Sadly, Karista's Punch was euthanized last night. And Donna is beside herself.
Sadly, Karista's Punch was euthanized this evening after a heroic effort on her part. She was very tough all the way to the end. I am so sad to say I feel somewhat responsible for her death in that we did not have an emergency fund set up for something like this. Vet clinics will not take a horse in for surgery without a huge deposit, we just didn't have it. I am starting the KARISTA'S PUNCH FUND today so I never have to make another decision based on finances. If you would like to make a donation in her honor you can go to http://www.teamkeen.com/thekaristaspunchfund.html . This account will be used only for emergency veterinary care. If we could have gotten her to the surgery clinic earlier we might have saved her. Now her fund can be there if it is ever needed for another.
This is an issue too often faced by the smaller rescues that deal with the more dire cases: auction or neglect & abuse horses, who often have medical issues. When faced with an emergency situation like this, they have to make a choice: spend their funds on one horse (I'm told that "simple" colic surgery can easily cost $5,000-10,000, depending on geography, and often much more) or let that one go so those thousands of dollars can be used for many other horses.
So think about it -- and give if you choose and can.