Horse Spirit, Ltd. presents...
...with a happy ending.
Spirit at UCD on gurney going to surgery.
CLICK for video!
UC Davis 10-16-98...Spirit being
walked from x-ray. Now at his stall to await surgery.
These generous ladies took "Spirit" to UC Davis for surgery on his
The surgeons put a plate in his front leg to stabilize the fracture
until it heals at which time
the plate will be removed because the colt's bones are growing.
"Spirit" has returned to Nevada and is presently recovering at an
equine vet clinic in Reno, Nevada. Along his journey to
recovery, this colt has shown remarkable courage and a strong will
to survived his injuries. He has touched every human heart
with his bravery, gentleness and behavior that equals the best
"Spirit" is without a doubt one of America's
treasures. His vet bills have already topped $2,500.00. He
still has a 2nd surgery to go within the next several months after his
fracture has healed.
What a brave horse "Spirit" is!
November 29, 1998
- Spirit has been recuperating in a box stall at a local
Reno equine clinic for the
5 weeks. This enables him to stay quiet and his fracture
heal properly. This is imperative to keep him as quiet as possible,
preventing him from spooking or jumping around and put too
much pressure and/or twisting on the broken leg. More x-rays
have been taken and sent to U C Davis for evaluation.
Spirit has kept busy though. Busy
training his human handlers!
They are coming along as well as humans can. If Spirit
wiggles his left ear they jump to feed him carrots. If he
wiggles his right ear they fetch him juicy apples. Spirit
really enjoys his grooming and has become quite gentle. He still
hasn't forgotten his "wild days" though and is, after all, a
The plate and screws will need to be
removed from his leg in a few months because he is growing as
all young horses do.
I will be taking Spirit over the Sierra Mountains and down to UCD starting at noon today. He
will likely be operated
on to remove the plate & screws tomorrow morning.
Photos below of Spirit awaiting his 2nd surgery at UCD on
3-3-99...to remove his screws and plate from his now healed elbow
HERE FOR A VIDEO CLIP OF SPIRIT GOING TO SURGERY ON 3-3-99.
2-28-99 Thanks for asking
about little growing Spirit. We are waiting for a break
in the winter storms to get him over the Sierras from
Reno/Carson to return to University of California Davis Equine
He was scheduled to go about 1 1/2 week ago, but it snowed.
He is scheduled again to go on Wednesday, 3-3-99, but looks
like Mr. Winter is still not cooperating. Tomorrow,
3-1-99, may be a break in the winter weather. So we plan
to contact Spirit's doctor & tried to takes him either
tomorrow or perhaps, Tuesday, weather
They will re-evaluate his elbow fracture and remove his
hardware. By x-ray it has healed. Once the
hardware (plate & screws) is removed, the bone growth of the
adjacent bone will play catch up & he should do really well.
He has been confined in a
12x12 padded & bedded stall since his surgery last October
1998, via veterinarians instructions. He has been quite
patient. Has lots of toys & enjoys visiting with
Mona, Charlie's (Mona's baby who will be one year old next
Kitty & others (All wild horses) through the gate panel.
When he sees the others playing & running in the arena area,
he bucks, spins, rears, etc. One day he will be out
there, too. Up until now, all his photos have been in a stall.
One day, you will see him against the Nevada blue sky
and mountains. Again, thanks for asking about this
special little Spirit.
Wild Horse Spirit.
Spirit's big, happy, healthy kick to everyone who
helped with his recovery. He and
Bugz are great
Wild Horse playing in the arena.
25 Lewers Creek Road
Carson City, NV 89704
Or call Bobbi at (775) 883-5488
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