Young horse in Dripping Springs needs life-saving surgery
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Young horse in Dripping Springs needs life-saving surgery

August 18, 2019


SHANNON: A DRIPPING SPRINGS FAMILY IS FIGHTING TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO GET THEIR 4-MONTH-OLD HORSE… LIFE- SAVING SURGERY. SHE WAS BORN WITH A RARE-DEFECT THAT MAKES IT HARD TO BREATHE OR EAT. KXAN’S LAUREN LANMON INTRODUCES US TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN ON THE FULL-TIME JOB OF KEEPING HER ALIVE. “THE MINUTE I SAW HER, I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER”SOME SAY WORKING ON A RANCH TEACHES YOU MORE ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFEâ|áNAT “THIS IS BARBARA” THAN ANY CLASS IN SCHOOL. “WHAT LESSON DOES IT TEACH OUR CHILDREN IF WE DISPOSE OF THINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT,”MARTHA TALLEY’S RAISED MANY HORSES, BUT NONE AS UNIQUE AS BARBARA. BARBARA WAS BORN WITH WHAT VETERINARIANS CALL A WRY NOSE. “IT’S A VERY RARE DEFECT, IT’S NOT A HEREDITARY THING, BUT A CONGENITAL THING AND HER NOSE IS DEFORMED,”MAKING THE MOST BASIC SURVIVAL INSTINCTS A CHALLENGE”SEE HOW SHE CHOKES?” KEEPING HER ALIVE HAS BECOME A 24-HOUR JOB. “SHE HAS ALREADY ASPIRATED, AND HAD A SEVERE LIFE THREATENING CASE OF PNEUMONIA,” BUT MARTHA’S NOT GIVING UP, IN FACT SHE’S CALLED IN PROFESSIONAL HELPâ|THIS EXPERT áNAT “COME ON BARBARA” COMES WEARING A SIZE FIVE COWBOY BOOT. “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A COWBOY I GUESS,”SINCE DAY ONE, 12-YEAR-OLD SHANE BOOKBINDER HAS BEEN BY BARBARA’S SIDE. “I THINK SHE IS THE SWEETEST HORSE YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE,”TRAINING HER,áNAT BRINGING HER FOOD áNAT AND EVEN HELPING HER RELAX. “OH WOW, SHE’S FALLING ASLEEP ON ME,”BUT AS MUCH AS BARBARA DEPENDS ON SHANE, SHANE DEPENDS ON BARBARA JUST AS MUCH. “SHE’S A GOOD FRIEND, NOT JUST A GOOD HORSE áNAT. THERE’S MORE THINGS RIGHT ABOUT HER THAN THERE IS WRONG.” PERHAPS SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON FOR A 12 YEAR OLD BOY TAUGHT BY ONE UNIQUE HORSE. LAUREN LANMON KXAN NEWS. SHANNON:JUNE WILL BE THE FIRST TIME BARBARA CAN RECEIVE THE CORRECTIVE SURGERY. THAT SURGERY.. WITH A VETERINARIAN FROM TENNESSEE.. WILL BE PRICEY!HERE’S A LOOK AT THEIR “GO FUND ME” PAGE. YOU’LL FIND A LINK TO IT IN THIS STORY AT KXAN-DOT-COM.. OR ON THE KXAN NEWS APP. JIMA SLOW WARMING TREND CONTINUED TODAY AND WILL THROUGH THE WEEKEND, WITH

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