In the 1990s, Jana Olin Rowe, who now lives just north of Greensboro, North Carolina, lived in the Saratoga, New York, area. Her primary care veterinarian was Norris Adams, who at that time worked for Battenkill Veterinary Clinic in Greenwich, New York.

A few decades later, Jana’s horse, I’m A Sky Diamond, left her care due to financial reasons and was returned to her after several years in terrible condition. She decided that she wanted to help less fortunate equines and started a small rescue group named The Sky Diamond Rescue after her beloved horse. The plan was to help one or two horses at a time.

In late April, Jana received a call from the owner of a miniature horse who had sustained considerable damage to his penis and anal area in an attack by coyotes. The 2-year-old stallion’s dam and grand-dam had been killed in the attack, so the little guy, named Scout, had not received any veterinary care. To complicate matters, Scout had never worn a halter and had no idea how to lead or load into a trailer.

Eventually, Scout was loaded into Jana’s trailer and transported back to her rescue operation. veterinarian Becky Scarlett, of Scarlett Mobile Large Animal Services, determined that he needed surgery to treat the wounds to his penis and also discovered that he was a cryptorchid.

Hoping that Adams would be able to help Scout, Jana contacted the Equine Medical Center. She worked with the little stallion for two weeks to teach him to lead and load, and then made the five-hour journey to Leesburg for evaluation and treatment.

Norris Adams, clinical assistant professor of equine lameness and surgery, determined that Scout needed both a cryptorchidectomy and a partial phallectomy because of a granuloma-type lesion. As a result, surgery entailed a partial phallectomy, followed by a half-closed castration of the normally descended testicle and a laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy of the abdominally retained testicle. 

Scout recovered well from surgery and after a short stay in the hospital was able to return home for continued rehabilitation and care under Jana’s watchful eye.

Bless you, little Scout. May you find your forever home soon!

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Written by Sharon Peart, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center