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Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We used the grant to purchase a compression sleeve for Jesse, a 16-year-old Belgian with chronic progressive lymphedema, a chronic swelling of the extremities.

The grant allowed us to purchase a compression sleeve that restored Jesse's quality of life.

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Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

When Jesse came to our rescue he could barely bend his right rear leg because his chronic progressive lymphedema, or CPL, was so severe. He was uncomfortable, withdrawn and his muscles were wasting away. We knew that if we did not reverse some of the effects of the CPL, his life would be compromised. After conducting some research and speaking with our vet, we decided that a compression sleeve was the best chance Jesse had at a better life. The results we have witnessed have been nothing short of amazing. Within a week, we could see a difference in the size of his leg, and today, both of his legs are almost the same size.

Jesse is no longer withdrawn, but is an active, alert boy who is able to jog with the rest of the herd. In fact, on cold days he has been seen bucking, chasing and playing with his herd-mates. It is all a direct result of the compression sleeve that we were able to purchase with the grant. Thank you for allowing us to restore Jesse’s spirit.

At this time, Jesse is still not available for adoption due to other health conditions we are managing, but we have attached photos documenting his progress. The first two photos are his intake photos and the last photo was just taken yesterday. It shows the incredible improvement that he has made.

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