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Update day! I had so many that I decided to put them together and make a day of it!
Scribbles was the horse who was crushed by a tree. (Read here)
Scribbles had her surgery and all went very well! Here is what Becky, her owner, had to say:
They did it while she was standing in her stall, sedated but not totally under. He made a 5 inch incision in her face, kind of below and between her eyes, and used an instrument to lift the bone. It was so shattered, he had a hard time to lift the entire bone. He removed lots of fragments… he did an outstanding job. She looks different, but better than she did before the surgery. She wont lose any vision, Dr Myhre had an opthamologist examine her eyes- so that’s great news.
Her barnmates miss her and so do my barnmates! Scribbles mood is good, more somber when we first go to see her then she peps up. I cant wait to see her reaction when she comes home – the other horses will be jumping for joy!
Yay! And, again, thank you readers for all of your support and for those of you who donated to the vet hospital. Greatly appreciated.
Here is Kelly’s description of Scribbles arrival back home:
“Scribbles is home!!!!! My whole family went with me to welcome her home and we were there when she got off the trailer and ALL the other horses were SOOOOOOO happy to see her! They were all lined up at the fence like a welcoming committee as she walked down to the barn! We all stayed to tuck everyone in and we just got home about half an hour ago. I wouldnt be at all suprised if Becky sleeps in the barn tonight!! I have to wait until Becky sends me pictures because the batteries in my camera decided to be dead when we got there even though i checked them before we left the house… im sure she will post them either tonight or in the morning (she gets up around 4am) and she said she would email them to me as well! Scribbles looks GREAT, she will always have a small indent in her face but all things considered it is very minor! She was REALLY REALLY spunky and full of life, what an amazing animal! Her tail hangs off to the left, she did suffer some minor neuro damage but the vet seems to think that with time it will return to normal and in no way is it severe enough to impede her quality of life. She may never be ridden again but she will DEF continue her life of luxery now that she is back home safe and sound!”
AND HERE IS THE BLOG POST FROM BECKY (OWNER) ABOUT SCRIBBLES’ HOMECOMING:
“20 days ago we were trailering a bloody, soaking wet horse to Rochester NH wondering if we were making the right decision. As Dr George examined Scribbles face in this picture, little did we know that the bone in her face had multiple fractures. And truth be told, little did we realize how much we loved this little horse.
Nearly a luxurious Carribbean vacation for our family of five’s worth of vet bills, today we brought home our broken but mending mare to our barn, where she belongs. A vacation we would have never indulged in, never spent the money on. It would be such a stretch and a ridiculous splurge, out of our reach…but when faced with the decision to allow Scribbles to survive this fate, or euthanize her it was no question- If she wanted to live, she should live. Did we know what it would cost? No… but we knew what was best.
Tonight, we trailered her home. She put up a good fight to get into the trailer. Once again, Dr Myhre came through, firmly and gently loading her into the trailer to come home where she belongs. Did I cry? Yes, I did. With joy, and as we drove home I read cards and letters of love and support from the sweetest people- thank you~
And then from others, so many questions… Why didnt you euthanize her? It would be so much cheaper, and she’s suffering. Our answer to that: Come and see her, look at her spirit, energy, zest for life and sweetness- I dont see suffering, I see life. Ride her on beautiful trails, let her nuzzle her soft nose on your hair, listen to her nicker for you as you enter the barn in the quiet of the morning, or at the end of a busy day. Watch her grow from a listless bag of skin and bones, to a vivacious horse prancing with her tail flagging in the paddock, romping with her pasturemates. Today we gave that back to her.
Does she know? I have the answer for that- yes she does. Yes, she does, and we will be thanked with her whinnies, nickers, nuzzles and someday we will watch her canter across the paddock with her tail flagging again. We’re patiently waiting, Scribbles, but for tonight you can nuzzle Becketts nose as it was meant to be!
Welcome home, BBG, girlfriend, Scribby~ we missed you!!!!!!”
AND THIS JUST IN LAST NIGHT FROM KELLY, THE BARN OWNER:
“She hasnt sent them to me yet but i stole this one from her blog! It is Scribbles and i last night after she got home and settled in! I am in charge of her care during the day. She gets about 45 minutes of time outside in the round pen in the morning (where she can be near but not with the other horses) and in the afternoon i will take her out to hand walk her for 30 minutes or so. She also has to have ointment applied to her “good” eye because she had so much sand and mud in it that it caused abrasions but it is healing well and will be back to 100% in no time! She is not a happy girl in a stall at all :( she paces and gets all sweaty becuase she wants OUT in a bad way but we are hoping that she will return to her herd in a couple of weeks! She is doing great, what a miracle horse! It is almost like she knows that i stayed with her the whole time that day…. she has a strong bond with Becky but only seemed to tolerate me when there was food involved but now she puts her head on my chest and will lean into me when im rubbing her and i was brushing her this afternoon and she fell asleep!!! And now her ears will prick up and she will nicker when she sees me as if to say “thank you” :) i will put new batteries in my camera and take lots of pictures tomorrow while i am there!”
Grace was our Bucket Fund Babe for September. She was the skinniest horse still alive. You can read her story here.
Grace is doing well! After her 60 day comparison, she had gained a bit over 200lbs! As you can see, she is doing very well… and she has her new friend, Ginger, to keep her company. They don’t eat together, but they do roam around the grassy area and graze together.
HB is over his pneumonia and coming along! His hearing is also slowly coming back! I will see him, hopefully, tomorrow as I attend the rally for the Mustangs in Sacramento. HB is going to travel (not far) to the Capitol and represent for his fellow Mustangs! He will stay in his trailer in the parking lot. Hopefully, I will get some photos to share. Remember that HB is our October Bucket Fund Baby and we have almost reached our goal so please top off the bucket if you have any spare drops!
PRISON GENTLED MUSTANGS
Oh, I love it when things go well! This adoption was even more successful than the last adoption. I didn’t attend, but evidently, there were more buyers and it had higher attendance. Yes! Here is the link to my post about the prison gentled mustangs.
To refresh, the Prison Gentled Mustang program is a good one. I was dubious at first, but after going to the first adoption and seeing the results of 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 60 days… I’m a believer! These prisoners have nothing in their lives besides the horses and this highly regarded program. So, they want to do well. And, they find themselves opening up and really bonding with these animals who are just as scared and armored as the prisoners. This concentrated time is just what a wild animal needs to find comfort. It works. It works for the poor mustangs who are hardly ever adopted because of the amount of training needed to gentle them… and it works for the prisoners as many of the inmates who work in this program don’t return to the prisons.
THE PROCESS OF ADOPTION
I didn’t watch this one… but from the last one, this is how it went down. Bidders get their numbers through an application process. Then, you all sit on bleachers in a covered arena and watch the prison trainers show off the skills of their mounts. They walk, trot, canter, back, side-pass, bow… whatever they can do to endear the audience to that particular horse. Some even learned tricks.
After all the horses had their time to show themselves, the bidding started. The auctioneer person, who is actually the head of the program and a great wrangler, starts with the horse he thinks will go for the most money. So far, he was wrong both times! Funny… you just never know. But, my impression from my day there was that the audience really loved color. Color, Chrome, Spots… you name it, they wanted it. The bland colored horses, no matter the skill level, didn’t sell for as much.
OK, let’s go one by one.
1) JOSEY WALES (sold for $800)
BLM #1456 Age: 4 Gelding 14 Hands 900 pounds HMA: Granite Ridge
From the Trainer: Line Back Dun. Picks up leads well, lunges, travels in all gaits smoothly and stops well.
From Cindy: He looks pretty muscled up already….can you imagine what he will look like in a few years – after putting on some weight and working hard….He will be a knock out! He looks like a horse that will work all day for you. He’s a handsome boy…and really pretty mane!
2) QUICK (sold for $8500)
BLM #1312 Age: 2 Gelding 16 Hands 1000 pounds
HMA: Calico Mountains
From the Trainer: Quick, a red roan, is very supple…possible dressage prospect? Travels awesome. Picks up leads great!
From Cindy: I spoke with the trainer at length. Of all the horses he has trained…this is one of his favorites…that says A LOT! He said “Quick” is very calm, kinda like a “surfer dude!” He also said he is soft, supple, and like riding in a rocking chair – he is sooo smooth. Has been a very easy horse…never bucked.
16 Hands and he is only two…This could be a very BIG horse….better have a mounting block if you get this guy!!
We always try to get a picture of their ears forward….which we get by throwing dirt, wiggling plastic, waving a hat…..whatever it takes. Well, Quick wasn’t worried about ANYTHING…he just kept an ear on his trainer at all times. These two are a bonded team…
3) CISCO (sold for $1100)
BLM # 1354 3 Years Old 14.1 Hands 1000 lbs HMA: Warm Springs Canyon, NV
From Trainer: Cisco is a chestnut with four socks. He has a good temperament, learns quickly, trailer loads nicely, and picks up his feet easily.
From Cindy: Oh, my gosh…look at the four beautiful white socks. I love “chrome” like this…how pretty will he be in the show ring?!?? And look how white his socks are…I have to scrub for an hour to get my horses socks that pretty!
4) AZABACHE (sold for $600)
BLM #1342 4 years old 14.2 Hands 1000 lbs HMA: Warm Springs, NV
From Trainer: Azabache is a black horse who learns quickly. He picks his feet up quietly, and trailer loads well. I’ve had fun working with this horse. I think he is a good horse.
From Cindy: I looked up Azabache…here is the meaning; Having a jet colour; of a deep black, and often glistening, colour. Okay – I guess I should say this is a TERRIBLE horse (NO! Not really!!!) – A friend of mine really wants this horse…He is gorgeous! He isn’t real tall, but solidly built! AND, still has a few more years of growth. Look at the beautiful, LONG tail…..
5) DYLAN (sold for $2600)
BLM #1412 Gelding 2 years old 15.1 Hands 1100 lbs HMA: Callaghan, Austin, Lander (NV)
From Trainer: Dylan is a Seal Brown gelding. He has been easy to teach because he is so willing and has a lot of try. He picks his feet up nicely, and trailer loads well. He has been a real pleasure to train. (The trainer will be getting out of prison the Monday before the adoption…we wish him well!)
From Cindy: The pictures do not show the beautiful coloring of this horse. He is so pretty – you have to see him in person! Another tail that almost touches the ground. It took me 3 years for my horses tail to look this pretty. This is a solid horse – need a ranch horse? Well, here he is!
6) STORMY (sold for $2500)
BLM #1491 Gelding 4 years Old 15 Hands 1000 lbs
HMA: Granite Range
From Trainer: This horse works HARD. He is willing to do everything you ask. He is a quick learner. He trailer loads, and picks up his feet well. He has a nice stop, side passes, and backs up well. I can close gates on him and he is gentle. He will make a good horse for anyone.
From Cindy: Good Looking horse!! This horse was being worked when we pulled up..he does have a pretty stop! I love the coloring on this horse! 15 Hands – 1000 pounds…another horse build like a brick house!
7) COLUMBUS (sold for $1100)
BLM #1492 Gelding 3 years old 14 Hands 900 Lbs
HMA: Granite Range
From Trainer: Columbus is a Palomino gelding who is gentle and really smart. He picks up his feet easily, side passes well, has a nice stop and side passes. He moves real nice. He is also a real good friend.
From Cindy: Look at the golden color…he is so pretty. Don’t worry about him only being 14 hands…my horse from the prison grew until he was 6 (he started out 14.2 900 lbs and is now 15.2 and over a 1000 pounds). He would look awfully pretty in the show ring…or on the trail….Can anyone guess why the trainer named him Columbus?
8) EL AS de ORO (sold for $400)
BLM #1495 Gelding 3 Years old 15.2 Hands 1200 Lbs
HMA: Warm Springs, NV
From Trainer: El As de Oro is a real gentle horse. He picks up his feet, side passes and stops and sides passes really well.
From Cindy: 1200! pounds! Wow! Need to pull out any trees? I think this guy could do it! And, look pretty while he is doing it! (I looked up El As de Oro – it means Golden Ace)
9) ROJO (sold for $1900)
BLM #1545 Gelding 4 Years old 15.1 Hands 1200 lbs
From Trainer: Rojo is a real gentle horse. He is good with this feet, side passes and backs easily, and trailer loads with no problem.
From Cindy: Here’s one of those “just a bay” horses….He’s beautifully put together and look – white socks on the back legs. Looking for a horse that can carry anyone without being 16 hands, here you go.
10) FRED (sold for $1600)
BLM #1297 Gelding 2 Years Old 15.1 Hands 1000 Lbs
HMA: Calico Mountains
From Trainer: Fred can trot, lope, stop and back up. He trailer loads and is good with picking up his feet. He is easy to catch and is very gentle. He has been fun to work with and ride.
From Cindy: When they said Fred, I said,”Why Fred?” Lachuga said because he looked like one of their trainers named Fred…..I kinda think whoever adopts this guy is going to have to change his name….”Fred” – What a name for a horse..I really like this horse. He has the start of a really nice spin in place. 4 white socks…I love white socks – I just don’t like keeping them clean! I watched Lachuga with the horse…Fred is VERY responsive to both the leg cues, and the reins. Here is a picture with the trainer showing me how responsive he is.
11) TUCSON (sold for $1000)
BLM #1549 Gelding 4 Years Old 15.1 Hands 1150 Lbs
HMA: Warm Springs (NV)
From the Trainer: Tucson is a nice horse. He has an easy lope, responds well to leg cues, and trailer loads. He learns quickly.
From Cindy: I like the kind eye on this horse…Pretty, AND sturdy. This is just a NICE group of horses…so many great horses to choose from! You can tell from his eye…he wants to please!
11) COCHISE (sold for $400)
BLM #1510 Gelding 4 Years Old 14.3 Hands 900 Lbs HMA: Warm Springs (NV)
From the Trainer: Cochise moves well. He has a good stop, and backs up nicely. (Man of few words!)
From Cindy: There’s my white socks again! He just looks like he is saying…”What do you want to do…I CAN do it…”
Cochise: pronounced ko-CHEECE. It is of Native American Indian origin. The name of a renowned warrier, chief of the Chiricahua Apache ( I got on a roll looking up the meanings of some of the horses)
13) POTLICKER (sold for $1000)
BLM #1253 Gelding 4 Years Old 15 Hands 1050 Lbs
HMA: Calico Mountains
From the Trainer: Potlicker is really soft to ride. You can ride this guy one handed, in a lope or side passing. He is very gentle, has never bucked or given me any trouble. He is good about his feet and trailer loads nicely. He is ready to rope off of.
From Cindy: Potlicker?! What the heck? I know naming the horses can be difficult….but “Potlicker”?! This name just has to change after adoption….it just has to! Doesn’t he look like he’d be pretty in an English saddle? He just has pretty lines (I think!)….
14) GUNNER (sold for $4100)
BLM #1437 Gelding 3 Years Old 16 Hands 1250 Lbs
HMA: Granite Ridge
From the Trainer: Gunner is a grulla gelding. He has a very gentle eye, and has been a pleasure to train. He moves very well. He trailer loads and picks up his feet nicely.
From Cindy: Stunning….This horse is just stunning looking….he is a show stopper! When I asked Hank which horses were gentle, this is the first one he mentioned. He does have a soft eye….At 16 hands…he looks like a gentle giant!
15) CANELO (sold for $1100)
BLM #1580 Gelding 3 Years Old 15 Hands 1000 Lbs
HMA: Calico Mountains
From the Trainer: Canelo walks, lopes, and gallops well. He is always calm and willing. He trailer loads well, has a nice back up and is good with his feet. He has just been an overall pleasure to work with.
From Cindy: Hank said, “Okay, the next horse is Cantelope” – Cantelope? At this point, I was convinced the guys had all lost their minds! The trainer says, “No! No! Not Cantelope, Canelo. It means Cinnamon.” Whew! Okay…that’s better…..
Isn’t he another beauty out here?! I can’t believe how pretty all these horses are. I swear this one looks like someone put a quarter horse out here! Big and he’s only 3….what a working ranch horse he could be!
16) ABEL (sold for $700)
BLM #1579 Gelding 3 Years Old 14.3 Hands 900 Lbs HMA: Calico Mountains
From the Trainer: Abel is a red dun who is easy to catch. He is an athletic horse with a smooth stride. He trailer loads well.
From Cindy This horse decided right off the bat that I had eaten horse for breakfast, and he was going to be my lunch! He was scared to death of me. I have to give the trainer credit, he kept bringing the horse up to me…I finally was able to pet on him…he still wasn’t too sure about me, but the trainer did the right thing by making him get used to me, and not letting him get his way. The trainer said it was the first time he reacted like that to anyone (lucky me!)…. I think he’s a cutie…and man can he move….The way he was trying to stay away from me…he might be fun to play with cows on..
17) JED (sold for $500)
BLM #1719 Gelding 4 Years Old 14 Hands 900 Lbs
HMA: Black Rock Range (NV)
From the Trainer: Jed is a chestnut, with a flaxen mane and tail. He has a soft lope, and a good side pass. He is real soft in the mouth, and opens gates really well.
From Cindy: I LOVE a flaxen mane and tail….I just want to go to town bathing him. He looks pretty now…can you imagine after some serious groceries and luxurious shampoos what a gorgeous horse he is going to be ?! Way too cute! We had another horse that had a laid back surfer attitude…this one looks like a surfer dude with that mane!
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