Wilbur – Crossed the Rainbow Bridge to Heaven
Wilbur is a 17-year-old Quarter Horse who stands at 15 hands. Wilbur was a local starvation along with his friend Mr. Ed. When Wilbur arrived, we automatically realized he needed to gain about 75lbs rather than Mr. Ed only needs to fill his back line. He was quite scared of lead lines along with being a little bit skittish. He has grown to learn that lead ropes are not dangerous, but we are still building the trust between Wilbur and lead lines. Since being here he has been opening slowly but surely! He wants to receive attention from our volunteers, he was quickly learned that he loves to be brushed. If you could brush him all day, I bet you he would. It is rewarding when gaining his trust, it does take some time, but he is willingly to try. Wilbur and Mr. Ed must be adopted out together since they came from the same place making them bonded. Wilbur is low on the pecking order but thankfully his friend Mr. Ed is high up, so he is protected by his friend. We are still working on gaining his complete trust along with Mr. Ed since they were abused so bad. Wilbur is fully sponsored by Stephanie H who lives all the way in the Alaska!! We are so appreciative of the unconditional love and support from near and far. During the Summer of 2021 Wilbur was receiving large amounts of Dexamethasone to give him relief from his COPD. COPD is like asthma for people. His COPD was so intense he even received treatments with a nebulizer. He was strictly a companion horse from this due to the fact riding would most likely only make it worse. We noticed last month he was starting to lose weight so we decided it was best to keep him in the barn to watch his weight. We tried everything but he wasn’t gaining his weight back. We had all kind of tests ran on him to later discover he was in kidney failure. The vet thinks he went into kidney failure due to all the dexamethasone he needed in order to help him breath. We let his good friend Mr. Ed say his goodbyes which is always sad to do but necessary so they know where their friend went. Mr.Ed will mourn for some time but hopefully he can find a new friend. We love you Wilbur!