It is always good to have uplifting news going into the weekend!
So, here is our first bit of good news…
STAR IS UP TO 15 HOURS A DAY with her braces!
She is let out to roam around the barns and they say that she gets into everything…!
(In case you don’t remember about Star, her story is here.)
The Rescue has been given the A-OK to gradually add weight. In case you missed it, the reason she was kept thin was to help her rear muscles carry all of her weight since her shoulder muscles were atrophied due to the hoof overgrowth and then deformation.
But now that Star is walking correctly in her braces, she is building up her shoulder and neck muscles and her body can take gradual additional weight.
It is truly amazing to see her standing this straight – ears up!
THE CASTAIC HORSES!
The Castaic horses are our October Bucket Fund recipients. They are special needs horses who have been languishing in a County run shelter in Castaic, CA. The County, not the Shelter, had scheduled these 4 horses for mandatory euth since their time was up and no one was coming to adopt them.
Luckily, a friend of the Shelter notified us and we were able to find a great forever home – (The Golden Carrot) that specializes in older and special needs horses – for the three geldings. Also, a private party, Debra Hawk, came forward and offered a home for the mare.
Amazing and wonderful!
Through donations, we were able to arrange the payment of the adoption fees and transportation for all 4 horses. THANK YOU!
If all goes well, they will be picked up on Saturday!
Actually, the 3 geldings were supposed to be picked up today but the forecast was for rain so they moved the date to this weekend.
Anyway, the not so great news is that none of these special needs horses have been dewormed or vaccinated in all the time they’ve been at the shelter. I guess funding was really bad so they were given food but nothing else…
But, never fear, once the horses arrive at their forever homes, both The Golden Carrot and Debra Hawk will report back on their conditions – and, of course, – bring them back to the best quality of life possible.
Lester (down in the fetlocks) and the TWH mare (an odd hump in her lumbar spine) are only 12 years old and the light colored QH (arthritic knees) is only 14! So, other than not being sound for riding, they have many years ahead of them. And, if I know The Golden Carrot, the 24 year old red QH (navicular) is exactly the kind of horse she loves to spoil… so he should be around for many years as well!
I will keep you updated! I cannot wait to see pics of these guys when they arrive in their new digs!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!
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