This has been an anxious week at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary as we fundraise for our little blind pony Splash. This mare came to us already blind and we’ve done our best to make her life as happy as possible. She has a safe pasture in which to graze, kind equine friends that help guide her around the field and a big strong man to keep her safe. She’s well fed, well watered and incredibly well loved.
This was not enough to heal the damage and trauma that has happened in the past twelve years to this sweet pony who continues to love and trust people. She is a lesson in forgiveness and an open book about how to love with all your heart. Her eyes serve no purpose and only fill her with pain. It would be similar to having a constant migraine, so our trusted vet Matt has strongly recommended having her eyes removed.
Splash, our blind pony is having trouble with inflammation, glaucoma and infection in both of her eyes and our vet Matt has strongly suggested we have surgery to remove both of Splash’s eyes. Since she is completely blind her eye orbs serve no positive purpose and only cause her pain. Our hearts are heavy to think she has suffered with this problem for years without treatment. Neglect and abuse leads to so many physical problems in animals. We are doing our best, with assistance from friends of the farm, to help animals who have been neglected or abused.
We are currently trying to find a local vet who is willing and able to do the bilateral enucleation at the farm using sedation and nerve block standing method, however we have been unsuccessful at locating an appropriate vet for the job. We will call the specialty veterinary hospital in Milton on Monday, Aug 1, 2013 to find out an appointment time and date. We will most likely book the surgery tomorrow.
Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is seeking help for one of its residents. Splash is a beautiful twelve year old appaloosa pony we rescued in December 2012. Her story was equal parts neglect and abuse. She has nerve and brain damage from trauma. Her right eye points down, and she has a tilt to her head that Matt (our wonderful vet) believes is due to damage to several of her cranial nerves. We can only speculate about the nature of the trauma.
Splash also suffers from complete blindness. She has glaucoma (just like our dog Poco) along with moon blindness (severe infection) and gross swelling of her eyes. It has been strongly recommended that Splash have both her eyes removed. The procedure is called a bilateral enucleation.