Sarah – Crossed the Rainbow Bridge to Heaven
Sarah is a 21-year-old Belgium Mare who stands at 16.2 hands. Sarah was a Permanent Resident here at the rescue. Sarah is an ex-Amish work horse. When she was no longer useful to her owners, they shipped her off to a kill pen and she landed in the slaughter pipeline. Fortunately she made it out of the slaughter pipeline alive, and Sarah now calls the rescue home.
You might have noticed that Sarah is a bit on the “big and curvy” side, but she is a gentle giant. “Big Sarah”, as we affectionately call her, has a condition called Chronic Progressive Lymphedema (CPL). So far the condition only effects her hind legs. CPL is a chronic progressive disease that starts at an early age, progresses throughout the life of the horse, and often ends in disfigurement and disability of the legs. CPL inevitably ends a horse’s life prematurely. For 4 years it has been contained to her lower left rear leg but it is now slowly moving to her hock. She would flare up often in the summer months when it is moist and humid. She was treated with different anti-fungal (creams), which are applied from her hock all the way to the coronary band (hoof) each day. Sarah is treated with medication and she is doing well. She also had scratches which is a Secondary Condition. We love you Sarah!