Have you heard of Roo (Roozer Brewz) the Mini Horse?
When Roozer Brewz (aka Roo), a miniature horse (actually classified as a dwarf miniature horse), was born with both tendon laxity and dysmaturity, the odds were stacked firmly against the little guy. Nobody told Roo that though. He wasn't having any of it. Rather than succumbing to his debilitating afflictions, Roo showed his pet-parents he had the determination and strength of a Belgian.
Dysmaturity is a rare condition that occurs when a baby is born significantly after their due date and results in lack of protective subcutaneous fat and failure to fully develop. It generally occurs because of a problem with the placenta. Tendon laxity like Roo's occured when the ligaments and tendons of his lower limb were twisted or "stuck" in awkward positions that do not allow the foals to stretch their limbs and move about. These abnormally positioned legs develop loose ligaments and cause instability in the joints. In horses this condition is commonly referred to as "Windswept."
But these aren't the only obstacles Roo (only a few weeks old during this time) had to overcome. Roo also had a loop of bowel that had herniated into his scrotum, causing fluid in his groin and nerve laxity in his larynx. While nursing, nerve laxity causes milk to run out of a foal's nose, which puts them at high risk for aspiration pneumonia - a condition that on its own is considered a death sentence for many foals! Yet, between surgery and gaining control of his larynx, Roo has overcome these obstacles.
Now, back to his legs. Roo has been fitted with all different types of specialized shoes to help his legs, hooves, joints, and tendons, as he grows. Yet, even with all this extra help, vets thought it was likely a number of surgerical prodcedures at the cost of $12,000 - $20,000 would be required.
2 Years Later - Little Roo Is Making Strides!
Due to Roo's pet-parents around-the-clock care, Roo's front legs recovered to the point where surgery there was no longer needed. With all the fittings, physical therapy, leg wraps, and special shoes, they were finally straightening out!
Roo's back legs were in worse condition, but rather than put him through a painful and risky surgery,Roo's pet-parents wanted to try and give them a little more time to recover as his front legs had. They bought him special boots with custom orthotic inserts and his own, custom-made wheelchair.
"A mini with a heart larger than himself!" - Christine Clark (Roo's pet-mom)
Roo's pet-mom decided to give this little man with the heart and soul of a Belgian a chance at life many others wouldn't have thought possible! With special shoes, a wheelchair, and the love and support of his pet-parents and veterinarian staff, Roo continues to make strides and inspire us all.
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