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 Info@SaveTheHorses.org 

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 SaveTheHorses.org 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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Road-A-Lot Was An Appropriate Name

Many people in North Georgia were accustomed to seeing this  horse tied up at Walmart or riding down the road for 20 miles several days a week. The mare was transportation for the owner who didn't think caring for her needs was important. Animal Control in Habersham county was finally able to arrest and charge the owner of the mare we call Road-A-Lot, aka Roada. The long blanket covered her malnourished body as well as the horrific wound on her withers. SOS Horse Rescue located in Habersham County helped with this case. They have been trying to get something done for a while. They had no room to take in Roada and her pregnant mare friend Princess. Working with other rescues and animal controls save lives. It takes dedication to help so many animals.
Roada standing patiently at Walmart, traffic, people, nothing bothers this girl.

The animal control officers were so wanting Roada to be safe, they drive her down to SaveTheHorses on a Sunday morning. That's dedication when you help animals on your day off. Very admirable.

What was under here was really horrible and deep wounded skin and muscle
Seeing Roada's wound and finding out the owner treated it with bleach made us all cringe as the though of the pain Roada was in. 
I won't post the gory photos but it started healing nicely. The volunteers took such great care of her and she was a good patient. 

Washing her wounds, scrubbing off the old debris, she stood as she knew were were there to help. A piece of muscle had to be removed because it was so damaged. Good nutrition and good care makes all the difference between life and death. This proves it.
This is after 3 months of wound care.
Dr Marcella came out to see her and we continued with her care. 
Roada was re-bandaged almost daily.
She loved getting food and hay on a regular basis. I now understood why the previous owner kept her tied instead of putting her in the pasture he had. The first day I tried to bring her in from the pasture, she turned her butt to me and ran. I was surprised but it made sense. It only took one time of bring her to a clean stall, fresh shaving, hay and grain to convince her life is getting better. She now knows she does'd have to ride someone miles and miles with an ill fitted saddle. Never again!

It took several months for her to heal and to get her ready for her new home. It was worth waiting for and she arrived at her new home a few days ago. 

Now Roada has a new friend and after being neighbors over the fence, they each had kinds words for one another.
The Meeting
      Now they are happily grazing together and sharing hay!

Thank you for your support. 
Your donations, your time, your compassion, your caring!

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc
1768 Newt Green Rd
Cumming, GA 30028
IRS EIN # 58-2479748

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Life of Jesse

This is Jesse.

Jesse is a 16 year old off-track Thoroughbred gelding. Sometime in early 2014, his owner moved him from Florida to Georgia. She had nowhere to keep him so she left him with a friend. The friend was not a boarding facility, just someone who cared about horses. After 4 months of no contact with the person who left Jesse, the caretaker tried to contact Jesse's owner. She called and the phone was disconnected. She drove by the house of Jesse' owner and it was now abandoned, just like Jesse. 

Jesse' caregiver called and explained she couldn't care for Jesse any longer and asked us to find him a home. We always have people looking for nice horses and had a regular volunteer family with several adopted children who wanted to adopt a horses desperately. They had been volunteering at the rescue a long time and wanted horses of their own. I sent them to meet Jesse and they fell in love. They found a barn to board him and for a while , Jesse had a good life. He was surrounded by people who loved him, rode him and enjoyed him. 

Life changed again for Jesse early this year, he was now in need of another place to live. His adopted family was divorcing, everything had fallen apart in the human lives and are now affecting the horses life. Poor Jesse. This is why SaveTheHorses takes our horses back. Things happen in everyone's life.  This is only 2 years of Jesse's 16. How were his other 14 years? He is tattooed so he raced at one time in his life. Was he loved by a young girl? What he transferred from owner to owner sold for profit?  We only know the last 2 years but we are happy he fell into SaveTheHorses lap.

Jesse is now looking for a forever home. It is what we hope for every horse but we realize we can only do our best in finding that safety but SaveTheHorses safety net will always surround him. If you are interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring Jesse, please contact Info@savethehorses.org 

 Thank you for your continued support through donations, 
sharing, caring and volunteering. 
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Cumming GA 30028
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Horses = Accident Waiting To Happen!

Horses = Accident Waiting To Happen!
Reopened and being cleaned
Finnegan is a teenage large pony who normally minds his own business. He is on a lovely 25 acre pasture with only 2 young mares, so you would think, 'What could happen?' Well, Finn came up to one of the volunteers who checks on his little herd and he was very lame. He had cut his back leg just above the heal bulb. I looked like a normal cut, pretty clean but he couldn't stay in the pasture and our stalls or all full over at the rescue. How did it happen? We have no idea. A rock? A wire? Another horse? A mystery!

Countryside Farms recently opened near by and they agreed to take care of Finn, clean his would and a give him nice stall until he healed at a discount boarding rate. Well worth the great care. We had antibiotics we started him on immediately along with anti-inflammatories. Ashley and Amber spent time making sure Finn was getting his leg cleaned, iced and dressed everyday. The wound was in a place where it could not be stitched because it is a moveable part so cleaning and dressing were important. Finn's leg go better in a few days and we were grateful and thinking of moving him in a day or two back to the pasture but then the next day, he was painfully lame. I went to see him the following day and he was fine again. Two days later, he can't walk.What is this mysterious problem?
Dr DuVall Moloney getting Finn  ready for surgery

Dr Christine Murray came out and said it looking like a tiny tear in the tendon sheet and as it drained, he could walk but when it build up pressure, he was in pain. Afraid infection could get in that tiny hole, we decided the best place was with a surgeon who could clean and flush it in a sterile environment. UGA was usually out place to go but, luckily for all the horses in this area, Dr Laura Duvall Moloney, of Georgia Equine Veterinary,recently opened her new surgery center 10 minutes away.
This is how we want him to be again, happy and healthy and not wounded. Then he'll be ready for adoption

She had a Grand Opening which I missed so this was my first chance to meet the surgeon, Dr Goodin, and introduce him to Finn and his non-healing wound. Finn was admitted to the hospital and a procedure done on his leg. He's probably going to stay their until Monday if all goes well. He'll go back to Countryside Farm until he is totally well. He's a very sweet willing horse.He'll be loved by some lucky family one day soon.

We are very thankful this wonderful veterinary hospital is so close to the rescue. We have surgery coming up for a horse with serious cancer in her eye and 3 more minor surgeries planed soon as well. 
I'll be posting about the mare soon. Her surgery is getting urgent but we need to get Finns bills and needs taken care of before we take on another expensive case.

Horses needs never end. Thank you for your continued support and care. We are Rescue! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Skye and the Clover!

These two sweet old mares have been in a foster home for a few years They came from different circumstances but it seems like they were together forever. 
Skye and Clover enjoying the day!

Skye was malnourished when Forysth Co. Animal Control found her. She had been purchased at an auction, perhaps going though several auctions or different owners.
The Sheriff tried to work with the owner but for some reason, she wasn't gaining weight. They decided she needed experience rehabilitation and nutrition so she was brought her to the SaveTheHorses rescue farm. She was in her mid to late 20's. Thin and at one time someone loved her enough to have her eye removed for some reason. They didn't give up and dump her, they paid for surgery. I imagine a young girl loving on her and Skye loving her back, loving the attention and kindness, carrying her girl around and listening to her sing sweet songs to Skye. She's a sweet girl but fell though the wrong hands and ended up at an auction. Promises where made but not kept for Skye. The person who had her bought her at an auction for a buck or two. At least he beat the kill buyer price. 

Clover came from Forsyth Co. too but was walking around an abandoned housing development during the financial crisis. I don't think she was dumped for financial reasons. A SaveTheHorses volunteer family was passing and saw her walking around. There were no fences, just half finished streets. Not a place for a horse. The Sheriff recently arrested and charged a local man with 3 counts of dead livestock not buried (2 horses and a cow) and confiscated his stallion because it was nearly dead from starvation.  Could she have come from that same farm? It was directly across the street.  
The men at the farm saw us pull up with the horse trailer. They didn't say anything. Clover's head looked weird but we didn't realize why until we got closer. The halter wouldn't fit because there was so much swelling. She looked like a snake had bitten her in the face. As we drove back to the farm, we called the vet to come ASAP. An anti-venom was administered but the swelling did not change. It took almost 6 weeks for her face and neck to get back to a normal size. It wasn't a bite at all, it was a torn esophagus and her head and chest filled with air.  She also had a wound on her rear leg.  Clover may have been a victim of 'horse tripping'. She could have been flipped over buy a rope on her rear leg or she could have been roped and the rope pulled so tightly that it tore her esophagus. We really don't know how but we do know something bad had happened to injure her. Did the men think she would die and sent her across the street? They didn't need another dead animal found on their farm especially with the Sheriff watching. 

These two old mares are healthy and happy now. The foster mom is planning on selling her farm soon and Skye and Cover will need a new place to live out their lives, hopefully together. They are our Golden Girls. Neither has ever been ridden since they have been in our care. We take pleasure is caring for them, watching them thrive and stay healthy in their golden years. We are Rescue!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Me and You and Dog Named Blue!

So Many of you knew him. So many of you loved him. 
Our dog named Blue!

It was about 12 or 13 years ago that a fellow dog rescuer called in tears explaining she found 3 dogs and they keep getting out of her Atlanta property. She had been in Murphy North Carolina, driving on busy 4 lane, Highway 64, when she saw cars swerving the 3 dogs running down the highway. She couldn’t leave them to get injured or killed so she managed to get the 3 skinny, mangy mutts into her vehicle and headed home to Atlanta. She had a well-secured, fenced yard that her other foster dogs enjoyed so she was quite surprised when her neighbors called her at work every day to tell her those 3 dogs were out and roaming the neighborhood. Not knowing where they got out, she decided to leave them locked in the basement so they’d be secure. When she arrived home after work, the 3 dogs were out and they had literally eaten through the door and drywall and escaped her basement. That’s when she called my sister Michele, a dog rescuer also, and begged for help.

Michele and I drove to Atlanta to spend a Sunday checking her fences and after observing the 3 dog’s behavior, we decided it was Blue who was the problem. I call him a “Don’t Fence Me In Dog”. He was a Lab/Husky/ hound type mix with beautiful blue eyes. He weighed about 120 pounds and shed like crazy!

Blue getting dressed up!
Blue caught steeling food

I brought him to the rescue farm and we put him up for adoption. It didn’t take long before a wonderful family met Blue and fell in love. He loved them and their children, too. They had 2 fenced acres and offered Blue a loving home. I told them about his ‘Don’t Fence Me In” issues so we thought 2 nice acres would suit him well. About 3 months later, they called and said Blue was not happy being fenced in and they couldn’t stand him being unhappy. He came back to the farm to wait for the right home.

About 2 months later, a perfect home on a dead end road with 5 acres welcomed Blue to their beautiful home. He loved the children and their whole farm. I told them about Blue being a “Don’t Fence Me In” dog so they left the gate opened and Blue stayed. At least he stayed until no one was at home. Then he wandered down the street into a neighborhood where he found people. He only wanted company. Phone calls came every time Blue’s family left the property. Worried neighbors said Blue is out. The people finding him thought he’d get lost or hurt, so Blue’s family would escort him home. So, again, Blue came back to the rescue farm as the family gave him a teary good bye. They loved him, everyone did, but he just wasn’t happy.

Blue loving the kids

Blue lived here at the rescue for 12+ years. He was happy and was well loved by all the volunteers over the years. He still was a ‘Don’t Fence Me In Dog’, though. On two different occasions, he was accidentally locked into a room in the barn. He took out two windows, frames and all, and just laid down by the barn like nothing was wrong. About 4 years ago, we put in an extra gate at the driveway, even though he could walk through the board fences without a problem, he sat at the outside of the gate for 2 days, daring me to lock him in. He never ran away, he knows he lived here. He has taken many foster dogs under his authority and taught them the do’s and don’t of living on the rescue farm. No killing the pesky Chihuahua’s no matter how annoying they are, No killing chickens, turkeys or ducks, pigs either. No biting or chasing horses, well. Ok, just a little when no one is looking. He protected the hamburgers on the Bar-B-Q grill at each event here at the rescue farm. He checked out all the lunch boxes left unattended. He’d quietly carry them off and help himself to the goodies. All in all, he was a good dog, with an extra good sniffer. He knew the word ‘No’ and obeyed it being shouted at him 99% of the time.

Blue caught  looking for donuts on break rood table

Last year Lucky dog, a local street dog, came to the farm and after a few months, decided to make it his home. Street dogs are homeless dogs that are dumped in the country by people who somehow believe if you dump a dog in the country, it will find a home. Lucky was a lucky one. Many are hit by cars, shot or starve to death if coyotes don’t kill them first. Blue became Lucky’s mentor. Lucky loved Blue. He always wanted Blue to go on an adventure. They’d go for an hour and come back.

Last picture taken of Blue, Saturday, Thank you Darren. 

When we came home for a family Easter Dinner about 7:30. I mixed the dogs food and Blue wouldn’t eat. He’d lost a little weight lately but seemed normal. At his older age, I thought losing some weight would be better for his bones anyway. I gave him some good supplements and this was the first time he ever didn’t want to eat. He laid down and seemed tired but at midnight, he barked to go out. I thought that was a good sign, she Blue and Lucky went out an adventure but didn’t come back after the usual hour. I called and called, and it wasn’t until 4:30 am the came back. Blue came in a laid down in his bed. He looked hurt but I could see any injuries. First thing in the morning, Blue walked around but looked uncomfortable. His breathing was labored. It was a struggle getting him into the back seat of the truck but I had to get him to the vet ASAP. Natalie, our future horse rescue veterinarian, (she’s still in college) hopped in the truck and we hurried to the vet’s office. By the time we arrived, Blue was too weak to even stand. We carried him in on a stretcher. The Doctor immediately did radiographs. She called us in and said she had never seen anything like it. It looked like a huge mass, so huge it had pushed what looked like his stomach to the top of his back. She wasn’t sure but offered to do an Ultrasound to see if she could find an answer. She said she thinks Blue would die within a few hours. She said it may have been cancer. His breathing was now very shallow. He didn’t respond to touch, his eyes didn’t blink. I think his spirit was gone, just waiting for his earthly body to pass. There was no need to do anything but let Blue go in peace. A small injection from the vet let Blue take his last breath. He never moved nor made a sound.

Lucky mourning the loss of his buddy, Blue.

We carried him back into the truck to bury him at his farm, his home. When Lucky saw us coming down the driveway, he was so happy. He jumped on the side door of the truck to welcome Blue home. We opened the door and let him see Blue, smell him and help him understand what happened. Lucky watched us dig a deep grave and gently lay Blue to rest. Chris, who is an ordained Minister, said a special prayer for Blue at his grave. Lucky just quietly laid under a nearby tree. He just laid around the house most of the day. We lost a good friend and he lost a best friend. Blue taught him so many things we will never know about. Say a prayer for Blue and Lucky, Give Lucky a special love pat if you see him at the farm.