Slaughter rescue horse in need of sarcoid surgery.
He was a young 8 year-old black morgan type horse found in a local broker killpen by Christy Sheidy, co-founder of AC4H. Every week Sheidy photographs and has volunteer riders do short evaluations of local broker horses in order to provide a larger viewing audience with the hopes of finding these horses homes. Brokers buy and sell horses but also ship horses to slaughter; Sheidy works to place these horses in homes before they wind up on trucks headed to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.
Over two years ago, Noir, the black broker horse possibly heading to slaughter was having his initial short evaluation. A quick pull on his reins from his rider, and the horse reared up as if he had been taught. The rider tried again, and again the horse seemed to understand the cue. He closely resembled the horse on Flicka; could it be one of the horses used for the movie? The horse is also able to bow, allows riders to jump on him from behind, stand on his saddle, and knows western riding commands, head shakes and paw commands. No one will ever know for sure, but this "trick" horse was rescued; this "trick" horse has his own fan club, and this "trick" horse needs another operation.
The horse is named Noir, and he belongs to the New England Equine Rescues, a 501c3 all breed horse rescue founded by Rhode Island resident Beth Hill Ross. NEER networks with the help of volunteer Mary Martin and others, helping horses in need throughout New England and beyond. Horses rescued by the organization have traveled as far south as Florida and as far north as Maine using NEER volunteers to provide funding and transportation.
Noir suffers from equine sarcoids, a devastating and frustrating skin disease thought to be caused by the virus bovine papiloma. Although much research is currently being done and progress made, there has been no consistent effective treatment. The tumors have tendrils which can invade muscles making complete surgical removal extremely difficult. Although not malignant, the disease is difficult to control, looks ugly and can cause extreme pain. The latest drug Aldara ( imiquimod ) used as a topical cream applied directly to the skin has shown promising results; in some cases the tumors have completely disappeared and the condition has gone into remission.
At this time Noir has a lump on his groin which is threatening an artery; more of his ear needs to be removed, and he will need to continue the expensive follow-up treatment with Aldara,( imiquimod). His original surgery to remove an ear sarcoid and one on his sheath was very successful. His follow-up surgery will be performed at Tufts Veterinary School of Medicine and will cost approximately $1800.
Noir's home is with NEER volunteer Liz Russell who cares for him and works with him preparing him for dressage competition later this year. He will remain a sanctuary horse of NEER's to ensure that Noir receives the latest and best medical treatment.
NEER has been extremely fortunate to receive a signed and framed original portrait of the TB racehorse, Cigar... painted by Richard Stone Reeves... http://www.framingfox.com/cigricstonre.html We will be auctioning it off, or doing a raffle... deets to come. (: