Our beautiful Barnaby was calculated to be somewhere between 7 and 10 years old when he arrived at Far From. He’d been through a lot in his years, resulting in severe burns on his legs from having to stand in his own (and other’s) urine. They’d become badly infected, which in turn made his immune system suffer greatly. Our farrier said it was the worst case they’d come across and Barnaby was given a year to live by the first vet that assessed him. We were told that even if we could get the infections under control, his skin would never completely heal, and he’d need expensive medication for the rest of his life. To make matters worse, Barnaby’s front legs were out of alignment. The vet was unsure if it was due to hoof growth or a genetic deformity. We were warned he may have to be put down – but we luckily discovered that intensive farrier work would save our boy’s life.
Whilst we treated Barnaby, his loving temperament shone through. We had to start treatment before he’d even had a chance to settle in, and the creams, medications and jabs caused him some discomfort. Despite this, he never once tried to kick or bite. He proved to be ‘one-in-a-million’, and his patience was rare for a stallion that had been through so much pain. It was as if once Barnaby got here, he knew he was home. He was safe.
In his first year with us, he struggled greatly with his health. His severely weakened immune system caused bad eye infections, wounds and made small insect bites swell to the size of a football. Barnaby remained trusting as we did everything that we could to give him the healthy, happy life he deserved.
Since then, he’s made huge progress with his health and is a content, carefree addition to our family. He loves his ultra-clean stable in our old stone barn at night (and especially loves rolling around in his bed of shavings). He relaxes in a large paddock in the daytime, enjoying the fresh air and calmness of his new life.
Barnaby is a cheeky, loveable soul and is incredibly spoiled (we reckon he deserves it). He charms everyone that meets him and has very much become accustomed to being the centre of attention.
Although Barnaby is now happy and healthy, he will need medication for the rest of his life. At £65 for a bottle of leg cream, we rely on donations to keep Barnaby pain-free. In the first couple of years, Barnaby went through a bottle every 2 weeks. Luckily, this has reduced now, but he still needs help. We’d be so grateful if you could consider donating a bottle of this amazing cream to our boy – and if you ever fancy meeting our little charmer for yourself, you know where to find us.