The Horse with Heart
Lexi, a yearling with an impressive lineage and rescue roots, has had an interesting life. Her mother, Tech Cat, is a beautiful bay thoroughbred with notable ancestry who was surrendered to the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF). Tech Cat was malnourished, in need of medical attention, and pregnant! With ERAF’s care she was brought back to health and gave birth to Lexi in March 2017.
From the start, Lexi has shown a spirit of strength and resilience. She was born at night with the birth sac wrapped tightly around her neck. Fortunately, Doug, an ERAF staff member, was on watch and able to quickly remove the sac, allowing her to breathe. Within a couple of days, she had to overcome another hurdle as the veterinarian discovered that Tech Cat’s milk was toxic to the baby. This required her to be bottle fed by volunteers and staff every three hours. Lexi soon won everyone’s heart as they enjoyed spending time with her.
At six months of age, Tech Cat was adopted by a caring volunteer. Separated from her mother, Brenda, another wonderful volunteer, who had loved Lexi since the day she was born, soon adopted her and decided to board her at ERAF.
Lexi was constantly showered with love and attention by all the staff and volunteers who witnessed her grow into a beautiful, strong filly with “heart”. For nearly a year she enjoyed grazing in the pastures, playing with other horses, and learning basic groundwork. However, true to her breed, her favorite pastime was running. And boy could she run! Everyone who watched her gallop around would stop and stare in amazement at her speed and beauty.
Then one day as Lexi was racing around with her pasture-mates, an unfortunate accident happened. She broke her leg! Knowing the severity and possible dire consequences, everyone was heartbroken, especially Brenda and Doug. Fortunately, the break was vertical rather than horizontal, giving a much more favorable prognosis. The veterinarian ordered Lexi to be on stall rest for several months, wanting her to stay as calm and stable as possible.
Stall rest isn’t easy for a spirited baby. Lexi wanted to run, she wanted to play, and she wanted out of that stall. The veterinarian did regular check-ups and x-rays. Brenda watched over her like only a loving, worried “mother” can. Doug even slept in the barn several nights keeping watch over her. The staff and volunteers all said hello when they passed her stall but everyone gave her the peace and quiet, as well as the time needed to heal. And heal she did!
Three months post-injury, the veterinarian gave Mike, ERAF’s Barn Manager, clearance to take Lexi out of her stall for her first walk across the barn floor. It was a breathless moment for all. Brenda, the staff, and many volunteers were all there. Many pictures were taken and tears of joy were shed as Lexi showed her strength and resilience.
Lexi continues to get stronger and better each day. She is a reminder to all of us of how patience, hard work, strength and determination can help us overcome any setback that life throws our way.
We can’t wait to see her run around the pasture again and be the great horse she is destined to be. We all love and admire her very, very much.
Note from Brenda: “I love volunteering at ERAF because of the horses, kind-hearted people and the wonderful work that is being done. I am so grateful for all the love and support shown to both Lexi and me. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting ERAF, please come out and say ‘hi’ to Lexi and all the other beautiful horses. From personal experience, however, be careful because you may fall in love!”
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Story by Barbara Alesi, ERAF Board Member
The Journey Back
Following Lexi’s injury she was confined to her stall to insure that she didn’t injure herself. On May 7, 2018 our resident Horse Whisperer and Barn Manager (Mike Infante) took Lexi out of her stall for the first time in many weeks. She’s a very spirited girl and Mike is a very brave man. Below is the video of that session with Lexi. She’s been out many times since but this one was without a doubt the most thrilling. The video was recorded by the woman that loves Lexi more than anyone, Brenda.