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I know it's been too long since I've sent out an
update, but I was determined to get one out tonight before calling it a
day. I appreciate everyone's understanding that things are a bit
crazy here, and I hope to get back to routine updates in the next couple
of weeks. I have had some medical appointments I've had to take care
of, and there are more to come. It's been rather tiring; the offices
are about 45 minutes away, and the trips back and forth are tiring.
I truly appreciate Jenny and all of the volunteers and my family that have
been putting in extra hours to cover for me.
Here are some pictures from the last week:
Last weekend Bernel visited and clipped some of
the horses. She'll be back tomorrow to finish up.
Even Kami was introduced to the clippers.
She's still "all that!" It looks like her mom, Haley, has morphed
into a chocolate Palomino; her new coat is beautiful!
Evan looks very spiffy without his shaggy coat.
His rain rot has healed very nicely. He is much stronger and
actually runs around and kicks up his heels now. He and Kami go at a
couple of times a day -- they're great entertainment!
Sunshine is still stall bound but is healing
nicely. The vet bill for her cyst removal is $385, and that does not
include the medications she is on or the follow-up to have the stitches
removed. We have received a donation of $50 towards this; if anyone
would like to help, a credit can be called directly in to the vet's office
at 352-237-6151 and tell them it is for Sunshine. Any amount would
help and be very much appreciated. We hadn't counted on this expense
and could really use some help.
We followed Dr. Porter's and Dr. Meeks' advice on
separating Jedediah from his mom and it is going OK -- we're very proud of
our little guy. He was weaned from his mom a couple of days ago.
Sweet Pea handled it very well; she almost seemed relieved. She
seemed tired of him bumping into her and circling her constantly.
She is at Jennifer's and will start training soon. Jennifer said
Sweet Pea settled right in as though she'd been there for a while.
When Jedediah and his mom arrived at the rescue, he'd had very little
human handling and didn't care for any human contact -- you couldn't get
near him without him running the other way. We put a lot of time and
effort into calming him before separating him from his mom. Weaning
is always heartbreaking to me, but this one was harder because of his lack
of vision. After his mom left, Jedediah remained in a stall for
about 24 hours; and humans stayed with him to comfort him. He walked
circles but calmed as time went by. I took him out for a walk
yesterday afternoon and he did well. By evening, we felt he was
ready to go back to his paddock. We've started the process of
letting him and Evan get to know each other through the fence. Reva
is going to have a baby in a few weeks, and Evan needs to learn his
independence from her. Our hope is that Evan and Jedi will become
When Jedediah was in Kami's stall for about 24
hours, she was a bit put out -- to say the least! She and her mom
got to use a different stall at night. But Kami was very happy to be
back in her own stall last night. Here is Kami looking in on Jedi in
her stall -- she wasn't very happy about it!
Anastasia is huge, especially when next to Kami!
We think we have found a home for Anastasia but won't know for sure until
late next week. It would be an awesome place for her.
Meagan is doing wonderfully in her new home.
She is happy and has adjusted well. We get frequent updates on her,
but we do miss her.
These past few weeks have been really hard on us
financially, and it has been a very stressful time for me. We had to
get a new insurance policy, and the premium was much higher than what we
were paying -- but we have to have it. We also had to pay for
repairs on the truck. The farm tractor is due for maintenance but,
until we get the funds, it will have to wait. Please know that all
donations, no matter the amount, make a difference and are tax-deductible.
I'd like to share some of our needs with you, and
perhaps you can help:
|Evan's umbilical hernia needs to be repaired;
he needs sponsors ($150). Dr. Ryan would like to do this on
|Sunshine needs sponsors for her vet bills ($335
still needed to date as well as upcoming suture removal).|
|We need Sand Clear for Kami and Amadeus.
This is available online from various sources.|
|We need Thyro-L (RX only); Jedediah needs
GastroGuard ($35 a tube, RX only). |
|We need to buy apple-flavored bute (RX only)
which is $10.65 per tube. We usually buy this at least six tubes
at a time.|
|We need to buy a bottle of SMZs (antibiotic),
which is $55 for a bottle of 500 tabs.|
|We need to get a load of shavings (60 bags) =
$285. We will need a ton of hay by Wednesday = $290.|
|We need a set of body clippers; both of our
sets broke last weekend, and the repair shop said they can't be fixed.|
Credits towards the vet bill (and RX items) can be
called in to Peterson & Smith at 352-237-6151.
Credits towards much-needed grain and alfalpha
cubes can be called in to Sanders Farms at 352-873-8660.
Credits towards hay can be called in to Berrettini
Farms at 352-629-1447
If you call a credit in somewhere, please send us
an email to let us know to ensure we issue you a tax receipt.
I'd like everyone to know that we appreciate you:
your support makes a difference, and it's because of your support that we
are able to help the horses. Thank you all for the emails, prayers, good
thoughts, and phone calls. These next few weeks are going to be a
little tougher then usual, but we keep the faith and keep going. We
hope everyone has a blessed and wonderful weekend!
||We have reached the final phase of our $1,000
match game offered by a very caring sponsor. The offering for Phase
IV is a new in box, Breyer Cloud's Legacy Horse Gift Set that was donated
by a wonderful supporter. (Please see the photo on the right.)
Once again, we are requesting a suggested donation of
$10 to be forwarded via "JustGive.com:"
Please designate your contribution, "Breyer
Cloud's Legacy Horse Gift Set." The sponsor will match each donation
until we reach $250.00.
Thank you all for your love and support.
I spoke to Theresa earlier this evening and she,
once again, wishes to apologize for not providing updates and photographs
for the past several days -- she has been working on some personal issues
which must be taken care of. As soon as she is able, photographs of
her beloved horses as well as updates will be forthcoming.
Dr. Ryan was at Beauty's Haven yesterday to
ultrasound the mass on Sunshine's shoulder, which he drained late last
week and has since returned. After over two hours, the cyst was
removed, a drain was inserted, and almost 30 stitches were applied to
close the wound. Sunshine is receiving antibiotics twice daily and is on
stall rest 24/7. Dr. Ryan will return in three weeks to remove her
stitches. Needless to say, Sunshine's training with Jennifer has
been significantly delayed. Theresa estimates that the cost of this
procedure will be several hundred dollars. Since donations are way
down, any contributions to help with Sunshine's procedure would be greatly
On a happier note, Meagan has been placed in a
wonderful home where she is the only pet, a home where she is greatly
doted upon and truly loved. Her new human keeps Theresa apprised
daily of Meagan's adventures and reports that she is, thankfully,
adjusting beautifully! Theresa, of course, misses Meagan terribly
but is comforted with the knowledge that Meagan has found a perfect home.
Layla is doing extremely well with her training
and will be going to Bernel's in mid-May. Sarra was transported to
Jennifer's today where she, too, will begin her training.
Several horses were body clipped this past weekend
to rid them of their shaggy winter coats. Theresa noted that Evan looks
truly adorable since receiving his "haircut."
Please keep Theresa and her family in your
prayers, and thank you all for your continued love and devotion.
I hope this update finds everyone having a great
week! We've been very busy here these last few days. Jenny
arrived on Friday from Puerto Rico, and it's great to have her back.
And Tina arrived on Saturday from Canada -- it's great to finally put a
face to a name! Both ladies have been working non-stop, and the
horses enjoy being spoiled even more!
This is Eilene and Tina saying hello to Haley and
Kami. Eilene and her brother, Jr., brought Tina to the rescue from
the airport on Saturday -- they live near Orlando.
The weather has been nice: the temps have
been warmer, but we've had cloudy days. Casper is still babysitting
Legacy and Baby Ray. We're still working on raising funds for a
shelter for them.
Eilene meeting Anastasia.
Kami still demands to be the center of attention.
She is still a pistol!
Jr., come and play with me! Let's show
Auntie Eilene that we can run and have a blast, OK? Come on now!
After a fun and filling BBQ lunch (thanks, Pat and
Chris!), everyone went to work pulling weeds! Here are Chris, Eilene,
Tina, Pat, Jr., and Jenny. They filled up bags and bags -- the weeds
are taking over the grass! Chris and Pat drive up a couple of times
a month from 3+ hrs away to help out!
I did take a few minutes out for a short ride
yesterday. Princess is the perfect "first horse" and is such a sweet
Tina exercised Princess for a while and they did
great. I think they both had a good time!
Dr. Porter came today and better defined for us
what is going on with Jedediah's eyes. His left eye has severe micro-ophthalmia
(a tiny undeveloped eye). And while he has "some" vision in his
right eye (not enough to speak of), he has positional strabismus
(misalignment of the eyeball) and rapid involuntary movement. Dr.
Porter feels there is evidence of neurologic abnormality. His
recommendation: wean Jedediah and buddy him up with another horse
similar in size and close to his age, and give him some time -- and then
consider having an MRI done to see if there are lesions within the brain
or if the blindness is limited to the eye.
There have been many close calls with his mom
where he could have been injured; he's come close to being stepped on by
her several times, he runs into her, she pins her ears and shoos him at
times, he often runs circles around her, gets confused and runs into
her and bounces off. He was eating mare and foal feed before he came
here and continues to eat from his mom's plate. He doesn't nurse
very often. He drinks water just fine. When Jedediah's mom
gets to running around, it can make him very nervous; and these are times
he is more at risk for injury. We are going to give consideration to
all we learned today, speak with Dr. Meeks, and determine a course of
Oh, Dr. Porter, you found my ticklish spot!
And then came Reva's ultrasound. Is everyone
ready for MareStare???? We don't have four to five months to go with
Reva. Dr. Porter feels, based on the ultrasound, that she is six to
eight weeks from foaling! Evan Almighty was so good today; he stayed
right near his "mom's" side and made sure she was OK. We have to wonder
how he will take to having a baby brother or sister. This will be
our first Arabian born at the rescue-- I'm so excited!
We discussed Ruby's condition with Dr. Porter
today, and he agrees with Dr. Ryan that Ruby is ready to be turned back
out; we have been letting her out at night. But during the day, she
comes in when it is sunny as she has pink skin that burns easily. On
overcast days, though, she can start staying out. We're sure this
will pick her spirits up.
The UF MEDS unit is simply awesome. Dr.
Porter and his staff are very knowledgeable, and it's really nice to have
an option of them coming here vs. stressing a horse to go to the hospital.
Please don't forget the current raffle that is
Phase III of the $1,000 match game. The offering is a lovely sun
catcher (approximately 7" x 8") made and donated by Diane of Equiglas.
The winner can send a picture of their (or any) horse to Diane, and she
will make an imaged based on the picture. The pictures below are
examples, not the actual sun catcher.
We're just over half way to reaching our goal in a
generous $1,000 match game. For each donation made, the sponsor will match
it until we reach $1,000! We are requesting a suggested donation of
$10 be forwarded via "JustGive.com:"
Please designate your contribution, "Sun catcher."
I apologize for not getting updates out lately and
being out of touch -- I'll try to do better. I have a ton of emails
to answer, and I'm not ignoring any of them -- they are all important to
me -- there are just not enough hours in a day. We have 34 horses
here, and my time is consumed with them and their care. With the
arrival of the spring weather, we're cleaning up tack, the tack and feed
room, garage, etc. Many of the horses need to be clipped, bathed,
etc. -- there is just always much to do! But even though I may be
out of touch, please remember that we need your help to continue to do
what we do for the horses. We need help with vet bills and overhead costs:
insurance is due, farm equipment needs maintenance, etc. Any amount
helps and is very much appreciated.
We so very much appreciate all of our volunteers
and all of you that support us on our mission to help horses -- God bless
Tomorrow the Ocala magazine is coming to take
pictures of Baby Ray and Sunshine, and Dr. Das comes also -- another busy
We encourage you to read significant new scientific
research that identifies an important public health risk: the
association of phenylbutazone ("bute") usage with horses bought for
slaughter. Just click on the icon at the right.
Sixty-seven million pounds of horsemeat derived from
American horses were sent abroad for human consumption last year.
Although horses are not raised as food animals in the United States,
mechanisms to ensure the removal of horses treated with banned substances
-- like "bute" -- from the food chain are inadequate at best.
The FDA has forbidden the use of "bute" in animals
intended for human consumption (including horses) because "bute" produces
serious, and often fatal, effects in humans. The number of horses
that received this drug before being sent to slaughter for human
consumption is unknown, but its presence in some is highly likely.
Thus, people are eating contaminated horse meat without even knowing it!
Please also consider downloading and printing this
short paper -- it's only five pages -- and sending it to your
Congressional Representative and both your Senators along with a brief
letter summarizing the paper's findings.
Just follow this link
to our Abuse/Neglect page for some suggestions. Thank you!
ANNOUNCING OUR WINNERS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO BEVERLY & ROBIN JUDE!
Due to the overwhelming response to Phase I of our
Match Game fundraiser, we felt that it was only fair to hold two separate
drawings for Kami's pillow. We entered the names of the first 25
participants in the order received in our first drawing, and Beverly's
name was selected. We then held a second drawing containing the
names of the second 25 participants, again in the order received, and
Robin's name was selected. So Beverly and Robin will each receive a
beautiful pillow containing a portrait of Haley and Kami! Since we
have received $500 thus far, which led to the
selection of two winners, we have completed Phases I & II of our
Thank you to all who have participated.
Details of Phase III will be forthcoming.
Well, Dr. Porter got behind and had to reschedule for
next Tuesday morning. We were disappointed, but we understand; and
Tuesday will be here before we know it, I'm sure!
Haley and Jason gave Peaches a much needed bath
today and Peaches loved it! Thanks, Haley and Jason! Heart enjoyed
his bath, too!
Evan Almighty decided that he was going to be the
overseer of today's hay delivery. The delivery guys rubbed on him,
and he was a very good boy. He's come a long way and is looking better
with each passing day.
Reva has got to be one of the kindest mares I've
ever met, and a very patient and good "mom." She is a great teacher
for Evan. She has a wonderful disposition, and he learns from her.
Remember very thin Sarra? She's not so thin
Amadeus is still huge! We did some work in
the round pen this afternoon. He's a good boy and wants to please.
Aaleyah was a bit upset that she didn't get to "play" with us.
The fencing project by the main highway is
finished! Many thanks to the SPCAI, Petfinder.com Foundation, and
individuals that donated to make this possible!
Phase 1 of the match game raffle is officially
closed, and the winner of the pillow will be announced tomorrow -- a big
thanks to everyone that participated! Jeanne will be announcing Phase 2
We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
I wanted to get a quick update out before the day was
up -- I tried to get one out yesterday but ran out of time. I had my
day wrong for Dr. Porter's visit: he comes tomorrow.
Most of the horses are doing well. Ruby and
Classy are still working through their issues. Jedediah's leg injury
is healing nicely. Anastasia is doing very well: she's settled in
great, and everyone loves her. She adores attention and will stand
forever to be brushed.
Here are Sunshine and Doc. We're going to
ask Dr. Porter if he can look at the lump on Sunshine's right shoulder
tomorrow. Dr. Ryan looked at it months ago and said to just keep an
eye on it. In the last couple of weeks, it has increased in size.
We want to make sure she is all checked out and healthy when she leaves
Reva and Evan are doing great: Evan had a
little growth spurt and is looking better. Kami is shedding out dark
-- she's such a spitfire, still!
I'll update tomorrow after Dr. Porter comes.
It's going to be another busy day! We'll have a much better idea tomorrow
when Reva is expecting her baby! And we're very anxious to learn
more about Jedediah's "good" eye. After watching him these past
several days, sometimes I think he can see something, not much but
something -- sort of like Baby Ray does. Oh, Casper has spent the
last few days babysitting the boys and seems much happier. He holds
his head up now, and his eyes are brighter. I know he still misses
Granny Jewels, but he is better and for that I'm very thankful. He
even shares his meals with Baby Ray!
Thanks to everyone participating in the pillow
raffle. It truly is a beautiful pillow: you just want to hug it!
We're at $180 in the first phase of the match game with a $250 goal.
Once we reach $250, a winner will be drawn and we'll move on to the second
phase, which has another awesome prize. If you missed the info on
the first phase, here you go.
MATCH GAME FOR BEAUTY'S HAVEN!!!
A wonderful supporter is offering a $1,000 Match
Game for Beauty's Haven, which will have four stages.
After we reach a total of $250 for each stage, we
will have a drawing for a beautiful gift. The first gift will be a
lovely pillow featuring a portrait of Haley & Kami.
A suggested donation of $10 would help with the
daily care of the Beauty's Haven horses.
In a match game, for every donation amount
received, the match game sponsor will match the amount of the donation!
For example: donate $50 and the sponsor will also donate $50, up
until $1,000 is met! This means, once we reach $1,000, it's really
We are requesting that donations be made via 'JustGive.com'
-- just click on this link:
Please designate your donation "Kamea Pillow."
Thank you all for your love and support!
The new camera arrived and I finally figured out how
to use it! Here are a few pictures from yesterday and today. I
didn't get any of LadyBug or Legacy -- will try to get them tomorrow.
It was another really busy day.
I called Dr. Ryan out this AM to examine Jedediah.
Yesterday evening Sweet Pea managed to get the gate open, and she took
off. Jedi tried to follow but got "lost" in no time. His mom
was running around the house and up on Frosty's Knoll. Jedi ran
circles, ran into fencing, and ran more circles. Once I was able to
get Sweet Pea by the halter, we were able to get close enough to Jedi so
he could sense his mom -- he stopped running and stayed by her side to go
back into their paddock. I looked but didn't notice any injuries.
But this morning he seemed reluctant to get up for breakfast. I
found his rear right leg swollen and he was nipping at it, so I called Dr.
Ryan out. Here is Dr. Ryan cleaning up the boo boo.
There wasn't any major damage, just some minor
cuts from the fencing and a little swelling.
Jedi and his mom were fine the rest of today.
Sweet Pea is a big girl and truly appreciates anything done for her.
Classy has more abscessing; Dr. Ryan warned us
that, because of the bone spurs at the tips of her coffin bones, this is
going to be chronic.
Captain is doing OK, but we need to get his feet
better trimmed and balanced. To do this, we're going to have to hook him
up in the sling under his shelter -- he can't hold any one foot up long
enough for a good trim -- we usually do it when he is lying down.
But he doesn't like having his back feet trimmed while lying down.
To do it better, we will try the sling. We won't actually "sling"
him, but he will be in it and, if he decides to rest his weight in it, he
will be able to do that without risking falling. Here is Captain and
in the background our two little fuzzy bears that will be getting clipped
in a couple of weeks, Bouie and Frodo.
Here is little Kami talking with Sunshine. I
think she may end up being dark bay after shedding out her baby fur.
Baby Ray, as handsome as ever!
Jedediah borrowed one of Kami's balls yesterday
and he loves it! He really is a sweet boy. I try to work with
him at least three times a day, and he is getting better about being
around humans. His hearing is very good as is his sense of smell.
We are looking forward to Dr. Porter's evaluation
of Jedi on Wednesday. We hope and pray that he can see something out
of his "good" eye. Dr. Ryan looked in it again today but still
couldn't find a retina or optic nerve.
Casper hasn't been happy since Granny Jewels left
us. He has been staying in a paddock with Momma Sue and Sarra, right
next to the boys' paddock. I can't put him in the main paddock
because Sunshine picks on him. Today I moved him into the boys'
paddock, and he seems to be happier -- and the boys seem to enjoy having
him there. I'm very glad Casper has a job now; he always enjoyed
having his "herd" even if it was one mare that he claimed all his own.
Now he's got the two boys -- we want all of the horses to be happy.
Once Sunshine leaves, he can go back into the main paddock if he wants to.
Or maybe he'll stay where he is. Eventually, Legacy will find his
own home; and Baby Ray will need someone to keep him company. We'll see
how it all works out.
The weather has been really nice even if the winds
have been a bit high. The fencing project is still underway and
should be done in the next couple of days, depending on the weather.
Here are a few of our current needs:
Thyro-L, which is available at many online stores;
but here is the price at
Cowboy Magic Detangler, also available at
but I'm sure it's available at many online stores. We use a lot of
Hay: credits can be called in to Larson's Farms at
352-867-8333 or Berrettini at 352-629-1447. If you call in a credit,
please send me an email to let me know so I can make sure you get a tax
receipt for it. And, sometimes the hay store forgets to call and
tell us that we have a credit on file. Any amount would be greatly
appreciated -- no amount is too small. Donations can also be made
via our website or snail mail.
Even though the grass is green, we will continue
to buy hay so the paddocks don't get over grazed; we'd like to keep as
much grass as possible. We just won't have to continue to buy as
much has as we did through the winter months. Now we are fighting
the weeds, which seem to be taking over what little grass there is.
And then there are the flies and fire ants that are back now that the
weather is warmer.
Doc's next treatment by Dr. Das has been covered
-- thank you to the two angels that are taking care of this!
We continue to look for a good home for Meagan.
We're going to miss her; she settled in so well with our human family, and
she's such a sweet dog. But we just can't run any risk with the
horses, especially the babies. If anyone could offer her a good
home, please let us know. I'll be contacting a Doberman rescue
organization in Florida tomorrow to see if they can help us place her.
Thanks, everyone, have a great week. I
likely won't update again until Wednesday after Dr. Porter's visit.
The Ocala magazine is supposed to be sending a camera crew out this week
to take pictures of Sunshine and Baby Ray. Jenny is flying in from Puerto
Rico on Friday for a few weeks, and on Saturday Tina will be arriving from
Canada to spend a week!
We have just posted a
wonderful new item on eBay! Please follow the link below for more
Hi, all! Just a quick update. Someone
asked how LadyBug is doing. She's doing great -- I'll try to get
pictures of her tomorrow. She had some days that she was lame on her
front left. We soaked her foot for a few days hoping an abscess
would pop, but nothing. But she seems better now. She is in
the "diet" paddock with the easy keepers. I think all the others are
doing OK except for Classy and Ruby.
Ruby has been on stall rest for over 6+ months.
A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Ryan said we could start putting her out some;
so we put her out for an hour or two, increasing a little each night.
Now, she stays out at night in a small paddock by herself. She's
glad to get out of her stall for a bit and, in the spring and summer
months, she is used to staying in during the days because of the sun --
she has pink skin and burns easily.
Classy she has abscesses again in her front feet.
Anastasia is doing great -- what a big and sweet
girl she is!
Kami is doing well -- she really loves to tease
Evan! It's so funny: she'll run up to Evan and touch him with
her nose or run circles around him (even run under him!), and he'll just
run away or back off. Then she'll run back up to him and pin her
ears at him, and then Reva runs over to get between them. Then Kami
pins her ears at Reva, too! Reva will just "collect" Evan and shoo
him off with her. Kami knows NO fear! Girl power! Haley has
mellowed out quite a bit. I think she has come to the conclusion
that Kami can take care of herself! We're looking forward to
Wednesday when Dr. Porter will ultrasound Reva and give us a better
foaling estimate -- I don't think she'll go another five months!
The magazine company is coming out this week to
take pictures of Sunshine for the article they are doing on her and Baby
Ray. She will be leaving in May for training; she's ready for her
own human family, and the boys are doing great on their own. If we
put her in the paddock with them, it doesn't take long before she's asking
to come out!
More of an update hopefully tomorrow -- it was
another busy day here and, with the weather so nice, I try to spend some
time with each of the babies doing some ground work. And today I
pulled weeds for almost four hours! I won't be able to stand up
straight for weeks now!
It's been a very busy week here, and more to come!
Here are a few pictures from the last few days.
Evan got a treatment with Healing Tree Products
for his rain rot; he didn't care for it at first, but he mellowed out and
enjoyed the extra attention. We treated Sarra, too, and she is
looking better each day! She's put on quite a bit of weight and is
doing really well -- she's got such a great disposition -- she is going to
make someone a very nice horse.
Captain and Heart enjoy an afternoon nap.
Captain got a massage (thanks to his angel!) by
Molly and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Doc was treated by Dr. Das. He got quite a
few "kinks" worked out but really needs a follow-up treatment in two weeks
if we can raise the funds for it. Doc came from auction two years
ago. He was adopted out but, following a routine site check, it was
determined it would be in his best interest to be returned to the rescue.
Doc would be suitable for a small child on a lead line.
Sweet Pea and Jedediah are doing well. The
baby is still afraid of many things. The paddock he is in is right by the
road, and there are so many noises there. I try to work with him at
least three times a day for at least 30 minutes. He's slowly
learning humans will not hurt him and he has no reason to fear them, but
it is going to take time. Dr. Porter will be out next Wednesday to
Dr. Bess worked on Sweat Pea. Her teeth
weren't too bad, and she was a good girl.
Dr. Bess said Anastasia's mouth was one of the
worst she's ever seen, especially for a 7-year-old.
Today Sweet Pea got her feet trimmed; they were
overdue. She was good considering Jedediah was whinnying for her the
Doing Anastasia's feet took some time and
patience. I don't think I've ever seen a horse shake as much as she
did at first. Her feet hadn't been worked on in a very long time.
There's a lot of weight on these feet -- I'm very glad they are now
trimmed and balanced and that they are healthy.
It took some time to get all four feet done, but
it was worth it. Larry was very patient and gentle with Anastasia,
and she got lots of positive attention and praise from Robin and Diane --
and me, too!
Legacy is shedding out and is going to be just
stunning once the baby coat is gone!
Reva has just about shed out her unhealthy rescue
coat and is just beautiful, inside and out! She does a wonderful job
being a mom to Evan Almighty. Evan's little tummy is better, and he has
had a growth spurt! He sort of reminds us of Doc. When Dr.
Porter comes out next Wednesday to examine Jedediah, he is going to
ultrasound Reva to better determine a foaling date.
Kami is, well, still "all that" and all girl!
She loves to run and run and run!
Katie and I took some time today to ride.
Princess and Peaches seemed to enjoy it as much as we humans did.
After our ride, Katie hopped up on Heart bareback for a few minutes, and
he seemed to enjoy it, too! She just walked him around Captain's
paddock, but he seemed a bit energized and looked happy!
Installation of the new fencing that runs along
the highway is halfway done. I feel better already and hope and pray
we never have to experience a microburst again! We're still working
on funds for a shelter for Baby Ray and Legacy.
Thanks, everyone, for all of your continued
support -- without you we couldn't do what we do. We have 30+ horses
here, and they all thank you! We have a new, easy way for donations
to be made: JustGive.org! If you go to our "Donate" page,
you'll see a "JustGive.org" picture to click on.
Here is the direct link:
You can sign up for a recurring donation or make a one-time donation, and
a receipt is sent right back to you! The fees are not as high as
PayPal, so that is a plus!
Have a great day tomorrow!
I hope everyone is having a great week! I know
I'm behind on updates and hope to get one out later tonight with pictures
-- there just aren't enough hours in a day. We're very busy with vet
appointments, ground work with the babies, routine chores, other cases of
horses needing help, and much, much more.
But I want to share a couple of pictures of Misty before I forget.
She's doing great and loving life with her new human family. I just
love to see them with their new family. Misty was Tiny Tim's mom.
Tiny Tim was a baby that came to us with a broken leg that just couldn't
be mended despite all efforts. He now lives on the other side of
Rainbow Bridge, but forever he is a part of me, a part of our family. I'll
never, ever forget the day he left us; his heartbeat was so strong.
He was a beautiful baby, full of spunk and charm.
You can learn about Tiny Tim here:
very proud of his mom and very grateful to her human family.
I want to share a few pictures from the last couple
Here is little Miss Kami: she
loves strutting her stuff -- she loves the camera! I think we
finally worked through her tummy issues.
Hi, everyone, look at me! I'm getting big!
Guess what!!! I got to play with Evan today! He's feeling
better and I'm so glad. He actually ran and kicked up his heels!
The new baby, Jedediah, do you know that he can't see? I can't
imagine what that must be like. I try to talk to him, but he doesn't
know me. He gets confused and scared when he hears things like Max barking
or a truck go by. I hope he will be OK. OK, I have to go run
and play some more!
It was good to see Evan run and have fun.
Jedediah is very slightly better about being
touched. He's got to get used to the fact that here we won't
"tackle" him to catch him. A little grain, a lot of time and
patience, soothing and encouraging words, and a rub on the side of the
head and then to the halter -- he's getting better about it. We're
calling his mom "Sweet Pea" because she is such a sweet mare, very good
about letting humans work with her baby.
Mommy, I think I hear that camera thingy you told
me about -- is Mommy Theresa taking my picture again?
When Dr. Ryan examined Jedediah's eye yesterday,
he didn't really find an eye -- the third eye but that was about it.
And in the good eye Dr. Ryan could not see a retina or optic nerve.
As I suspected since the first few minutes I spent with the baby, he can't
see. Dr. Ryan didn't have a slit lamp to look into the eye with,
though. We're going to call UF tomorrow and speak with the vet
there. I don't think there is anything we can do, but I want to make
sure and it can't hurt to get another opinion.
Sweet Pea's right ear won't stand up -- the
cartilage is damaged. She's such a sweet girl; it's just cosmetic.
She's still beautiful and will make someone a very nice horse. She's
a big girl and will be getting her feet done this week.
Sunshine and the boys are doing great! Baby
Ray seems to have mellowed some, which is very good. We need to get
to back to work on trying to raise funds for their shelter -- we're still
applying for grants. The new fencing is going up this week to
replace the fence that broke during the horrid microburst. I'll feel
better when it's done.
We hope everyone had a great weekend. Thanks
for your support, know that we appreciate you very much. Without you
we couldn't do what we do -- you all make a difference! Happy
12:00 pm: I followed up on a call that I got
last night about a Clydesdale that needed help; she was at risk of being
shot. I was told she has been a nurse mare for a few years. She
spent years raising other mom's babies only to be thanked like this.
I know we've asked for a lot of help lately, but it appears we are the
last hope for this mare -- can anyone help us to help her? We have
one horse that has an adoption pending; this would free up a spot for this
mare, but we need help with her care, ASAP.
3:00 pm: We are back at the rescue; the mare is
Percheron, not a Clyde! The mare's feet haven't seen a farrier in a long
time, and she doesn't seem to have had much handling, but she is kind.
She has the most beautiful eyes and appears to be seven to eight years
This mare is going to cost a bit to feed and get
up to date on feet, teeth, and vaccinations; but with your help we can do
this. Thanks, everyone -- another one safe! She's our Easter mare,
what a blessing! We've named her Anastasia, which means
"resurrection." She now has a new start on life and tomorrow is
Easter, so the name Anastasia seemed very fitting!
To those that pledged to help: thank you!
You can send your pledge in via snail mail or PayPal – she’s a big girl
who's going to eat a lot -- no donation is too small, all donations are
tax-deductible and very much appreciated. We'll get her scheduled to
have her feet and teeth done and whatever else she needs.
God bless you all, and thank you again, very much.
We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and a wonderful weekend!
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Just a quick update to let everyone know that the
mare and baby with one eye arrived and have settled in. This baby
hasn't had much handling and is pretty nervous -- when he got off the
trailer, he almost fell and then he started going in circles. He
fell down a couple of times going in circles but eventually stopped.
He's grinding his teeth; we've started him on GastroGuard already. I
spoke with Dr. Ryan, and he will be out in the morning. My
observations could be wrong (and I hope I am), but I'm not sure this baby
has a good eye -- I feel very badly for him. His momma is a sweetie
and trusts humans with her little one, which is a true blessing.
She's a very big and beautiful girl with very kind eyes!
I'd really appreciate it if those that pledged to
help would go ahead and send in their pledges for April. The
GastroGuard was unexpected and is $35 a tube!