Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Holes were dug and poles were put in to to keep the horses safe. They will be replaced with 14 foot 4x4's. Pallets are being bolted together and will be bolted to form the walls as we get farther into the building. It is fun to see the progress. The mini's are sure curious to see what is going on. Right now they are behind the fence and not able to get into the barn building area. I just couldn't find any hard hats in their sizes!
They will be surprised when they all get stalled!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tennessee 30 is now Tennessee 4.
Amazing what good grass can do!
Who were these horses? Why were they here? The story is they were bought by a local horse trader. They are his horses and he can do what he wanted with them. At a low price, all horses are in danger of going to be slaughtered. Though we don't slaughter horses here in the USA, we do send them to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. It is not illegal. The owner can do that and make some money. I called and asked him what he'd sell them for. He said $75. each so I was on the Internet telling everyone who would listen and asking them to tell everyone they know. A few of the horses sold fast. After a week or so the stress of going to auction, fighting for food, and being unhealthy and malnourished to start, they broke out with a contagious infection called Strangles. It is like strep throat. It takes a few weeks but it goes through the whole herd. The Department of Agriculture quarantined the herd. It took 4 months for the virus to get through the herd. During that time, people were picking out and paying the owner for the horses. We were collecting donation for feed and hay the horses. We wanted to give them every chance to recover. Volunteers from the rescue would take turns feeding and watering the herd. Snow, sleet nor ice was a deterrent in getting these horses healthy. As people purchased a horse, some would come and help out physically and financially. It did take a village to save the horses.
All the horses went to homes. Now months later, 4 were given to the rescue. These are nice horses but still need training and patience.
Suzy is a very pretty Chestnut QH type mare. She just needs to be trained. She was saved by a loving person, her injuries treated and ready to make some a nice trail horse. She is ready to go.
Willow is a black walking horse mare that was one of the most frightened of all. She must have been through some very mean humans. She will lead and eat from your hand but needs time and patience to move on.
Stella is a nice mare that is already trained to ride. Look at the pictures of before and after. She has come full circle from a malnourished nearly alive horse to a beautiful mare ready to trail ride.
Then there is one young chestnut mare that is terrified of people. Stella protects her. She must have been through some really horrible times to act so afraid of humans in her young life. She needs a very special person who will not hurry and understand her fear. She is gentle but wants to leave your space because she is terrified to be close to people. I am sure she has a good reason.
The Tennessee 30 is now the TN 4. Come and helps find a home for each of them. repost to all of your horse friends. These 4 horses need loving home and kind hearts. They deserve that. They did nothing wrong but end up in the wrong hands at one time in their lives...through no fault of their own. Please help us help them.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Things started peaceful yesterday but the peace didn't last long. Gary, a hay man, opened the lower gate to leave and Patience, an almost one year old filly, made a run for the driveway. She really wants to see the world! She managed to get past Gary but he managed to close the gate so Sweetie, our 33 year old Granny horse who is devoted to Patience, stayed behind. Sweetie whinnied as patience ran from Gary again and again. She is a real 'patient-tryer' if there is such a word. She's a stinker for sure.
The driveway is gravel with ditches and very uneven. Sweetie could trip and fall, she has lost her balance out there before. That's why the gate is closed. If Sweetie does fall, it takes people, a tractor and a sling to get her up again. her old body isn't working the way it used to but she gets around great, she just doesn't get up.
As Gary coaxed Patience back down toward the gate, I stood at the gate waiting to open it to let Patience in and not let Sweetie out. Patience came running in and Sweetie turned and ran up the hill toward the house. I headed to open the gate and drive away in the van I borrowed. I turned to see Sweetie running fast to keep up with Patience. Just then, she stumbled, landed on her face then fell over on the side of her face and neck. She was going so fast, her back end flew over her head. It is hard to describe but she couldn't move at all. It was a horrible position. She couldn't breath because her body was crushing her head. I have only seen a horse in that position in a rodeo video. It was a broken neck. I was afraid she would not be able to walk again. Would this be Sweetie's last day?
I was running up the hill towards her screaming as loud as I could. I had to get the weight off of her head. Gary was at the top of the driveway but he heard the screaming. He said it was blood curdling. He turned around and came back to help. Roger the volunteer who stayed at the farm while I was gone, was in back of the house near his trailer. I kept on screaming even after I reached Sweetie. I had her back legs in my arms trying to push her body off of her neck. I pushed and pushed to get the weight off of her head. Roger came running as I was still screaming. We finally got her lying down. I was so afraid she broke her neck. I moved her legs and didn't get much resistance. I think she was in shock. God knows I was! Roger ran to the barn and got a tent. We needed to keep Sweetie out of the sun. It was so hot and humid. Sweetie has Anhydrosis. She doesn't sweat. She was already panting pretty hard. I wet her neck and face but I didn't want to wet the Georgia clay too much. I thought about the tractor slipping down the hill. We needed no more mishaps. There is a balance of decisions to be made at a time like this.
Roger called 911. The Fire Dept has a large animal rescue unit with a sling! We have gotten her up many times with a sling but I wasn't sure she'd be able to stand or walk this time. I don't know what damage was done. I can only imagine. I called 3 vets, they were all busy and it would take a few hours to get here. We decided to try and get her up when the firemen arrive. It was a miracle but she got up and walked within minutes. So far she seems to be doing well. Damage can show up days later. So far, so good. Every day is a blessing.
Now I am ready to leave, again, and return the van. Lucky my rescue friend who let me borrow it is patient. On my way there, I saw a chicken that fell from a chicken truck. I turned around and couldn't find her. I just saw her, I know she's there. I was near my sister's farm. I picked her up and we drove back and found the poor chicken. She was over heated and panting hard. We put her in the air conditioning hoping to stabilize her but she died about 2 hours later.
Yes, I am back.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
The little Dwarf Miniature Horse along with her Momma Mare, are on a transport heading to Ft Worth, TX. They should arrive by Sunday and be comfortable in the stall to rest up. Then during the week, they will be picked up and brought here to Cumming, GA.
We had to make sure the transporter had extra wood to put between stall in the trailer. Little Strawberry Shortcake can slide or roll under a small space. She only weights about 30 pounds. With a little one like that, special alterations must be thought of ahead of time. She really could get hurt under another horses feet. We tried to think of everything to ensure her safety.
Thank you to all who have donated so far. I will update you all soon. Our costs are Vet for health certificates and coggins for Momma. Coggins are not required in the NW. That is $190. Transport from Oregon to Texas is $750. 00 and the lay over is $10.00 per day. That should only be a few days. Then the cost of transport here from Texas to Georgia is $500.
We will get surgery quotes soon.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Please help if you can and please cross post and pass on for Starwberry Shortcake! Thank you.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
It is always an on-going questions, "Where do we get the horses that come into the rescue ?'.
Here is one example. Animal Control found horses on the road. The owner keeps them on a wooded acre. There is no grass so he crosses the street and ties them to trees to graze on the grass. A few broke loose and wandered away when animal control officers rounded all of them up and confiscated them. They explained that this is not satisfactory horse care and the owner was fined. He gave up this malnourished mare but kept the rest. Hopefully he will take better care of the 5 horses he did keep. Animal control will keep a watch on them to be sure. If a home wasn't found for this horse, she would have be humanely euthanized.
Now if we agree to take a horse, expecially a very malnourished horse, we need a place to keep it and have to be able to pay for it's needs. Hay, grain, veterinary care and farriers all are ongoing expenses for any horse and we already have so many to be responsible for. We need to consider all of our horses before we take in another. It takes a village of animal lovers that volunteer and give generously to allow us to keep up this never ending job of caring for needy horses.
Who came to the rescue? Our longtime volunteers, Julia and Chad. They agreed to foster the mare even though we didn't know much about her. However, there was a concern for their blind gelding, Cheetah. We didn't want him hurt or kicked. 'Meadow' turned out to be one of the sweetest mares ever. Cheetah was so happy to meet her, he couldn't keep his nose away from her. He can't see her so he had to become familiar with her smells and she tolerated his annoying nose without even a squeal. They became fast buddies in the pasture sharing grass.
Meadow is about 10-12 years old. She will be assessed for any riding ability after she gains weight and becomes healthier. She is now enjoying freedom of not being tied to a tree to find food. It is being served in a clean feed bucket, along with fresh water, hay and all the grass she can find thanks to our wonderful care givers. She is one of the lucky horses that did get another chance at life.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Just across the street from where we found her, is a farm run by people who do things to horses I cannot watch. I have driven by and saw men on horses chasing other very frightened horses. They were chasing horses with lasso's trying to rope them. They had smiles on their faces and enjoyed the chase. The horses were running for their lives. Could this have been what happen to the mare we picked up? This is all speculative on my part. Dr Amanda and I discussed what seems to be a torn trachea. That's why the swelling didn't go down quickly like it would have from poision of a snake or spider. I think the lassoed her, flipped her over. Then saw all the swelling. She may have lost consienciousness as well. Maybe they took her to the back of the abandoned subdivision and left her for dead.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
After speaking with Dr. Lee, who removed the Strawberry's eye, he wants to examine her and is hoping it is not the cancer returned.
Patti is taking her to Alabama for the appointment. What we need is all your prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts that Dr. Lee will find something curable the local vet didn't.
We do not want her to suffer but we also do not want to euthanize her if there is a cure. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is an aggressive cancer and if it is the cancer causing her problem we will ask Dr. Lee to humanely let her cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.I know I just complained about gas prices. (It costs me $150. to pick up a 28 year old gelding in NC). Patti will drive almost 3 hours one way so the vet visit and gas alone will be costly. The outcome will tell what other costs will occur so if you can spare a dollar, we will greatly appreciate it. Don't forget to spare a prayer and good wish for Strawberry!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Medicine Hat horses are believed to have a special magical power to protect their rider through battle and their mainly white coats were decorated with symbols to help further protect the rider.
I don't know her full journey in her 15 years of life but I wish to think it started out with love. How did she get here? Our volunteer foster home with Patti in Milton, Florida found her on a local Craigslist Posting: Mare with bad eye needs home, FREE! Not any takers for a horse with a bad eye. We couldn't turn our back on a really needy horse. That's what rescue is to us...helping the ones who need help the most.
The story were were told was the horse was given to a child who's parents dropped off the horse at a friends pasture. No one every came back to care for her, feed her or show her their love.
She was treated with love at Patti's farm. Her journey continued to a wonderful veterinarian who diagnosed Strawberry with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in her eye. Our magical horse, Strawberry, may have protected her riders but no one protected her from the harmful rays of the sun. We had surgery to remove her eye. Dr Lee thought he had removed all the margins of cancer and she was on her way to better days ahead.
She seemed happier and was gaining weight. We were seriously looking for a new permanent home for her but suddenly, she started showing signs of paralysis on one side of her face. It was the side where the cancer was found. It quickly moved down to her left jaw. She is having trouble eating as you can see in the video. She has to move her head around to try and grind and swallow. I went to Florida and took the videos last week when only the left side was affected. Patti told me that her right jaw is now getting paralyzed. We sadly made a decision to let Strawberry continue her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. It is a heartbreaking decision for Patti and I. We both gave it much thought and knew it was the kindest thing to do, despite our sadness.
Thanks to the generosity of Patti for opening her farm and her heart to Strawberry. We feel it was worth the time and money spent to fight for Strawberry's life. Sadly is ended too quickly but she left us knowing we did all we could for her and showed her kindness and love in a sometimes not so kind world to animals. Below are a couple of Videos of Strawberry.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I have called him "Jacob", in honor of a woman who has donated towards his coming home and being safe.
We are working towards getting you safe Jacob. We have a family waiting to lavish love and carrots and nose kisses on you!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This handsome guy is a captive born Mustang. His mother is in our care as well. Both came from animal control. They talked about euthanizing them because they were dangerous. We took a look and our first thoughts were these are not dangerous horses, just terrified horses, even traumatized. So they could be saved, we agreed to take them both. They trembled as they stood in the stall were animal control had them held. It was easy to get them in the trailer because they moved as far away from us as they could. Just put your arms toward them and they jumped in. Once at the farm, it was the same getting them out. I had to get a stick to use an an extension of my arm. I put it in the open area at the front of the trailer and they moved away as fast as they could to the barn and jumped out.
Having the stallion, 'Stud Muffin' gelded was more of an ordeal than we anticipated. It took 5 different drugs and two hours to sedate him so he could be safely gelded. Mustangs have a great survival instinct. I guess you can say they can 'hold their liquor'. Any domestic horse lets the drug take over. Mustangs need to survive and fight an effects of sedation. After 3 hours of work, he was gelded. We changed the name to Muffin Man (M&M) and started to work with him in the round pen. We can get him to go around and around and around. It seemed to only get to that point and no further progress was being made. He would turn left, right and stop and look at you but no touching was allowed by M&M.
We had to be a little more assertive, though I don't like doing it, but I felt we were at a stand still. Bobby and I cornered M&M and carefully and slowly managed to get a halter on him. We left the lead rope on the halter so he can stop on it with his own foot and realize he had to stop at the pressure. He is in a small area and we watch carefully so he didn't panic and hurt himself. He did quite good.
Fifteen minutes a day spent training, learning to lead, learning to whoa, turning...just small steps to accomplish bigger things.
Muffin Man is available for adoption. He is about 7 years old. Surely not too old to learn to trust and love humans. If you are a kind, patient person, he may be your dream horse.Come and meet this handsome horse.