Huey Khan is our first rescue horse. Although not a draft horse, he is a rather large horse; he is a German Oldenburg (Oldenburgs, it should be noted, were originally bred as heavy coach horses for the German Royals).
Huey Khan's early life is very unclear. It is very clear that he had severe damage to his front legs tendons and joints.
We tried just about everything to help him. At that time he spent nearly 70% of his time lying down. Later he developed very bad thrush and canker(a fleshy tumorous, extremely painful growth) in his front frogs and soles and heels, making his walking all the more painful.
He had special people and friends come and treat him and work with him but still no dramatic improvement. He had the lesions removed by Vets several times. We felt his injuries were setting him up for what would be a lifetime of lameness.
I was advised to euthanize him. Huey Khan is young and has one of the most charismatic personalities on the farm. He loves attention and draws people to him with his sweet and friendly demeanor. I just couldn't give up on him. I am so glad that I listened to my heart. We are so thrilled with Huey's progress that we are hopeful that he may actually achieve what was once believed impossible, a nearly full recovery.
When we were presented with the offer to become part of the StemEquine study with Dr. Steve Purdy with some of our horses, Huey Khan was our first choice.
Within the first 2wks Huey Khan's canker and thrush completely cleared up. It has not returned and he is now on his 4th month of the study. His overall health has improved dramatically. His coat is amazing and he is no longer depressed and stressed from pain. He is comfortable and pain free. This past week (Jan.17th 2012) we were able to trim his feet for the first time without the help of any tranquilizer. All of this has really inspired us to believe that the continued use of this supplement will only bring about more health and soundness for him.
We are looking forward to sharing the continued healing that Huey Khan receives while on this supplement. Like I said we are now thinking that hoping for a miracle for him is not so far fetched!