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Remembering Emma ...

Emma at her interim foster location after she was rescued and where her first treatments had begun.

In October, 2010 we agreed to accept a miniature horse from an equine rescue group who had rescued her and another horse, both starved and abandoned; (Read the full story here.) they only had room for one horse at the time and reached out to Popcorn Park. Even though Emma was half starved and her hooves were very overgrown, it was easy to see much beauty in this chestnut and white paint. She was loaded with internal and external parasites and her medical care began as soon as she was settled in.

While our veterinarians were dealing with Emma's most pressing problems and designing her medical program to get her healthy, no one had any idea that Emma had a big surprise in store for all of us. One early morning when she walked out of her little barn to greet our staff, she was followed by her new baby who had been born during the night. How amazing that this sweet, but dreadfully ill, mare had been able to give birth to a healthy baby. We named the foal Sunshine and she and her Mom have lived together at Popcorn Park.

In 2014, Emma developed that dreaded laminitis in her front hooves. Her pain and discomfort were managed with corrective shoeing, multiple pain medications and strict attention to her diet. She was diagnosed with Cushings disease in 2015 and responded well to treatments with pergolide. Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries are common in elderly ponies like Emma and recently she tore the menicus in her left knee. Knowing that she would not recover from her injury and the laminitis, we felt it wouldn’t be fair to allow her to suffer as her quality of life deteriorated. We sadly had to put our sweet lady to sleep.

Because of the kind and generous support of our many donors, we at Popcorn Park are able to provide the best and most skilled veterinary care possible, from our shelter veterinarian, to our exotic and large animal veterinarians and when necessary, the excellent veterinarians and facilities at North Star Veterinary Hospital. As a result, though many of our rescues come here sometimes with little hope of surviving, many do survive and spend years enjoying the care and compassion and love they find with us.

We know that all we do is only possible because of the kindness and generosity of our donors who love our residents like we do. We are so grateful that we are able to provide the best food and care for them because of you.


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