Nov 1998 - Spirit giving Bobbi kisses

Wild Horse Spirit, Ltd.

  ...a free-roaming colt 
with a fractured leg.

...with a happy ending.
3-2-99 Spirit, his fracture now healed, on gurnery going into surgery at UCD to remove the plate and screws to allow his bones to grow normally.  
(right)  Spirit at UCD on gurney going to surgery.       CLICK for video!

October 30, 1998 -
A few weeks ago, Bobbi and Betty from wild horse rescue group, Wild Horse Spirit, Ltd., got a call about an injured wild horse near Stagecoach, Nevada. They hooked up to their trailer and went out to the desert. What they found was heart-breaking.

They found a band of wild horses that included the mare and her severely injured colt.   "Spirit" was a bay paint colt about 4 months old.  His left front leg was fractured and his right rear leg lacerated. He was injured while free-roaming with his mother's band.

10-16-98 Now at UCD, Spirit is sedated and going for x-rays.
x-ray of fracture before surgery10-27-98 Spirit's x-ray after his surgery at UCD to stablize his severe fracture with plate and screws.
  (left) Just unloaded and going to x-ray.  (right) x-ray after surgery.
   10-16-98 Spirit's right hind leg being redressed by his surgeron, Dr. McDonald, his x-rays taken    10-26-98 Re-splinting Spirit's fractured left elbow after his x-rays
(left) UCD vet redressing his injured right hind leg. (right) Re-splinting his fracture left elbow.

Vets and assistants walking Spirit from x-ray to his stall   10-16-98 Spirit now at his stall after x-rays.
  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 fractured 3-2-99 UCD anesthesiologist is inserting IV on Spirit before his surgery to remove his plate and screws from his now healed fracture.leg. The surgeons put a plate in his front leg to stabilize the fracture until it heals at which 10-27-98 Spirit just arrived at the Reno vet hospital after his surgery at UCD.  Dr. Peacock is helping Spirit to walk out of the trailer. Bobbi is on his left side helping to steady him.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 domesticated horse.

"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 November 1998 Spirit and Bobbi exchanging kisses while confined to a stall at the vets waiting for fracture to healpast 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!November 1998 Spirit being encouraged by a pet from Betty 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 baby horse!

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.

March 1999
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 remove his screws and plate from his now healed elbow fracture.

    3-2-99 Spirit yawning before surgery to have his screws and plate removed      3-2-99 Betty gives Spirit a pat on his nose before surgery to remove his plate and screws.
  3-2-99 Spirit in a stall at UCD waiting for surgery.

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 3-4-99 Spirit and Betty ready to load and return home to Wild Horse SpiritHospital.  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, Monday, 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 3-4-99 Betty unloading Spirit at Wild Horse Spirit from UCD after his plate and screws were removed.cooperating.  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 3-22-99), Red, 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.

(left) Spirit's big, happy, healthy kick to everyone who helped with his recovery.  He and Bugz are great friends!

(below) Spirit and Charlie Wild Horse playing in the arena.

Wild Horse Spirit
25 Lewers Creek Road
Carson City, NV 89704

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