Sjoukje (Sake 449)
DOB: 7th July 2013
Sjoukje is the youngest and final foal from our Model mare Femma. She's an incredibly affectionate girl who craves attention and desperately wants to be involved in everything going on. She was started later in life than usual as she is full sister to Ischka who we sadly lost as a 5yo after she was diagnosed with aortopulmonary fistulation so there was concern she could have the same condition. There have been no signs of this but unfortunately she's not had the best time recently. Not long after starting her training she went lame on her near fore, despite investigations and steroid injections we have were unable to get to the bottom of the problem until recently. After over 8 months of complete rest and no improvement I took her for further investigations with leading lameness vet Peter Schofield at Hird & Partners in Halifax. Here she was found to have a fracture of her extensor process which appears to be a worryingly common occurrence in Friesian horses. Unfortunately there is little that can be done to remedy the problem so for now she is on restricted exercise until April 2021 at which point we will reassess the damage. As long as we can find a way to keep Sjoukje comfortable and with a decent quality of life out with the herd in the fields that is our priority. It does not matter if she is unable to work as long as she is happy. The frustrating thing for her is that she is extremely intelligent and wants to be active and involved in whatever is going on. We will do our best to keep her entertained and welcome guests who are happy to give her any extra loving and attention she constantly craves.
Adopt or Sponsor one of our Friesian horses. We do everything we can to ensure our horses have the best care until the end of their days. With your help we can continue to do so for many years to come.
It costs over £140/day to keep our friesians, with bills not only for feed, bedding, haylage, farrier and vets but many others too in order to keep their facilities and equipment in good working order. By adopting or sponsoring one of our horses you are helping us to keep the horses in the best of condition and allowing us to keep opening our doors to people from all walks of life who want to be captivated by the friesian magic. Your donation will go towards the cost to care for all our friesians.
Adopt a Friesian - £30year
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- An adoption certificate
- Information sheet about your horse
- An A5 photo of your adopted horse