Two days ago, I wrote that our April Bucket Fund rescue facility that took in Big Girl (the draft mare whose feet were worked to the bone) got an urgent call about 5-7 babies in Washington State. These foals were just recently born and on a feedlot. Their mothers were shipping in 24 hours. Since they specialize in aiding orphaned foals, they jumped into action, leaving at 4am to get to these babies.
When they arrived, another mare had just foaled in the horrific feedlot. So, they rescued her, too. In total, they put 7 babies in their truck and got out of there.
This is Thumbelina. She was only 24 hours old when she was ripped from her mother. She was rescued yesterday and crashed this morning. Thumbleina was rushed to the ER for plasma.
BABIES NEED PLASMA, COLOSTRUM, ROUND THE CLOCK FEEDING…
Infant foals are expensive without their mothers. They need milk replacer (expensive), colostrum (expensive) and sometimes plasma (very expensive)…
Can we all pitch in and help!! Thank you in advance! Let’s right this wrong for their poor mothers whose lives were ended abruptly and painfully.
All donations are 100% Tax Deductible! Thank you in advance!
WHY THE MOTHERS SHIPPED… INFANTS LEFT TO DIE.
The mothers shipped because they were brought to a feedlot, pregnant. This is a feedlot that does not care about do-gooders who want to rescue horses. They are in the business of shipping meat animals. However, they cannot ship pregnant mares. So, as soon as the pregnant mares foal, the mares are shipped. The babies are discarded. They just die. Some feedlots will ship the older, self sufficient babies to another feedlot to be fattened up and shipped at 6 months. But the needy infants are simply left to die.
Luckily, a rescuer in Washington heard about all of these mares foaling this week and pleaded for help. This is how our rescue became involved. These babies were too new and would be simply discarded. That is why the rescuers hopping in their trucks and got there as the mothers shipped. They wanted to relieve the babies as quickly as possible.
LAYOVER AT ROLLING FOAL HOSPITAL!
A big shoutout to RFH, Rolling Foal Hospital, for assisting in this rescue. The foals are laying over here to be stabilized and receive their Coggins certs to drive back to California.
THANK YOU! LET’S HELP THESE BABIES HAVE A FUTURE!