Georgia Draft Horse Rehabilitation and Recovery, Inc.

Big John joined us today (6/9/17) as an owner surrender who took him from a bad situation in hopes to rehab him herself. She felt he needed more than she could offer at the time, so she reached out to another rescue in our Network. Thank you Second Chances Equine Rescue (Hinesville, GA) for getting his information to us. We were 5 hours closer than SCER is. The vet and farrier will see him this week (6/16/17).

Fulton County Animals
Pending Trial

These animals joined us in April of 2017. They have been fully vetted, wormed, worked onto a feeding schedule and have had their hooves trimmed by our farrier. They are impounded at this time, and their status is to be determined pending the outcome of the owner's trial. More info will be posted as it becomes available.

Enamor

Enamor arrived late in the night 7/6/16 as an owner surrender. We were told that she is 14 years old, but our veterinarian examined her yesterday and feels she is older, in her twenties. I cannot put into words what a gentle soul this horse has. We named her Enamor which was influenced by a dear friend who has an incredible love for horses, and also because of the meaning of the word- to fill with love. Enamor spent several weeks in a sling because she was too weak to support herself. She is now turned out with a small herd and progressing very well. We hope she will be physically ready for adoption mid-late 2017. Enamor's rehabilitation costs total approximately $750.00/month. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of Enamor's rehab, please contact gadrafthorserecovery@gmail.com.

Big John G

Ash

We picked Ash up on 5/12/17 from a neglect situation. Per his veterinary exam, he is completely blind in the left eye and partially blind in the right as well; he sees mostly just light. We gave him a nice bath yesterday and he seemed to really enjoy that. He has lice, and his feet are horrible, but our farrier will be here Monday. His front right pastern is rotated significantly. That may or may not be permanent, we will see what the farrier thinks. We pulled blood for labs and coggins, but we will send that out Monday just to make sure he has a good weekend and begins re-feeding okay. He is also a little dehydrated. Our vet is hopeful that his eyes may physically straighten out some and appear more "normal" as he puts weight back on, but they may not improve at all. We are forwarding his case to an ophthalmologist for further instruction. He is a very sweet little guy; he is just a little afraid. 

"Dedicated to healing"

This page is dedicated to the horses we have currently in rehabilitation. These horses are all medically ill, injured and/or are malnourished. They will remain with us throughout their rehabilitation, and will then be evaluated for either adoption or permanent residency with us, depending on their individual needs. 

Sunny 


Sunny arrived the night of 11/13/16. He is said to be a PMU baby who came from a horrifically abusive past. He arrived with an obvious fracture to his right hind leg, and severe emotional needs. He was an owner surrender due to needing further medical attention. Update 11/14/16: He was seen by the veterinarian today and radiographs were taken of his injured leg to reveal a horrible fracture as we suspected. Remodeling of the bone suggests that this is an old injury that he's lived with for quiet some time. We are now awaiting a call back from the surgical team at UGA to explore our options. We are hopeful that he will be a surgical candidate as our vet expects he will. The possible plan, if the surgeons agree, will be going in, cleaning that area up, straightening the leg back out and using plates to support it. As of now the opposite hind leg and hoof are holding up exceptionally well and his overall appearance and health otherwise is good. He has a growth in each eye that our vet is confident is squamous cell carcinoma, and he unfortunately is not a surgical candidate for the leg correction as of his exam in March 2017. He remains fearful of humans right now, but he opens up if you just spend time showing him your intentions are pure. He wants so badly to feel safe and loved, you can just see it in his eyes, but between being impaired physically and so damaged emotionally, he is just very unsure. 

"If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting."

Lewis


Lewis arrived the night of 11/13/16. He is said to be a retired carriage horse. He arrived experiencing lameness issues and issues maintaining weight. He was an owner surrender for needing further medical attention that they could not give him at the time. Update 11/14/16: Dr. Marcella evaluated Lewis today. We took radiographs and assessed the overall condition of his hooves. He has an old injury to his front left hoof which will leave his hoof wall damaged for the reminder of his life, but overall he is sound in the feet. He needs a good trim and should do well, in terms of the health of his hooves from there. He does have some significant back pain. We suspect arthritis in the lower back which is causing him to inappropriately carry his weight. He has muscle wasting in the hind-end and appears to be pulling most of his weight from the front end. He began Previcox today for this arthritis. He has been started on the Thrive diet which we are soaking. He only has a few teeth left other than his incisors. He will have hay around the clock, but we do not suspect him to be able to process it like he needs to in order to get enough nutrition from that alone. He needs some minor dental work, but that will wait until he's healthy enough for sedation.