What has three hooves, a ton of spirit, and needs your help? Ginny the Lionheart of LaSalle.
Sarah Bailey, and her mother Tracy, took in this mare three weeks ago. Ginny was named Ginny the Lionheart, for her very fluffy mane. The Baileys are asking for help to support Ginny in the future.
This miniature horse met with an unfortunate accident when she was young. Her back right foot got caught in a wire fence, and the injury was so severe that the owners at the time had no choice but to amputate the hoof.
She was taken in by new owners, who made the effort to create a prosthetic hoof for the filly. However, as Ginny grew, her prosthetic did not. After a few years, the prosthetic didn’t fit at all. Her owners knew they couldn’t care for the horse’s needs, and reached out online for someone who could help.
Sarah heard the call. An aspiring veterinarian and animal lover, Sarah has already taken in a couple other horses that needed her help.
She found the advertisement for the three hoofed horse online, and knew this was a horse that needed their help. She approached her mom with the idea, and things quickly came together.
“I sent a shipper up there to look at Ginny,” said Tracy. “They said to me ‘Trace, she’s in bad shape’. I told them to call the vet, and see what they said. If they said that it was too much, then they should euthanize her. But we were told no, that she was still so happy. So I said okay then…ship her home.”
Ginny left her farm in Algonquin, and was set up in a new home in Windsor. The Baileys say that Ginny’s positive spirit is what keeps them motivated to try and fund for a prosthetic.
“Her ears are never pinned, she’s never bad tempered,” said Tracy. While she may be a rascal at times, crawling under fences and always hankering for a treat, the Baileys say that Ginny is right at home at their farm on Gesto Road.
However, the Baileys realized quickly that this wasn’t a case of Ginny just missing a hoof. Without all four legs for support, Ginny’s remaining back leg has begun to buckle sideways as it takes all of the weight. Her spine is twisted. In the future, if even she receives a prosthetic limb, she will need more special care to adjust the rest of her body back to normal.
“I’ve been asked already, why do I waste my time or money caring for this horse,” said Sarah, “I say, if I lost my foot and I was still happy, I wouldn’t want someone to put me down.”
Tracy said that any little bit helps. In the future, the Baileys have hope that Ginny and her sweet tempered manner might be suitable for therapy animal work at a hospice or elsewhere. Otherwise, they are more than happy to keep her at home as they very large fluffy dog.
A Nova Scotia-based prosthetist Jeff Collins, of K-9 Orthotics & Prosthetics, has offered to create a prosthetic hoof at a reduced cost. He will work with a local Essex County veterinarian to get Ginny fitted. The money raised will be going towards the prosthetic and other physiotherapy for Ginny. Donations can be made through their GoFundMe page.