Tarn and Garonne: a wave of solidarity to save “Junior”, an old horse that has been abused

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Recovered in a sad state, this 26-year-old horse will end his life at Les 3-Dindes Refuge Farm, in L’Honor-de-Cos, in Tarn-et-Garonne. An animal welfare association is launching a bank to help fund veterinary care and nutrition, which must be adapted to the health condition of an animal suffering from multiple pathologies.

Here is a horse that until now has led a more dog-like life. The story of “Junior”, a 26-year-old fat horse, is told by Lisa Fernandez. “A few days ago we were called after a report about a horse that no longer got up on its meadow. We didn’t know if he would survive,” admits the president of the refuge farm “Les 3 Dindes” in L’Honor-de-Caux, known far beyond the Tarn-et-Garonne for accepting animals or being arrested for cruelty.
The clinical picture of this black stallion is not folichon: “Several years ago he was wounded in the back, but was not treated. The examination revealed a rupture of the suspension of its cores. As his previous owners continued to ride him, his knee ligaments eventually failed and his general condition became alarming. In addition, he is stricken with melanoma of the anus. »

The beautiful neckline of the “Junior” has become a favorite of the 3-Dindes refuge farm in a few days.
Capture Facebook – Refuge Farm “Les 3-Dindes”

Despite this, the blood tests, “not catastrophic”, convinced the farmer’s refuge “Les 3 Dindes” that it was worth fighting to save the “Junior”.
I must say that the animal showed incredible resilience. “When we rescued him from his last owner, he was lying in this meadow, tormented, homeless, without hay and regularly without water,” says Lisa Fernandez. After a few days of care, the stallion found his pep in the meadows of “3-Dindes”… where he met “Lee” and “Rio”, the other two horses were welcomed to the shelter farm.

The orthopedist will make him a prosthesis for torn tendons

To give him more independence to travel, the association turned to an equine orthopedist over the weekend. “She took casts of Junior’s damaged joints and will be working on a prosthesis to replace his torn tendons,” explains Lisa Fernandez. The President of the Refuge Farm has also taken the initiative to launch a “special junior” kitten (1), looking to mobilize animal friends to help fund veterinary care and food for the old horse. In the spring of 2021, we remember the momentum of solidarity that manifested itself in relation to the “Malegal”, a horse gored by a bull in the Haute-Garonne and left unattended. Alas, two months later the horse did not wake up after the second operation on the left eye, where a tumor had formed. We wish Junior a more favorable fate.
“Since he has almost no teeth left, we will have to give him an appropriate cork-based diet with small pieces of carrots and other things to give him back his appetite. It’s already very nice to see his attitude after a few days with us. We know very well that at 26 he will not live long, but if only he could spend a few months in sweetness and love, and without pain.

(1) Here is the link to the kitten https://www.helloasso.com/…/les-3…/formulaires/7/widget

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