However Turbo, a 3-month-old mini horse, never recognized what that was like till the people at Road to Refuge Animal Shelter gave him a sweet new set of wheels.
Turbo was born with a congenital defect, two luxating patellae, which left him with very limited mobility in his back 2 legs.
This triggered the sweet small horse to walk in a hunched way compeling all of his weight on his front legs.
Turbo’s proprietors contacted Road to Sanctuary Animal Sanctuary (R2RAS) of North Sanctuary, Connecticut for help.
The non-profit organization was started by Megan Pereira who got tired of seeing so many farm animals euthanized while working as an animal vet technology.
Her shelter gives them a place where they can live out their days.
“I lean towards the unique requirements ones, the broken ones, the really clinical intensive cases,” Megan told Walkin’ Pets.
Megan had helped out a goat named Peaches that got around with a wheelchair, so she figured she could assist Turbo and took him in.
After learning about Turbo’s story, the New Hampshire-based Walkin’ Pets mobility business chose to donate a wheelchair for Turbo.
Turbo had not been even strapped in prior to he took off running before they also had him completely strapped into his new wheelchair.
“Seeing Turbo ‘walk’ prior to any help and dragging his legs, to being in his cart– I almost started crying. I am not a crier, but I almost started crying. He was running, throwing– it was all very interesting,” said Megan.
Seeing this small horse gallop along in his wheelchair just brings happiness to your heart.
He has an entirely various spirit about him when he’s moving along because wheelchair.
It’s a definite spirit of happiness. Megan hopes that Turbo’s tale will encourage others to rescue animals with unique requirements.
“It’s certainly a road worth traveling– they really make a unique location in your heart,” Megan said.
But Turbo needed more help than he can get from a wheelchair.
The mini horse, that Megan refers to as her “unicorn,” also needed surgery on his legs.
“My wonderful little unicorn is out of surgery. He had surgery yesterday on his first leg, and today he had his second leg done & is doing very well post-op. As always, with any surgery, there is a risk of post-op complications. He is nowhere out of the woods yet, but I’m cautiously optimistic!” she wrote on Road to Refuge Animal Sanctuary’s Facebook page.
The non-profit is hoping that people will certainly donate to help cover the costs of his surgery. Donations can be made right here and will certainly go toward funding Turbos’s surgery and helping the other animals at Road to Sanctuary Animal Sanctuary.
The sanctuary, which rests on 10 acres of land, has so far saved 70 animals since 2020.
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