Riptide in his stall at NCSU but on the mend. Photo, Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Riptide in his stall at NCSU but on the mend. Photo, Corolla Wild Horse Fund

It was a close call for the Corolla Wild Horse Riptide, a yearling colt. In early August the Corolla Wild Horse Fund got a call that he seemed to have an open wound just above the hoof of his hind left leg.

A week of monitoring followed and the wound seemed to be growing, according to the CWHF. Their vet was so concerned about what he saw that he told them to take the colt directly to North Carolina State University in Raleigh as soon as possible.

On August 14 was a long day, but the CWHF team were able to get him to the hospital by late night.

But, as the folks at CWHF explain in a long but very well written Facebook post, “You can’t just walk up to a scared, wild horse and safely get a needle into a vein, or examine a wound on a back foot without getting kicked, or get them to eat medication mixed in with their feed when they don’t even know what grain is.”

Patience was rewarded and after a few days treatment was begun. And not a moment too soon.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Gets Riptide Medical Help

As it turns out, the exposed wound allowed a fungal infection to get into Riptide’s leg. A few weeks of intense treatment followed with a number of complications. To begin treatment the horse had to sedated and where the dart went in by his hip an abscess developed.

Therapy on his leg was working but it was slow going.

Still, this past week Riptide was able to come home to his new home—a farm the CWHF maintains for horses that have to be removed from the herd. Once a horse has received treatment as Riptide did, the horse is no longer considered wild and must be removed from the herd.

For more details on this story, check out the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page.

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