Former Essex Police horse Trojan has returned to The Horse Trust’s from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) for his second round of emergency surgery this year.
Trojan was first admitted to the RVC in September 2013, where he was treated for tooth spurs, cracked teeth and a severe sinus infection. He had been continuing to eat as normal before he was admitted, not losing even a kilogram in weight. His attitude and bravery led to the revival of his police nicknames, Mr T and The Trojanator! Vets at the RVC did as much work with Trojan as it was safe to, before he came home with a course of antibiotics to clear up the remaining infection.
On his return home in September, vets had warned that there was a chance Trojan would require further surgery. Unfortunately the antibiotics that Trojan was on didn’t manage to completely clear up the infection in his sinus and based on our vet’s recommendation, Trojan returned to the RVC to do battle with his teeth once more. Trojan needed additional surgery to remove a last cracked tooth on his left side, and a sinoscupy to drain his left sinus.
Trojan’s surgery was long, but essential, and this bold horse took everything in his stride as he always does. A few days later, vets operated on Trojan again to remove some tooth fragments on the right side of his mouth. Although there was no infection here, the removal of these fragments was vital to prevent the risk of future infection.
Trojan has now arrived safely back at The Horse Trust where he has been seen by the vet, who is delighted with his progress so far. Trojan now has one final battle to beat the last remnants of his sinus infection. He won’t re-join the rest of his herd just yet, so that his wounds have time to heal and are kept clean. For now, Trojan is going on our new horse walker every day to help keep him fit, keep his sinuses clear and keep him out of trouble!
Despite everything that Trojan has been through, nothing seems to phase this horse and aside from the wounds on his face, looking at him today, you would hardly notice there was anything wrong at all. Trojan retired to The Horse Trust in January 2013 following the closure of the Essex Police Mounted Section. Aged only fourteen years old, The Horse Trust hopes that Trojan will use his fighting spirit to overcome everything and go on to live a long and happy life.
Trojan’s vet bills have now reached almost £5,000. Whilst we are incredibly relieved that we are able to help horses like Trojan, it does mean that our resources are stretched significantly, and at our busiest time of year. We rely on donations from the public to help us provide our horses with emergency treatment when they desperately need it. To make a donation for Trojan, please visit our website www.horsetrust.org.uk or contact us on 01494 488464.
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