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An Update on the Skinny Foal and Other Horses In Need…






Although I look at the rescue sites every day, I don’t expect you to… unless you want to.  But, today, being Sunday and all, I decided to be somewhat “do onto others” and am going to write about horses in need.

SKINNY FOAL UPDATE

First on the list is an update on the skinny foal I wrote about a few weeks ago.  He was in this awful state and still listed on Craigslist for sale.  Ugh.  This wonderful rescue, Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, actually had to buy him to rescue him (and he wasn’t cheap — go figure).  Anyway, to back up, when they got to the home where this foal was for sale, they also noticed a sickly mare who was standing guard over the baby.  The mare was not his mother (Mother was nowhere to be found, sadly) but she seemed to be taking on that role.  The rescuers from BHFER made the decision on the spot to purchase her and bring her to safety where she could watch over the very sick baby.  (What a sweetheart mare.)  So, now BHFER has the baby they’ve named Evan Almighty and the broodmare (yup, she is preggers, sadly) they named, Reva, under their loving care.  The mare needs support and groceries.  Evan has rain rot, is riddled with worms, has no muscle tone, no energy and needs careful re-feeding.  They estimate he was 3 months old when they rescued him.  Who knows how long he got to nurse before his Mom was taken away…

Happily, here are some up to date photos of Evan and Reva.  As you can see, they are doing much better.  Evan had a bath to get rid of his severe rain rot.  The great part about his bath (yes, baths can be great)  is that THE HEALING TREE upon reading this story, donated their gentle but accurate rain rot remedy TEA-CLENZ It is working!  Yay!

If you would like to visit BHFER’s website to get updates, here is the link.  Also, if you’d like to donate you can do that here.  They are a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit.

Here is an email I received this week from BHFER regarding Evan:

“Oh little Evan Almighty is such a doll!  He’s doing better each day – he makes us all smile.  He’s getting braver – he even runs around with little Kami now at times when she gets to running all over the place.  Look how he’s grown and the belly is finally starting to be absorbed.  There was so much fluid built up – it was terrible.  He gets dirtier then any baby I’ve ever had! Here is Evan getting his Tea Tree treatment.  He didn’t want anything to do with it at first but once the warm water and rubbing started he loved it!  His coat is very, very thick.  We had to soak him to get the tea tree down under his coat and to his skin. ”

Ahhh… so thanks to BHFER and all its supporters for saving these two lovelies.  Go Forth and Prosper!

NIMROD HORSE OWNER

Next, I’d like to talk about something that makes me crazy.  I just hate it when I see stupid human tricks.  This story really gets my ire up.

OK, first we have the nimrod somewhere in Kentucky that puts a young stallion in with broodmares and new babies.  When it doesn’t work out so well, the nimrod sniggers and figures they’ll work it out.  He thinks it is funny to see all the terror this action created.  Here is the original post from the woman from New Beginnings Animal Refuge:

“We were contacted late last night to help with an emergency transport of a mare in Kentucky that had been savagely attacked by a stud running loose with them. Bob went this morning to take the mare to an equine clinic were she will be treated and hopefully they can save her. He said the one wound on the side you could see her gut. The people that saved this mare had to buy her. The Animal Control in that county has been working on this for a few days trying to get something done but with the way the laws are in KY there was nothing they could do. The horses are not in that bad of shape yet.

What Bob saw this morning while they were trying to load the mare was another mare and 3 day old foal being chased oll over the place by the stud. He was actually trying to grab the baby and the momma would intervene trying to keep the stud away. Bob said momma and baby are both wore out. He didn’t want to leave them but needed to get the injured mare to the clinic for help ASAP!
The guy was contacted and he will sell the mare and foal. He wanted $1000. for them both but was offered less and he said he would take $700.”

OK, so they go down there and Bob (from the Refuge) negotiates to get the horribly wounded mare out of there and to Park Equine Hospital.  I’ve embedded close-up pictures of the wounded mare who was brought to the hospital.  These are very graphic photos so think before you click — I have added a password photos to these pics just to be safe.  If you have a strong stomach, the password is:  poor mare

I want to add that although these wounds look like surface wounds, they are prone to huge infections.  And, since she has these all over her body (especially the one on her side that went through to her gut…), she is in critical condition due to infection.

OK, so to continue, St. Bob goes back to the nimrod and offers him $700 for the harried new mother who is being run around the paddock by this aggressive stallion (we don’t know if the young stallion is the sire of the baby, but obviously, he needs some learnin’ and to be removed pronto). Why nimrod didn’t remove the stallion when he saw his mare totally ripped apart is exactly why I’ve monikered him thusly.

I think Bob is a saint because I wouldn’t be able to keep my mouth shut on this one.  I’d give the nimrod a piece of my mind and take a piece of him, I’m sure…  But anyway, lovely Bob works his magic and is able to load this very frightened mare and brand new baby.  The new Mama is not as torn up as the older mare who went to the hospital.  She has taken her blows and is very rattled, but she will be OK, once they get to safety.

Here are pics of the baby and the new Mama in a safe, warm stall at NBAR. They even set up their foalwatch cameras for all of us online helpers to keep watch on Mama and her tiny 3 day old foal.  Here is a link to the http://www.mycampage.com/newbeginningsanimalrefugecam

So, now it gets even better… While Bob was at nimrod’s, he also noticed a very pregnant mare who was hiding behind a shed.  This mare was shaking and quaking and way too scared to come forward.  Bob knew she would be next on the stallions hit list so he, yet again, went back on the urging of all the folks at the rescue and from the rescue board.  So, with only a few hours to spare before he had to report to work, Bob drove back to nimrods and bought the pregnant mare.  It took him an hour to load her.  She was so afraid of the stallion, they had to load the stallion first, then catch her, unload the stallion and then put her in.  Oy.  The good news is that she is very timid and extremely jumpy, but she is also safe in a warm, clean stall right next to the mare and baby at NBAR.

Now, we come to find out that the mare in the hospital with the severe wounds is the dam of the mare with the baby. The mare with the baby is the dam of the pregnant mare.  So, the mare in the hospital is the great grandmother of the in utero baby of the broodmare.  They saved 4 generations of babies.   and hopefully their collective breeding days are over and they will reside in safe homes forever.

What I find quite endearing is that it has been surmised that the eldest mare (19 yrs) was protecting all of her babies which is why she was so torn apart.

I tell this story because it took several people to move this mountain.  There were the original people who were observant and alerted the refuge to what was going on.  It took the people at the refuge to step into action and alert all of us on the rescue forum.  It took her saintly husband to make 4 trips to the nimrod palace to negotiate and load these 4 horses and it took all of the online supporters to raise the money to bail them from this fate.

Here is a link to the hospital if you would like to contact them and tell them how wonderful they are for helping this mare.  Also, if you’d like to donate to them, I’m sure they would love to hear from you.

Here is a link to NBAR and a link to their “how you can help” page.  You can follow this story and help them with the ongoing care for these horses, if you feel moved to do so.  They are a 501 (c) 3.

In the end, I wanted you to know that they are working on getting the stallion out (and gelded) as well.

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More Simple Tips and the Final on Aladdin…






(Psst:  The mustangs need our help, again today!  Here is a link to a simple, cost-free way to help…)

Sometimes the simple things really make your day! I sure hope you don’t all already know these helpful hints… Hopefully at least one of these will make your day go swimmingly!  (Ok, a bad pun relating to yesterday’s post…)  ;)

As an aside, first I have to say that I’ve been besieged with weather today!  As I sit here, clacking away on my tiny keyboard, I cannot help but notice the unusual tippytap sounds coming from my roof.  But wait, I heard the shhhhshy sounds earlier.  And, previous to that and ongoing currently, the whooosywhoooowho sounds.  Huh?  And sometimes I hear nothing but angels singing as the sun shines on the bent colored crescents.  Am I living at Weather.com or am I in a Wes Craven movie?  First intense wind, then intense rain, then intense wind and rain, then intense hail and now sun.  The Gods must be crazy today.  Actually, I’m waiting for the locusts.  Or maybe they are already here in the form of frogs.  We have so many frogs here it is unbelievable.  I wish they stuck around all summer to eat the flies…

Anyway, onward to the simple tips:

TAPIOCA

A very wise and old style large animal vet once told me his “sure fire” way to avoid sand colic.  Tapioca.  Yup, he said to just get a box of tapioca puddin’ from the store and mix it into his grain.  Works like a charm.  Hmmmmm.

How, you ask?   Yeah, I did too.  OK, well the tapioca pearls get wet and gummy inside of the horse’s gut.  So, as it flows through the intestinal track, it picks up the sand and takes the sand with it on its way out.  If you use a full box per horse, it really does the job, so he says.

OK, well, since I have several horses, I went online and found bulk tapioca pearls.  And, quarterly, I pour it on their supplements for a few feedings over several days.  I like the idea of cleaning them out, so to speak.  The horses don’t know the difference and eat it up.

I think it works!  I’ve never had sand colic and never any residue of dirt or sand when they test the manure.  That’s pretty good since there is a lot of sand in California.  So, I highly recommend this cheapo way to keep your horse and his sand, moving!

COLIC PRESSURE POINT

I found this while searching for emergency equine acupressure points.  I thought I’d pass it on.  This is the kind of thing you wish you had tacked up in your barn when emergencies happen.  So, maybe print this photo and nail it up to your stall door or something…  I know I tend to forget the key stuff when I’m scared for my horses.

Here’s the drill.  Its easy.  All you do is lift the lip and push hard (within reason) on the gum line above and between the top two teeth.  It is right under the middle of the nose.

I hope this helps.  From the reviews I read, it seems to at least help settle the animal.  Many equine body workers swear by it.

CIDER VINEGAR

Ok, I saw this one already in this month’s HORSE AND RIDER magazine, so maybe you already know about it.  I was glad to see it in print.

I’m going to say it again here because not all of you get HORSE AND RIDER.  Anyway, it is a cheap and easy way to do a number of things around the barn.

1)  If you put a half a cup in your large tank waterers, they won’t get as slimy and nasty between cleanings.  Of course, the measurements depend upon the size of your buckets or troughs.  I use a half of a cup in my smaller rubbermaid tubs.  That would make me want to put a quarter cup or less in a bucket and a whole cup in a trough.  Anyway, it cannot hurt them so give it a try.

2)  The same old vet listed above with the tapioca idea told me that vinegar in bran or beet pulp would keep away flies.  He also said it helps with arthritis.  Well, since I already use garlic for flies and flying insects, I never tried it.  But, since they suggested it again in the HORSE AND RIDER article, it might just work…  I’ve also heard many folks say that the vinegar cures hot spots and creates a wonderful coat.

3)  Vinegar can be used as an inexpensive rinse after shampooing your horse.  It really cuts the soap out of the coat but still leaves the hair shiny.  And, I hear it also helps white tails from staining.

KEEP CRITTERS OUT OF WATER TROUGHS

You probably all know to either add a piece of pure tree limb (no pressure treated wood or painted wood) to your tank that sticks out of the water, or cinder blocks or rocks so that small animals can climb out.  I also saw this handy item if you have larger troughs or a pool.  I did once have an unfortunate accident in my pool so I think this device called the Scamper Ramp is a lifesaver.  That is an actual possum exiting the pool.

ALADDIN

Many of you may have read the posts A Disease so Rare there was no name… and my Horse had it and The Hardest Fix of All… Both of those posts were about my wonderful gelding, Aladdin, who passed away earlier this month.

We now know how he died.  He had a rare form of brain and central nervous system lymphoma.   However, we don’t know if it was related to his extreme illness last year.  We will never know.

Luckily, it wasn’t painful, they don’t believe.  And, he didn’t seem as if he was in pain.  Basically, he felt unsteady like had vertigo, but he wasn’t depressed or ouchy.  I know he was annoyed…  What is interesting is the medicine we had him taking for his previous bout of acute neuritis of his muscles is also the medicine you administer for lymphoma of the brain.  One can also opt for chemo and radiation if you catch it in time.  Unfortunately, when Aladdin had his spinal tap last year during his illness, this didn’t show up.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  Or, he didn’t have it then.  Again, something we will never know.

Ultimately and ironically,  the Prednisolone that he was taking for the neuritis was helping with the cancer.  But, as I backed him off of it, the cancer took hold. (This photo is of Aladdin peeking into the feed room as I mixed up his medicine.)

I really doubt that this cancer is as rare as they say.  I actually think necropsies are rare.  My vet and I were surmising that most animals that behave neurologically and that don’t respond to the usual meds are humanely euth’d for very good reason.  I can attest that it was quite scary to have a 1000 pound animal unsure of his footing while around me.  So, I can imagine how owners decide to put these horses down before anyone gets hurt in the barn.  It is written off as “one of those things”.  He got sick and died.  Totally understandable, especially with an older horse.

But, for me, I had to know what happened to my boy.  I had to know if this related to the neuritis that almost killed him last year.  I just wanted to know if he had been suffering.  Now I know.  He didn’t suffer pain, just his pride.

So, if you ever have the chance to help equine science, please cajole or work a necropsy into the equation with your vet or nearby equine hospital.  Everyone learned here.  And, that made his passing easier.  He helped his Mama understand and he helped his fellow equines who might suffer this in the future.  Atta Boy, Aladdin.


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