Lots of you have been asking about mini horse Lil’ Bron and we are excited to give an update!
You may have remembered we presented our spectacular rescued mini horse back in February 2017. He had just been rescued from a woman who claimed to be an animal rescuer who said she was adopting Lil’ Bron out because her grown children no longer had time to spend with him. He was said to be in good health and just needed some attention. So we were shocked and horrified when we arrived to pick up Lil’ Bron and found him lying in a muddy field in so much pain that it took three people to get him on his feet and even after standing it was very difficult for him to walk. The so-called rescuer told us the horse had foundered in the past but that he was fine now, but it was clear to us that he was currently foundering again and in very bad shape. We immediately rushed him to the hospital as he had a fever and was suffering greatly. The fantastic staff at Mid-Atlantic Equine Center went to work quickly, making him comfortable. Lil’ Bron was suffering from fever and pain from severe laminitis, an inflammation of the sensitive layers of tissue inside the hoof. He also had an ulcer and his teeth were sharp, making it very difficult for him to eat. He was in quite a fragile state.
With the good care of his doctors, Lil’ Bron got strong enough to come home but he still had a lot of hurdles ahead of him. His teeth were filed down, his ulcer treated, his legs were wrapped with ice as needed and his hooves x-rayed and trimmed accordingly. His diet was transitioned to safe starch and soaked hay to remove the sugar. Sugar found in grass and hay can be lethal to mini horses, so he only gets very limited access to grass on walks (mainly only when he sneaks a nibble). Lil’ Bron’s paddock was made into a dry lot for this reason.
Sweet Lil’ Bron has been a part of our family now for 8 months and to say that he looks nothing like the horse we found back in February is best demonstrated by our farrier’s reaction to him the other day. Our farrier has been attending to Lil’ Bron’s hooves since he arrived at our farm. It has been a slow and careful process. We were telling him the story of Lil’ Bron’s past when he froze for a second and then said, “I can’t believe this. I know this horse from before. I had seen him at his last home and was kicked off the property when I questioned his care. I truly can’t believe this is the same horse.”
Nowadays Lil’ Bron is a whole new man. His hooves are in great shape and he is frequently seen leaping around. Lil’ Bron’s health has improved so far beyond what any of us expected. We recently adopted a friend for him and look forward to sharing the introduction with all of you soon.