Friday, October 10, 2014

Yes Bugg Us!


Happy Home for Bugg!

Bugg was a young Quarter Horse type colt who was literally on death's door. He was already in a state of starvation when he was left in a pasture on a very hot humid July day. He couldn't find the creek to hydrate himself and was at the staggering point when we brought him to the rescue farm that evening. 
Bugg was dehydrated, covered with rain rot and nearly dead. 
To read where he came from and what happened, click here.
http://dailynewsatsavethehorses.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

Bugg gets love from all the volunteers at the rescue farm. 



Look where this lucky Bugg is living today. 
Bugg is living so splendidly now!

His new Mom, Lisa, loves him so much! He will now enjoy life and never go without food, water, good acre or love.
Bugg looking out his gossip door talking to his neighbor, a cute little miniature horse.

Bugg  was gelded by Dr Kerrie Porter last week and he is recovering from that surgery very well. He has good nutrition now so he can grow to his full capacity and be the best trail horse and best friend forever. He is a very lucky guy. 
Thank you to everyone involved in his recovery and care.

Bugg won the Love Lottery for sure!

We are Rescue! Thank you for your continued support, prayers and time you all dedicate to the horses! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Days Ahead for Horses and Humans!

SaveTheHorses has always claimed to have the Best volunteers! It is very true. Three families who have volunteered, adopted and sponsored horses and helped with all kinds of things here at the farm just gave us some exciting news! The Bradley family, the Lee family and the Pate family started a non profit corporation as a fundraising organization, A Stable Solution, to help the Horse Rescue and the Barn Buddy Program. This partnership will help these programs flourish and grow to help many more horses and foster/adopted children find peace through horses. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship and change the part of the world we can together. Thank you all for your kindness. 


The Lee's and The Bradley's loving their newly adopted horses!
Rachel and friend
The Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund (SaveTheHorses.org) has struggled for 15 years (established in 1998) but has always managed to survive, thanks to your generosity and Cherokee Feed who lets us run up an enormous bill and pay it continually, to our hay source, Curtis Farm, and to our vets, Equine Medical Associates, Georgia Equine Veterinary Services, KLMarcella and FoxDale Equine who also give us great service and patiently wait for us to pay. Thank you all. 


The future now will to provide a better service to Horses and humans. We are a Horse Rescue, People Rescue. 

Sweetie on IV's.

We have wonderful volunteers who put in over 20,000+ hours each year to do the dirty work, the fun  work, the sometimes sad work and the rewarding work to save the horses. Rain or shine, they come to give of themselves and their precious time. 


Volunteer of all ages come and help.


 Our Barn Buddy Program is off and running and will grow faster than we dreamed, thanks to Rebecca Miller who is running the program. The Barn Buddy Program is a unique program that partners foster/adopted children with attachment and trust issues with horses who have been neglected and abused. 


Memories made.

The volunteers are Super Heroes too!
Love shared!


We also have a Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer.
Trudy getting love from John Michael after cancer took her eye.


and a Go Green Fund to make the farm more efficient and save energy, water and the Earth. 
Keeping the farm green.

 Happy days are coming. Maybe we can get some financial help with the Pink Horse Shoe and Go Green Programs. 
We have a constant Need List, now it's time to write our Wish list! 

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

1768 Newt Green Rd
Cumming, GA 
30028

www.SaveTheHorses.org

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sheep in your yard? What do you do?

What do you do if a sheep shows up at your door? You take care of him. After a few weeks, the sheep becomes friendly and gets love from the family who does their best to keep him safe. With winter coming, they know food source for Coyotes will get scarce and they are afraid the sheep may be in danger. The family decided to call SaveTheHorses.org. We happily accepted another sheep. We have been waiting for a sheep in need of a home since Rambo, our Gwinnett County Animal Control sheep, was humanely euthanized in June of 2012. We don't buy animals, we take those needing homes. 


Buddy on left.

'Buddy' was happy to see another sheep, a goat and 3 pigs. Buddy is young and playful. He brought some new energy to the petting animal group. 



The family who found Buddy came out and visited him this weekend. They miss him terribly. Tears were falling but they were happy he is safe here. They may fence an area at their home and build Buddy a safe shelter. If they do, we will bring him back to their home. Either way, we will enjoy and care for Buddy while he is here. 

Though we are a horse rescue, we are wiling to help any animal in need the best we can. We know we are a People Rescue as well. 
Taking yourself away and being with rescued animals , helping them recover mentally and physically is rewarding and you learn so many things about yourself. Come to an Orientation on the second Saturday of each month at 9 am and/or to an Open House 1-4 pm the Second Sunday of each month and learn about SaveTheHorses and other animals. Learn about our Barn Buddy Program for foster and adopted children and our Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer. 

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc 
IRS EIN # 58-2479748 non profit charity.
website www.SaveTheHorses.org 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Love For Lobo

The Gwinnett Animal Control officers went out on an animal abuse call and found several malnourished dogs and one malnourished horse, that was August of 2011. SaveTheHorses was asked to take Lobo after the county was awarded custody. We happily agreed. 

Lobo August of 2011
Lobo was estimated to be about 28 years old. He was thin but good quality food several times a day made a big difference. Our original plan was to get him healthy and find him a home but he has a bladder problem. He dribbles his urine on his legs. At first we thought it was because of age but Dr Leah Patipa suspected it was Sebaceous bladder. Lobo soon had his first treatment of cleaning out his bladder. It takes two veterinarians for the procedure. We have had it done regularly in the past 3 years.His bladder went from the size of a basketball to the size of a near normal bladder. 
Dr Murray and Dr Walker work on cleaning Lobo's bladder.

We didn't have any calls  for an older, non ride able horse who needs a costly procedure so Lobo has been here since he arrived. He does have people who love him.
Logo is Madeline's best friend and confidant! 
Monday morning Lobo wouldn't eat his grain or soaked hay cubes. Lucky for Lobo Dr Gail Daley, animal Chiropractor came out and made Lobo feel much better. He happily ate his food and went out to play and eat grass, back to normal.
Lobo enjoying the grass
Lobo has many volunteers who love him and enjoy his company. Many thanks to Stephanie Emhoff and the Pate Family for helping with Lobo's care and medical needs and every volunteer who gives their love and time to help horses like Lobo. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Is A Miracle On Its Way For Dixie Kitten?

Welcome to the Dixie Kitten ride! It seems like we are riding a roller coaster of emotions. Dixie does well, walks around then seems to be in pain and lays down more than she is up. We have tried many things to stop her feet from abscessing and we felt we were losing the battle. We surely do not want her living in unbearable pain. 

The farrier comes and does her feet regularly but she can't always hold her one foot up for more than 20 seconds. It makes is hard to trim enough in the short sessions. The farrier would trim, put her foot down and give her a break, then pick it up and trim for 20 seconds and it could go on for an hour for one foot. Last week we had the veterinarian and farrier out together.The vet gave her injections to block the pain so the farrier could be more aggressive with trimming her feet. What a difference! Dixie has improved and has been walking around much more. We had some great suggestions sent by caring people who have used different products and methods to help horses feet.  

When Dixie does lay down, Volunteers like Kathy, make sure she is comfortable by cooling her off with a shower. 

We are also still seeing if the Vetrixinc product could be injected and help her heal. One consideration of using it is it has been used on acute problems. What we have with Dixie has been going on along time. She came to us 11 months ago and had already foundered possibly 6 months before she even came here. 

Dixie's bit of improvement gave us hope to try a few more things. We love to see her happy and if she continues to move around without intolerable pain, we will continue to do everything we can to help her. 

Some new products are on their way here. Let's hope one is the miracle we have been looking for. 

WE are Rescue!



Friday, August 29, 2014

After Surgery UpDate on Buddy!

Buddy was getting prepared for surgery by Dr Christine Murray and Dr Bill Walker so everything would go well for Buddy's eye to be removed.  It took about an hour but all went well. 
Buddy was sedated and relaxed now.
Now Buddy looks like a wounded war horse! 

Poor Baby!
He still seems to be having some pain but we are hoping it will all get better in a day or two. Hos bandages should come off in a few days.the stitches will be taken out in 2 weeks.


He looks so pitiful!


We put a hay bag in the stall so his head will stay up and eat hay It is unnatural for a horse to eat like this but eating lower could cause bleeding though the eye socket. Buddy walked up to the hay bag and sniffed it. It has alfalfa orchard hay in it. He didn't take any. He stepped back. I pulled a little hay from the bag and offered it to him. He took it and ate it but still didn't go toward the bag. I pulled some hay part way out of the bag, then he walked forward and started nibbling on it. He may never have seen a hay bag before, He figured it out! Tonight he is resting comfortably in the stall. 

We still have a few concerns. Is his eye the only damage his did to his head? We hope it all subsides in a day or two. If not, we may have to look into a deeper injury. We are hoping not and keeping out fingers crossed. Keep your thoughts and prayers coming!

   Thank you all. WE are Rescue! YOU are Rescue, too!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Buddy Update!

Buddy needs his eye removed. 

Dr Murray and Dr Walker are a team. Sadly, eye removals are becoming more common. Buddy has been here at SaveTheHorses less than 24 horse and he must think we are the meanest people trying to look and clean his eye. I hope he knows we are trying to help him. Everyone is giving him lots of love. 


He can not open his eye. It is painful and he stands uncomfortable. His eye will be removed Friday, August 29 at 3 pm. 
His eye is not repairable and he will feel so much better when it is not in pain. He is being given anti pain medications to keep him as comfortable as possible.




We will post after the surgery. Say a prayer for him.
Thank you for your thoughts and good wishes.

WE are Rescue! Thanks to YOU!