Organized by: Vasyl Savchuk
Poke Along was foaled February 8, 1993, a granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony. She sold for $36,000 as a yearling and headed to a racing career, but she wasn't a big success, winning just one race. She was retired to breeding, but like many broodmares, once she couldn't produce anymore, she was discarded. Pokey ran through Mike's Livestock Auction, a low end auction frequented by people who buy horses to slaughter them for their meat, in September 2011. She sold for just $80 to one such buyer - but Pokey was lucky. Melanie had seen her at the sale and couldn't get the mare out of her head. She bought her before the load shipped to Mexico that weekend and saved her life. Soon, they were in the show ring, winning a 2nd and 4th their first time out! Pokey was always perfectly healthy until a few days ago. The barn manager noticed she had not gotten up from a snooze when all the other horses in the turnout had. Her condition deteriorated rapidly thereafter and the vet was called immediately. He determined she needed to go to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare type of colic, epiploic foramen entrapment. The epiploic foramen is a slit-like opening in the horse’s abdomen through which intestine (most often small intestine) can become entrapped, resulting in severe colic due to strangulation of the affected intestine. The only choices when this happens are surgery or euthanasia. No other form of treatment can help. Pokey - true to form - came through surgery with flying colors and even the surgeon observed that she is recovering much more quickly than the average horse, despite her age. If you're reading this, all I can tell you is that this is a super cool mare with a hardworking owner who has truly done everything in her power to earn money to care for her. Horses Pokey's age cannot get veterinary insurance, not at any price. While there was a 70% chance she would live with surgery, the cost was extreme (estimated at $12,000 - $15,000). Melanie is not only not a rich person, but several years ago the company she worked for was sold and she had to take a huge drop in pay. Pokey is her only horse. She works two jobs - 7 days a week - and has done so for many years, in addition to volunteering many hours in horse and cat/dog rescue. On top of that, Melanie's brother passed away just a few weeks ago with no warning and the family is still reeling from that loss. She, understandably, could not say no to trying to save her beloved horse so soon afterward, despite the fact that she will likely be paying this off until she is 93! Any help is appreciated toward Pokey's vet bills, and we will be updating this page to let you know how she is doing!