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Healing Miracles

by Sue Blair

A pair of recuperating CDF mares point the way to healthier horses around the world.

If you’re a regular reader of our articles, you’ve watched for news of the healing stories of Battersea Tracy and Sweet Pea since last October.

The dedication of Carpe Diem Farms volunteers and staff; the expertise of Ric Redden, DVM surgeon/farrier of Versailles, Kentucky; Miguel Rodriquez, DVM/farrier of Lexington, Kentucky; Joao Neto, College Station, Texas, farrier; Dave Giza, Culpeper, Virginia, farrier; and Pete Ramey, Lakemont, Georgia, farrier has been nothing less than a miracle for both horses. Prayer warriors from around the globe have followed these horses’ journeys through our Facebook posts as well.

I am thrilled to report that after losing the lateral side of her right front hoof as well as the complete right side sole from abscessing due to the unusual rain; in five months Sweet Pea has grown a whole new hoof and sole. For those unfamiliar with hoof growth, it normally takes a year! Using Easy’s Slippers and special rocker pads, orthotics developed here on the farm, we were able to stimulate the blood flow to the hoof, keep her comfortable and moving throughout the process. She’s now back in her regular slippers, enjoying life on the farm.

Tracy continues her healing process. Her hoof issues, also caused by abscesses gone rogue in her hoof, caused an extraordinary infection that impacted the entire medial interior of her right front hoof and the exterior of the same. She has required three very extensive surgeries. Her daily aftercare is ongoing. It was always questionable if she could survive and that the infection stays contained in the hoof and not impact her bloodstream. Mother Nature is methodically growing an interior and exterior hoof. She too wears Easy’s Slipper orthotics and a medical plate as well as rear slippers for comfort and stability.

What we have learned from both of these cases will be published to help other horses heal. Once more, the horses of CDF are helping horses globally.

Carpe Diem Farms is a 501(c)(3) experiential educational foundation. Visit us at Carpediemfarms.org.