Posted May 15, 2018
Charles Moss reunites with Kash.
The unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey
displaced countless people. Many were forced out of their homes to
find shelter because of the extensive flooding, the damage from
which claimed almost everything they owned.
Port Arthur resident Charles Moss lost his home and many of his
belongings in the storm, and, for a night, he thought he lost his
6-year-old gelding named Kash.
Moss was trying to rescue Kash from the floodwaters when the
horse was startled by the rumblings of the storm and escaped from
“There was no calming him down,” Moss said. “A power line fell
and hit the water, and he took off running. The water was too high,
so we had to wait until the next morning to search for him.”
Moss said the unexpected floodwaters made it a challenge for
many horse owners to recover their animals.
“A lot of people lost their horses because they didn’t expect
the water to get that high,” Moss said. “They couldn’t do anything
to save them.”
Moss immediately contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s
Department, giving officials a description of Kash and sending
pictures for identification. The next morning, the sheriff’s
department said they had located Kash and had sent him to the Texas
A&M Large Animal Hospital (LAH) in College Station.
Many horses were sent to Ford Park in Beaumont, where the owners
could go to claim their lost animals; Kash, however, was sent to
the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) , where animals
with serious injuries were taken to receive treatment.
Dr. Michelle Coleman, an assistant professor of large animal
internal medicine in the LAH, operated on Kash, and a team that
included other LAH doctors, as well as veterinary students on the
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM)
fourth-year clinical rotation, took proper precautions to ensure
“He had a laceration right over a joint, so we cut some tissue
off and sutured it back up,” Coleman said. “The wound was really
deep. Every time we went to check on the injury, he reacted poorly,
so we knew he was very sensitive. We put a foot cast on him to
increase his comfort level and make sure he would heal as quickly
Coleman said Kash’s injury was significant, but many other
horses did not fair as well.
“Many horses were submerged underwater for more than 10 hours,”
Coleman said. “The skin of those horses just started sloughing off.
Kash was one of the lucky ones.”
Moss was thankful for the quick response from the sheriff’s
department at the time of the flooding.
“The longest Kash was in the water was about eight hours,” Moss
said. “ I was glad the sheriffs found him when they did. It could
have been a lot worse.”
Dr. Karen Beste attends to Kash.
Moss and the community of Port Arthur have a lot of rebuilding
to do. Moss said his entire neighborhood was completely destroyed,
and in late September, when he picked up his gelding, Moss was
concerned about bringing Kash home to no food or shelter, but
donations of hay had started pouring in after the hurricane.
“People from all over the world were donating feed; we have hay
for about a year now because of the generous donations,” Moss said.
“We came across a big blessing. I also found a stable for him to
stay, with a lady who breeds jumping horses. She will help take
good care of him.”
Coleman said it will take some time for Kash to heal physically,
but the emotional toll an event like this takes on a horse can be
harder to repair.
“He will just need to get used to being loved again,” Coleman
Moss said he is grateful for everyone at Texas A&M who has
helped Kash through the healing and recovery processes and that he
is confident that Kash received quality care while at the LAH.
“I want to thank everybody who helped Kash,” Moss said. “He can
have a little attitude at times, so sometimes working with him
requires a great deal of patience.”
Even though Kash’s full recovery will take time, Moss said he
looks forward to seeing Kash completely healed and performing at
his best once again.
“We trail ride a lot,” Moss said. “Once Kash heals, he is going
to be trained as a cutting horse. I will give him a good four to
six months before I even try to ride him, just to make sure he is
completely healed. I’m just really thankful that he is
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This story originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of CVM Today
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