"Star's Story: An Amazing Horse Gets a Second Chance to Breathe"

"Hi, my name is Star and I am a nice looking (if I do say so myself), 12 year old sorrel AQHA mare with a story to tell...

I feel like my life just began about a year ago when my then neglectful owner decided she no longer wanted me. She dropped me off at Meadow Haven Horse Rescue in Nixon, Texas, where I met my guardian angel, Darla Cherry. Then, I was suffering with a serious breathing condition and was basically unable to do anything but stand and try, desperately, to get air into my lungs. My wheezing thru my clogged muzzle could be heard from yards away.

On June 25, 2009 some nice people came to visit me at Meadow Haven Horse Rescue and suddenly big plans were being made that would change my life forever. On June 29th I was loaded into a trailer and taken to Retama Equine Hospital in San Antonio where I was put into a roomy stall with shavings and my very own fan. (I had never had my own fan before!) While I was nervous about being in a new place, the nice people I had met made me as comfortable as possible, and so I rested my eyes and tried to relax until morning.

The next day, Dr. Keith Huffman greeted me in my stall. He had kind hands, and I knew he would take good care of me. Later that day I was let into a strange room and things suddenly became darker....and my eyes became very heavy...  I awoke to bright lights and people all around. I was not scared, but I was a little confused as to what had just happened. I heard a doctor mention the words "permanent tracheotomy." But, I being a horse really didn't know what that meant.

Later that day, I remember feeling so much better than before. I wish Darla (my rescuer from Meadow Haven) could have been there as I was finally able to draw my first breath into my lungs without struggling. There are no horse words to describe how that felt! Ahhhhhhhhhhh.....  Though I was a bit sore and people came into my stall numerous times a day to check on me and dress my wound, I could tell things were different...but much better!

On Friday, July 3rd, I was released from the hospital and was loaded into a trailer where I traveled to a new home in Rockport, Texas. It's beautiful here. Now, I am a very happy mare with her own stall/paddock (and my own fan!), plenty of good food, hay, water, and carrots, cookies...and a lot of friends! My new mom assures me every day as she cleans my surgical site and puts on my medicine that I will always have a safe haven in Rockport. I take a deep breath and I believe her."
Author's Note: Diane Davis & her husband Bill Windham have a beautiful ranch in Rockport, Texas. Currently Diane and Bill lovingly care for 10 horses from a variety of tumultuous backgrounds. Star lives a very happy and otherwise normal life as a horse who just happens to breathe through her neck! / Meadow Haven Horse Rescue is in Nixon, Texas and currently has about 50 rescued horses on-site. Diane is the Secretary for Meadow Haven Horse Rescue. To make a donation to help horses like Star get a second chance at life click here.

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