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And boy, do they need us…!

The original Lucky 7. Skinny, mal-nourished...

BHFER (Beauty’s Haven Farm & Rescue Rescue, Inc.)

I’ve written about BHFER previously.  (link to previous post)  This is the rescue in Florida which is run by a woman, Theresa,  who has great passion but no feeling – which is an awful pun to explain that she literally

Their previous sole water supply... ugh.

CANNOT FEEL due to a spinal injury.  So, talk about trust… This woman recovered by taking care of an injured horse, Beauty (hence the rescue’s name), and then went on to devote her life to helping horses in need.  BHFER is one of the rescue sites I watch daily although I have never been there or met Theresa personally.

At BHFER, food -- finally.

Skinny Mom grazing at peace

Home, food, security, baths, footcare and fly masks...

Last week is when this all started… Theresa got a call from the local authorities for her to please come help with several starving horses.  The details are not available as there will be charges here, but suffice it to say that there were at least 30 horses (stallions, mares, babies)  in awful conditions.  From what I understand, their only drinking water was this awful pond I have pictured.  They were not fed or cared for and I think they were housed together in unhealthy combinations.

Evidently, many of the mares were too skinny to provide adequate milk and the stallions were not helping, if you know what I mean.

BHFER agreed to take 7 on the spot.  They took the skinniest mares and babies.  However, deciding who to take was the easy part, getting them into the trailer and also making sure they were able to handle a

Life is looking up!

3 hour trailer ride was a different story!  You can imagine the loading process… These are horses that were not handled often and not moved, well… ever.

So, the first 7 arrived at the rescue and they were called the “Lucky 7”.  Here are photos.  As you can see, very skinny and malnourished looking.  But, at BHFER they were given wonderful care, easily digestable foods, they had their feet done, a bath and each horse got lots of love and a fly mask.  Life was looking good…


The next three... Granny Asiya, Shaker and Baby

As I stated previously, there were many more horses from the neglectful farm.  While she was at the farm, Theresa noticed a very old (28 yrs) and

A closer look at very skinny, 28 yr old Granny

very skinny Arab mare who had a baby at her side… but that was basically impossible… and then Theresa noticed a skinny young mare a few feet away.  The young mare was the mother whose milk

And the Baby... not looking very well.

had dried up.  The older mare was acting like Granny to the baby and all three moved about together.  It was tragic to see all three in such bad shape but trying to make it together.  Of course, Theresa gathered these three into her nurturing arms.

(As a side note, on this visit, Theresa notices a young mare that has just given birth…)

Anyway, back to the new three… Granny, now named Asiya (one who comforts) and the young mare (Shaker) and the little filly have moved into the fine digs of BHFER.  The young mare is still not producing milk but the filly is old enough to eat solid food so they should be OK in time.

The Lucky 7 has turned into the Lucky 10…


Now, as you can imagine,

DR examines Bandit's very painful eye

BHFER was pretty busy at this point.  There were 10 new horses that required extra care as well as 110 degree heat with humidity.  Ugh.  The poor

Bandit needs immediate surgery.

new horses who were so stressed from the everything thus far started to have trouble breathing in the extreme heat and humidity.  Theresa and all of her

Poor, skinny Trisha tries to nurse Bandit

wonderful volunteers were working around the clock keeping all the horses cool and comforted.

So, of course the phone rings… again.

A woman from far away said that she needed Theresa.  because she noticed a very sick mare with a very sick baby at a nearby farm.  This mare had been bred to an important stud but then just left

Little Bandit's back, full of scabs and rain rot

out in pasture and made to fend for herself.  The mare was alone, she delivered the baby alone (a colt) a few months ago and had no support or food.  The neighbor asked the owner about the mare and the owner said that the mare was in such bad shape that she really didn’t want the horse any more.  Go figure.  That’s what happens when you throw them out to fend for themselves…

Anyway, the kindly neighbor offered to take the two.  She was told

Bandit is happier but Mom really needs some help...

by the owner that the baby had a runny eye but was OK.   But, in reality, the runny eye was much worse.  The vet came out and said the eye would need around the clock care.  Since this kindly neighbor didn’t have the time for this, she called Theresa…

Well, what are you

Newborn Passion with sick Mama and no milk

going to do if you are Theresa?  How can you turn down a baby in pain?  So, Theresa had her vet go out there for a second opinion and the vet said that the baby’s eye was terminal.  There was no way to save it.  From his estimation, the eye had been damaged for a very long time, probably just after his birth, and the poor colt had been suffering for a very,

Newborn Passion, still standing

very long time.  Well, that is all Theresa needed to hear.  That little baby was going to be helped.  And 24 hours later, his eye was out and the little guy, now named Bandit, was on the road to recovery.

His dam, Trisha, was at the hospital,

Passion with Theresa at the hospital, too weak to stand.

too, and the DRs all agreed that she was in bad shape.  The poor mare was skinny, had skin diseases, her milk was not sufficient and she was horribly stressed.  Hopefully, once she is back at BHFER (which is in process today), both the the Trisha and Bandit will recover.

From the reports about Bandit today,

Passion getting milk but she doesn't want it...

they say he is active and happy.  I’m sure having the painful eye removed (can you imagine the flies?!) was the best thing for him.

So, that makes 12 newbies at BHFER…

Passion and Starla receiving excellent care at the hospital but they are both very weak


Ugh.  So, here is the heartbreaker.  This baby may not make it.

Theresa gets yet ANOTHER call.  Remember that mare who had just had a baby three days ago from the neglectful farm full of horses?  Well, the owner was on the line saying that the mare and baby were not doing well.

Passion gets help to stand and tries to nurse

Gee, y’think?  They have no food or water… Well, that’s not true… As soon as the authorities got involved, hay, grain and water were brought in for the remaining horses until they could all be placed.  But, still, if you do not feed or water a pregnant mare, the baby will not be very strong, if he makes it through birth.

So, the neglectful

4-day old Passion awake and a bit brighter in the hospital

owner did the right thing and called Theresa.  Theresa remembered this baby.  Theresa cannot turn her back.  So, they arrange for Momma and baby to be transported to the nearby equine hospital.  Mama is weak, baby is weaker.  They name the mare, Starla, and immediately tend to her and give her nutrition and health to hopefully boost her milk production.

Passion standing at BHFER, "Can you help us?"

The baby, now named Passion, is given milk but she wants her Mama’s milk instead.  Oy.  The little filly refuses.  So, they let Passion nurse from her Mom (what little she has) and then give the filly IV fluids/support.  The hard part is that the filly cannot stand on her own.  She is so weak, she cannot get up.  Humans have to get her up every 2 hours to feed.  Hmmmmmm.

This is not looking good.  It has been determined that Starla and Passion should leave the hospital and go back to BHFER because there are more people at BHFER to tend to the baby around the clock.  So, this is where we are now… We have a very weak baby who is on 24 hour care.

14 NEW AND NEEDY HORSES, and a NEW BABY this very morning!!!…

So, what we have is a rescue that was already full, has now taken on 14 new, needy horses, 4 of which were in the hospital and now a baby that needs 24 hour care.  The initial, mal-nourished, rain-rotted, long hooved scallawags that were the Lucky 7 seem like a picture of health (kidding) compared to the next 7 that arrived.  Can you imagine if this happened at your farm?  The vet bills must be staggering let alone the extra feed, farrier and horse care items.  Addendum:  There is a new baby this  morning!  One of the mares that Theresa saved earlier in the year, Reva, just foaled a healthy (thank goodness) baby!  Good news in the sea of hardships!

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I will try to keep you updated on these horses and babies.  I can also tell you that the last horse was removed from the negligent farm on Sunday.  So, all are gone to better homes and fosters.  Thank goodness.

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An Update, A New Hay Net Product, A Cloggin’ Boot, and another Inspirational Video!

Today is a newsy day!

First up…


Well, this is really good news! I wrote about Evan Almighty in an earlier post and the link is here.  Anyway, he came into BHFER very skinny, covered in Rain Rot and with no muscle tone.  The poor baby had been weaned from his now gone Mother when he was 1 month old and he was left to fend for himself with all the other horses.  Sheesh.

The sweet part of the story is that he was bonded to an in foal Arab mare, Reva.  When BHFER answered the Craigslist ad for the colt (Yup, someone was trying to sell him…), they decided to purchase the mare as well.  The on the spot thinking was that this baby was in such bad shape, they didn’t want to stress him any more by removing him from his only friend.  So, the rescuers went there to retrieve a little baby and ended up with a 3 in 1 package (difficult in this economy…).

The next bit of lovely news is that the folks at HEALING TREE donated their Rain Rot cure.  And it worked!  So, with food, shelter, love and attention,  Evan Almighty is doing very well.  Here are the before and after pics!  The last photo is Evan with his new friend, Jed.  Jed’s Mom needed him weaned and Reva is about to foal, so Evan and Jed are now fast friend and a famous coupla hooligans around BHFER.

Check out the BHFER website to hear Jed’s story.  He is blind, poor baby…


This would be an incredible new concept!  So, I was looking through my new COWBOYS AND INDIANS magazine and I came across this ad for these boots made by Durago but have a “clog” influence.  Wha?  How could those two meet up?  You certainly wouldn’t find them both at Gillys!  It kinda reminded me of that old Reeses Peanut Butter Cup commercial… do you remember that one?  One day the Peanut Butter guy was walking and looking at his cup while the Chocolate guy was doing the same thing and they bumped into each other – and the Reese’s Peanut Butter cup was born!!  Anyway, how could a clog and a boot meet?

So, I went to the website to check it out… This style is called the Dream Series and there are two models.  I’m sure they are seeing if this idea works.  Anyway, you can get either the Shrug brown type or the Harness Leather black model.

I didn’t order them, but I am very intrigued.  I am NEVER comfortable in boots.  So, this might be the ticket for me.  (Yes, I have clogs and I do wear them… and they are comfortable.)  I always need a platform in my shoe or boot if they are high heeled.  Hmmmmmm.


Well, in a post from earlier, I chatted about how some hay nets can be dangerous because horses (athletic ones) can get their feet caught in the holes.   Well, this new hay net, called the Nibblenet, has more holes, but they are smaller.  So, the idea is to make them take longer to eat.  Since horses graze all day, this net would simulate the natural time frame of eating.  For me, it would end the foot trap issue!  I checked out the net via their website and was hopeful.  It looked well made, it has D rings so I can put it in my trailer and it looked wide enough for me to easily stuff a flake into it (or two).  So, I bought one.  I’ll let you know…

But, I did want to say that these folks give a percentage of the Nibblenet sales to Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue.  I haven’t checked it out but the idea is really nice.  I like when this happens and it motivated me to pick a particular seller if they donate to horsey causes…

Also on the Nibblenet site, I found these woodworking items.  They are called “corbels” and have an entire history which is written on the Barn Art page.  I have added a few pics here just because I love it when folks create art!


OK, well, I know not that much about rodeo but I know the name Trevor Brazile.  I found this video on a friend’s website called, Fugly Horse. Do you know it?  Anyway, she had posted this so I am re-posting it for all of you.  You see, I had an inspirational videoposted a few weeks ago and here is the link, but it was Jumping without a bridle.  This one is Ropin’ and I love to use different disciplines to say the same idea.  In this video, you will see Trevor rope a calf with NO BRIDLE on his horse, Texaco.  I love it!  How inspirational! Please watch here.


So many of you really liked the idea of a DROP IN THE BUCKET FUND from yesterday’s post that I have decided to make a page devoted to it.  In this way, we can add to the bucket fund throughout the month as people read the post, or as they stumble upon the page. Hopefully, this will add a bit to the bucket!  The idea behind the bucket fund is to pick one ethical rescue that is in need and help support it, as a group, for one month, with very meager individual donations.  The donation (totally optional, and only if you feel you can afford it)  is just $5 during these tough times, but I thought $5 might be an amount we could do more easily.  Maybe we can forgo the Starbux or the Mr. Pickles run for a cause once a month.  Just $5, that is all.  Then, we add all the $5 donations at the end of the month and give the ENTIRE AMOUNT to the Rescue as a gift from the HORSE AND MAN GROUP.  Y’know, $5 donations add up…  It may seem like a little amount, but it isn’t.  And, it is greatly appreciated.  So, I’m working on the page today and here is a really cute horse holding a feed bowl  photo you can click to donate.  This month’s rescue is the wonderful UNITED PEGASUS FOUNDATION .  They are in a tight spot with 65 horses.  You can read about all the good they have done in yesterday’s post.

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