And boy, do they need us…!
BHFER (Beauty’s Haven Farm & Rescue Rescue, Inc.)
I’ve written about BHFER previously. (link to previous post) This is the rescue in Florida which is run by a woman, Theresa, who has great passion but no feeling – which is an awful pun to explain that she literally
CANNOT FEEL due to a spinal injury. So, talk about trust… This woman recovered by taking care of an injured horse, Beauty (hence the rescue’s name), and then went on to devote her life to helping horses in need. BHFER is one of the rescue sites I watch daily although I have never been there or met Theresa personally.
Last week is when this all started… Theresa got a call from the local authorities for her to please come help with several starving horses. The details are not available as there will be charges here, but suffice it to say that there were at least 30 horses (stallions, mares, babies) in awful conditions. From what I understand, their only drinking water was this awful pond I have pictured. They were not fed or cared for and I think they were housed together in unhealthy combinations.
Evidently, many of the mares were too skinny to provide adequate milk and the stallions were not helping, if you know what I mean.
BHFER agreed to take 7 on the spot. They took the skinniest mares and babies. However, deciding who to take was the easy part, getting them into the trailer and also making sure they were able to handle a
3 hour trailer ride was a different story! You can imagine the loading process… These are horses that were not handled often and not moved, well… ever.
So, the first 7 arrived at the rescue and they were called the “Lucky 7”. Here are photos. As you can see, very skinny and malnourished looking. But, at BHFER they were given wonderful care, easily digestable foods, they had their feet done, a bath and each horse got lots of love and a fly mask. Life was looking good…
BUT THEN, THE NEXT WHAMMY.
As I stated previously, there were many more horses from the neglectful farm. While she was at the farm, Theresa noticed a very old (28 yrs) and
very skinny Arab mare who had a baby at her side… but that was basically impossible… and then Theresa noticed a skinny young mare a few feet away. The young mare was the mother whose milk
had dried up. The older mare was acting like Granny to the baby and all three moved about together. It was tragic to see all three in such bad shape but trying to make it together. Of course, Theresa gathered these three into her nurturing arms.
(As a side note, on this visit, Theresa notices a young mare that has just given birth…)
Anyway, back to the new three… Granny, now named Asiya (one who comforts) and the young mare (Shaker) and the little filly have moved into the fine digs of BHFER. The young mare is still not producing milk but the filly is old enough to eat solid food so they should be OK in time.
The Lucky 7 has turned into the Lucky 10…
Now, as you can imagine,
BHFER was pretty busy at this point. There were 10 new horses that required extra care as well as 110 degree heat with humidity. Ugh. The poor
new horses who were so stressed from the everything thus far started to have trouble breathing in the extreme heat and humidity. Theresa and all of her
wonderful volunteers were working around the clock keeping all the horses cool and comforted.
So, of course the phone rings… again.
A woman from far away said that she needed Theresa. because she noticed a very sick mare with a very sick baby at a nearby farm. This mare had been bred to an important stud but then just left
out in pasture and made to fend for herself. The mare was alone, she delivered the baby alone (a colt) a few months ago and had no support or food. The neighbor asked the owner about the mare and the owner said that the mare was in such bad shape that she really didn’t want the horse any more. Go figure. That’s what happens when you throw them out to fend for themselves…
Anyway, the kindly neighbor offered to take the two. She was told
by the owner that the baby had a runny eye but was OK. But, in reality, the runny eye was much worse. The vet came out and said the eye would need around the clock care. Since this kindly neighbor didn’t have the time for this, she called Theresa…
Well, what are you
going to do if you are Theresa? How can you turn down a baby in pain? So, Theresa had her vet go out there for a second opinion and the vet said that the baby’s eye was terminal. There was no way to save it. From his estimation, the eye had been damaged for a very long time, probably just after his birth, and the poor colt had been suffering for a very,
very long time. Well, that is all Theresa needed to hear. That little baby was going to be helped. And 24 hours later, his eye was out and the little guy, now named Bandit, was on the road to recovery.
His dam, Trisha, was at the hospital,
too, and the DRs all agreed that she was in bad shape. The poor mare was skinny, had skin diseases, her milk was not sufficient and she was horribly stressed. Hopefully, once she is back at BHFER (which is in process today), both the the Trisha and Bandit will recover.
From the reports about Bandit today,
they say he is active and happy. I’m sure having the painful eye removed (can you imagine the flies?!) was the best thing for him.
So, that makes 12 newbies at BHFER…
WHAMMY NUMBER 4
Ugh. So, here is the heartbreaker. This baby may not make it.
Theresa gets yet ANOTHER call. Remember that mare who had just had a baby three days ago from the neglectful farm full of horses? Well, the owner was on the line saying that the mare and baby were not doing well.
Gee, y’think? They have no food or water… Well, that’s not true… As soon as the authorities got involved, hay, grain and water were brought in for the remaining horses until they could all be placed. But, still, if you do not feed or water a pregnant mare, the baby will not be very strong, if he makes it through birth.
So, the neglectful
owner did the right thing and called Theresa. Theresa remembered this baby. Theresa cannot turn her back. So, they arrange for Momma and baby to be transported to the nearby equine hospital. Mama is weak, baby is weaker. They name the mare, Starla, and immediately tend to her and give her nutrition and health to hopefully boost her milk production.
The baby, now named Passion, is given milk but she wants her Mama’s milk instead. Oy. The little filly refuses. So, they let Passion nurse from her Mom (what little she has) and then give the filly IV fluids/support. The hard part is that the filly cannot stand on her own. She is so weak, she cannot get up. Humans have to get her up every 2 hours to feed. Hmmmmmm.
This is not looking good. It has been determined that Starla and Passion should leave the hospital and go back to BHFER because there are more people at BHFER to tend to the baby around the clock. So, this is where we are now… We have a very weak baby who is on 24 hour care.
14 NEW AND NEEDY HORSES, and a NEW BABY this very morning!!!…
So, what we have is a rescue that was already full, has now taken on 14 new, needy horses, 4 of which were in the hospital and now a baby that needs 24 hour care. The initial, mal-nourished, rain-rotted, long hooved scallawags that were the Lucky 7 seem like a picture of health (kidding) compared to the next 7 that arrived. Can you imagine if this happened at your farm? The vet bills must be staggering let alone the extra feed, farrier and horse care items. Addendum: There is a new baby this morning! One of the mares that Theresa saved earlier in the year, Reva, just foaled a healthy (thank goodness) baby! Good news in the sea of hardships!
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Can you help via the Pay Pal “donate” button below? BEAUTY’S HAVEN FARM & EQUINE RESCUE is our Bucket Fund Equine Charity for August. No amount is too small for the Bucket Fund.
I will try to keep you updated on these horses and babies. I can also tell you that the last horse was removed from the negligent farm on Sunday. So, all are gone to better homes and fosters. Thank goodness.
It has been a very tough week…