"Spirit" the Wild Mustang Colt With the Broken Leg
I will be taking Spirit down to UCD starting at noon today.
He will likely be operated on to remove the plate & screws
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 Hospital. 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 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
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. All his photos have been in a stall.
But one day, you will be able to see him against the Nevada
blue sky & mountains. Again, thanks for asking about
this special little spirit.
Wild Horse Spirit
November 29, 1998
- Spirit has been recuperating in a box stall at a local
vet clinic for the past 5 weeks. This is to enable him to stay
quiet and heal properly. It 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
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 has become quite gentle. He still
hasn't forgotten his "wild days" though and is,
after all, a baby horse!
The plate may have to be removed from his leg in a few
months because he is growing as all young horses do.
Spirit desperately needs everyone to chip in and help with
his vet expenses. If you can find it in your heart to help him
please send your tax deductible donation to:
25 Lewers Creek Road
Carson City, NV 89704
Or call Bobbi at (775) 883-5488
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