Rescued horse gets checked by the vet

Dr. Morgan, left, stands next to rescue horse Starlet as he talks to members of the American Valley 4-H horse group during a recent visit to the Large Animal Vet Services facility in Chilcoot. The 4-H members took Starlet to Morgan for her first vet check. Photo by Jan Jensen
Lindsey and Megan Jensen

  Starlet, the American Valley 4-H horse project rescue horse, went for her first vet check since being adopted by the group. She went to see Dr. Morgan at Large Animal Vet Services at their facility in Chilcoot. She was a little nervous at first, but calmed down quickly with her human family all around her.

  Morgan did a basic exam on Starlet, including vital signs, teeth, coat, feet and conformation. She didn’t like the mouth and teeth exam, making faces after he was done.

  He figured she was between 10 and 12 months old based on the number of erupted teeth present. He discussed with the girls the importance of regular vet checks and proper nutrition.

  He reassured them that the diet she was getting was good and the best thing for her was good quality hay. The girls also got to listen to Starlet’s heart.

  The group was concerned that Starlet might have some residual health issues because of her poor nutrition and care before she was adopted But Morgan assured them that she would be just fine and that they were doing a good job with her.

  Morgan said he was impressed with her behavior, considering that she was a young horse. Marie Anderson, the group’s leader, explained that the girls have been working with her and not letting her get away with bad behavior.

  After the exam, Morgan gave the group a tour of the facility. The group got to see the operating room, recovery room and exam areas. Morgan gave the group a first aid kit filled with supplies to help out in an emergency.

  The girls are solely responsible for all expenses in the care of Starlet. The cost of the vet check was donated. A fundraiser for Starlet and her care will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at Courthouse Café in Quincy from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  For those who can’t make it for a meal, donations will be gladly accepted.

  For more information, call (530) 283-2209. Reservations can be made by calling 283-3344.

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