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FRIDAY MAMA TESS UPDATE: SHE’S GOT THE HANG OF THE THERAPLATE! EASY PEASY.






Mama Tess is adjusting very well on the Theraplate!

IF you were all in my barn listening to the vibration, you’d know how scary it could be to a horse… this thing VIBRATES and HUMS!  The higher it is cranked, the more it GOES!

Any horse would snort at it – for sure.

So, it is best to start out slowly.  It goes from 10 – 100.

Right now, she is up to 40.  Slowly I will get her used to higher.

But now, she is really coming along and willing to hop right up there!

All I have to do is walk with her (filled) bucket onto the Theraplate and she follows.  No halter, no lead, no nothing!

As soon as she is on board, I put the bucket onto the stepladder and bungie it there.

(I know, I know… I’m goofy-rigging everything…  My excuse is that I have ONE MORE WEEK on this commercial and then I am done and I can be FREE to hang with Tess, make all the right bucket holding devices and clean the barn.)

Anyway, Tess doesn’t care… ;)  As long as she eats, she is fine with my rigs.

When she is done with her bucket, I give her hay in her Portagrazer.

After about 3 minutes she really relaxes.  R-e-a-l-l-y relaxes.

She will stand there for 20 minutes easily.

Nice.

For the first week, she is doing very well.

I took This photo tonight as I fed.  (I promise I will clean the barn and make a proper bucket hanger once I am off this job and am FREE! - Oct 1!) Mama Tess is very comfortable getting onto the Theraplate now.  No halter needed.

I took This photo tonight as I fed.
Mama Tess is very comfortable getting onto the Theraplate now. No halter needed. (I promise I will clean the barn and make a proper bucket hanger once I am off this job and am FREE! – Oct 1!)

 

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After she is done with her bucket, I give her hay in her Portagrazer. She stands there easily for 20 minutes. I have not gone above 40 (it goes to 100) but this is very good for the first week.

gelpads

I bought these gel mats at Bed Bath and Beyond. I wish they had the longer versions… Anyway, Tess was having trouble putting her sore feet that far down when she stepped off of the Theraplate. These mats ease her landing and she likes them. I also place them around her Portagrazer and in other ares where she tends to stand and look outside.

A BIT OF INFORMATION

I was put in contact with a Rehab Facility in Creston who use the Theraplate:

Los Laureles Equine

…and she told me that some horses are sore when they first begin to use the Theraplate because the new blood vessels are being stimulated which creates a prickly, hot feeling – kindof like when your arm ‘goes to sleep’ if you lay on it wrong.

So, I’ll look out for that…

This is the website of Los Laureles Equine, the rehab facility that uses the Theraplate.  They have been kind enough to give me some insight into what to expect - they are very positive! As an aside, isn't Creston beautiful?!  This is exactly where we tried to purchase 4 different homes last year.  We were unsuccessful (cash buyers...) every time.  Love it there, sigh.

This is the website of Los Laureles Equine, the rehab facility that uses the Theraplate. They have been kind enough to give me some insight into what to expect – they are very positive!
As an aside, isn’t Creston beautiful?! This is exactly where we tried to purchase 4 different homes last year. We were unsuccessful (cash buyers…) every time. Love it there, sigh.

GWEN

I put Gwen on the Theraplate yesterday and she wasn’t too sure… but got the hang of it fast.  As long as there was food, Gwen was OK with it.

I noted that Gwen was quite willing to put weight on her foot with the torn suspensory/deep and superficial digital flexor tendons.  She actually weighted it and lifted her other foot.

Good.

She liked the feeling, I’m guessing…

This is Gwen's first time on the Theraplate.  She was fine with it.  Gwen has a torn suspensory and both superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.  Yikes.

This is Gwen’s first time on the Theraplate. She was fine with it. Gwen has a torn suspensory and both superficial and deep digital flexor tendons on her right rear. Yikes.

“HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, THAT’S MYYYY THERAPLATE!”

When I had Gwen on the Theraplate, I had to lock up MT because she intimidates (on purpose) her daughter.

As you can see by this photo, Tess was a bit miffed that Gwen got to use HER Theraplate…

The Queen was upset that someone else DARE use her Theraplate!

The Queen was upset that someone else DARE use her Theraplate!

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September Bucket Fund is the pilot program :Train to Sustain!  Click image to read about it!

September Bucket Fund is the pilot program :Train to Sustain! FRED is doing great work and he is able to sucessfully train these mustangs who are languishing in holding pens… get them adopted!!  Click image to support the program!

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A Newsy Friday… Fire injured horses, the 25 Mustangs in the Feedlot – Saved!, and Good News about the Budweiser Clydes!






First of all, I stand corrected.  Thank you, kind reader.

The Budweiser Clydesdales were NOT nixed from the circuit altogether, just nixed from the Draft Horse Classic.  And, maybe they will be back next year.  So, I am sorry for upsetting some of you by not getting clarity from my source at the Draft Horse Classic.  My bad and I should know better –  I graduated from Journalism school… Sheesh.  I’m embarrassed by my gaff.

So, Yay!  The Budweiser Clydes still exist – for now… There seems to be much Internet rumbling regarding their future, but no real threat coming from the new owner, InBev.  So, I think we are good.

BURNED HORSES – Maya and Northstar

There were two horses who were burned recently.

The first was the mare who saved her baby from the fire.  Remember her – Maya?  Well, I found out from her owner, Kim, that all of her medical bills were paid (mostly through very generous donations!) and the mare is doing very well!  A great ending to a tragic and sentimental story.

If you missed Maya’s story, here it is.

Maya has almost fully recovered! And, all of her medical bills have been paid!

NORTHSTAR…

Secondly, remember the poor gelding, Northstar, who had some sort of chemical poured on his neck and then he was set on fire – by vandals.

Oy.

(shudder).

If you missed the story, here is his website and here is a video that tells the story…  (Clearly his family is devoted to his recovery.)

I just heard today that Northstar is doing better… not great, but way better.  Northstar can now lower his head all the way to the ground to eat.  And, he’s eating and drinking regularly.  They’ve cut his pain meds.

If you’d like to follow his progress, here is a link to his website.  His owner and vet keep a fairly regular blog here so it is a good source.

Here is the most recent update:

9/25/12-“Northstar is stable and being a wonderful patient. We are very
encouraged at yesterday’s dressing change in that the area where bone is exposed is almost covered with healthy granulation tissue. After some bone debridement, for which Northstar was a champion, we are hopeful that by the start of next week we should have

covered the bone completely. What’s even more impressive is that we didn’t even need to sedate or twitch him for this procedure; he is allowing us to treat his wounds with only bribes in the form of Apple Wafers :) As always, we are pleased with his progress, and even though baby steps are being made each day, we are seeing real and tangible improvement. His cells are growing in the lab and as each day passes we are getting closer to considering skin grafts and potentially cell based therapy. We wish to thank everyone for their support of Northstar, but also the team here at OSU. It is truly appreciated.” Sam Hurcombe
BSc BVMS MS DACVIM DACVECC

Poor Northstar… some sicko poured a chemical on his body and lit him on fire. He is recovering but it will be a long road. His family loves him dearly.

….Here is a link to the newest story from NBC.

And here is an excerpt:

“Northstar is recovering well. It’s truly amazing that every challenge he has faced so far he has overcome,” said Dr. Samuel Hurcombe. “We have also seen an improvement in how he moves around. He was previously unable to reach all the way down to the ground because of pain. As of two days ago, he has been able to graze from the ground seemingly with ease and without significant discomfort. Most importantly, Northstar’s personality is so endearing to all who work with him. He still has a wonderful attitude, eats well, enjoys treats whenever he can get them and is so tolerant of all we need to do with him. On a personal note, I am touched by the community support to Northstar and his owners by all who know of his story. This is truly a remarkable horse and the power of positivity cannot be discounted in a case like this.”

 

This is a recent photo of Northstar and you can see the deep burns on his face.

 

ALL THE MUSTANGS ON THE FEEDLOT WERE SAVED ON TUESDAY! – 23 ADULTS AND 7 FOALS!

GREAT NEWS!  Through sheer willpower and human unification, all 30 terrified wild horses from the Virginia Range in Nevada – who were quietly captured and put directly into a feedlot for slaughter – were saved on Tuesday!

This is one of the foals who was rescued on Tuesday!

This is Sandy. She is one of the newly captured wild horses who was narrowly saved from ‘straight to slaughter’ with 29 other herdmates from the Virginia range.

Not only that, they were transported out of that horrible place and temporarily housed immediately.

Here is a video of the group in their safe pen…

Wow!

The below news story has a ton of  information – all about the Nevada Range Horses, how to help and who is in charge.

This group is amazing. They’ve banded together to rescue their native horses – in hours. They had only hours! Click image to learn all about them and how to help or follow the progress!

 

Our Bucket Fund money will most likely go towards their vetting and food.  30 horses is A LOT to maintain.   So, every drop really helps.  THANK YOU for supporting these horses via the Bucket Fund!

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Help Support the 30 Virginia Range mustangs who were just rescued this month and need groceries! Click image to read the story and donate!

 

 

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