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January 23, 2014

A Hospital Barn Just for Horses

The Duchess herd gets all the medical care they need on-site in a brand new facility

  • The brand new hospital barn can be seen on the property of Duchess Sanctuary. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Various sizes of all-weather stalls are available to temporarly house any horse who needs care. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Encore receives a therapeutic massage to help him cope with the ailments brought on by old age and cold weather. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Nellie receives gentle and loving care for her various illnesses and diseases. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Herbie can now receive ongoing management for his previously deformed feet onsite at Duchess. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Staff take advantage of the hospital barn's large stalls to monitor Delilah, who has shown signs of loss of muscle strength. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

Injured and sick horses will now receive necessary medical care in a brand new hospital barn just completed on-site at Duchess Sanctuary.

Operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, Duchess Sanctuary is home to 185 horses rescued from neglect, abuse, and slaughter.

The current Duchess herd includes 25 horses over the age of 20, and even a few over the age of 30. The new hospital barn will allow for their specialized care as they progress into their later years, and it will also provide a safe, enclosed location for the treatment of any injured or ill horses.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Celine Myers and the Ark Watch Foundation in funding the new barn, Duchess Sanctuary can continue to provide an exceptional level of care to its equine residents.

The new 6,000 square foot, all-weather facility includes stalls capable of handling any-size horse, including the several large draft horses that call Duchess Sanctuary home. The barn is fully equipped to care for horses in a wide-range of conditions, including critically ill horses who can be lifted with the help of special equipment.

Veterinarians who provide services to the Sanctuary, and other consulting veterinarians, were involved during the design phase of the barn, ensuring its efficiency for treatments of all kinds. Every stall has an indoor/outdoor capability to accommodate the changing needs of horse patients. Adequate lighting, hot and cold water, and stocked work areas for staff and volunteers also allow for ease of care, making it even more possible to cater to the needs of each horse patient.

Herbie, who had deformed feet when he was first rescued and brought to Duchess Sanctuary, has his own stall with pea gravel, which is more gentle on his feet. He also requires a special diet and supplements, and the separate stall allows staff to ensure he is receiving the nutrients and care he needs.

Nellie, one of more than 150 horses found clinging to life on an abandoned property, has required extensive medical care since arriving at Duchess. After unsuccessful treatment for Glaucoma, she is now blind. But, with her own stall in the hospital barn, she has quickly learned how to cope and can now navigate between her stall and turn-out without much difficulty. Nellie also requires daily medication for Cushing's disease. A symptom of the disease is long hair that does not shed. Staff regularly trims her hair and gives her appropriate winter blankets as necessary. The barn helps make this dedicated attention possible.

The facility has been completed, but you can still help by donating medical supplies and other items listed on Duchess Sanctuary's Amazon Wish List or by making an online donation.

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