Save Nash: Hernia Surgery Fund

For: Nash of Golden Spike Farm
Organizer: Golden Spike Farm
$1,125
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 12 donors
22% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Nash is a handsome blackTennessee Walking Horsethat 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 myblog postfrom 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 loveskissesandhugs.  Really everyone who has met in falls in love with him and they have convinced me to raise funds to pay for the surgery.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 9, 2013

Posted on December 9, 2013

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.


Posted on November 1, 2013

Posted on November 1, 2013

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 ticketsto a football in Nebraska
  • friend and amazing photographer Judy Reinfordwho 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 Wearfor 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 Parenteon Wednesday.    He is the a professor of surgery at the New Bolton Centerfor 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.


Posted on October 7, 2013

Posted on October 7, 2013

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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