WILD MUSTANG FOAL STUCK AND FROZEN IN ICE – EMERGENCY DECEMBER BUCKET FUND! LET’S HELP SVEN. Please Forward!






These photos are difficult, but as of right now, this little 5 month old Virginia Range colt is fighting and alive!  From what rescuers can surmise, this little guy tried to either cross or jump the ice, he fell in and was stuck in mud and icy water.  His Mustang band had moved on without him.





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Rescuers found little Sven – a 5 month old Virginia range wild mustang colt, almost frozen in an ice filled riverbed. He was stuck in the mud with icy water flowing over him.

LRTC (Least Resistance Training Concepts) rushed to the scene to help the foal – now named, Sven.

Can we help make a Christmas miracle for this little guy?  Please say YES!  Any amount will help!!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  If you would like a donation Holiday Gift Certificate (a donation was made in your honor…), I can get one emailed to you!  Just ask!  

STORY AS IT UNFOLDED

(Photos and captions courtesy of Willis Lamm)

THIS HAPPENED AS NIGHT WAS FALLING ON FRIDAY!  EVERYONE DID THEIR BEST TO HELP THIS LITTLE GUY – AT NIGHT, IN FREEZING, BITTER WIND AND SNOW CONDITIONS…

Loading into the trailer.

That stain is from all the ice and such melting off of him.

He would eat some hay and warm water with a little goat’s milk added.

A bitter wind came up. Steve came over at midnight and helped me hang tarps for windbreaks. The tarps plus two propane heaters and two heat lamps helped prevent a horribly bitter temperature in the corral. Then the snow started shortly after this picture was taken. (The stain is melt from the ice and other material he was covered with.)

Really cold ground after the dusting of snow. We moved some of the other horses around in order to make a vetting stall. In this view the crew is rigging a Becker Sling to move him to the horse barn.

Kevin manages and supports the head as we move the horse.
The loops on the ends of the sling are fed over forks that clamp onto the bucket. If the horse reacts when being set back down it’s easy to tip the forks down slightly and either slip the sling straps off or back out of them.

Doc and Cindy Hartzell from the Douglas County crew came over, Setting up an IV to provide warm IV fluids. His eyes were also a mess having rubbed and bumped them in his struggles.

Using a hay bale to maintain sternal position. Providing some goat’s milk diluted in warm water.

Products such as hydration hay can help provide nutrition and liquid intake with dehydrated large animals.

In the Munk sling (and yes it is on backwards – long story.. This model not really designed for this size horse but we were adapting with what we had.)

After being on his feet in the sling for a while, he regained some coordination in his legs and could stand and walk about on his own. (He will need lift assists for a while after he lays down until he regains full strength and motor function.)

Sven is not out of the woods… it is very touch and go… BUT WE ARE ALL HOPING THAT WITH GREAT MEDICAL CARE AND GREAT SUPPORT, LITTLE SVEN WILL PULL THROUGH!

Our goal is $1500.  Can we do this?!  Yes!!  Thank you in advance!





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