Shemar came into our rescue program on April 27, 2015. Shemar came from the Oklahoma County Sheriff;s Office along with 1 other horse as a abandonment/cruelty case. Shemar is a Beautiful, Black, Quarter Horse, Stud. Shemar is estimated to be 7 years of age. Shemar is very thin, body score of a 3, infested with internal/external parasites. Shemar appears to be a double crypt-orchid or was possibly a crypt-orchid and someone only removed the dropped testicle. We have run several testosterone tests to confirm that he is a stud. Now, we have to schedule surgery, to basically go in and find the testicular tissue causing him to be a stud. In the meantime, we have been battling some liver issues and hope to get those under control soon. Shemar stands for the farrier, and loads in a trailer. He is a super sweet boy and loves attention. Shemar has a long road of recovery ahead of him. We will update as Shemar improves. Please consider making a donation towards Shemar's Rehabilitation.
Update August 26, 2015 Shemar is back home and resting comfortably after yesterday's visit to OSU. If you have been following Blaze's for a while, you know that we always seem to have the rare cases and yesterday's diagnosis proves to be no different. Shemar has been diagnosed with a rare disease, so rare, OSU has only seen it 3 times in the last 20 years.
Sadly, we just didn't find the positive answers we were hoping for. Shemar has been diagnosed with a severe Pulmonary Disease Due to "Multisystemic eosinophilic epitheliotropic Disease" (MEED). MEED occurs primarily in young horses, ranging in age from 3 to 13 years. The disease is histologically characterized by eosinophilic and lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates and the formation of eosinophilic granulomas in different organs. The clinical signs vary according to the organs affected. The prognosis of horses with MEED is invariably poor. However, attempted clinical management includes treatment with hydroxyurea and dexamethasone.
They still have a few tests that we are waiting on results to come back from, but we aren't expecting any different of a diagnosis. Shemar's liver is smaller than normal and due to the location we didn't feel necessary to risk pulling a liver biopsy. So, that leaves us with a lot of thinking and deciding what is best for Shemar. We still have the fact that he is a stud and surgery is still needed, but we also have to see how long we can keep him comfortable with this Disease. He may do good for years or months, its the unknown that worries us. OSU believes that he can withstand surgery and doesn't see anything that would put him at risk at this time. We should be starting him on steroids by the end of the week and then we will need to do a repeat abdominocentesis (belly tap) and examine the presence of eosinophils. All we can do at this point, is pray there is improvement. We are asking for your thoughts and prayers for guidance to do what is right for Shemar.
Update February 2016 We posted an update about Shemar last August when we took him to Oklahoma State University, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Shemar is a Beautiful Cryptorchid Stud that we were preparing for surgery when we found he had some elevated blood work that appeared he could be in early stage of liver failure. During that visit in August he received a presumptive diagnosis of MEEDS. He was treated with prednisolone for 30 days and responded well. He has since gained a little over 200 pounds and had no concurrent issues.
We wanted to try again and get him the surgery he needed. We are pleased to say that we took Shemar to OSU on Monday to prepare him for surgery. Tuesday morning he finally went into surgery. Shemar had an awesome team of Veterinarians performing his surgery. He received a Bilateral Laparoscopic Orchidectomy (Dorsal Recumbency): They were successfully able to remove the entire, abdominally-retained right testicle and they found a remnant of the left epididymis. What does that mean? It means that Shemar was previously gelded, only removing one testicle and leaving the epididymis, which is the brain to the testicle that had dropped. I have to ask, what was even the point? Shemar, was truly what they consider a proud cut horse, which is rare these days. I just want to suggest to everyone out there, if you have a stud horse with only one dropped testicle. Do not attempt to have someone remove the one. It is pointless, it does not make them sterile and they are still 100% a stud. Get the horse the surgery he needs and make sure everything is properly removed. We are pleased to say that Shemar is now 100% full GELDING!!
Shemar is back home today and recovering from surgery. He looks amazing and I bet the day that he is finally able to be a gelding running in the pasture, is going to be a beautiful sight to see. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at OSU, Dr. Daniel Burba, Dr. Darla Moser and Joshua Goff. Also a huge thank you to our wonderful Veterinarian Dr. Amanda Wilson who was able to observe the surgery and assure me he was in good hands.
We will continue to update as he takes some time to adjust and learn to be a gelding. At that time we will assess his adoption status.
Update April 2016 Shemar is looking wonderful and feels great. We are excited to announce that one of our Trainer's Challenge Trainer's Robert Hayes, will be putting some additional time on Shemar and will be showcasing him at our 5th Annual Blaze's Ride to the Rescue Trainer's Challenge. Shemar will have nearly 60 days of training on him by May 21st, 2016. Shemar is broke to ride, but we wanted to get him tuned up and ready for a wonderful home and family. Come see Robert and Shemar at the Lazy E Arena. We know Shemar will be ready for a wonderful home and family of his own in May.
Available for Adoption on May 21st, 2016 to pre-approved adopters through a Silent Auction. All bids start at $800.00 on the day of the event only. The day of the event will be the only opportunity to adopt a horse with over $3000.00 of training alone for the starting bid of $800.00. If the horses do not get adopted the day of the event, the adoption fee will be higher once brought back to our facility.
Shemar has been adopted to a wonderful family in Towanda, Kansas. Shemar is going to be extremely well loved and spoiled rotten in his forever, loving home. We are thrilled that this sweet boy found the forever, loving family he deserves, where he will receive an unlimited amount of time and attention.
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