Well, let me tell you, the Bucket Fund is proud today…
Not only have we raised a good portion of Autumn’s ICU expenses – we have also found a nurse mare for Autumn and discovered a new product!
The UDDERLY EZ MARE MILKER.
Amazing. If you missed the story, I will reiterate.
On Friday, Autumn was going downhill again. Her little tummy was not accepting the goat milk or the mare milk replacer. She needed actual, fresh mare’s milk.
When Hope for Horses called me and told me that they needed mare’s milk, I really had no ideas other than to post this on FB.
So, I did.
WITHIN 10 MINUTES, I swear to you, within 10 minutes, we had a nurse mare who lived 20 minutes from the equine hospital.
The owner of the mare ran home (bless her), milked her mare, and brought fresh, WARM milk to Autumn.
Autumn drank it with gusto.
Everyone was hopeful but guarded. No one wanted to get excited until they knew that the fresh mare’s milk would not upset Autumn’s stomach. So they waited.
And, to our joy, nothing happened.
Nothing bad at all.
Autumn drank the mare’s milk and it worked!
The vets gave the OK to continue with the mare’s milk.
The donor mare is “Bizzy”, the Fresian. She had just weaned her foal a few days earlier. And even though Bizzy was not too interested in gaining a new foal, she was happy to be milked.
So, they moved Bizzy into the stall next to Autumn and the milkfest began!
Thank you, Dawn D., for answering the call and offering your lovely mare. You’ve probably saved the life of this tiny filly.
FROM HOPE FOR HORSES
This is the email I received from HOPE FOR HORSES:
It’s been a busy 4 days. It’s Sunday morning and Autumn has been in horsey intensive care for 9 days. Thanks to Dawn and her facebook readers we found a milk mare in 10 minutes on Friday morning. We had 4 cups of mares milk to Autumn within an hour and by the next morning (Saturday) the vet had cleared us to bring the mare into Autumns stall. Thanks to Dawn and John (Mares owners) she came to Pilchuck in the afternoon and it’s now a different world. Baby is tolerating a mix of Mare and goat. Diarrhea is a thing of the past and the future looks bright. The chain of people who have each saved this foals life, one after the other is long and distinguished. I cannot tell you how amazed and thankful I am.
Just saw Autumn and Bizzy. The big news is no news. For the first time it’s 24 hrs with no issues. Autumn is still on an IV drip but that should end today. She is much more pushy trying to get out of her little stall. Bizzy is completely disinterested. She has done her duty this year and though she will accept being milked she just isn’t all that interested in another baby. The end is in sight!
WHY NOT HAVE AUTUMN NURSE?
I know that many of you wonder why they don’t just have Autumn nurse off of Bizzy.
Well, the main reason is that it would be a step backwards in that Autumn has already learned to drink from a pan or bucket. And, Bizzy isn’t that interested in nursing a foal. She is OK with being milked but she isn’t too keen on another foal.
So, to try to get them to bond might be very stressful.
I mean, for me, I see a lot of benefit of nursing a foal. However, if one risks hurting the foal because the mare isn’t too happy about the idea, then you do what makes the most sense. And, for these two, milking the mare is the best way.
THE UDDERLY EZ MARE MILKER
Somehow, the developer of the Udderly EZ Mare Milker (Buck Wheeler) found out about Autumn (the Internet never ceased to amaze me) and he sent out one of his EZ Mare Milkers.
I had no idea that there were milker for just about any kind of farm animal – goat, sheep, cow, mare… on this site (linked here).
But now, armed with the Udderly EZ Mare Milker, Bizzy can be milked painlessly and Autumn can have fresh milk at any time.
I WENT TO THE WEBSITE
So I went to the site to learn more about the EZ Milkers.
Here is what they say:
The Udderly EZ™ Mare Milker is a hand-held trigger operated vacuum pump used for the extraction of colostrum, the milking out of mares and other species that have mastitis, or for milking mares whose foals have inherited a different blood type than that of the mare and are at risk for NI (neonatal isoerythrolysis). Just a few pulls on the trigger, creates a vacuum in the bottle and the colostrum or milk flow starts—filling the bottle. The extraction cylinders have been designed to fit the unique shape of the mare’s and other species udders. There are two sizes and they have a rolled smooth surface to prevent harm to the soft tissue of the udder. Each kit is packed complete for each specie.
If you click here, you can learn all about the Mare Milker as well as watch videos.
I think it is a great idea and incredibly handy for anyone, really. I mean, if I had one and there was an emergency like this one with Autumn, I could milk my mare and help. Truly, I think this is awesome. If only they would invent a milk bank for all of these babies who need natural mare’s milk…
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