Horses are such amazing creatures especially when you consider their ability to recover from something as serious as colic surgery. On April 9th 2014, my horse Pro Bono “Bo” underwent colic surgery due to a 180 degree twist of his large intestine. It was a scary time for us especially the first week after the surgery, waiting to see if Bo was going to make it or not.
A few years ago, I rescued a very malnourished, severely dehydrated, and overall unhealthy horse from 119 degree desert heat left with no food, shade, or water. I began nursing this poor animal back to what the vet believed to be quite remarkable health for (what we are guessing) was a 20+ year old gelding. He slowly gained his weight back, and seemed to be doing very well all things considered.
The contrast from our previous destination could not have been more stark. We parked next to a sand lot, enclosed by various cobbled together bits of wire, string, and corral panels. Within the lot were a dozen or so under fed horses and ponies. The owner was clearly in over her head. But we were in for a bigger shock. Following a brief introduction, the seller lead us to the far end of the property where a little bay skeleton was pulling mouthfuls of hay from the center of a round bale..