Lazarus (Laz) is a 7 year old rescue stallion saved from the kill pen at the Enumclaw Sales Pavillion. He has suffered neglect and due to frostbite, lost the tips of his ears. He came to Diamond J Training on January 14, 2013. He was clearly in pain, with a very swollen head and face. The vet came out and found a terrible sinus infection, as well as major trauma to his head and neck, which was treated and Laz is feeling much better. He is learning to love and trust despite clear abuse in the past. Unfortunately this sweet boy is a cryptorchid.
Cryptorchidism means "hidden testes" (crypt = hidden, orchid = testes), and is used to describe the condition in which one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) testicles do not descend normally. Common terms for animals with this condition include rig, ridgling, original, or high flanker. In a cryptorchid horse, one or both testicles, which form in the body, do not migrate into the scrotum. It may be retained anywhere from the abdomen to the inguinal canal, the normal passage route into the scrotum. As you can imagine this can cause many complications. To get him gelded will require a serious surgery, costing approximately $1,500.
While Laz had a wonderful sponsor to help get him released from going to slaughter (thanks, Angela Brown!) and Juliane is donating his board and training and covering many medical expenses, we need help. Many of Diamond J's friends and followers have offered to kick in a few bucks to help make this important surgery happen. Can you spare a little bit for a very special horse? Follow Laz on Diamond J Training's Facebook page and please help us spread the word about this fundraiser. Diamond J is not a nonprofit organization, but we donate countless hours and our own money to rescue horses and train them to be happy, healthy companions. Your support is appreciated.