Picaro Leaves Ross Haven Farm

Picaro Leaves Ross Haven Farm
Picaro pictured with Dr. Carl Kirker-Head, Pete Daigneault, Farm Manager and Mona Kirker-Head with their daughters

Picaro's Progress is a Miracle!

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday, January 30

Not every day can be a red letter day - and today falls into that category. Picaro was not as bright and last night he was showing some small signs of colic. It is of no surprise given the amount of medication that has gone into his system. There are also signs of stomach ulcers.

The good news is...he continues to enjoy eating! He has such a wonderful team at Tufts - one for his head and one for his stomach issues. They work together for the best possible outcome.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Eating! Wahooo

Upon arrival, Picaro was laying down resting and seemed highly disinterested in having any sort of company. He is however, "EATING"!!!!!!!! He took a keen interest in food and was munching on softened treats for quite some time. He's also highly interested in alfalfa pellet mashes that are prepared by the awesome (!!) team at Tufts.

Today he looks like almost an entirely different horse compared to a few days ago. His eye is so bright and he's so much more lively. He's definitely getting more stubborn and full of personality which means he's starting to feel a lot better too. He has a new face bandage that gets changed daily and he thinks it's pretty itchy...but he doesn't get that he's not supposed to scratch it.

He's also been drinking a fair amount on his own and has been taken off of his fluids in hopes that he will continue to drink. He's also now only in half isolation because it's been determined that he doesn't have any salmonella and his 'intestinal irregularity' is lessening.

Still not out of the woods entirely and still has a few hurdles to get over but any progress is great!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday, January 27

When entering the brand new, state of the art, isolation building at Tufts, you can get overwhelmed by the sterile atmosphere. It sets you back and you think, "this is very serious."

Today was better though. After entering Picaro's area I was greeted by a very alert horse with grass (that had been hand picked by some of the students)hanging out of his mouth, a bright eye and ears forward. Wow, what a difference a day makes.

Although he is still on an IV drip and being tube fed, Picaro was able to drink the soaked alfalfa pellets with gusto!

His care is incredible and there is hope that he will continue to improve each day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday, January 26

Picaro is gaining. His jaw is beginning to move a bit and there is more interest in eating. If he would just begin to eat, we will see rapid improvement in his overall health.

He continues to be in isolation due to intestinal irregularity. He is still tube fed and has an IV drip.

His spirits are better today.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Where it began...

On January 14, 2010 Picaro, a 14-year-old Paso Fino stallion was rescued from a tragic shooting. He received two bullets to his head from his owner who had suffered a breakdown due to personal set backs in his life. On this horrific day 2 human lives were lost along with that of a pet poodle. Picaro is what remains from this tragedy.

Rushed to Tufts Veterinary School in N. Grafton, MA, Picaro was ambulatory and responsive. The surgical team, headed by Dr. Carl Kirker-Head decided that if this horse was still standing after this experience, they would do what they could to save him. The following day he had his right eye removed.

On Wednesday, January 20, a CT scan showed extensive damage to jaw and shattered lower portion of the hyoid apparatus which supports the tongue and some of the larynx.

Each day Picaro receives expert care from the members of this incredible team of Doctor's and Students .

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