Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Buzz Is Gone

 New Year's Day 2017 started with a call about a pony that had been attacked by dogs. When I went to pick him up and opened the truck door, the smell of dead tissue filled the air. It was horrible.

It turned out that this little pony had squamous cell carcinoma. It smelled like rotten tissue and he wasn't in good condition. I don't know if the cancer made him not gain weight or if he wasn't fed  enough but either way we knew we had to get him in better condition before we schedule him for surgery. Surgery was scheduled for January 11 and we gave him high-quality food and hay.  No dog did this, it was left neglected because the owners didn't call a veterinarian.

We took him to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  As soon as we arrived we were greeted with helpful students and doctors wanted to do everything they could to make Buzz  healthy again.
The original plan was to take the squamous cell carcinoma from his penis and some of the lymph nodes to make sure all the cancer margins were gone. We left him overnight and he was ready for surgery the next morning. They decided after doing bloodwork at his condition was still too weak to anesthetize him so they had to do the surgery standing up which meant they weren't able to get the lymph nodes. It was still a very successful surgery.
 Buzz continued to improve and by March was adopted to a loving family in Lafayette Georgia.

He even found a cute little two old girl to love. They renamed him Shaggy but for this story I will continue to refer to him as Buzz. Look at how much weight he gained and was so healthy.

Buzz  remained in excellent health until the end of November when he started having problem with his leg.
It look like a stifle injury. The family had the vet out  and she couldn't identify anything is the problem. By Christmas, Buzz was getting worse but never seem to be in pain. They called another equine vet who examined him and x-rayed his leg but could find no answer either. So we made an appointment to take him back to UT in Knoxville after the Holidays. They saved him once, we prayed they cold save him again.

January 10, we arrived at Buzz' home and he was really having a hard time walking. There appeared to be no pain but he rear leg was not touching the ground. If you are a horse person, you know what a pulled stifle looks like. Both vets ruled that out so we needed more testing. It took 4 of us to get this 600 pound little man into the trailer and the last step, he fell gently onto the floor of the trailer. As we drove the 2 hour drive, we stopped and checked on him and he was laying comfortably munching on hay.

Jill, Buzz's human Mom, Tom Scott and I arrived at UT.  I went in and asked for help because we have to get him up and off the trailer. When I returned to the trailer and the doors opened, he stood up himself. It really gave a us a glimmer of hope. Dr Schumacher, the original surgeon, was there as well as many qualified veterinarians and students. They all greeted Buzz with kindness and love. He is such a willing servant! Even though he was up, he still was not using that back leg.
We got him inside the building and someone had the brilliant idea of putting him on the glide. A glide is for horses is what a stretcher is to a human. Instead of lying down, Buzz stood as he was balance by caring hands and slid about 100 feet to the x-ray room.

They did test after test for 4 1/2 hours without finding anything to really give and answer. They did find a mass in his rectum but it was unsafe to biopsy it with all the germs in that area. It was late so we agreed to let him stay and do more test the following day. He was in good hands.

Everyone was so caring. They loved Buzz, how could you not love this little peaceful soul?

They even braided his beautiful mane. 

We all said good-bye to Buzz and headed back to Georgia. 

In the morning they called and asked permission to do more tests, more x-rays and we waited. By the end of the day, they had found a mass in his chest. They couldn't say exactly what it was. It seemed the cancer has spread. The pain medications and anti-inflammatory medication didn't help. He's been at the hospital 3 days, 3 days of searching for an answer and a cure. Sadly, the only choice was to let him go. No miracle happened for Buzz. 

When we said good-bye, he turned and looked at us.

We never thought it would be our last good-bye. He knew and he left with dignity. Thanks to everyone at the University of TN. 

We wish the owners would have called us sooner. We wish we could have helped him sooner but it happened the way it did. We did our best. We did everything we could.

This is what rescue is. We raise donations to help horses. Whether is is cancer, old age, starvation, wounds, injuries or diseases. We help horses. Thank you for your continued support and compassion.
                    #WeAreRescue  #SaveTheHorsesOrg

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Horse Named Cake is Starving!

Cake in Oct 2017 Starving to death.

This is Cake. She is an older 30 year old mare who was boarded at a farm outside of Atlanta. The owner wasn't able to care for her so she was left to deteriorate. 

One other boarder, Julie, who loved horses contacted SaveTheHorses about Cake. Bless Julie for not giving up! We were full, in fact, over full, but we couldn't turn our hearts away from Cake. Look at her. She was not going to make it through the winter. I don't know how anyone could look at Cake and not want to help her. Julie tried to get the other boarders together to help Cake as a joint effort but was unsuccessful. The Georgia Department of Ag came out and said there was nothing they could do. There is food, water and shelter.  If it isn't getting into the horse, why is that acceptable? I really don't know why but Cake also had a vaginal infection, and needed Calisks surgery and needed her teeth floated. They owner was quite negligent in my eyes. Euthanizing her would be kinder than letting her slowly die from the infection and starvation.

Julie agreed to start feeding her a few times daily so we called the local feed store, The Animal House, to supply everything she needed to start her way to health. Then we contacted Dr Logan King who had to got out several times to get the infection cleared up, have her teeth
floated and perform the caslicks surgery. Thanks to Dr King for clearing up her E coli infection after several flushings. Dr King had to visit her many times to get everything medically needed done. He was gentle on sedation because of her age and condition but she is doing well. 

Now the same owner has another horse, an older grey gelding who gets feed sporadically and needs a home as well. 
His name is Buckshot.

He is being neglected and needs a place to go as well. Along comes an angel names Diane who has already helped us with 2 older horses. Diane has agreed to take Cake and Buckshot both and give them a safe place to live. 

 Thank God for good people. They make the world a better place and silently do the right thing. 

Cake and Buckshot are now is a safe place and will continue to have safe happy lives.  We are so happy we were able to help both horses but it really took all of us. #WeAreRescue 
That is a giant WE! Julie, Diane and you!

Cake and Buckshot living a happy safe life! 

Thank you for your continued support. This is what SaveTheHorses raises money for, to help horses in our care or that need help, especially to save their lives when in a situation like this. These horses are innocent victims of humans making bad choices or not seeking help soon enough. 
Thank you Julie and Diane for all your giving and caring. 

Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund. EIN# 58-2479748

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Praying Cancer is Gone.

Praying the cancer is gone. He has an appointment with the surgeon 
who removed his eye in August. 

Around the barn, his name is Axel. In the world of paint
horses, his name is Think IM Zipped. He is a 13-year-old registered paint overo gelding. He was living happily at a nice boarding stable but his owner was taking much notice to the growing infection in his right eye. It isn't just a cancer, it is the fast growing aggressive cancer Squamous Cell Carcinoma. We have seen it too often in the past 10 years, The UV rays of the sun seems to be a culprit, especially on horses with blue eyes or light skin.  

For some reason, the owners decided not to treat the cancer and decided they do not want the horse. They wanted to give him away. Who'd take a horse like this? Sadly there are people who would take him, ride him until the cancer ate away his face then send him to slaughter for a few hundred dollars in profit.  

Axel owes a big thank you Dr Amanda Cerniglia and the barn owner for the alert so we can help offer him a safe and happy future. Sadly, this could have all be stopped before it got this bad if someone would have taken care of it much sooner. Unfortunately, that did not happen. 
Sadly that beautiful blue eye was removed. 

Chemotherapy was used but some drainage continues so this appointment may give up some incite as to why it isn't closed all the way. Georgia Equine Veterinary surgeon, Dr Goodin, will check him Nov. 30. I'll update everyone. I know we had many supporters who helped with Axel's surgery costs. He also has many friends who love him at the rescue. 

Thanks for your compassion. He looks handsome with out an eye, Pray it is cancer free. He will be ready to be adopted when he's healthy. He's a great trail horse.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The BUZZ Started New Years Day!

It was New Years Day 2017 and the phone rings. A man tells me his pony in injured and he has no money for veterinary care. He said he thinks it was attacked by a dog...on his penis and it's all bloody. So it's New Years Day, and it's a rescue! 


I hooked up the trailer and drove to Gainesville to get the little guy and found him tied to a post, standing politely. He was cute and looked well mannered. Great first impression until I opened the truck door and the smell of death and rot overtook my thoughts. I looked at the enormous swelling and my heart just broke. It looked like squamous cell carcinoma. I am not a vet by any means but having done rescue so long, I have seen so much cancer left with no medical care. People are irresponsible all too often. 

Buzz and Tom
Buzz came to the rescue and was an immediate favorite. He was very underweight and very sweet. Tom Scott and many others decided to spoil him and give him lots of love. We needed to get him healthier before he had surgery. His blood work was not very good but we did our best in the few days we had him before we took him the the University of TN for surgery. The cancer couldn't wait as it is so aggressive. 

Once they did the blood work at UT, they had to change their plan of how to operate since he
Buzz at University Of Tennessee
still wasn't healthy enough to go under anesthesia. They had to do a local and did remove most of the area around the cancer. They hoped they removed everything with cancer and he has been doing well. By March, he was ready, recovered and healthy enough to place him up for adoption. He became a happy pony for a happy little girl who adores him. They live in North Georgia and have been enjoying life together everyday. 

Suddenly, Buzz seems to be not his happy self. Of course, everyone's first thought is that horrible cancer, has it returned? The family's veterinarian has examined him and will contact the surgeon at UT.
Hopefully, after some blood work is completed, we can all feel better when they say it's a virus or something curable. Buzz deserved to live a long happy life after all the suffering he went through.

Cancer has become so much more prevalent in horses over the past 15 years or so. We have has so many cases we took in, I lost count. 90% were happy endings and the cancer stayed away. Let's hope this is true for Buzz.

Keep Buzz and his humans in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thank you for your continued support and your compassion. 



Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund 
EIN # 58-2479748
501c3 non profit corporation Georgia

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Lifetime with horses is never long enough.

Adopting a horse is a commitment for a lifetime. 

November started out so sadly with Cheetah, then Kipling and Caraway, crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Sadly, that lifetime ended for 3 wonderful horses just this month. Each horse had so much to give and these adopters saw into the soul of each horse...or did each horse see into the soul of each human? I think it is definitely both and truly heart felt. The relationship one has with their heart horse must be experienced because it is so beautiful, so special. there are no words to describe the true emotion you feel in the depth of your being.

Cheetah was adopted 14 years ago by Julia and Chad. 

It was their first horse but even though Cheetah was blind and had abuse issues in his past, they took the big step of caring for him and helped him gain trust by showing his love. They gave him a wonderful life and he gave them his heart. Adopting a blind horse is a scary step for an experienced horse handler but Julia and Chad knew their love would conquer any fear they or Cheetah had. They gave him a wonderful life.

Kipling was adopted by Christene Robertson 12 years ago. 

Christine knew he was, at best, only able to do very light riding because of an injury in his past but fell in love with his heart. It was about loving and caring for Kipling, not about riding. Kip was a race horse in his past life then was injured and his owner wanted a horse to compete with, and Kipling no longer had that value to her but he was worth a million dollars to Christine.

Caraway was adopted by Holly Couch 4 years ago.

Holly wanted to have a horse to love and found out Caraway was the horse that would forever change her life. Sweet Caraway had just come back to the rescue after being a companion to an 11 year old boy who had brain cancer. She helped this little boy for 2 years as his health failed, she continued to bring a smile to his face until the day he passed.
Holly saw what a special girl Caraway was and their loved grew by the day. Caraway will forever be in Holly's thoughts and dreams. 

Thank you for your compassion and support 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Beyond The RaceTrack, Thoroughbreds Have More Life!

In 2013, SaveTheHorses took in two off-track Thoroughbreds from Florida. They were both born and raised by a Thoroughbred owner who was always very responsible for her horses.

Rose-A-Day was Kentucky born in February 2, 1996. She raced a few races then was retired to become a good mother and raised 4 foals. She has not been ridden in 14 years but she has been used for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and is a wonderful life coach. 

Blazing Chief
 Blazing Chief, born in Kentucky, April 14, 1996 came with Rose-A-Day to retire in new homes. Blazing Chief is a gelding and was also used for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions as a life coach. 

The breeder's parents, living in Canada, needed care and the horses needed to be cared for because the Florida farm was being sold. There are many good Thoroughbred owners who care about their horses life beyond the track. She knew other owners who have sent horses to SaveTheHorses and knew they would never end up in slaughter if sent here. 

We agreed to take Rose-A-Day and and Blazing Chief, along with another Thoroughbred mare, Lovely Timber, who is adopted. It's been 4 years and we are still caring for Rose-A-Day and Blazing Chief. We desperately need to find a sanctuary farm for the horses that may never be adopted. There are many, some older, some injured, some blind, some just so fear trained, it is heartbreaking to know their horror stories are not fiction but true and their distress was caused by humans. All these horses trust other horses, some may never trust humans and we understand that and will never let them get hurt again. The only way to keep that promise is to keep them under our care and watchful eye. 
Rose-A-Day and Chief are always together. Both 20 years old and best friends forever!

Rose-A-Day and Blazing Chief are available to the tender-hearted person who will give them a good home together. Rose-A-Day has a bit of slow growing cancer so a summer sun shelter is needed or a stall during the long hot summer days. They are both kind souls and will give more than they will take from you.  They are living on a large pasture with a large run in and do well. If they speak to your heart, contact 

When we have a sanctuary, we will have space to say 'yes' to more needy horses. We are planning to make this dream come true in 2017. Please be part of this venture and help us SaveTheHorses. 
Think about 'Joining The Herd' and make a monthly donation of any amount. It all adds up to saving horses lives. 

Thank you for your continued support and your compassion. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Compassionate Animal Controls in Georgia and SaveTheHorses Team up!

Some Georgia county animal controls have been pretty aggressive in helping horses, arresting bad owners and finding safety for these horses. That's where comes to the rescue. With the drought in the SouthEast, there may be more animals coming to animal control, and SaveTheHorses will get pleas for help directly from owners.   This is a sample of some of the recent rescue animals. Animal control is funded by the government, SaveTheHorses is funded by compassionate people like you. 
                The ones not adopted yet need a sponsor. 
             'Join The Herd' and make a monthly donation. 
Pregnant mare starving and injured from being hit by a car
Young stallion with rain rot and starvation

Pregnant mare with severe sunburn and skin issues
injured and overworked and malnourished mare and pregnant malnourished ponymare 
Without a rescue stepping in, they could not confiscate the horses abandoned and abused or make arrests, so we help, even though it has really put a strain on our budget this year.
young filly abandoned
stallion and foal abandoned
2 geldings abandoned and hungry
Pregnant mare abandoned and hungry
We have picked up 20 horses in the past few months from Fulton County Animal services alone. Pregnant mares, stallions, injured horses, at-large donkey and more. We had Dr Walker come out with his dart gun, brought down cattle panels, many wonderful volunteers experienced and not experienced helped to get these  horses to safety. Volunteers with trailers to transport and help in every way along with animal control officers. 
Sedated 2 mares to catch them after several attempts, finally are sa
paint gelding abandoned
2 year old donkey, never touched by humans
This doesn't include horses from other counties, plus sheep, goats, roosters, potbelly pigs and a female hog. 
Unclaimed goat may have been raised for food
Baby lamb injured and abandoned

Baby lamb injured, broken leg
Without your support, your compassion, your fostering and adopting these animals, nothing would get done. You are the one of the most important parts of the rescue. 

Terrified young hog hiding in straw
Abused roster face burned and blinded rooster
These animals need veterinary care, farrier care, feed, hay, some are special needs, some will need pre and post natal care, some will need special medications for a lifetime to be healthy and comfortable. New baby horses will need lots of care and love!

Please consider helping in some way. 
1768 Newt Green Rd Cumming, A 30028
Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc 
IRS # 58-2479748