A ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ Horse That Prevented Him From Using His Rear Legs After Having New Wheels
Horses are such majestic animals, born to gallop and run free. But sadly, not all of them can — like one miniature horse who was born with a ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ that prevented him from using his rear legs.
Turbo is a miniature horse who has struggled with mobility issues since birth. According to Walkin’ Pets, he was born with two luxating patellas, meaning his kneecaps were stuck at incorrect angles, leaving him unable to support weight on his hind legs.
He was taken in by Road to Refuge Farm Sanctuary in North Haven, Connecticut. Co-founder Megan Pereira is a mixed animal vet tech “I lean towards the special needs ones, the broken ones, the really medical intensive cases,” Megan said.
So when she heard Turbo’s story, she knew she had to take in the two-month-old mini horse and give him a chance to thrive. She said that despite the horse’s ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs, Turbo was otherwise a normal, playful foal. After taking care of his medical needs, she began searching for a way to allow Turbo to walk on his own. Walkin’ Pets, an organization dedicated to supplying mobility devices to Fɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅɪsᴀʙʟᴇᴅ animals, heard about Turbo’s story and stepped in to help.
They traveled to the farm and fitted Turbo with a customized wheelchair, hoping it would help the young horse walk again. In an instant, Turbo’s life transformed. He could walk.
His sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and hospital stay was quoted to be $9k. This is truly going to take a miracle to pull off. We will NOT be able to help him, without you all in our corner.. in HIS corner. He deserves the best chance at life and we want to give it to him.
What an inspiring story. All animals deserve to be able to move on their own, and we know having his own wheels will change Turbo’s life forever.