AN UPDATE ON TIA AND SHAKIRA our March Bucket Fund horses






I received this email yesterday…

Hi Dawn,

I actually have some sad news to share. I have been sitting at my computer this morning trying to find the words to share it.  First, yes, our accountant said the funds were received just 10 minutes after you told me that you were sending, and we purchased product right away. But we just got some results back from new diagnostics on Tia, and sadly, the news is not good. The damage to her front hooves is such that it has been determined Tia would spend the rest of her life in pain and likely will never recover from the damage done to her bones. In consultation with our vet, we have made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Tia. We are absolutely heartbroken; while we knew that her prognosis was guarded, we had hoped for a different outcome for her.  We know that this is the kindest decision. She has been to spend the past few weeks enjoying a good deal of pampering, sunshine, and companionship with staff and volunteers who care deeply about her. Your support enabled us to give her comfort in the past few days, and we will always be grateful!

On a more positive note, Shakira continues to improve daily, and we are smothering her with attention.

Dawn, I wish that I had better news for you to share, especially during this difficult time. I am hearing the news out of California from my brother and his family, and I hope you are staying safe.  I am thinking of you!

My best,

Heather

Heather Robertson, Director of Development & Marketing, MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

THANK YOU, EVERYONE…

We knew, when we saw those initial photos, that this would be a difficult journey.   And I know it is difficult to see these pics and wonder why she couldn’t be saved…

Well, I went through this with MamaTess.  How much drugs vs. quality of life.  It is a very tough decision.  I’m sure keeping Tia on the threshold of low pain but not too low or she’d hurt herself… some food but not wanting to add any physical weight to her situation… and the reality of her bone deformity, was simply too much to overcome.   I know they did their best… and  I am sure they didn’t make this decision without plenty of deep consideration.  Especially since the entire community wanted these two mares to thrive.

I will continue to update us all on Shakira…

Thank you all for participating, without being guaranteed a happy ending for all.  It meant so much to Tia to have every possible gift in her last weeks – and you helped make all of that possible.

Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts, prayers and donation.


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WHEN YOU DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, WATCH SOCIAL MEDIA or fear Corona Virus… Photos of new foals.






I guess most of the country is social distancing for right now.  We, in California, maybe more so.  Hubby and I both have colds, the regular kind.  No temps, no cough.  However, we are taking our temps and watching for any sign… so far, we are just getting better.

On my last grocery run, I went past a local Quarter Horse breeding farm that is on our road.  There were 16 new babies!  All of them were either frolicking, sleeping or eating.  It was truly blissful to watch – especially right now.  They were totally unaware of anything upsetting in their environment – except me who stopped to take pics.

The fences are high and mighty… so I wasn’t able to get really good shots, but here is what I did get.

THE FOALS OF ESTRELLA ROAD.

They have pastures according to friendships and due dates…This pasture had 3 mares with babies.

Mama standing guard.

I was able to stand on a dirt pile to get over the fence to take this photo of the pregnant mare paddock. There were 5 in here.

Another pregnant mare

There were 4 paddocks with mares and babies. This was another one where I could reach over the fence.

And another…

And this was our sunset last night… I think Mother Nature is smiling.


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