As many of you know, we began helping Geronimo in December as part of our “Christmas Cheer” program. We were unable to take him into the sanctuary at that time but wanted to see what we could do for this special boy.
He had worked as a carriage horse in Nashville for approximately 17 years, struggling with some lameness issues and then foundered on his left front foot about 2 years ago. He is a very sweet guy and is estimated to be between 30 and 32 years old!
Even though we had assessed him and were trying to put measures in place to make him more comfortable, it became clear that to help him the most would require bringing him into our sanctuary. While we are operating at capacity, it just seemed the right thing to do was to find a way to make it work.
For the time being, he will be in our quarantine paddock, which has shelter, until other accommodations can be completed.
What are his needs and what will they cost? (This is not an all-inclusive list but what we do know at this time)
Feed $100/month, Hay $175/month, Previcox (for arthritis) $75/month, Hoof Trims $40/month, Supplements for pain and gut health $60/month as well as Shavings for soft bedding, possible rubber stall mats and about $1,000 of pea gravel or other footing to resurface a paddock for him.
He will also need Vet care-radiographs for his feet to determine the severity of the founder, Dental care as it has been many years since his teeth were checked and he drops a lot of feed.
How can you help Geronimo? As a 501c3 charitable organization we rely on public donations to carry out our mission of helping at risk senior horses. We would love for you to commit to a monthly sponsorship or become a monthly donor! www.ferrellhollowfarm.org
Stay tuned to learn more about this sweet old man!
Cindy Daigre, Founder
Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary