Help Barbara

I am a friend of Martha Carroll-Talley who lives in Dripping Springs, Texas.  Martha is facing some serious medical bills on her baby Egyptian Arabian horse named Barbara.

“Barbara” was born in January, 2017. She is a straight Egyptian Arabian foal born with a wry nose. Her upper jaw is offset from the lower jaw and her left nostril is almost closed.

It was an intensive and expensive proposition to choose life over euthanasia for Barbara. Making her situation even worse, her dam doesn’t want her to nurse unless a human is present to insure the mare stands.

Barbara needs constant help to nurse and can’t get enough milk as her sucking mechanism doesn’t work correctly because of the shape of her upper jaw. Nursing is important for nurturing but she is also fed milk replacer from a bucket. She aspirated milk while nursing in her first month which led to pneumonia and yes, more bills.

Little Barbara is a very robust and friendly foal. She also looks to humans daily for “help” to nurse. Although she doesn’t understand it, she knows that when Mamma is near the humans, she is allowed to nurse. When she’s hungry she calls out to humans within her sight and comes confidently to them, wagging her little tongue; as if to say “please may I nurse.”

In June 2017, Barbara will be ready for the surgery that she needs in order to survive. Currently, she is unable to eat hay or grain which she must be able to do.  Her teeth, jaw and nose are badly misaligned preventing her from eating. Her left nostril is also closed off.  With this surgery, Barbara can lead a normal life.

Her medical AND intensive daily care costs are mounting quickly and we have just a few months left to raise funds so she may get surgery in June, 2017. There are only a few veterinarians in the US that do the surgery but if obtained, the prognosis is very good for a normal life.

Your financial  help will be used to pay off her large medical bills to date and to give her the corrective surgery that will allow her to have a full life… to eat, exercise and even possibly to be a performance and companion horse as she was bred to be. Her medical bills are expect to be around $25,000 or higher depending on many factors.

Barbara’s life is really important to us. We chose life for her and with your help she will have a normal life. She is of exquisite and ancient Egyptian blood lines and could have a bright future if we can fund the surgery needed upon weaning.  We have three and a half months to raise the money.

Barbara has a Face Book Page – Save Barbara. You can see updates on her progress there.

The Cedar Chest is selling Mariana Guardian Angel Necklaces for $56.00 each.  All 100% of the sale is going to save Barbara.

We’re happy to answer any questions about our “Barbara.” Martha Carroll-Talley and I thank you for your consideration in helping Barbara.

Thank you,

Sarah Barlow                                   Martha Carroll-Talley

The Cedar Chest                              (512) 216-4042

(512) 847-1100                       

P.O. Box 2389

Wimberley, Texas 78676

Update 4/2/17

This is Barbara at 3 months, she was born with a birth defect known as a wry nose.  Barbara’s teeth are misaligned preventing her from eating hay and grain which is essential for her existence.  She is currently living on supplemental milk and has to has surgery in June 2017 in order to survive.  Barbara needs everyone’s help.  The Cedar Chest has some beautiful Mariana Guardian Angel Necklaces for $56.00 for sale and all of the money is going to help Barbara get the surgery she needs.  Hope you will help by purchasing a necklace or helping her on the gofundme website. The clock is ticking and she needs help from all of us.

Update on Barbara 09/03/17

Barbara has survived two major surgeries to correct her wry nose. Barbara went to Knoxville, Tennessee on June 7, 2017 and will be returning to Dripping Springs, Texas on September 8th. It has been from the generosity of many people that made this surgery possible. Without the needed surgery, Barbara would not have survived. We all thank you so much for making this possible.




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