|SEX: gelding||BREED:Quarter Horse type||REGISTERED NAME:unknown||INTAKE DATE:1/27/2021|
|COLOR:bay||MARKINGS:star and stripe|
|YOB: 2001||AGE: 20||HEIGHT: 15.1 HH||WEIGHT: 950|
|LOCATION: Redmond WA||ADOPTION FEE: $300|
Mac and another horse were seized from the owner by Animal Control due to neglect. The pair spent a few months in custody before Mac was released to SAFE. We’re told he is an experienced trail horse, and if that proves to be true, it should be fairly easy to find this kind horse a good home.
Near the end of March, 2021, Mac was startled by something when being led into the barn. When he reacted, he fell and seriously gashed his left hind leg. Mac was put on extended stall rest to ensure that he moved as little as possible while his injury healed. Mac has been great about accepting his confinement. To keep him company, permanent resident mini horses Sunny and Shasta spend part of their day near Mac in a temporary fenced area. With multiple bandage changes behind him, the good news is that Mac’s wound is closing and filling in. Mac loves the attention he gets during the bandage changes and is enjoying daily grass turnout with a buddy.
Mac just got the okay from the vet to come off of stall rest and move around some more! After 9 weeks, he has graduated from living in a stall 24/7 to getting a little sunshine in one of our rehab paddocks. Just like a lot of horses, Mac is a social guy and is happy to be outside of the barn surrounded by more friends as he goes about his day.
He even got to stretch his legs with a brand new friend, Domino, for a little grass time. The two hit it off right away and Domino was upset when their time was over too quickly and called to him from his paddock across the property. Don’t worry, the two will have more time to hang out as we slowly increase their grass time over the next couple weeks. The future is looking up for our big Mac.
Mac has been on stall rest for 5 weeks now. He has become so patient with the bandage changes that he doesn’t need any sedation. The vet has changed his bandage about 8 or more times and now the staff can change the wrap every 3 days and the vet will come check it every 10 days. The wound looks good, but we are watching for more granulation in the center. The outside of the wound has a nice white line which is a sign that new tissue is forming and the wound is closing. All in all, Mac has been a very patient, patient. Check out the video of Mac enjoying a treat ball gifted to him by a kind donor.
Mac’s bandage was changed on Monday and it looks good! The wound is starting to fill in and we will be starting him on oral antibiotics this week. He isn’t the best for worming, so we will see if he will eat it with a little grain. If not, we will try a feeding syringe. Our backup plan is to have our vet come out to give him a shot of Exceed, but if we can avoid that, it will cut down on Mac’s considerable vet expenses.. He has another bandage change scheduled in 5 days. Once the wound has filled to a flat surface, we will change the bandage ourselves.
For now, Mac is on stall rest. He misses being next to his buddies when all the horses leave the barn in the morning. To keep him company, we’ve created a small little pen outside his barn door window. Sunny and Shasta keep him company during the day in the hopes he won’t pace in his stall as much. It seems to be helping. He takes a bite of hay, peeks out to check on them, and drops a little hay on the ground for them. It’s mutually beneficial. Sunny and Shasta get a little extra hay from the sky and Mac has some friends.
Sadly, Mac had a bit of an accident yesterday during turn in. He got bothered just outside the barn door, scrambled backwards, and fell onto a ceramic planter. He suffered two sizable lacerations on his left hind gaskin that needed emergency vet care immediately. Luckily Rainland Farm Equine’s Dr. Lewis was quick to arrive to his aid. She was able to clean and suture the top laceration but the bottom was too close to the hock joint and has too much movement for it to be closed from the outside. It was cleaned and packed. Mac’s entire leg is wrapped to help stabilize the injury site and hopefully allow for it to heal. He is on antibiotics and stall rest for the foreseeable future. Dr Lewis will be back out Wednesday to evaluate the healing and re-wrap his leg.
So far, on day 1 of stall rest, Mac has been a very good boy. He looks longingly out the window at the horses in turnout but he’s staying quiet and doesn’t seem upset. We hope for an uncomplicated healing time for this sweet boy. Accidents happen, but it is no fun when our friend is in pain. Luckily, we have some amazing staff ready to get him the help he needed and he should make a full recovery. Until he is 100% healed, we are taking him off the available list for adoption. Once he is back to work, we will get back to work to find him a home as a light riding horse and offer him for adoption again.
During a recent veterinary exam, Mac flexed positive in both his right hind fetlock and upper limb. He improved on soft arena ground but the test on hard ground showed pain. To rule out any major issues, we decided to take radiographs of his right fetlock which showed the more significant response on the flexion test. Thankfully, the x‑rays showed nothing significant. The question then remains, what is causing the discomfort in that hind? With clean x‑rays, we considered the possibility of a soft tissue injury. However, with no palpation sensitivity for the suspensory ligament, we could rule that out. But it’s much harder to palpate the sesamoid ligament so that would require an ultrasound to see if this is the cause of his discomfort.
We know that Mac is no spring chicken! Our goal is to see if he can comfortably be a light walk/trot senior riding horse, a buddy for long flat trail walks, and a great companion for other horses. In an effort to see if this is possible or if he should be retired from riding, we have decided to see how he does on a daily dose of Equioxx. We plan to monitor his comfort over the next month, build his riding top-line and revisit with our vet in an evaluation after that time.
We have to add that Mac was a real champ for his exam! He put up with us flexing and trotting him around the parking lot while staying cool as a seasoned gentleman. Makes our lives so much easier to have a sweet boy to handle!
Mac has only been at SAFE for about two months. He is a sensitive boy with sweet eyes. So far, we are working on getting Mac conditioned and building more muscles. He is learning that moving forward is the answer. He braces when he is asked to go back and is head shy at the poll. For this reason we do not think he should be tied up. Mac is very sound and even though he has a little sway back, we are hopeful we can build muscle to his topline. He did really well when we turned him out with one of our other geldings. Check out the video below.
Here’s a look at the third time we put a saddle on Mac.
Here is a video of Terry working with Mac in the round pen at SAFE. She is teaching Mac to be comfortable with the rope being thrown at him. This will help him learn that not everything she does is asking him to do something or react. When Terry is swinging or tossing the rope towards Mac, she is not using her energy to request more of him. This helps when it is time to ride Mac. He won’t be as worried about reacting to moving objects or things touching him while he is being ridden and can focus on her.
Mac and another gelding were seized by Animal Control due to severe neglect. We are told that Mac was almost as thin as Anakin was when he was picked up. He spent several months in Animal Control custody before being signed over to SAFE. We’re told that Mac is an experienced trails horse, and if that is indeed true, we should have no trouble finding a good home for this sweet old fella. Mac still has a few pounds to gain, but once he’s healthy and out of quarantine, he’ll join our Horsemanship program and we’ll find out what he knows!
Mac’s friend is being taken on by Cowgirl Spirit Rescue Ranch, where he will get the care and retraining he needs to find a new home.
1. Julie B.
2. L. Devin M.
3. Judy C.
4. JoAnne & Dwight L.
5. Nancy S.
6. Christina W.
7. Debbie M.
8. Virginia M.
9. Michele L.
Every horse deserves at least ten friends! Even a small monthly donation can make a difference. Plus, SAFE horse sponsors receive discounts at local businesses through the SAFEkeepers program!