Maci had additional recovery costs
Maci came to AAE after an auction rescue by another organization. She unloaded from the trailer lame, and you could see discomfort throughout her substantial suspensory injury and fractured sesmoid in her front right and body. After substantial diagnostics, her issues were multi-fold. She had Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in at least three of four fetlock joints. OCD is a relatively common developmental disease that affects the cartilage and bone in the joints of horses. Maci would need two surgeries, hinds, then fronts. After several months of stall rest, Maci had her first surgery in January and the second in February. Stall rest continued; by summer, Maci’s space and exercise increased gradually until Fall, when she she was able to increase her daily turnout to the sandy arena. Maci has made a remarkable recovery. She loves her turnout, and she moves around the arena as if nothing happened. Her prognosis was upgraded from companion to potentially light riding based upon her progress with exercise. Maci’s veterinary costs this year were over $4200, although a good portion of the surgery costs were raised in a past fundraiser. However, that did not cover all costs: hospitalization, medication, bandaging/supplies, and related aftercare expenses. Maci has the most amazing personality, and she’s waiting for her own special person.