UPDATE ON SWAYZE with his new pal, READ.






Last week, we told you about our Bucket Fund horse, Read, and his new best buddy, another former Bucket Fund horse, Swayze.  That post was mostly from Read’s perspective.

Today, we hear about Swayze – who you helped in March of 2017.  He was horribly skinny and full of operable cancer that was impeding his ability to pass manure.

Through the grace of HorseGods, these two souls ended up together at SKYDOG SANCTUARY.

Here is their update from Swayze’s perspective.

Nose to nose just the way they like it

FROM CLARE AT SKYDOG

With everything going on in Malibu I was just reminded that I never finished telling the second half of the story about Read and Swayze. These two old boys didn’t start off as friends. Read came in alone from a kill pen in Oklahoma and was turned out with a bunch of bossy mares to take care of but they turned out to be a little too much for him to handle and he spent most of his time avoiding them and eating separately for some peace. Then Swayze had come in with Priscilla from a feedlot in Colorado who assured me they were both mustangs and neither turned out to be. Priscilla did turn out to be pregnant and had strangles and Swayze sadly had cancer. When they were better Swayze and Priscilla formed a little bond until she had Dalton at which point we had to take Swayze out as he didn’t seem keen on sharing his mare with a baby.

If he could see them he spent all day running the fence crying and if we took him out of sight he called to her all day – we really were in a pickle until the day Read decided to leave his herd of ladies and wander around looking for where all the noise was coming from. He could clearly hear a horse in need and he took it upon himself to come and help. He stood outside Swayze’s pen and even his presence seemed to calm the old boy. He stopped calling and spent the day nose to nose with Read through the fence. When it came time for feeding we took a chance and let Read in with him. And it was love. Instantly Read was happy and Swayze hasn’t cried for Priscilla once since that day. He lost quite a bit of weight pining for her but has since gained it all back and some and he and Read are close as close can be. They lay down together, stand up at the same time, stand close by each other, graze together and even share their precious grain. They are best friends and now when Swayze sees Priscilla he looks up and seems to not even know her. Horses are funny creatures. He has moved on. He has found a better stronger love with his old friend Read. They are funny as they both seem to each think they are looking after the other but in a way they are. Swayze is calm happy and peaceful now and Read isn’t having to fight for his dinner. We put his herd of bossy mares in with the wild boys and they are blissfully happy there too. I think they just needed a young strong studdy boy to stand up to them. Priscilla has moved in with the other mares and foals, is happy with her new family and spends her days fussing over Dalton. I love a happy ending x Swayze is about to have laser surgery to remove some of the tumors on his tail and butt thanks to the readers of Horse and Man for donating for his surgery. Update soon x

SWAYZE AND READ, with Barkley trying his hardest to look as majestic

Our beautiful ghost boy Swayze

Friends

Somehow these two battle weary old guys found kindred spirits in each other… who knew?!

(from Clare at Skydog) I love kissing that sweet face

Sharing is caring

Read’s wound from the old embedded halter is stunning, isn’t it? Hard to believe that he has no more pain there. He is fine. Wow.

Looking way better now x

THIS IS SUCH AN UNEXPECTED HAPPY ENDING…

When Swayze first came to the rescue, he was sick, skinny and bonded with Priscilla, who was pregnant.  No one thought that bond could be usurped.  But it was – happily ever after – with Read.

Wrongs can be righted.  There is a happy ending.

This was Swayze when he arrived at Skydog… very sick, very malnourished and full of (operable) cancer.

 

OUR JUNE BUCKET FUND HORSE:  SAMSON… BLINDED BY HIS OWNER AND STARVED, he was walked for 5.5 hours out of the Grand Canyon.  Can we help right this wrong?!  Click here to read his story.    Click here to donate!


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A HORSE AND HUMAN HOTEL JUST OFF I-44! It has so much interest, we need more of these!!!






I saw this on FB and am so excited – The I-44 HORSE HOTEL, LLC!

An AirBnBarn is something I would love to do if I had a large piece of property with easy access to a large thoroughfare – and if Hubby was into construction.

I have none of these things… so I am very excited and totally impressed that someone else is doing it!  I think someone needs to create a network of AirBnBarns and get this going!!

Brand new!

HERE IS THE STORY FROM I-44 HORSE HOTEL LLC

Contact Info:

7574 SH-28 W
Adair, Oklahoma, OK 74330

Phone:  918-323-1555

Facebook page linked here.

From the I-44 Horse Hotel FB page:

The response has been overwhelming! Instead of asking in the comments section, PLEASE CALL 918-323-1555 to schedule your stay! We are trying our best to respond to all comments, but we are falling way behind! Please call if we haven’t responded – it’s your best chance to get your desired dates!

I-44 Horse Hotel is finally open! We are conveniently located about 45 miles northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma with VERY EASY access to I-44. I-44 Horse Hotel offers comfortable and safe accommodations for those traveling with their 4-legged friends. Whether you prefer to sleep in our fully-furnished bunk room across the hall from your horses or in your RV/trailer parked just outside the barn, you’ll rest comfortably knowing your horses are enjoying a much needed rest from the rigors of traveling.

The longest rigs can easily pull in/out. Our two RV pads have water and both 30 and 50 amp electric service.

We offer 5 inside stalls with deep pine shavings over rubber mats and 5 covered outdoor stalls. A large turnout pen is also available.

Come stay with us; we are confident you’ll be glad you did! Give Travis a call at 918.323.1555 and schedule your stay!

RV pad = $35; inside stall = $25; outside stall = $20; bunkroom $75

Very comfy looking!

PHOTOS FROM THE FB PAGE (No affiliation)

It looks clean, safe, and cute!  Much better than sleeping in your trailer or a nasty roadside hotel.

(I don’t know these people at all… but I like the idea.)

What a great idea and I hope they are very successful!

SPREAD THE WORD!  WHAT A GREAT IDEA!  We need more of these all across the US!

How courageous for them to be willing to put up horses and people.  With all the liability at stake, many people would back off.   I commend these people for seeing the need, and making it.

If you build it, they will come.

 

OUR JUNE BUCKET FUND HORSE:  SAMSON… BLINDED BY HIS OWNER AND STARVED, he was walked for 5.5 hours out of the Grand Canyon.  Can we help right this wrong?!  Click here to read his story.    Click here to donate!


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