation costs incurred so far. If any excess funds remain, they will be applied to the veterinary fund for future care of another horse in need.
Let’s give this gorgeous boy the best future possible!