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Now BG is laminitic. Shades of Mama Tess gripped me. Here is what I am doing.






We spoke last week about BG (Beautiful Girl) and her persistent hives.

Well, this week, she is sore on her front feet.

Immediately I was seized with memories of Mama Tess.  This cannot be happening.

But, I knew it could be happening so I made a plan for her – without a barn.  What could I do?

First, I cleaned her hooves and measured them for Soft Ride Boots (I have several pair in several sizes from Mama Tess days).  But, BG cannot wear Soft Rides on lumpy ground, so I needed to create a soft, safe and smooth paddock area for her.

I had called the vet and I already had all the meds she needed (per him) so I started her on them.  He will come out and give her an IV injection to boost what I’ve done.

I then looked at her paddock and realized that it was actually the best paddock to create a stall that was close to her (I didn’t want to make her walk much, especially on our uneven ground).  All I had to do was create a smaller area using the corner in the shade under the cover.

I also had to remove Finn as her buddy.  He is the Boss and he is likely to push her around, which isn’t good.  He is nextdoor, so as not to cause stress.

OK, I had my plan

However,  all of my panels are being used to reinforce our huge lower fenceline, so I jumped into the truck and drove to Lowe’s.  I purchased one 12′ and 2 – 8′ panels.

I started to cry at the checkout counter.  I’m so fearful of laminitis and founder.

I came home, offloaded all the gates and proceeded to kick down all the lumpy earth (or dug it out) inside her new area.  I put all the panels under the fences and uprighted them into a square.  But, I was short a few feet so I ran to where i knew I had placed a 4′ gate, and took that to make a gate in her little area.  I placed the feeder and water in the best area for standing.  Unfortunately, she backwashes in her trough, so I had to put it on the outer edge so when I dumped the water onto our clay soil, it wouldn’t create a dangerous, slippery slope.  For part of the day, her water will be in the sun.  Not ideal, but better than the alternative.

I already had 5 bags of shavings, so I spread those out.

Lastly, I let her alone to think about it.

I went out about 20 minutes later, and she was inside of her new bedroom.  Tonight, when I feed, I will shut the door.

Praying to the horsegods…

Off loading my truck after my Lowe’s run.

Figuring out where to place the panels.

I didn’t have enough panels so I took this gate I had covering a hole in the big upper pasture that we aren’t able to use while the well is being finished.

BG was far away from me as I constructed this. However, I noticed that she was steady enough to do this… Also, note the very hard and uneven ground with tons of mud boulders and rocks.

She has her weight on her right front. This makes me think that the left front is worse.

Almost ready

Ready. She has shade and sun. The water is in the sun for part of the day, but I couldn’t avoid that since I have to clean it daily and the water runs downhill and makes a slippery slide in our clay. Best to have it in a corner where I can push the water off to the side and where she won’t spend much time.

I went inside the house and looked out the window to find her in her new digs. I will let her get used to it and shut the door at dinner time. I’m guessing she will stay in there because it is soft, shady – and she has food/water.

I went out just before sunset and she was happily munching. She had weight on both fronts. So far, so good.

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Horse expertise helps save rare Somali wild donkey foal






First,  I wanted to address the lack of a Bucket Fund Thermometer and the irregular sidebar on the Home Page (horseandman.com).  We think we fixed the sidebar, but at the expense of the old Drop in the Bucket Thermometer plugin.  We are trying to come up with a fix so we can resume posting our fund raising results through the thermometer on the Home Page.

And secondly… all of us are feeling a bit off and uncertain right now.  I don’t want to appear frivolous in the posts, but I also don’t want to be heavy, since horses bring so much to us.

So, this was my self-imposed compromise today.

Horse expertise helps save rare Somali wild ass foal

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Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13.
Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13. © Basel Zoo

Equine expertise has helped ensure the survival of a newborn Somali wild ass filly foal whose mum rejected her at a Swiss zoo.

In the wild, the Somali wild ass is threatened with extinction, and they are one of the rarest species of mammal on the planet.

Basel Zoo welcomed the youngster, named Salia, on November 13, but her mum, Mwana, showed no interest in her following the birth, zoo staff said.

This led to the first-time mother driving the foal away whenever she tried to drink. Without intervention, Salia’s chances of survival were poor.

The filly foal is genetically very important and valuable, being sired by Adam, whose bloodlines are rare in the European population of Somali wild asses.

Basel Zoo’s veterinary team was reluctant to hand-rear Salia, so enlisted the assistance of two local horse specialists.

It was decided to administer a hormone injection to Mwana so that she would experience the birth hormones again. Within 30 minutes, the bond between mother and foal was built, and little Salia was allowed to drink extensively for the first time. She is now doing well, and enjoys testing out her long legs in spurts of speed with her mother in the outdoor enclosure.

Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13.
Mwana and Salia. © Basel Zoo

Basel Zoo has been home to Somali wild asses since 1970, with the first foal born in 1972.

Salia is one of about 200 Somali wild asses living in zoos across the world. It is believed there are fewer than a thousand remaining in the wild in Ethiopia, Eritrea and possibly Somalia. Wars, competition with domestic animals kept by humans, being hunted for food and use in traditional medicine, and meagre food and water reserves have affected their numbers in recent years.

Mwana and Salia. © Basel Zoo
Mwana and Salia. After initial problems, the pair is now trotting happily around their enclosure. © Basel Zoo

This makes zoos’ efforts to preserve this rare species via the European EEP (the ex-situ programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria [EAZA]) even more important.

Basel Zoo coordinates the Somali wild ass EEP and runs the international studbook.

Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born in July at Woburn Safari Park.
Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born in July at Woburn Safari Park. © Woburn Safari Park

• A Somali wild ass foal born at Woburn Safari Park in Britain earlier this year has been named Vusumuzi. The colt, born on July 11 to mum Tawa, four, and dad Quentin, five, was named to honour the species’ African heritage.

Traditionally, the name Vusumuzi is given to first-born males in a family where, once a male is born, it is felt that the family name can easily continue and not die.

Vusumuzi’s dad Quentin was born at Woburn Safari Park in 2016, while mum Tawa arrived at the Park from Berlin in 2019.

Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire is an EAZA accredited zoo, and participates in the European Endangered Species Programme.

Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born at the Woburn Safari Park.
Tawa and Vusumuzi. © Woburn Safari Park

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FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $985 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200)

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