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AWFUL, HORRIBLE LUCK FOR THIS POOR GIRL! Please read.






Dalton’s trainer, Gillian Larson, has a thru-rider friend who came and helped when they picked up Dalton last month.  Her name is Jess and the below photo is Gillian and Jess the day that they picked up Dalton.

Well…Jess was on the Pacific Crest Trail (she is a thru-rider also) and has had some horrible luck.  Devastating.  Please read and share if the story below moves you.

Gillian on the left. Jess on the right.

 

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In less than a week, I have had two major emergencies occur. One of my horses developed a severe case of colitis requiring immediate veterinary care at an equine medical center. She is still being monitored and receiving care at the center. Less than 48 hours later, my truck caught fire while I was driving on the highway and quickly became engulfed in flames. It was completely totaled, and I lost the majority of my gear and belongings that I relied on for my thru ride attempt on the Pacific Crest Trail.

May 24, 2021 – In the morning when I went out to feed my horses, I quickly noticed that my horse, Malana, was not interested in her food. This is very unlike her, and even though it was just one sign of her not feeling good, I knew instantly that something was wrong.  I called the vet and scheduled the earliest appointment I could get for 1:30pm.

At this first appointment, her vitals were checked. She had very little gut sounds, was slightly dehydrated, and her heart rate was at 44bpm. She was treated for a mild colic, and blood was drawn to test for any infection. The vet passed a nasogastric tube, and she received pain medication and electrolytes. Not long after the tube, she passed stool and was searching for food. I brought her back to the place I was staying at, since I was available to keep an eye on her 24/7. As soon as I put her back in the pen, she took a drink of water. Things were looking okay.

7:30pm – The vet told me to give her another dose of Banamine in the evening and offer her some soaked feed. She was uninterested in the feed, and I noticed that her stools were getting more loose after passing a few normal stools.

8:30pm – Went back out to check on her and see how she was doing. She had not touched her food and was looking dull. I checked her pulse, and she was in the 70s. Her gums were turning red, which was the worst sign to me. She now had really bad diarrhea. I went back inside, called the vet, and loaded her back into the trailer.

9:30-11:00pm – Made it to the vet around 9:30/10:00pm. Things were not looking good. Her heart rate was in the 70s/80s, and her gums were very red. She was tubed again to check for reflux. Then, the vet looked at her intestines with an ultrasound. We made the decision to trailer her to a medical center an hour away that would be able to perform surgery, if needed.

12:00am – Arrived at the medical center. They had been informed that we were on the way and had a team ready as soon as we got there. They started running tests to check her levels. She was started on fluids. Her heart rate was now in the 90s. Eventually, it was decided to hold off on surgery after taking a look at all of the test results. Her levels were off the chart, but there were no signs that she needed to go under for colic surgery. She was being treated for colitis, and the vet mentioned that this was one of the fastest progressing cases they had seen.

The only early symptoms she had shown was loss of appetite, and within hours her heart rate jumped, gums started turning red, and she started having bad diarrhea. I do not believe that she would have survived the night without immediate veterinary care.

Malana is an 8-year-old, BLM mustang. This picture was taken on May 27. Receiving fluids and getting an appetite back.

May 26, 2021 – I was driving my truck down the highway. All was normal, until my truck started shaking, and then all of the sudden it was very bumpy. I thought one of my tires possibly had a blowout. I started to pull over to the side of the highway, but I started losing control of my truck brakes. I managed to get over safely, and finally came to a stop. I noticed flames coming out from under my truck when looking at my side mirror, quickly turned off my truck, and jumped out. There were some people that had stopped behind me that ran up to make sure I got out of my truck and  was far away. I was able to grab my phone and wallet, which were set right next to me, but there was no time to risk grabbing any of my gear.

It seems as if something had fallen off from underneath my truck, which then punctured my gas tank. Gasoline was flowing out onto the pavement, and the flames started to grow. We tried a few fire extinguishers, but it wasn’t enough to help.

It took about 15 minutes before the firemen arrived. By then, my entire truck was engulfed in flames.


I am extremely thankful that I was able to get out of my truck before the flames took over. I am also thankful that no one else was involved in this accident, and that I had not been pulling my trailer with horses.


Many of my friends and family know that I have been riding the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail this year horseback. I have been dreaming about riding this border to border trail since 2013 and was very excited to make this dream a reality. I just finished the 700 mile Southern California section on Friday, May 21. The plan was to rest for a week or two, and then continue riding in Northern California. This dream is unfortunately going to have to be put on hold for this year. Malana will need a time to recover and regain her strength. Aside from also needing to purchase a new truck, I lost the majority of my gear in the fire – over $3,000+ worth of gear.

I am so appreciative to everyone that has helped and asked what they can do. Even a simple share can do a lot. Thank you!

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DNA analysis reveals North America horses that died out 11,000 years ago were related to the horses of 16th century European settlers






I thought this was very interesting…

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Horses reintroduced to North America by settlers in the 1500s were descendants of those that went extinct 11,000 years ago, a study has found.

Analysis of ancient bones and teeth has found similar DNA in horses that died out at the end of the last ice age in North America and those in Eurasia that were later taken to North America by Europeans.

This was as a result of movement through the Bering Strait Land Bridge, according to the scientists from the University of California.

Alisa Vershinina, a postdoctoral scholar working in Shapiro’s Paleogenomics Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz, said: ‘Horses persisted in North America for a long time, and they occupied an ecological niche here.

‘They died out about 11,000 years ago, but that’s not much time in evolutionary terms. Present-day wild North American horses could be considered reintroduced, rather than invasive.’


This was as a result of movement through the Bering Strait Land Bridge, according to the scientists from the University of California
Horses went locally extinct in North America during the last Ice Age and were reintroduced by Hernán Cortés in 1519.

History has suggested that the horse brought across the Atlantic Ocean were invasive animals when released in North American.


Did North America’s first settlers arrive from Asia via… First humans who crossed the Bering Strait some 15,000 years…
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However, the recent findings from the University of California shows the horse brought by Spain had traces of those once native to the continent.

Because the ancient horses had DNA from both North American and Eurasia, scientists say they used the Bering Strait Land Bridge to freely travel between the continents.

Analysis of ancient bones and teeth has found similar DNA in horses that died out at the end of the last ice age in North America and those in Eurasia that were later taken to North America by Europeans
The Bering Strait Land Bridge, also known as Beringia, formed toward the end of the Ice Age when sea levels began to drop and slowly exposed flat, grassy land hiding beneath.

The land connected Asia to North America, stretching more than one thousand miles from north to south, and became a vital path of transportation between Asia and North America for early American settlers.

However, the recent study shows it was also used as a passage way by ancient horses.

The team collected 262 horse bones and teeth samples from Eurasia and North America.

The analysis showed two periods of dispersal between the continents, both coinciding with periods when the Bering Land Bridge would have been open: the Middle Pleistocene and the Late Pleistocene.

During these events, scientists found genomes of North American horses had segments of Eurasian DNA and vice versa.

‘This is the first comprehensive look at the genetics of ancient horse populations across both continents,’ said Vershinina.

‘With data from mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, we were able to see that horses were not only dispersing between the continents, but they were also interbreeding and exchanging genes.’

The researchers sequenced 78 new mitochondrial genomes from ancient horses found across Eurasia and North America.

The analysis showed two periods of dispersal between the continents, both coinciding with periods when the Bering Land Bridge would have been open: the Middle Pleistocene and the Late Pleistocene
Combining those with 112 previously published mitochondrial genomes, the researchers reconstructed a phylogenetic tree, a branching diagram showing how all the samples were related.

With a location and an approximate date for each genome, they could track the movements of different lineages of ancient horses.

During the Middle Pleistocene, which was 875,000 years ago, horses only moved from North America into Eurasia, but in the Late Pleistocene movement flowed both directions.

The team also sequenced two new nuclear genomes from well-preserved horse fossils recovered in Yukon Territory, Canada.

These were combined with seven previously published nuclear genomes, enabling the researchers to quantify the amount of gene flow between the Eurasian and North American populations.

Horses reintroduced to North America by settlers in the 1500s were descendants of those that went extinct 11,000 years ago. Pictured is a Equus ferus ferus, also known as Eurasian wild horse, was a subspecies of wild horse that made its way back to North America
Coauthor Ross MacPhee, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said: ‘The usual view in the past was that horses differentiated into separate species as soon as they were in Asia, but these results show there was continuity between the populations.

‘They were able to interbreed freely, and we see the results of that in the genomes of fossils from either side of the divide.’

Coauthor Grant Zazula, a paleontologist with the Government of Yukon, said the new findings help reframe the question of why horses disappeared from North America.

‘It was a regional population loss rather than an extinction,’ he said.

‘We still don’t know why, but it tells us that conditions in North America were dramatically different at the end of the last ice age. If horses hadn’t crossed over to Asia, we would have lost them all globally.’

WHEN DID HUMANS ARRIVE IN NORTH AMERICA?
It is widely accepted that the earliest settlers crossed from what is now Russia into Alaska via an ancient land bridge spanning the Bering Strait which was submerged at the end of the last Ice Age.

Issues such as whether there was one founding group or several, when they arrived, and what happened next have been the subject of extensive debate.

The earliest evidence of human settlers on the continent dates to around 14,000 years ago, with the remains of an ancient village found ‘older than Egyptian pyramids’ found in April 2017.

A recent study using ancient DNA (six) suggests humans arrived to North America 25,000 years ago (two) before splitting into three Native American groups (three and four). The DNA came from a girl who belonged to a group called the ‘Ancient Beringians’
Artefacts uncovered at the settlement, found on Triquet Island 310 miles (500km) northwest of Victoria, Canada, include tools for creating fires and fishing hooks and spears dating from the Ice Age.

Other research has suggested that humans reached North America between 24,000 and 40,000 years ago.

A 24,000-year-old horse jaw bone found in January 2017 in a cave in Alaska had the marks of stone tools, suggesting it was hunted by humans.

 

 


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