Palomino Gelding | DOB: 1999 | Arrival: 3/28/2009 | Height: 15 hands
Sometimes, the simple act of answering a phone can change the course of an entire life. In the spring of 2009, Kelsie acted on an emergency call from our friends at Bend Equine Medical Center. A golden gelding was in desperate and immediate need of help. Moments later, Kim and Kelsie were at the familiar front doors of the clinic.
Ushered into the operating room, the two women saw a shaking gelding held upright within the stocks. A large pool of blood was spreading out on the floor beneath his head. Gently reassuring the frightened horse that help was on the way, Kim quietly made her way toward his head. Looking over the attending physicians, few things could have prepared her for the gruesome, gapping wound crushed into the geldings face.
A large, jagged hole was punched through the bridge of the horse's skull, and Kim could see clearly into his sinuses. Earlier that day the owner had sold the golden gelding and was attempting to load him into a trailer. Afraid, he resisted. The more he refused, the more pressure was added to "make" him get into that which terrified him. One wreck was followed by another, and then another, until the horse was badly wounded.
Without immediate intervention, the young gelding was not going to survive, and the horse's owner was unwilling to pay for any medical intervention. Quietly pulling Kim aside, confident and compassionate vets assured her that surgery could repair his horrific wounds. They offered to donate his medical care if Crystal Peaks would be willing to give him a safe and loving home.
Without hesitation, the owner released the horse to the care of CPYR and Kim immediately approved the surgery. The procedure was complicated. Many bone shards were removed and one single three-inch fragment was carefully wired into place to return a normal rigidity to the horse's crushed face. After this remarkable process, the gelding came home to Crystal Peaks bearing a wound between the ears, a cut over his left eye, a partially severed tongue, a completely missing lower lip . . . and a nine inch ‘M' shaped scar across the bridge of his nose.
Although his physical scar healed quickly, his internal scars seemed insurmountable. Based on what we could see through his behaviors, he was understandably consumed with fear. Everything in his body language demonstrated that he believed there was absolutely no reason to trust humans.
We worked with him very slowly and consistently, praising every victory, no matter how small. Our gentle golden boy would do anything asked of him, often trembling in fear. His bouts of terror were quietly met with a soft voice and the gentle reassurance of stroking his neck and shoulders. Triumph upon tiny triumph became the process of building trust and security in the heart of our timid, broken new friend.
For Kim, naming him "Isaac" was a clear choice. His name was chosen to remind us that our God is a God who saves. The life of our precious horse was also saved at the last minute. Another meaningful aspect of the name Isaac—is that it literally means "laughter." Our continued hope for the horse that had seen many horrifying days is that he will find peace and joy at our ranch. When we gave him this name, we prayed that his life would bring laughter to all who befriend him . . . and in doing the same, he would find new joy too.
We are grateful that Isaac has made a complete physically recovery. The horse that was once afraid to have his face touched, now gently extends his nose in a trusting, kind greeting. And he is slowly regaining a new confidence when loading into the trailer.
Isaac is precious to us. He continues to be a tender hearted, courageous horse reminding those around him that healing IS possible, perhaps, even and especially when it seems impossible.
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