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A Sunday Update: Olivia and Oliver, Trolley, Bandit and Reva!

I decided to give you all happy updates on recent stories…!

Olivia and Oliver, Trolley, Bandit and Reva.


Olivia delivers and the happy claps indicating the baby is ALIVE!

Olivia was the mare I wrote about during an earlier post which featured brave mares and the women who helped them.  You can read the original post here.

To refresh you, of if you didn’t read that post, Olivia was rescued from a feedlot.  She was on her way to slaughter with a very large baby inside of her.  Luckily, she was found and adopted.  She was fed and nurtured during her last weeks by the peopld from Ponytales Rescue.

When it came Olivia’s time to foal, she didn’t foal.  Since no one knew when she actually conceived, no one knew if she was actually late.  But, she was very big and very uncomfortable for a very long time.  The Aunties on Mare Stare even gave up on watching nightly since her ‘foal watch’ went on for weeks!

But, of course, eventually Olivia went into labor.  And, of course, several Auntie’s were watching via the internet.  I was one of them.  And while I was watching, a drama unfolded.  There was a problem… Olivia was a maiden mare and she was having a tough time delivering.  OMG!  All of us Auntie’s online felt so helpless!  But alas, the brave women at Ponytales Rescue assisted the birth and did what they were afraid to do but knew they had to.  They reached in and pulled the foal with each contraction.  And, they did it!  They delivered the Whopper!  However, no one was sure if it was still alive.

HUGE, healthy and hunky baby Oliver

Then, after several tense moment, he moved.  WHOOOP!  There were cheers all around and the women at Ponytales looked up to the camera with thumbs up and fists pumping!  This baby boy was huge —  and he still is huge.  In fact, he looks pretty hunky, wouldn’t you say?

They have named him Oliver.  Both Olivia and Oliver are doing very, very well.

I still think the remark by one of the Auntie’s online was the best… she said that the reason Oliver’s blaze is shaped like a spoon is because he “cooked for so long”!  I love that.  I think of that every time I see him!


Trolley's injury after the superglued sock was removed

Trolley’s story is on that same post which you can read here.

Her story is dramatic.  She was refused at the feedlot because of her huge head wound.  It looked awful and had been there for a while.  But the most interesting aspect of this is that the wound had a sock Superglued into it.


Brave Trolley after her surgery this week

But, it may have been that sock glued into her forehead that saved her.  No flies could get in and leave eggs.  So, when Trolley was saved from the feedlot and brought immediately to medical attention, the wound was bad but not horrible.  It was tended to and the kind doctors from Hogan Equine (www.HoganEquine.com) agreed to operate as soon as she made it through quarantine.

Here is the first photo from immediately after her surgery which was just performed Thursday.  It looks great!  Yes, she had a skin graft as well as huge stitches which should help the skin grow and potentially cover the rest of the hole.  If it doesn’t, she will have a second surgery.

Isn’t this just wonderful?!  I will keep you posted.  And, you can follow her on FB.  Here is a link to her page.


Our Bucket Fund for this month is for the lovely people at BHFER They took in 14 very sick horses this month and had a few tragedies.  Sadly, after doing everything possible, they lost a 9 day old foal.  It broke their hearts…

But, the good news is that one of the babies that they rescued is doing way better than anyone ever expected.  His name is Bandit.  His story is here.

Bandit was born out in a field where his mother had been left months before.  Bandit must have had an accident because it was estimated that his eye was injured almost immediately after birth.  But, no one was tending to these horses.  So, the baby was not helped and the injury became very bad.

Luckily, a neighbor was paying attention and was able to intervene.  She got the owners to give up the “worthless mare” and the neighbor quickly called BHFER to come help with this baby.  Immediately, they brought the baby to the equine hospital.  The DRs there knew the eye could not be saved.  The baby had been in intense pain for months and the eye was dead.  It was time to remove it.

So, they did.

Bandit, finally healthy and happy

Besides being horribly malnourished, this baby had to start life with pain.  But, luckily, he was saved by our Bucket Fund Charity BHFER and now he is very, very happy.  His surgery was only a week ago yet this boy is thrilled to be alive!  He runs and jumps, finally pain free.  Yahoo!

His Mama is still very skinny but she is doing better.  She had her teeth done, got a bath and is receiving all the food she can eat within her re-feeding program.  Life is good for the horses at BHFER.  (if you’d like to donate to BHFER, please click here.)


Reva was also rescued by BHFER several months ago.  The story is deeper than that and you can read it here.

Reva delivers, easily, a new filly

BHFER went in to save a foal who was almost dead.  But, when BHFER got there, Reva was standing watch over this baby.  He wasn’t even her baby, but she stood watch.  So, BHFER paid top dollar (long story but the previous owners would not release the baby because he was so “valuable”) for both the almost dead baby and Reva, his watch mare.

Very sick Reva and her day-old foal in the hospital

Upon arriving at BHFER, the baby (now named Evan Almighty) grew stronger and lived…  And, Reva tested pregnant.  So, BHFER did all they could to help her grow a strong baby while she took care of Evan Almighty as he recovered.

Fast forward to last week…  Everyone at BHFER was dealing with the new and very ill 14 horses including the baby who had the eye surgery as well as the baby that was in intensive care but did not survive.  Anyway, Reva decided to give birth, of course, during this emotional and very busy time.

The birth went fine and everyone at BHFER was relieved to have something go smoothly…  But, the next day, Reva was in distress.  She was in colic and nothing they did was helping.  After 24 hours, the mare was worse, not better.  The vets thought she had a twisted gut and brought her to the hospital for an ultrasound.  The poor mare was miserable and everyone was preparing for the worst.  What a tragedy to have this selfless mare who nurtured one baby back to health and delivered another, is now fighting for her life…

Healthy Reva and her lovely and curious foal!

Whoop!  It was only gas colic… and she did recover this week.  OMG!  Hallelujah!  The entire crew associated with BHFER and all the Aunties online gasped a huge sigh of relief.

Don’t Mama and Baby look great?!  From what I hear, the baby is just as healthy as can be and he is into everything!  As you can see, he is fiddling with the hose in this photo.

So, that is our Sunday Happy Update!  Hooray for all the wonderful people who help create these happy endings!  It takes a village to help all the horses in need … but the good part is that we can all share in the delight!

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Quadruple Whammy wasn’t enough for Bucket Fund BHFER… They had 3 more Whammies this week! OY.

Goodness gracious, how many hits can one rescue take?!

First of all, here is the initial Bucket Fund post which tells the Quadruple Whammy story of BHFER from a week ago.  That was just a week ago!  I’m so happy that BHFER is our Bucket Fund because this has really been a tough month for them – even though the rewards of helping all these fuzzy faces is great — there is a lot of stress here.   Let me recap for you the initial  4  Whammies:

1)  First Whammy:  BHFER takes in 7 malnourished, sick mares and babies.

2)  Second Whammy:  BHFER takes in a 28 yr old, very skinny mare who is Granny to the other young, skinny mare who is Mom to the 3 month old baby who is getting no milk from her Mamma so she clings to Granny.  All are very sick and skinny.

3)  Third Whammy:  BHFER  hears of a mare in poor condition who delivered a baby, alone, and that baby had a very bad eye injury.  BHFER takes in the mare and baby.  The baby colt’s eye had to be removed.

4)  Fourth Whammy:  BHFER knows that another sick mare gave birth back at the ranch where the initial 7 mal-nourished mares were discovered.  The newborn baby and mare were very, very sick and weak.  So, BHFER rescued them as well.

OK, so, if that wasn’t enough for one week, now here are the next whammies…

New Momma Reva with her baby

While BHFER was dealing with all the sickness, neglect, rain rot, diseases, mares not producting milk, babies not having enough milk/nutrition, eye surgery and the general mayhem of adding 14 new, unhealthy horses — one of the previously rescued mares from a few months ago, gave birth.

The mare’s name is Reva and her baby colt isn’t named yet.

Anyway, here is Whammy 5. Reva’s delivery was fast and everything seemed fine.  Yay.  All the Auntie’s who were watching on MareStare were thrilled and supportive.  But then, things went downhill.  Reva was uncomfortable and not letting the baby nurse.  After an awful 24 hours where the vet was called out and no amount of colic treatment was helping, the vet feared Reva had a twisted gut.

Here is some background on Reva.  When she was rescued a while back, she was abused, neglected, skinny and sick.  However, she had adopted an even sicker baby colt who had no mother anymore.  Reva was so bonded to this little foal that BHFER, who had come to rescue the foal, took Reva as well.  And, to top that, they had to PAY top dollar for both of them.  It was disgusting…  Anyway, Reva was the strength that kept Evan Almighty (the colt’s new name) alive.  According to the vet, EA was as close to death as he could have been and still be standing.

So, now, months after EA has regained his health, Reva was full term and she foaled.  Shortly thereafter, Reva is fighting for her life.  Teresa at BHFER could not bear losing such a wonderful, sweet, loving mare.  She wrote this heartfelt note as they were taking Reva and her new baby to the hospital two days ago:

Colicy Reva trying to avoid nursing...

“I can’t tell you how much Reva means to so many of us.  The first time I saw her I knew she had a heart of gold.  She mothered Evan Almighty and continues to play a mother role with Kami.  Reva’s baby and Kami have become friends.  Reva welcomes new arrivals (horses and humans) – she is just a wonderful and sweet mare that had lived a horrible life before finding her way to us.  She will always wear scars down her back which prove that she provided a service to man for quite awhile.  I love her so much – I cried many tears today at the thought of possibly losing her.  I’ve prayed to God, many times, to ease her pain and help her to heal and have asked that if he needs her in heaven to please reconsider – we just aren’t ready to let her go – her baby loves and needs her and she is so very much loved by us humans.

As I cried into her mane before loading her to go to the hospital I promised her we will do all we can for her – I didn’t give her a choice and told her she has to get better and that she will make it through this.

Reva and baby home from the hospital!

Reva’s eyes speak clear through to her soul – she is a strong mare and I have faith in her.  She loves her baby and isn’t ready to leave us.  Everyone that meets her falls in love with her.  She is beautiful inside and out and has a way of making you feel better just by being around her.  There is a big void tonight without her and her baby here – I miss them very much.”

The good news is that after a day, Reva turned around!  It was gas colic and Reva recovered.  Momma and Baby returned to the Rescue and will continue to thrive.

Whammy #6: Today, Theresa found out that 3 of the original 7 horses that were rescued last week, are pregnant.  Great.  More thoughtless breeding…  At least these babies will be brought into a world where they will be safe and loved.

Now for the next stomach punch.  Whammy #7:

You know Whammy #4 above… that is the malnourished mare who had a new baby that wasn’t doing very well.  Uh huh.  After five days of life, the vet thinks that the baby filly, Passion, may have an infection in her hips joints.  Passion is having difficulty getting up on her own and she continues to shift her weight once she is up.  So, today, they drew blood and here is a note from Theresa of the results:

“I don’t have good news on Passion.  Her blood work came back and it isn’t good.  She defiantly has an infection going on.  It could be an internal infection or something going on in her joints.  She has been up more today but hasn’t been able to get up on her own.


We are going to give her a few more days on the antibiotics, run blood work again on Monday, and go from there.  I can’t stress enough how hard this baby is trying – she wants to run and play.  She deserves a normal life.  When I looked at her blood work this afternoon I saw numbers and a trend that reminded me so much of Legacy.  We worked a miracle with him – let’s all pray that this baby too will be ok.  The difference between the two is that Legacy likely got the colostrum he needed after birth – Passion likely didn’t.  Please pray for Passion.  Her momma loves her so much – and so do we.  I have to go now to help her up again.  I was very proud of her through the night last night – she got up twice without assistance.”

Well, the next two days were a roller coaster.  First Passion was treated for an infection in her joints.  They flushed her hocks and did everything they could to help her.  Unfortunately, the infection had spread.  This precious little filly succumbed to septicemia.  Theresa and Dr. Ryan and all who were involved did everything possible for this little girl.  My heart breaks for everyone at BHFER who worked so hard to save this sweet filly.

Passion passed on Saturday afternoon.  Tragic.  All because of neglect from the previous owners.  At least her short life was filled with love and compassion.

Godspeed Passion, Godspeed.

Please say your prayers for baby Passion.

And, if you understand what it is like to be Sevendoupled Whammied, and have some extra pennies, please donate to our Bucket Fund by clicking the Pay Pal donate button below.   BHFER has had enormous vet and hospital bills this month.  Thank you in advance.  (If you are receiving this post via email, click this link to donate.)


“For any WHIA member who contributes to Horse and Man’s Bucket Fund for Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue during the next two weeks, $50 or greater per donation, I’ll send a selection of HGP gift packaging items to the WHIA member/donors—and I’ll even pay the freight to ship them.  HERE IS THE HORSESHOE GIFT PACKAGING WEBSITE.”

THANK YOU, NANCY, for your generous offer!  H&M

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