Unfortunately, in spite of the heroic efforts, Princess Clara had to be euthanized because of health problems.
2013 Bay Drum Horse Filly
Sire: Belladonna Harlequin Romance, black and white tobiano Gypsy
Dam: Freckles, bay blagdon Clydesdale
Clara arrived in the wee hours (12:13 am) on May 5- a few weeks earlier than expected! Unfortunately, there were some complications due to Clara's massive size (200 lbs!) and Clara underwent treatment for contracted tendons and a bowed cannon bone. Clara means 'clear and bright.'
Clara was delivered fast and free of complications, but we knew there was a problem when she struggled to stand with in the first few hours. We had the vet out when she was diagnosed with contracted tendons in her carpus and windswept legs in the rear due to her massive size. The next day we took her to an equine surgeon and lameness specialist. Her course of treatment was to anesthesize and straighten her tendons with splints and then surgery on her bowed cannon bone. We did that every day for 5 days, at which point we were allowed to take her home with both legs splinted. She received around the clock care for 3 weeks, she needed assistance to get up and down with both legs in splints. Due to the fact she was inactive with the splints her body started over compensating for lengthening the tendons in her carpus and her fetlocks became lax. At this point we continued medical treatment, started some myeotherapy ( electronic therapy) and homeopathic treatments. Clara was strong, this girl had so much heart and try it amazed me, but sadly she let me know it was not going to be a winning fight. As hard as it was for us, we did what was in her best interest. Now she can run and buck with the many other great horses on the other side of the rainbow bridge.