The pictures on this page are a little gory - view at your own discretion! They show a great example of why we do what we do.
Help to Save Trigger
With our help and care he WILL recover and live a great life!
Trigger came in yesterday (December 2, 2014). The owner said she couldn't afford vet care so he went nearly a week without professional help. She tried to doctor it herself. We offered to help because we honestly, couldn't stand to see him suffer. Clair Coley paid for a vet to come and see him where he lived. Dr Wilson said he has a 50/50 chance of survival. Clair then paid $200. to have him hauled to the rescue farm. He is so good to work with, he knows we are helping him.
Please help us raise funds to help with Trigger's medical care.
We are rescue!
Trigger is such a trooper! Cleaned and hydrated the wound this morning. It's amazing how calm he is when we are taking care of his leg.
It Will be a Long Road to Trigger's Recovery, But He WILL Recover With Our Help
Dr Laura Duvall Mohoney examined his leg today. It needs to be hosed and cleaned daily. It need to be kept moist and wrapped. As the tissue dies in the next 10 days, it will need wound debridement then we can have the Vetrixinc martix material put on and it will help heal the wound. It will have to be kept moist once the matrix is on as well. It will probably take 3 months to really heal to a good safe point. We need to make sure the infection stays away. It really smelled foul yesterday.
Wish him good thoughts and prayers, it has a long healing process to work through.
Volunteers Make ALL The Difference!
Trigger is so good to work with, he knows we are helping him.
Look at these wonderful volunteers cleaning out his wound, Thank you ladies.
Tonight Cheryl was discussing his injury, and what you are seeing is the front of his leg. Most of his tendons and connective tissue in the back seems to be intact. The cellular Vetrix Matrix product will heal and stimulate the tissue as the whole leg begins to heal itself!
Honestly, in 3 months Trigger will have a nice leg! It will be functional and he will be able to have a nice life ahead! He is only 9 years old!
How can I help? ~ Donations Needed
1. Make a donation securely via Paypal. Mention 'Save Trigger' in the comments area. THANK YOU!
2. Come out and support our Holiday Scavenger Hunt event on Dec 6th and 13th. It is free to enter and there are free and paid activities. Paid activities include: Scavenger hunt, pony rides, food, shopping vendor tables, angel tree for donations, & more. THANK YOU.
3. Visit our Best STH Selfie Contest of 2014 and vote on the best Selfie. Donations are $1 per vote. THANK YOU.
So if you donated $5, for example, you could click on and vote for five images and make the donation via the Paypal link on that page.
4. Send your prayers our way for Trigger. Visit our Facebook page regularly to read updates on Trigger's health. It will be a long road but we are here to do all that we can to save him. THANK YOU!
Trigger Update - December 9th
Update from Dr Worsham:
As is obvious to everyone, Trigger’s “degloving” laceration to his right hind limb is of a catastrophic nature. His chances of survival at this point are probably better that 50/50 thanks to Save the Horse’s involvement and his hospitalization.
In his favor are the facts that he does not have a concurrent infection in the area (Gangrene was a definite possibility) AND his incredible good nature as a patient. He is extremely cooperative to his treatments despite their severity and this is huge in terms of a positive outcome. Those horses who by their nature will fight the vet at every turn are much less likely to survive than those like Trigger who almost seem to understand this guy is here to help. Whether it be intelligence or sweetness, we need not debate.
Since his arrival (4 Days ago) the wound has been debrided of all necrotic tissue and lavaged daily with saline via a water pik system. He was also x-rayed to see if there were any bone fragments in the wound.
Shockwave therapy was instituted today on the granulating margins. Several years ago research showed an incredible stimulus of soft tissue growth with shock wave therapy.The leg will be cast starting this week at 7-10 days intervals to stabilize the region to allow maximum second intention healing. Debridement/irrigation and shockwave therapy will be instituted at the cast change intervals. Use of Vetrix Biosis Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffold cell therapy is also being explored for use when appropriate.
We want to thank Katie Rice at Pulsevet , David Bolton at Vetrix , Dr John Peroni at UGA, Cheryl and everyone at Save the Horses for all they have done and offered for Trigger. Save the Horses is an amazing organization .
a short video of the shockwave today follows.
PLEASE keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming to Trigger
Trigger Update - December 11th
Dr Worsham and TaylorMatheny from Vetrixinc getting a closer look and deciding how to apply the matrix. Trigger/Trooper update: Cheryl and Hugh met with Taylor Matheny from Vetrix today. We plan to put the cast on Trigger's leg tomorrow or Friday and use the Vetrix material at the same time. It will be a tricky process to affix the matrix sheets to such a large wound. Multiple sheets of the extracellular matrix material will have to be sutured to the wound margins in order to be properly absorbed and help provide a bioscaffold for tissue regeneration . This procedure along with Shockwave will be repeated at 7 to 10 day intervals with each cast change. Trigger also continues to receive antibiotics twice a day.
Both companies are generously donating their product to Trigger's cause. I will post their websites for anyone who wants to learn more about these procedures.
Trigger remains a "Real Trooper". He is eating well and seems very happy in his new surroundings.
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Trigger Update - December 16th
Trigger had more proud flesh removed so new growth can grow. They have a lot of hours into working on this serious wound. Thank you Dr Hugh, Penny and Mattie and everyone else helping. The Vetrixinc product and cast will go on soon. It will be hopefully a better healing leg when the cast is removed 7-10 days later. We won't know what we will find as far as healing until the cast is changed. Keep sending good thoughts and prayers.
Trigger Update - Christmas Eve
A significant factor in Trigger's potential for recovery is his apparent lack of lameness and pain in the face of such a horrific injury. Here is a video from today, a typical day, walking freely and standing evenly behind on no pain medication. He has not needed or received any Bute or other anti-inflammatories since his first week here. It is hugely important that he is bearing weight evenly on both hind limbs. Horses can not survive long without the use of one leg because the opposite limb will undergo a mechanical failure (usually laminitis) resulting in Euthanasia. This is what happened to Derby winner Barbaro years ago.
Today we applied the vetrix material to the wound and cast the leg for the first time. If he tolerates it well, the cast will stay on for 7-10 days. After that we will debride, shockwave and reapply the cast.
Trigger Update - January 2nd
Thank you Dr Worsham and crew. Trigger is doing SO well. New Years Eve Dr Worsham took the first cast off (after one week) and the granulating wound couldn’t have looked better. Dr Worsham debrided the excess granulation tissue with a scalpel and then shockwaved the wound margins. After 48 hours in bandages to allow the bleeding to stop from the debridement a second cast was applied which he is tolerating even better than the first cast. It appears he has grown to like the support of the fetlock that the cast affords.
See what 25 days of intensive treatment can do,,,( today's picture vs picture taken when he arrived)
TOGETHER we can SAVE TRIGGER!
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