I received a bunch of update materials today so I thought I would pass them along since I know many of you would like to hear about horses that have been featured in the blog…
LEROY THE WONDERPONY!
Hopefully, I will receive a new photo of our boy as well as the new radiographs that will be taken on his next check-up on April 14th.
I did get an update. Here it is:
I was in a staff meeting today and learned that LeRoy is going great! He will get his splint off today. He will always have to were his orthopedic shoe, but that will help him to walk properly. He has been enjoying time out side in the pasture moving very well. LeRoy continues to be a very popular boy around the farm.
Just in case you are new to LeRoy, he was found wandering around a Home Depot parking lot with a broken leg that had healed over… but the wonderful people at HAHS rescued him and provided excellent care and surgery.
THE JUNKYARD 4
These poor horses were our Bucket Fund horses for last month. They were found in a Junkyard, hence the name, and all were in horrible condition. They only had brackish water and no food. One perished. Luckily, 4 are under the care of BHFER. Thank goodness!
Red and Tucker (mini geldings, Tucker is Glory’s yearling foal who was still nursing from her when they were rescued):
Red and Tucker are doing well! Tucker is finally coming around and starting to stabilize and gain weight. They hang around together and have even started running and wrestling in their paddock. Nice!
Faith, the pregnant Percheron:
Faith seems to be doing very well. She is gaining weight and her coat is looking much better. All are hoping that enough time has passed for her to become well enough to deliver safely. Right now, she seems fine and everyone is sighing with relief! Oh, they say she is a lovebucket!
Glory, the pregnant mini-mare who is the dam of Tucker:
Glory came in very underweight, wormy and just a mess… No one knows if her baby is OK in there and everyone is a bit worried. Glory has put on weight and is much better, but no one knows if the fetus was damaged by the awful water source or the lack of food. Everyone is praying for this little lovebug.
Glory is on Marestare! If you want to watch her, she is in her foaling stall during the evenings! If they feel the birth is impending, they will keep her in the foaling stall 24/7. Here is the link where you can watch little Glory!
BABY MINI-DONKEY WHO WAS JUST BORN TWO DAYS AGO (you can read/see pics of the birth on this blog link)
He is so cute! Can you believe that HUGE baby was inside that tiny Momma?!! So far, no official name but I think ‘Mammoth Jackini’ would work for him! (He is for sale in New Mexico – no affiliation … click here to go to their site)
These are the little babies who were our MID-MONTH MINI BUCKET FUND for March. Two fillies were abandoned at birth in the Paiute paddocks (Sassy and Tina) and the other one (Ruby) is a Mustang from the range in Nevada who was found alone – only a few hours old. Luckily they were all brought to foalnursemaid extraordinaire, Shirley Allen.
(These fillies will all be available for adoption when they are big enough… Let me know if you are interested and I’ll put you in touch with Shirley.)
Here they are today… pics hot off the presses!
THE BROODMARES’ CREEDO
OK, well, since we have been chatting a lot about foaling, a reader sent this to me. ..
And, having known many a broodmare, I thought this was priceless! Hopefully some of you will get a churble out of it to start your day
“Foaling Mare’s Secret Code”
The mare’s secret code of honor is as old as horses themselves and is ultimately the species best kept secret. NO mare shall ever produce a foal before it’s time.
It’s time being determined by the following factors:
1. No foal shall be born until total chaos has been reached by all involved. Your house must be a wreck, your family hungry and desperate for clean clothes, and your social life non-existent.
2. Midwives must reach the babbling fool status before you foal out. Bloodshot eyes, tangled hair and the inability to form a sentence means you’re getting close.
3. For every bell, beeper, camera or whistle they attach to you, foaling must be delayed by at least one day for each item.
4. Vet check, add a day…internal, add three! If you hear the words, “She’s nowhere near ready…you will be fine, while I’m away for the weekend,” then wait 12 to 16 hours and pop that baby out!
5. Owner’s stress must be at an all time high! If you are in the care of someone else, ten to fifteen phone calls a day is a sign you’re getting close. When you hear the words, “I can’t take it anymore!”…wait three days and produce a foal.
6. You must keep this waiting game interesting. False alarms are necessary! Little teasers such as looking at your stomach, pushing your food around in the bucket and then walking away from it are always good for a rise. Be creative and find new things to do to keep the adrenaline pumping in those who wait.
7. The honor of all horses is now in your hands. Use this time to avenge all of your stable mates. Think about your friend who had to wear that silly costume in front of those people. Hang onto that baby for another day. Oh, they made him do tricks too! Three more days seems fair. Late feedings, the dreaded diet, bad haircuts, those awful wormings can also be avenged at this time.
8. If you have fulfilled all of the above and are still not sure when to have this foal, listen to the weather forecast on the radio that has been so generously provided by those who wait. Severe thunderstorm warnings is what your looking for. In the heart of the storm jump into action! The power could go out and you could have the last laugh. You have a good chance of those who wait missing the whole thing while searching for a flashlight that works!
9. Make the most of your interrupted nights. Beg for food each time someone comes into the stable to check on you. Your stable mates will love you as the extra goodies fall their way too!
10. Remember, this code of honor was designed to remind man of how truly special horses are. Do your best to reward those who wait with a beautiful filly to carry on the mare code of honor for the next generation of those who wait!
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April Drop in the Bucket Fund:
THE HEARTBREAK KIDS – Nurse Mare Foals.?So sad. Born to be thrown away. But there are people who rescue these fine foals. To learn all about the Bucket Fund and to donate towards the care of The Heartbreak Kids, please click on the photo
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