A sweet, wiry 3-week-old thoroughbred galloped through the mud outside the campus horse barn Monday morning. She is back home after 10 days in the hospital. The filly, named Rousey, had seizures and difficultly breathing that started about 15 minutes after she was born on March 30.
"She was making squealing noises. We actually had to have three students hold her down just to keep her steady," says student Allison Pedro.
They created a makeshift oxygen mask that would fit over her tiny mouth. Other students prepped the cab of a truck for the long drive to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Leesburg, Virginia.
The filly is now back home with its mother in College Park. The students say they will never forget the experience.
"It just taught me that you can have a plan for everything but there is always gonna be stuff that doesn't go your way," says Pedro.