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12/30/10

The cold crisp temperatures arrived early this year at Beauty's Haven!  The horses frolic and play during the cool winter days and at night you can find them snuggled in their warm blankets, hay before them, content and happy while we often have below freezing temperatures.  The lower temperatures remind us that yet another year is coming to an end finding us standing in wonderment as to where the time has gone.

The year was filled with great joy as we celebrated the births of Kami and Morning Star.  We still smile when we think about little miss Kami (aka Kami Comet) in her long version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video which included pictures taken at, and shortly after, her birth, as well as her shorter, Part 2 verision!  It was also a year of great heartbreak as we witnessed Zaynah, Precious, Granny Jewels, Captain, Nuvita, Baby Passion, and most recently, Savannah, cross Rainbow Bridge to join the Heavenly Herd.   We are honored that these precious horses were a part of our lives, however brief; they will forever remain in our hearts and prayers.

The year was also filled with thankfulness for our wonderful supporters whose generosity has enabled us to help so many precious horses in need including 12 horses (mares and babies) from a neglect case which was a huge undertaking.  We are truly blessed that these magnificent horses have been granted a second chance at life that they so richly deserve.  Two of these mares are pregnant and are due to foal in the spring.

The year was also so very rewarding, albeit quite bittersweet, as many found their loving, forever human families.  The Beauty’s Haven family expands with each adoption!  Tomorrow, Heart leaves for his new home – what a way to end the current year and to start out the New Year!

The year was also filled with wonderful celebrations and fundraising events.  Memorial Day weekend brought together many friends who joined in the “Celebration of Life”, celebrating the birthdays of Aaleyah Belle, Baby Ray, and Amadeus.  It was also a day to honor all our beloved horses that have been laid to rest on Frosty’s Knoll.

The very hot summer months brought great joy to the horses as they happily frolicked in sprinklers.  Watching the horses compete for the cooling waters brought great laughter to all who watched. 

The Obstacle Challenge was a fun filled fall event where humans and horses alike, enjoyed one another’s company while fulfilling our mission of serving and educating the community and raising funds to help feed and care for the horses at the rescue.  We would like to thank each of our wonderful volunteers and to all who gave of themselves to ensure that the Obstacle Challenge was a great success, including the participants. 

We were most fortunate this year to be the recipient of grants which enabled us to build much needed shelters in four of the paddocks.  The shelters shield the horses from the hot summer sun while offering warmth and protection on cold winter days and nights.  We also received a grant to assist us in the replacement of some of the perimeter fence line which became structurally unsafe due to a microburst storm that we experienced in February. 

The year 2010 brought many blessings but there are many other things that we need to accomplish in 2011.  While some of the perimeter fencing was replaced this year there is still about 1300’ that needs to be replaced.  Because the large tractor is too large to fit into the smaller paddocks to mow we had to purchase a commercial grade mower on credit that needs to be paid off.  We have other overhead and maintenance expenses such as the electric bill, replacing fence boards, sod, sand, maintenance of farm equipment, etc.  The barn needs gutters to help prevent washout areas.  We want to implement a microchip and freeze branding program.   We have a big expense coming up in February having to pay the annual liability insurance premium.  We have many Sanctuary horses that will live out there days here that need sponsors.  With the end of 2010 upon us, please consider making a last minute donation to help – all donations are tax deductible and no amount is too small. 

Sadly, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503 and S.727) was not passed during this Congress.  These bills, when passed, will end the slaughter of our precious horses for human consumption and the domestic and international transport of live horses for human consumption.  We pray that both bills will be reintroduced and passed during the upcoming Congress. 

We wish to thank everyone for your continued support.  Your prayers, kindness, and generosity are our strength which enables us to do what we do – it just wouldn’t be possible without you.  Please continue into the New Year with us on our mission of showing each horse that enters through our gates, that here at Beauty’s Haven, because of the help from others, “Life begins again!”  As we go into the New Year we renew our commitment, on our road to rescue, to save more lives and to help those who cannot help themselves.
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We extend to each and everyone our eternal gratitude for being an integral part of our family - we wish you all a blessed New Year full of promise, hope, joy, and love! 

Sincerely,
Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Inc.

 

 

12/29/10

I’ve been meaning to get an update with a few pictures out these past few days but it’s been one thing after another.  I think I finally have my computer set up but it’s been a learning experience!  Here are a few pictures from the last few days.

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Momma Sue was treated by Dr. Ryan which seemed to help.  However, she still has times when it is difficult for her to get up if she lies down. 

 

 

Sky

Sky is doing well and appreciates his new blanket, snuggly, and halter.  He’s put on some weight and looks better each day.  He ran around for the first time on Monday so he must be feeling better!  He’s had his feet trimmed and after the first of the year he’ll get his teeth done.

 

 

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The Christmas Card barndecorating project was a big success!  Thank you all so much! We tried to hang the cards in the aisle way of the barn but between the horses and the winds that blow through we ended up putting them in the tack room.

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Ruby seemed to enjoy having the cards outside of her stall and she seemed to like having her picture taken with the Santa hat - she’s a good girl.

The many cards are very nice and the horses got candy canes on Christmas Day!

 

MystiqueMystiqueMystique will be going to her new home in about 3 weeks.  She is very smart and is a wonderful student.  During her first blanketing experience she stood like a princess and once the blanket was on her she seemed to spend a few seconds trying to figure out what it was - but it did appear that she liked it. 

She walked off, still trying to get used to it, to show Baby Ray.

 

CasperWe are anxiously waiting on the results of Casper’s tests at UF in order to determine a treatment plan.  He seems ever so slightly better each day but you can tell that he just doesn’t feel well.  At least the weather has been nice enough these past couple of days that he could go out for a bit which he really enjoys.

 

 

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And some awesome – and I mean awesome news - Heart is going home!  Sam is anxiously expecting his arrival - congratulations Heart and Sam!!

 

 

Hopefully, tonight will be the last night we have to blanket for a few nights.  It’s been very cold these past few nights.  The days aren’t too bad if the winds are not blowing.  The horses will be glad for the warmer weather and so will the humans!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful week and we truly appreciate all of you and all you do!  It’s hard to believe that New Year’s is almost here but it is!  I’ll try to update again before Friday.    

12/28/10

Just a quick update - my computer failed and we had to replace it so on top of being busy with the full time job of providing the daily care of the horses, I'm still trying to figure out a new computer system.  I don't have my email accounts totally set up yet - having a little trouble with that but I’m working on it when I can.  We're crunching all the time we can between caring for the horses and working on applications for end of the year grants.  I still have emails that I haven’t responded to yet – please don’t think I’m ignoring you if I owe you a response – I’m just behind and trying to get through each day making sure the horses are cared for.  Hopefully, after the first of the year, volunteers will be back – we sure miss them!  I'm having some back problems (arthritis in the spine/neck) which are causing much discomfort and it's slowing me down - the weather here has been so cold with winds that should be outlawed!  I actually had snow flurries outside of my office window on Sunday morning!
Kami is doing really well as is Prince and Momma Sue.  Casper is about the same although yesterday he did whinny for the first time in days.  We hope to get his lab results back today.
We received LOTS of cards for the barn decorating project - thank you to everyone that participated!  I just have to get better pictures and I'll post them.  We hung them in the aisle way but they get blown by the wind so we had to move them into the feed room.
I hope to publish an update later this evening with some pictures of the last few days.

12/25/10

All of us at Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue
wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

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More Christmas pictures will be coming - hopefully tomorrow – it’s been very busy here!
You should see all of the Christmas cards!  And all of the horses got candy canes today!
And Miss Kami received the CUTEST shoes from some Aunties - she’s a Diva and she knows it!

12/22/10

The blood work came back on Casper and it isn’t good.  Dr. Ryan is going to try to arrange an ultrasound for Casper tomorrow.  Casper’s GGT level is the highest he’s ever seen in a horse.  I know Casper is 42 years old but he’s always been a strong willed boy with a love for life.  We’re not giving up on him but keeping positive thoughts and saying lots of prayers. 

Dr. Ryan will be giving Momma Sue her injections tomorrow.  

Please keep Casper in your prayers.

12/21/10

I’d like ask everyone for prayers for Casper, our 42 year old pony.  Casper didn’t seem right yesterday so I had Dr. Ryan pull a CBC on him.  Casper was acting like he did back in September when Dr. Das worked on him and did a full chemistry panel.  The blood work in September revealed liver and kidney issues, anemia, and other concerns - the possibility of cancer was discussed.  We added some daily supplements, prayed hard, and he improved. 

The CBC pulled yesterday indicates a normal WBC but a low RBC and a high protein level, again.  Based on the results of the CBC from yesterday, Dr. Ryan came back today and ran a full chemistry panel on Casper and we are waiting on the results.  Dr. Ryan has been very busy today and hasn’t made it back to the lab yet – he’s treating a colic right now.  But we will have the results tonight.

Please pray for Casper - so many love him so much.  He’s an “Old One” and I know someday we’ll have to let him go but not now.  He’s been a part of our family for many years and endured so much, for so long, before he came to us.  I have been in tears off and on all day. 

Also, Momma Sue could use prayers.  Her hindquarters are bothering her again and she’s having a tough time getting up when she lays down.  We’d like to have another injection treatment done to her ASAP - the last one helped her significantly.  If any of her angels could help with the cost of this it would be greatly appreciated (I think the last one was about $365?).  I’ll ask Dr. Ryan when he calls about Casper’s blood work how much it will cost and advise - I’ll also ask him if he can do the treatment tomorrow.  The cold weather hasn’t helped her, I’m sure.

I have a stack of Christmas cards for the horses that I have yet to open, emails that have gone unanswered, and there are phone calls I haven’t returned - I apologize.  It’s been very busy and I’m not feeling great either.  Hopefully we will have good news on Casper’s lab work and tomorrow will be better. 

Thank you all for your prayers and support.

12/19/10

Below is a story that I share every year.  No matter how many times I read it, it hits the heart.  I picture the story in my mind as I read it and I understand it – so very well.  We are very blessed with many “Old Ones” that have been, are, and will be.  We have been asked, many times, why we take in an old one that will only be pasture pal and live out its days here, and the answer is always the same – because of love.  You see, the “Old Ones” not only help to guide, teach, and take care of other horses – they teach us human caregivers too.  And during the time they are with us - no matter if it is a day, months, or years - they will know they are loved and they will cross Rainbow Bridge with their dignity restored.  Too many times, as their final walk up to Frosty’s Knoll begins, I’ve seen the horse hold its head high, stop as though reflecting for a period of time, and then walk on - and I feel so engulfed by love, gratitude, and sadness.  The horse actually gives me the strength to walk on beside them - they reassure me that that it is meant to be and I find comfort in that.  God bless them all - they will live forever in our hearts.  I truly thank each and every one of you for helping us to help the horses – be it by prayers, donations, networking, word of encouragement, etc.  Without you we couldn’t do what we do and I just can’t imagine that.  We wish everyone a very blessed holiday season.

The Old One….

The young couple had made their usual hurried, pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt the elderly parents with their small herd of horses.  The farm had been named “Lone Pine Farm” because of the huge pine which topped the hill behind the farm, and through the years had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside.  The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken their toll, but they sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day's end.

Crossly, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks.  "Why do you not at least dispose of the “Old One."  She is no longer of use to you.  It's been years since you've had foals from her.  You should cut corners and save where you can.  Why do you keep her anyway?"  The old man looked down as his worn boot, scuffed at the barn floor, and his arm stole defensively about the Old One's neck as he drew her to him and rubbed her gently behind the ears.  He replied softly, "We keep her because of love - only because of love."

Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley.  So it was, that because of the leave-taking, no one noticed the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn.  None saw the first spark fall.  None but the "Old One".

In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay.  With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses.  But the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back.  He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire's fury.

By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife.  They thanked those who had come to their aid, and the old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders as he clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandana.  Brokenly he whispered, "We have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas.  Let us, therefore, climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair.  We will look down upon our home and give thanks to God that it has been spared."

And so, he took her by the hand and helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his hand.  As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they looked up and gasped in amazement at the incredible beauty before them.  Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles.  And poised on its top most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass.  Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this.

Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy as he pulled his wife forward.  There, beneath the tree, was their Christmas gift.  Bedded down about the "Old One" close to the trunk of the tree, was the entire herd, safe. 

At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it.  Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping daintily through the snow.  The foals were frightened and dashed about.  The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits.  The mares pressed uneasily against the "Old One" as she moved calmly up the hill and to safety beneath the pine.  And now, she lay among them and gazed at the faces of those she loved.  Her body was brittle with years, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift -- because of love -- only because of love.   

Author – Reverend David L. Griffith

12/19/10
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It was busy here, as usual.  I did manage to get a few pictures.
Legacy

The boys are still growing – Legacy looks like he’s had a growth spurt (again!)

Little E and Heart napping.

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Dixie Dixie has put on a good amount of weight and now we just want her to maintain.

Prince is feeling much better – he runs sometimes and just plays himself out.  He started to play with his ball today and I had to fuss at him for trying to take Dixie’s blanket off of her!

Prince
Morning Star

Morning Star is getting to be a big boy also.  Reva is as sweet as ever.

Casper still watches over the little ones.

Casper
Valentine

Valentine – she’s still got the kindest eyes!

Bouie and Frodo look like little wooly bears with their winter coats!

Bouie
Kami

Kami got to go out for a short walk yesterday with Brittany but I’m not sure who was walking who!  Kami was so happy to get out, even if only for a few minutes!

Shaker and Joy are getting rounder and rounder!

Shaker
Sky

Sky is doing well and his eyes appear to be brighter and softer – he’s more at ease.  He borrowed a blanket today - it’s a bit big on him but it will help keep him warm until his own blanket arrives.

We’re having another cold spell and almost all were blanketed today.  It’s windy and dreary but hopefully tomorrow will bring some warm sun. 

We wish everyone a wonderful week – stay warm!  God bless and thank you for your continued support!

12/17/10

Prince and Kami appear to be doing ok.  Kami’s temperature has been normal and she’s eating and drinking and is getting pretty vocal about telling us that she wants out!  We’ll know more after her next CBC that is to be done on Monday or Tuesday.  Please keep them both in your prayers.

Paint PaintThe Paint was picked up by Pam, his foster mom, this afternoon.  He seemed unsure of what was going to happen when he was unloaded (I always wonder what goes through their mind when they are loaded or unloaded) and led into a stall but within no time he seemed very content to be there with hay before him.  He is very thin and was grinding his teeth – he’s being treated for ulcers.  He taped in at a whopping 560 lbs. 

 

The CaptainMany thanks to everyone that is making it possible for us to help this beautiful boy.  And many thanks to foster mom Pam and her family from Double B Transport for picking him up and fostering him.  It’s going to take some time to get him strong enough for his teeth to be done and for him to be gelded but his road to recovery has begun - he is so very sweet.  We’ll give him a name once we get to know him a bit.

IMO our dear sweet Captain – thank you and Merry Christmas to all!

12/17/10

PaintThe Paint will be picked up this afternoon and taken to a foster home just a few miles from us.  I’ll be there to welcome him.  I’m gathering a “care” package after getting out this email to take to him.

For those that have pledged to help, thank you!  Please go ahead and send in your pledge. 

Thank all of you for your help!  This boy will be safe, well loved, and cared for - what a wonderful Christmas present and he’ll be starting out the New Year with a new chance at life!  I’m anxious to get him started on a rehab program.  Again – thank you all for making this possible!

God bless and have a wonderful day!

12/16/10

We have been asked by AC to take a 4 yr old Paint stud that was seized in a neighboring county.  I visited with the stud and had a vet assess him.  He has very kind eyes but they look very sad.  He looked “lost.”
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He is thin and wormy but he does have a winter coat which hides how thin he really is.
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he vet said his teeth need to be done badly – they look pretty bad, especially for a 4 year old.
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His feet need to be trimmed and he has some rain rot.
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I offered him treats and he took only one.  The vet blood pulled on him - he is anemic and has ulcers.
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His eyes and demeanor remind me of our dear, sweet Captain that left us this past year.
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This is a beautiful wooden plaque that Bernel and Jenny had made by “Vivid Crystal” after Captain crossed Rainbow Bridge to hang at his shelter – a loving tribute to a wise and wonderful soul that we miss dearly.  The details are amazing and we will treasure this forever – thank you Jenny and Bernel.  Captain came to us almost 2 years ago on January 3rd, 2009.  He crossed Rainbow Bridge on July 7th, 2010.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him.
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In loving memory of Captain, we’d like to help this 4 yr old stud.  While the 4 yr old isn’t quite as thin (almost though) as Captain was when he arrived – he is thin and he needs rehab.  Once strong enough, he needs to be gelded and, when ready, he will need a forever loving home.
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We want to help him but we need help from others to make this possible – would anyone like to help him for the holidays in memory of Captain?  We have arranged for a foster home until the Paint can come here.  We are looking for sponsors to help with initial and follow on care.  His first couple of months will be the most expensive – dental work, feet, vaccinations, castration, etc. 

We are not asking for donations at this time – we need to make sure we will have enough sponsors to help him - we are asking for pledges.  A one time donation or a monthly sponsorship of any amount of funds would help.  If you would like to help this young and beautiful boy please contact us at bhfer@earthlink.net.  God bless and thank you for caring!

12/15/10

KamiKami’s CBC drawn today indicates that her WBC is higher.  Her medications have been changed.  She already is upset with me for poking her once a day – she’s going to get even more upset – now I have to poke her twice a day.  L  Today she seemed better though – her eyes were brighter then I’d seen them in a few days.  She was even a bit vocal – letting us know she wants out of her stall!  Please keep Kami in your prayers.

 

 

Prince’s culture results came back today as strangles – not the news we wanted but it is what it is.  He is definitely feeling better though.  Today he was running around, kicking and jumping up in the air!  Dixie is doing great – she’s got eyes that will make you melt.  She’s put on some weight and is looking good.

Starla

I spoke with Gary tonight and Starla is doing very well.  We’re very proud of her and she’s enjoying her training which makes us very happy.  Here she is in her blankie.

 

 

The weather has been so very cold - the winds have just terrible.  Hopefully it will warm up tomorrow and blankets can come off.  It definitely feels like Christmas is coming!  It’s only 10 days away – where did the year go?

We hope everyone is having a great week - thank you all for your continued concern and support!

12/13/10

We didn’t get an answer today on Prince's culture - they want it to grow another 24 hours.  The good news is that Prince's CBC indicates all normal values!  His catheter will be coming out tomorrow!  He was running around today, jumping and kicking.  He is definitely feeling better.  It was good to see.  Dixie is doing well – she adores her Prince charming!

The bad news is that Kami's CBC indicates she is worse - her WBC and Fibrinigen are up even more then they were last week.  I’m to keep her on the antibiotics and another CBC will be done on Wednesday or Thursday.  Kami looked worse today then she has since the day she became ill.  She’s tucked in with heat lamps and her blanket.  She is eating and drinking so that is good.  She looks like she just feels terrible.  Dr. Eric was busy today – said he’s been busy with a lot of colic’s.  I said “shhhhhhhhh!” we don’t want to hear about colic – we’re done with it!  Heart is doing great and is just waiting to go home. 

Please continue to keep Kami and all BH horses in your prayers.  It was so very cold today and tonight and tomorrow will be the worst yet.  We were very blessed with a ton of hay being donated today and some donations towards another ton – so, 2 tons are being delivered tomorrow!  God bless you all and thank you for your continued support.

12/12/10

Thank all of you for caring about our little Miss Kami, Prince, and the BH herd.  I'm happy to report that Kami seems a better.  Her temp has been normal all day and she ran the barn aisle way a bit today pestering Barbara.  Kami is so tired of being in a stall and she's tired of taking her meds but I can't blame her!  Prince is better – his eyes are even brighter and he seemed more alert today.  Dixie is doing well.  Morning Star has succeeded at ripping off his last 2 blankets - we’re down to the last foal blanket we have so I pray he doesn’t rip this one up. 

Dr. Ryan is away on vacation but Dr. Eric will be out either tomorrow or Tuesday to pull blood on both Kami and Prince.  Hopefully we will be able to discontinue the meds Prince has been getting 3 times a day and his catheter will be removed. 

The weather here is horrible - we needed the rain we got today but not combined with the terribly cold temperatures and the heavy winds.  It's dipping down to 13 degrees tonight and won't be above a "feels like" temp of over 35 degrees tomorrow!  It took a couple of hours today but almost all of the horses were blanketed.  It wasn't an easy task - the winds were very bad.  I can't tell you how much we appreciate the shelters that were built this past year - the horses needed them and we feel much better knowing they have shelter from the winds and rains. 

We are in need of hay - with these horribly low temperatures upon us we're going through more hay then usual and the price has gone up per ton ($410 – lasts about 3 days).  The hay store is out of the 700 lb. compressed bales that we normally buy for at least the next week so we have to pay more for small bales by the ton.  Our pickup truck broke down and likely won’t be fixed for some time (the head gaskets are shot and possibly the heads) which means we have to pay to have hay delivered now.  If anyone would like to call in a donation directly to the hay store it would be very much appreciated – all donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated.  The numbers to the hay stores are:  Larson’s, 352-867-8333 or Berrettini at 352-629-1447.  We have new EBay listings of "Precious Moments" collections and please don't forget the beautiful handmade quilt and the Karla Smith painting raffles.  

Have a good night everyone – I’m really beat and need to get to bed – tomorrow is going to be very busy and cold and we will have no volunteers.  Please keep the horses in your prayers and please pray that Prince’s culture comes back with some good news.  And if you'd include the humans in your prayers I'd greatly appreciate it - we're all pretty tired and, with weather like it is, well, I'll just say I haven't been warm or rested in many, many days.  We suggested to our volunteers that have horses, or are around horses, not to come back until we know what Prince's culture results are - we don't want to risk getting any other horses sick - especially if its strangles – we’re praying very had that it isn’t.  Again, thank you for caring and for your continued support. 

12/07/10

We received the blood work results on Prince and Kami.  Princes WBC and Fibrinigen are still elevated and his RBC is still down.  The numbers are better but not great.  We are to continue his daily medications of Penicillin K, Gentocin, UlcerGuard, and Banamine if needed, until next Monday.  On Monday his blood work will be run again.  We will have results to the culture by tomorrow evening, we hope.  While Prince is better, he’s not out of the woods and has a ways to go.  The daily cost of his treatment is about $100.  He’s only 7 years old, is a bright and sweet boy, and has a whole future ahead of him.  We really need help with his vetting – would anyone like to help sponsor his medical needs?  No amount is too small.  His vetting cost for this illness for November was $617.55 and for December, already, is over $600. 

Kami’s blood work isn’t as bad as Prince’s but she’s not well.  Her WBC and Fibrinigen are up.  We caught her illness early enough to nip it, we hope.  She is on SMZ’s, Gentocin, UlcerGuard, and Banamine as needed.  Her vet bills won’t be as bad as Princes since she is getting SMZ’s vs. the Penicillin K.  But our little diva, Kami, also needs sponsors to help with her medical needs.  All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. 

Last month Heart’s colic and medical needs amounted to over $1300.  We’ve just been hit really hard lately.  And this is a bad time of the year as we also have to buy lots of hay.  It will be down below 20 degrees again tonight and now the motor to the heat pump at the barn has gone bad.  It seems to be one thing after another.

We also need to resupply our Banamine, Gastroguard, and Gentocin.

Donations can be called directly into the vet’s office:  Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital at 352-237-6151

We appreciate all prayers, donations, and good thoughts for these sick babies. 

12/06/10

kandiOur little Miss Kami was a perfect doll for Dr. Ryan today!  Her lungs sounded fine, HR and RR normal, she’s eating and drinking butshe does have a fever.  We’re waiting for her blood work results to come back.  She’s tucked in, with blanket and heat lamps, and I ended up tucking Kandi in a stall across from Kami tonight – it’s supposed to “feel like” 9 degrees here at 2 am!!!  While they can’t play together they can at least see each other and “talk.”  Kandi really appreciates Baby Ray’s blanket from last year and I bet tonight she appreciates the barn tonight too!

Morning Star is getting a bit rambunctious so I separated him from Kandi and Kami - he is just with his momma now and she is ready for him to be weaned!  We were going to have him gelded a few days ago but we held off, not knowing what was wrong with Prince, and wanting to make sure the others around him would stay well.  Dr. Ryan is going on vacation on the 9th but when he gets back we’ll reschedule the gelding.

Prince

 

Prince seemed a bit brighter today for the first time in days – it was good to see.  Dr. Ryan pulled another CBC on him today and ran one more culture.  We’ll have results in 48 hours. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heart finally got to meet the family that has been interested in him for the last month and oh my goodness was it awesome!  They all hit it off and Heart seemed so happy – he is doing so well and has put back on the weight he’d lost.  He so very much deserves his own human family.  Please pray it all works out and that he’ll be “home” for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Momma Sue is doing well as is Gentleman, Jake, Aaleyah, Amadeus and others.  Joy and Shaker are moving a bit slower.  Shaker was lying down yesterday – grunting like Velvet did when she was pregnant - we weren’t sure of Velvet’s due date either.  I told Shaker that the barn is full and that her baby isn’t due for 3 or 4 more months - I don’t think she appreciated that!  We’re going to have to get MareStare up again after the first of the year. 

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Just look at how big Amadeus is!  Christina was giving him extra scratches.  He’s a big lovable teddy bear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dixie is doing really well.  Dr. Ryan is amazed at how much better her breathing is.  The cooler temps have really helped her.  She and Prince are still best friends - she doesn’t want him out of her sight.  She’s in a stall across from Prince in the barn again tonight. 

It’s been super busy here but I wanted to get a quick update out.  I also want to apologize for anyone that has emailed me but hasn’t received a response – I haven’t had time to be at the computer much.  I hope to get back to office work in the next couple of days.  Please keep Kami and Prince in your prayers.  If Prince’s blood work is ok we will be able to stop giving him antibiotics tomorrow and his catheter will come out.  He’s been really good about his meds as has Kami.  She can be a pistol when she wants to be (imagine that!) but she can also make your heart melt and wrap you around her little hooves!  What a true blessing the horses are – thank you all for caring and for helping! 

Please don’t forget about our quilt fundraiser and the “Precious Moment’s” items on EBay.  We are in need of Gastroguard if anyone has any extra.  We also need to restock our medicine cabinet with SMZ’s and Banamine.  We had to buy 2 tons of hay today - $820!  If we’re lucky, it will last a week but we are very blessed to have about 3 weeks of grain left.  Vet bills have been high and repairs need to be made, again, to one of the golf carts which is one of our most valuable tools here at the rescue.  The electric bill is high due to the cold weather and the heat pump at the barn needed repairs today.  Please spread the word about Beauty’s Haven and the horses here to family and friends - without help from others we can’t help the horses.  All donations are tax deductible and appreciated very much.  God bless and have a wonderful night!

Oh!!!  The heated water buckets are working wonderfully – we appreciate all our heated water bucket sponsors!

12/03/10

It’s been a very busy day but I wanted to provide a quick update on Prince.  His temperature is now normal but he still does not feel well.  The nasal culture disclosed nothing.  He is still on antibiotics - his WBC was high.  His is eating and drinking.  He and Dixie are tucked in for the night.  Dr. Ryan is planning on coming out on Monday to pull another CBC. 

Please keep Prince in your prayers.

12/01/10

Prince is tucked in a stall with heat lamps and his temp has maintained at about 99.0 – no higher – a little lower at times.  His hind end seemed a bit lost this evening.  Dixie is outside his door, in the aisle way, with access to a stall across from him.  Dixie gets upset when he is out of her sight.  I didn’t want to confine her in a stall because there is so much dust that gets kicked up which wouldn’t be good for her.  She has soaked hay in the aisle.  I bet the aisle way is going to be very dirty and stinky in the morning! 

Temps tonight are going to “feel like” as low as 19 degrees!  Blanketing almost all of the horses was quite a task.  Electric water buckets are being hooked up and heat lamps are up. 

I want to share a couple of pictures taken today…

Babyray

“Hay!  Mommy Theresa is looking - she sees the broken boards!!  Quick, look like we don’t know anything about it!” Baby Ray and Mystique got a little too playful today – I saw the whole thing!

 

 

LegacySo the guilty parties turn their heads away and pretend they know nothing about the boards.  Legacy is standing tall saying “It wasn’t me!”

 

 

 

Have a good night everyone.  Please keep Prince in your prayers.  I’ll update tomorrow.  Please don’t forget about our beautiful quilt fundraiser – there isn’t much time left!  And we also have items on EBay!  We are going through lots of hay and it has gone up in price to $410 a ton!

12/01/10

A quick update on Prince – it’s not good.  I called Dr. Ryan this morning after taking Prince's temp which was pretty low (96.8).  His HR and RR are low and he seems depressed.  His gums are paler then I'd like to see.  We blanketed him right away and administered his meds.  He did eat his breakfast and is drinking.

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Last night Dr. Ryan inserted a catheter so I can administer medications via IV 3 times a day.  Prince's temp has been elevated (103+) each morning for the last few days so to find it so low this morning was a shocker for me. 

 




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Dr. Ryan wants me to take Prince's temp again at 12:30 and to call him.  We'll be watching him closely all day. I'm really concerned.  He isn't feeling well, at all.  Please keep Prince in your prayers.  I'll update later.  Thank you.

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