FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER INC via Crowdrise
July 15, 2015
BENEFITING: FAITH EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC CENTER INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 15, 2015
Formerly known as: Orion the Therapy Horse Needs Life Saving Surgery
Update: Orion is safe and sounds back at Faith Equestrain! Keep on reading to learn more about his visit to UGA and his arrival back at Faith!
*If you are new to this page, please continue reading below to learn about Orion and Faith Equestrain, where he came from and what has happened since his arrival at Faith Equestrian.
It has truly been a whirlwind the past couple weeks and I have to say, we are extremly grateful to the amazing care that Orion has received as well as to have him safe and sound back at Faith! I have been positng updates on our Facebook page, but will summarize for anyone not on Facebook. Orion went to UGA a couple weeks ago (after just arriving at Faith) for a severe sand colic which we believe was made worse by him being extremely underweight and wormy. We took him there under the assuption that he was going to need colic surgery in order to make it through. When he got there they started pumping him full of fluids and ran some more diagnostic tests and determined that if he responded well to the treatment and fluids that they may not need to do surgery. Fast forward a couple days and we find out that Orion has already had a colic surgey in his past (if you read below you'll see that we don't have any information from Orion's past lives) and that the surgery prognisis was not good.
This definietly put a damper in our spirits as Orion took a turn for the worse and it was decided that if he was in pain and the outlook wasn't good that the best thing for him would be to put him down. Somehow though, Orion just wasn't ready to go and he pulled through that night and continued to improve without surgery. They started him on some bran mash (horsey oatmeal) and he was happily munching away on that for a couple days. The Vets at UGA were a bit perplexed by this happy turn of events and said that we could leave him there to start on hay or bring him back to Faith. We unanimously decided that leaving him there another couple days was the best thing we could do and so they started him on hay. All has been well at the hospital, his vitals have been great and so Orion returned to us this past Saturday, July 25th. We've been keeping him eating, drinking and munching hay over the past couple days and are going to try to fatten him up as he lost a bit more weight while at the vets.
Our total bill between our initial vet visits at the center, the trip to UGA and his treatment there as well as follow up vet visits to the center for blookwork and more diagnostics for his "Shivers" will total up to about $3,500. Way less than the expected $8,000! I am therefore changing out goal to $3,500. With this amount, we can continue to ensure that Orion receives the care and treatment that he needs down the road and will assist in covering our bill from UGA.
Thank you all SO much once again for spreading the word about Orion and donating to his fund. We are so thankful to have you all as part of our program and know that Orion is one happy boy to be back here with us.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is a non-profit Therapeutic Riding Center in Guyton, GA. We are a small but growing program and currently serve individuals with cognitive, physical, mental and emotional disabilities. We are a member center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding (PATH) International and are looking to not only grown our current programs but develop new programs as well. We are looking to develop a veterans program over the next year and have been looking for a gentle giant, which is how Orion came to be at Faith Equestrian.
On Sunday, July 12th we went to look at Orion, a 17 hand, 8 year old Thoroughbred who had been living in the pasture for a few months as he wasn't quite working out as a show horse. We were told that the riders didn't like to ride him because he was too much work and that he didn't have enough "go" for the world of jumping. In the Therapeutic Riding world that is a good thing! The quieter, the better! Within the first couple minutes I observed that his ground manners weren't stellar and he was extremely underweight for his towering stature, but he had a kind eye and a quirky personality. I was very hesitant to give the go ahead for a trial, based on his ground manners, but once I tried him out riding around, I was sold. Orion is a dream to ride. His reach and balance are impeccable and he has a very safe and under you type of feel. I never once felt unsafe or at risk while riding, which is pretty remarkable for a horse his size. I figured we'd do some ground work, teach him some manners and have him for at least the next 10 years!
We decided to bring him to Faith Equestrian for a two month trial to see if he'd be a good fit for our program and to see if we could work with him on those ground manners! Unfortunately, upon arrival Orion looked fatigued, dehydrated and a little lost. We walked him around tried to get him to drink, eventually making some "tea" with soaked feed to entice him to drink. This was yesterday and through two emergency vet visits and multiple medications as well as a tubing to try to move the blockage we reached the colic crisis point. Orion needed surgery or we needed to make the difficult decision to put him down, based on his best interest and the amount of pain he was in. After consulting with our Vet we decided to send him to the University of Georgia for an emergency colic surgery. While we have only know this horse for a few days, he has made a huge impact on us (the Staff) and the center both with volunteers and riders who want to see the "giant" horse.
The majority of our horses come from rescue situations and we do the best we can to get them healthy and fit for their new lives. We like to consider it a life of leisure with a little work in between. It takes a special horse to be successful in the therapeutic riding world and I adamantly believe that Orion is one of these horses. His calm, quiet and inquisitive personality have not wavered through this ordeal and I truly believe he knows we have been trying to help.
The owner has agreed to hand over ownership to the center so we can treat him as our own and do what is best for Orion. Unfortunately we have been told the surgery can cost upwards of $8,000. As a small growing enter, we just do not have this kind of money floating around and are desperate to treat Orion and have him come back to the center to live out a long comfortable life as a therapy horse.
We ask that you take a minute and see if there is anything you can give. Any amount is more than we had before and any share on Facebook or social media can help reach people who we never could have. Any amount that we raise past what is needed for Orion will be saved in an Emergency Vet fund for our herd down the road. We have had so many amazing people come to Faith Equestrian, donate their time, money and energy to help us in so many ways throughout our existence and because of that we have changed so many lives. We are asking for one more help. The CEO and I are now tied to Orion. He is the start of something big, we both feel it. He has come to us for a reason and we are going to do whatever we can to save him. We ask that if you can, to please help us.
Thank you so much for visiting our page and allowing us to share our story.