Web Address: Rocky Meadow Farm
ROCKY MEADOW FARM
184 Yonderview Road
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Phone: cell: 413-441-4003
Description of Organization
Rocky Meadow Farm is a family run business that was built from the ground up. After putting in what seems like endless hours of hard work, we're finally able to sit back and enjoy the farm - in between projects of course. We love what we do, which carries right through to our every day routines.
Rocky Meadow Farm is a dream come true for me. It's a work in progress, but one that makes me extremely proud. And without the help and support of my friends and family, it wouldn't be possible. Thank you for all you do!
A small horse farm in the heart of the Berkshires, Rocky Meadow Farm is the realization of many years of dreaming, planning, and lots of hard work. We are a unique horse farm with a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
What else might you find at the farm? Dogs, cats, rabbits and a miniature donkey for the time being.... but anything is possible.
Current Horse in Need
My name is Heather White, and I own Rocky Meadow Farm - a small horse farm. I ended up taking in a horse who needs extensive vet care, her story is below.
I need to raise $2500 to pay for surgery to save this one year old filly. This poor girl has not had a good start to life. Please help me raise the funds to save her, every dollar counts! I recently took her in, here is her story....
Lily is a one year old QH/Paint, a gorgeous filly with a ton of sprit. A few months back, she got her left hind leg tangled up in some wire and took everything off the bottom half of her leg down to the bone. She somehow managed to re-injure the same leg two more times, removing the granulation tissue that had developed and re-opening the wound both times. (She's a bit of a klutz - but then again, aren't most yearlings?) At this point, Lily had developed extensive proud flesh on her leg, which is virtually impossible to control. The vet removed as much of the proud flesh as possible, guessing at least a pound was taken off at one time. There was still along way to go. It was here that I ended up acquiring this gorgeous horse, through random circumstances. I could not bear the thought of her being euthanized, which is the direction she may have been heading. She needed a lot of TLC, patience, time and understanding. And then more patience, and more time and more understanding. And I was willing to give her everything that she needed. I figured, I'm young, I have the energy and the drive - I can handle this. So, she came to live at my farm.
I have had Lily for two weeks now and have been diligently caring for her leg, cleaning the wound, applying ointments and re-bandaging daily. We quickly established a wonderful bond, and she stands still for me to work on her leg, a mircle in and of itself. She has also been on antibiotics for quite some time, so the infection is finally gone, and the vet and I both seemed to think we were through the worst of it. Her leg looks a little better. Just another 8-12 months of religious care and bandaging and she should heal up just fine. (No, we're not kidding ourselves - we already knew that the leg was never going to look pretty, but it should be functional.) Unfortunately, an x-ray this morning showed that she has sequestreum formations where parts of the cannon bone died when it was exposed during those injuries and there is a large splinter of bone that was not detected earlier.
The vet that I am working with (who treated Lily from the beginning of her story) does not have the facilities to perform the surgery to remove the infected bone and referred me to Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, NY. They estimate the surgery upwards of $2500, as it is complicated and will require general anesthesia in an OR and a good amount of after care. I have also consulted with other vets, everyone concurs.
I don't mind caring for Lily, in fact I really enjoy my time with her, and I knew going in to this that she would take up a lot of my time and she would have a fair amount of vet bills. But neither the vet or I ever considered that she would need surgery, especially one this extensive, and I just can't afford to take on that expense. Unfortunately, the surgery is Lily's only chance of recovery. The other option is euthanasia and the thought of euthanizing her is breaking my heart; this gorgeous filly comes right up to the gate and whinnies when she spots you walking to the barn. She went from being sedated for care to standing still, happily muching on some hay while I work on her leg wounds. She is as sweet as pie. She's trusting, she's willing to let you take care of her and the vets say her chances for a full recovery are excellent.
I am located in Hillsdale, NY, right on the MA and CT border, and Lily is currently in my barn. I am attaching a photo of Lily and a close up of what her leg looked like 2 weeks ago when she arrived at my farm. I can provide vet, farrier, equine dentist and personal references to anyone that would like them. I am trying to raise the funds to pay for Lily's surgery, which I will otherwise be unable to pay for. PLEASE donate to help save this horse! She deserves a fair shot at life, she's only one!
I have a "Make A Donation" button on my web site: www.rockymeadowfarm.com where you can make a donation using PayPal. Alternatively, you can contact the vet clinic directly to make a donation: 845-876-7085. Thank you in advance for your help, and I promise to post updates as time goes by on how Lily is doing!