Help Save This Wounded Horse!

Update posted by Ann Turri On Aug 20, 2017

The end of August marks six months since our sweet rescue mare, Tula, came under the care of West Coast Ecuestre. She's continued to improve on her road to recovery but reached a plateau and started to decline recently.

Given signs of weight loss, fatigue and persistent eye issues, we ran some blood work that showed a possible systemic infection, anemia, and weakened liver. Dr. Melanie also took samples from Tula's eye and sent them out for testing to rule out a fungal eye infection (resulting pending) Tula was put on a regimen of antibiotics per the vet instruction as well as receiving a number of additional supplements to support her health.

Tula, unfortunately, suffered another setback this weekend, resulting in her transport to an emergency vet clinic for treatment and further diagnosis. We arrived at the barn to find her hemorrhaging blood from her nose and after consultation with numerous veterinarians we determined that her life required a transport to the emergency vet clinic for treatment. We are super grateful to the Carlo family, Nani and Mara Carlo for arranging transport immediately.

When Tula arrived in Hatillo she was given IV fluids immediately and blood was drawn to try to determine the cause behind the hemorrhage and health issues. She was also given an endoscopy to rule out the possibility of a gutteral pouch infection and to determine the source of bleeding.

As of now, she is going into her second night at the emergency clinic, is stable, receiving nourishing IV fluids, and is in very good hands. We are grateful to have ruled out the worst case scenarios but are awaiting a concrete diagnosis so we can properly assist her FULL and THRIVING recovery. Tula is a fighter, and our community to pulled together to help save her. We are confident she can conquer this!

That being said, her veterinary bills, hospital stay and continued recovery will be quite expensive, and our small operation (and Tula) would be immensely appreciative for any financial support and love sent her way!


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Update posted by Ann Turri On Jun 13, 2017

This sweet mare has made tremendous progress in her 3 1/2 months at our barn. All of Tula’s wounds are healed, and her coat has recovered beautifully after major hair loss. She continues to gain weight and is building muscle nicely.

Tula’s training is also coming along great! She is super clever and very eager to learn. We can saddle her now and are slowly introducing the idea of carrying a rider. She is handling desensitization very well, which is awesome, considering she spooks rather easily.

Tula is still quite anxious, but given how terrified she was initially, her improvement is quite encouraging. It took weeks for her to eat from our hands, among many other small victories, but now she is very open to these interactions. Given consistency, patience, and heart, she will continue to calm and trust.

THANK YOU for your kind donations and continued support for our program! Without it, we wouldn't be able to take in rescue horses, like Tula, giving them a second chance and a new start.

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Update posted by Ann Turri On Mar 09, 2017

Tula is looking so much better! (named by Leslie) Her wounds are healing nicely and she is becoming more accustomed to being handled. Although still very fearful of people, she is beginning to trust and relax. With the exception of one deeper wound on her croup, the slashes have healed over and will begin to grow hair soon. She is putting on some weight and her coat already looks healthier. We will continue to post updates here, thank you all for your support!

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I have been following you on Instagram and you guys are doing an amazing job! It takes a lot of sacrifice and love to do this. Keep it up! Tell Chase this is a donation in his name for his upcoming birthday.

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