UPDATES on our May Bucket Fund horses: Alicia, Ray Ray and Pete!

First of all, thank you ALL for your notes and emails and comments regarding my broken back and torn MCL knee.  I truly appreciate it since the pain has gotten significantly worse (no more adrenalin) and I’m feeling sorry for myself as I lay prone in bed.  But, the truth is – it could have been SO MUCH WORSE.  And I do realize that and do count my lucky stars…   The fact that my leg was caught in the reins could have been curtains for me.  Thank horsegods that Willy (preciously known as Dominic), is a good boy and he stopped.

Prognosis for me:  Not sure yet, as I can’t get in to see the specialists for a few weeks.  (Eye roll).  I guess if it was horribly bad, the ER docs would have admitted me and I would have had surgery in a matter of days.  But since it is a ‘stable’ burst fracture, I’m just waiting.

Hubby’s best friend is a spine surgeon and we had a phone consult.  I will actually be able to give him the CD with all of the scans soon.  He can tell me what’s what before I even get into any local specialist, which is very comforting.  His first guess is that both will heal on their own.  However, the ER doc said that the knee would not recover without surgery – so we will see.

Thanks for caring!


We were able to raise $2200!  Thank you all!!  Here are the updates and the receipt for payment to Lone Star Equine Hospital.


This filly had contracted tendons at birth which were not fixed at that time.  Then she was dumped at the meat auction.  ASIAB saved her and we helped pay for her corrective surgery.  Here are the before and after photos!

Here are the before and after pics of Alicia. She had ‘Ballerina syndrome” or contracted tendons at birth. She didn’t have any corrective surgery at that time… and then was dumped at the meat auction. The after photo is 5 days after surgery. She looks great! Time will tell how much motion she will regain.

Ray Ray

Ray Ray is the stallion who was kicked in the fact in one of the crowded stallion pens.  His eye was ruined and his teeth were kicked out.  Ray Ray was rescued and we helped pay for his surgery.  Ray Ray was gelded, his eye was removed and his mouth was repaired.  Ray Ray is doing very well!

Ray Ray is papered and bred very well!  He’s 20 years old.

Ray Ray’s before pics are pretty awful… so I’m just posting this one. His front teeth were detached and his eye was ruined. (He was kicked in the stallion pen in the auction yard.)

Ray Ray getting a bath before surgery.

Ray Ray during his eye removal surgery and his mouth surgery.


Pete ended up only needing his horrible feet trimmed and tended with special farrier and boots.  Here is a pic of him at the special farrier’s house (Pete), where Pete will live until he is healed.

Pete was severely foundered when he was dropped off at that slaughter pipeline. He could barely walk. Now he has been treated, trimmed, has boots and is living at the specialist farrier until he is out of the woods. He’s so much happier and looking very well!

Receipt from Lone Star Equine Hospital

Here is the receipt from all of your donations!  THANK YOU ALL!  WELL DONE!

This is the receipt for the payment to Lone Star Park Equine Hospital. The funds will be applied to Alicia and Ray Ray. Pete is covered by other donors. THANK YOU ALL!

THANK YOU ALL!!   We cannot save them all, but for these three, your actions saved them.

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc  KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This Fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here.  Horses are in dire need all the time, here in the US.  The slaughter pipeline is real.  If you want to save a horse or donkey from slaughter, you know we will do that here.  IF you donate, those funds will be used on the next save.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you!

Click here for the KEEP THEM OFF OF THE TRUCK donation fund!



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Today… I will spend flat-out (literally) in bed.  You see, I came off of Willy on Monday after a very precarious and odd event while trail riding.   And yes, I did get back on and ride out of the Park, but I knew that I probably injured myself like I had never injured myself (upon landing from a horse) previously.  My brain went, “Uhhhh, I think we have an issue here…”.

I kinda knew that something was more wrong than I let myself believe, but I didn’t face my fears until Thursday, when I knew I was getting worse and not better and that  I should go to the ER to get checked out.   Wellllllll, it seems that I have a burst fracture in my T3 vertebrae (mid-upper back – imagine a sharp knife inserted there) and I tore the MCL in my left knee (totally unstable and wobbly).  Both injuries are totally manageable… BUT, CRAP.     Willy felt horrible as he stared at me on the ground with his big eyes.   He knew his actions ejected me… and I knew my actions (getting older and not being as fluent or as well-seated as I once was) were the cause of this accident.

I fear that I will suffer the most from this, both physically and emotionally.  I am truly bummed that I couldn’t ride out the situation and instead lost my seat and came off.  Really upsets me.

Now I recover.  Except we leave for the Ranch in exactly a week.  So, this will be interesting.  Do I ride at a walk (my inclination since I’m not supposed to jostle or vibrate my spine), or do I not ride.  Knowing me, I will ride one of their very well trained kids’ horses at a slow and lovely pace.


Me at the pool (I like to swim for exercise) just a few days ago… and me yesterday.

I love the floors

What is not to love about a baby wombat (except its tiny razor-sharp claws…)

Artists amaze me.

And again.


I love Spring!

I would have killed for these in high school!!!  We probably should have had a class in how to make these since we did tie-dye and batik…

I thought this was a pretty way to update a brick house.



My horses would just rip this off the fence and paw at it until it gave up the hay… but it might work for someone out there…

Gorgeous wild Mama and baby.


*We have $2000 for these horses!  And I have updates I will post this week!!  Please donate – today is the last day for our May Bucket Fund horses!  THANK YOU!

BALLERINA SYNDROME in a filly, KICKED-IN teeth/eye on a stallion and a gelding with FOUNDER pulled from the direct to slaughter paddock tonight!! MAY BUCKET FUND! LET’S HELP THESE POOR HORSES with their medical bills! Donations go direct to the vet hospitals!  To read the story, click here:   https://www.horseandman.com/?p=64170

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!  (Thank you in advance!). All donations are 100% tax deductible!


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