Clyde/Cullen has been living over in a foster home in Orange Park Acres for the past several months. He and Bonnie/Haven came to us in February, starving and severely neglected. Their owner hadn’t taken care of them or fed them for a long time, and they were a week away from starving to death. Their feet hadn’t been trimmed in months, and they could barely walk. Several people stepped in to help them, and they receive a lot of love and care. Sadly, we lost Bonnie to a stroke a few months ago. We were concerned about Clyde’s reaction to the loss of his friend, but we were pleased to see that he quickly rebounded, and is now best friends with a little pony named Licorice. Clyde been getting out everyday, and gets groomed and loved by all of the volunteers over at his foster home.
Over the past several weeks, unfortunately, we’ve noticed that Clyde has started to go downhill physically. Although he still eats his grain and his pellets, he has a difficult time getting up and down, and is having issues on both his front and back legs.
We have changed Clyde’s medication again to see if we can help make him more comfortable, but our goal is to make sure he is not in pain and he is enjoying his life. If these are not possible for him, we will have to make the decision to let him go.
Thank you again for everyone who has helped support Clyde/Cullen (and Bonnie/Haven) for the past several months. We know that it’s difficult to take in these senior horses, as they don’t often have a long road ahead of them, but it is important to acknowledge that every life has worth, and every creature deserves love and respect. Whatever happens, we have hopefully given Clyde back his faith in humanity and knowledge that there are some people out there who truly love him.