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Hi, all! Please
enjoy the photos. Today was the first day Silver and Buttercup
were separated from Aaleyah and Momma Sue. No worries, they were
just on opposite sides of the fence. Thank you to all who donated
to help horses get treatments from Dr. Das today.
We have a lovely, AWESOME print on eBay of Curlin signed by both his
jockey and the artist, and number 20 of 150. I will be adding a
few more items tomorrow. Please view the items at:
Also, Theresa is taking the weekend off (from the computer anyway) and
will return emails next week. Please feel free to email me if you
have any questions and I will do my best to get you an answer.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!
Silver and Buttercup
meeting the new boy -- he was moving his mouth to let them know he's
just a baby!
Buttercup, looking gorgeous as always!
The girls ran and played; Aaleyah ran and bucked, too!
Aaleyah looks like such a big girl, tongue and all!
Dr. Das came out today to treat a few horses. The colt seemed very
thankful for the treatment.
Zaynah also had her treatment as her friend Captain looked on.
Sienna left for her new home last night. She arrived, settled in,
and is doing just fine.
While the girls were running around, even Layla ran with her tail held
high. (That is Val looking at her).
Val is such a gorgeous pony, and a sweet girl, too.
and the baby’s introduction yesterday.
Port A Cool system works really well! This is going to help a lot!
Thank you to everyone that helped us to procure it and to Bernel for
picking it up!
today after a rain storm that cooled things off.
She was very relieved to get out for a bit.
and Zaynah watching Sienna enjoy her “freedom” this evening.
would like to ask everyone for prayers for all the horses here, and we
need cooler temps and overcast skies badly. The horses are not
handling the heat well -- some worse than others. We hose them off
throughout the day.
was in a stall all day with three fans on her, but we still had to hose
her (and others) off a lot throughout the day. She got a few
alcohol baths, too. Her temp was normal today, but her breathing
was way up there. She was eating and drinking fine. Tonight
I put her out (it is cooler outside than inside) and, when I went to
check on her, she was lying in the cool sand; but I felt something
wasn't right. I checked her temp and it was up to 103, so
back in the barn she went.
she is in a stall with four fans on her and a mister. I spoke with
Dr. Ryan again about an hour ago. He is coming out in the
morning to pull blood on her. I gave her Bute as directed -- she
had already had Banamine. So, another long night it will be!
She's come so far and is such a sweetheart.
some good news: her adoption application is only a phone call away
from being approved, and we have no doubt that this last call will seal
it. And her new family home has lots of shade, which she
desperately needs. But she won't go until Dr. Ryan gives
us the OK. We're very happy for her and her new human family.
She will have something she's never had before, all the love and TLC one
could hope for thanks to Kathy and Jamie!
Ryan said he has five other cases like this since yesterday. We
have so very little shade. The horses gather around the footprint
of the new trees -- they have misters in them, but there is still
too little shade. The "feels like" temps have been over
update tomorrow after we get her blood work back. Back to the barn
Folks! Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a great weekend
and a nice Father's Day. We are doing great on the Raffle, but we
are still $185 short. The raffle ends this weekend, so please help
us out by getting your tickets now!
follow this link for more information.
Layla is doing very
well. She has gained over 100 lbs and is looking better each day.
Her spirits are good and she is a very sweet girl.
The little colt has settled in
well. He wants a friend really badly, but I can't let him roam
with Captain and Zaynah for fear Zaynah may fall again if he gets too
close to her.
He was very good getting his feet
trimmed today. He did a really high stepping thing after Ola was
done trimming him like he had on new shoes and was showing them off!
Come on mom! I really want
you to run and play with me!!!
Mom, its playtime. I want
someone to run and play with! Please? Mom! You aren't
listening to me!
I know how to get her attention!
Mom now will you please come and play? Nothing worked. It
was just too hot for Velvet to want to do anything but graze.
Mystic: she's absolutely
beautiful and looking for a forever home.
We received word of a younger horse that was found as a stray that is
going to be auctioned off this coming Tuesday morning at a private farm
near us. If the horse doesn't sell, he/she will go to the
livestock auction. I've had someone contact me that they will help
bail the horse, but we need a safe place for the horse to go. We
are full -- more than full. If anyone can help him, please contact
me directly. We have some nice horses up for adoption and adoption
fees are half off until the end of July. If we can get one adopted
out, we can help this poor horse that apparently was loved so much the
owner turned him lose to fend for himself.
Hi all, as
promised, here is the report from Dr. Ryan. He feels this is an
old pelvic fracture that has already healed. From what we were
told, this boy's momma was sold when he was pretty young, a similar
situation to Sandstorm (AKA Golden Boy). He was turned out with
the adult horses and left to fend for himself.
Dr. Ryan said he must be a very special boy to have survived a pelvic
fracture. He also agreed, stating he weighs less than 300
pounds. His breeder says he's 9 to 10 months old. which is hard to
believe when you look at him. It's amazing how their growth can be
stunted without proper care. The most likely reason for his recent
issues is that he may have been kicked by one of the other horses he was
turned out with.
It is not possible to square up his
hips with his body. His hind legs turn to the side from his hips
down. Dr. Ryan recommended chiropractic treatments, and they will
likely be needed over an extended period of time. We will discuss
this with Dr. Das when she arrives on Friday. He does not have to
stay in a stall but can be turned out by himself only. He is weak
in the sense that he is malnourished, but his spirit is very
strong. Our hopes are that someday he will be strong enough to
play with Amadeus. Amadeus is only three months old but is much
bigger and stronger then this baby.
Theresa spoke with the donor after
Dr. Ryan left today to ask again about past injury. She feels like
these people did the best they could for him, and that they do care
about him but they had limited resources. They had only had him
for a short period of time before he was reinjured. Before they
got him, he didn't receive proper care and lived a life where it was
survival of the fittest. Unfortunately, when he needed the best
nutrition he didn't get it. Fortunately, this boy has a lot of
spirit in his eyes; he's also very vocal. We will give him time
and see how he does. If anyone can help him, Dr. Das can.
Dr. Ryan pulled a CBC on him. and a full SuperChem will be done on
Friday when Dr. Das comes. Dr. Ryan called with the results. and
his white cell count is high and so is his fibrinogen. Dr. Ryan didn't
want to start him on antibiotics just yet, as he has a good appetite and
is in good spirits. We will give him 24 - 48 hours and do another
blood test to see where his levels are.
He reminds Theresa of Sammi and
Joy. He has a heart on his butt like Sammi's. His markings
and face remind her of Joy. We don't have a name for him yet, but
it will come as we get to know him better. We will update tomorrow
after Ola trims his feet.
Thanks to everyone who have helped this little guy, including Jennifer
for making sure this little one landed in a safe place where he will get
the treatment and care he needs and for transporting him. Little
Terry Tonka is proud, were sure, that another little one was helped in
honor of him.
Princess and Sienna got baths, and just look at those shiny “copper
penny” coats! Sienna is filling out so nicely, she is just in need of
some muscle tone now.
If you know of anyone looking for a nice walk/trot horse for pleasure
and light showing, Princess is your girl. She also canters
nicely. Remember, we have reduced our adoption fees by 50% until
the end of July.
really beautiful after a bath!
is gorgeous too!
thanks again to Vonda Sines for writing another wonderful article about
our horses. This one features Tonka:
he is! The colt appears wormy, and he has a hay belly.
Pictures can sometimes be deceiving, but he doesn’t appear as small as
I thought he would be. I’m anxious for him to be examined
tomorrow. He is putting weight on the injured hip, but he is
definitely off. The vet that examined him where he was thinks the
hip bone is likely chipped.
He definitely needs some good nutrition and special care for a while –
he’ll get that here. The vet advised the owners he needed to be stalled. Currently, he
is tucked in at Jennifer’s (Painted Star Equine Rescue).
Jennifer is bringing him here tomorrow -– should be here around 1:00
PM or so. His markings remind me of Sammi and Joy. It
appears he has a white heart on his right butt cheek –- almost as big
Thank you all for caring and for helping. In memory of Terry
Tonka, this boy has a chance.
the news last night. Krystal is one of the persons responsible for
what happened to the horses. More to
With a great big THANK
YOU, we are happy to inform you that the letters are being added to
the file in the case against Krystal Knirsch. YOU gave Tonka,
Brooks Approval, and her stillborn foal a voice. You also gave
Dingolay (Layla) and Sienna a voice.
Krystal Knirsch entered a plea of not guilty. A pretrial
conference is scheduled for July 29, 2009, BUT THAT CAN CHANGE
at a moment's notice.
a few things before you get to see the pictures. The Tastefully
Simple Raffle ended this evening; Alli will have our winner tomorrow.
And thank you, Alli, for donating the raffle items!
The machine shop has not picked the tractor up yet, so we are extending
the Raffle for the Photo Frame by one more week. The raffle will now end
on Wednesday, June 24.
We have reduced our adoption fees by 50% through the end of July, so
please pass this info on! We are back up to 32 horses. There
are many in need, but we can't help them unless we adopt out some of our
available horses. While we hate to say it, both Buttercup and
Silver Belle are at a stage in their life when a forever home would
greatly benefit them. They are ready to start their ground work,
and having three yearlings at the rescue -- well, there is just not
enough time in each day for Theresa to work with them. Buttercup
will make a lovely show horse that we will likely see go to the top,
with the right trainer. Silve would be great for a child. She is
kind, gentle, calm, and willing.
Please enjoy the photos, and thank you all for your prayers, well
wishes, and support.
Here is Zaynah getting worked on by Dr. Das yesterday.
Dr. Das, like Ryan, is amazed that Zaynah gets around as well as she
does. Dr. Das gave her some TCM for the fractures. The blown
tendons and ligaments don't seem to cause her pain.
This is the knee with two fractures that have started to fuse.
There isn't anything we can do to fix it at this point but try to keep
her comfortable. The other leg has tendons and ligaments blown,
and she also has foundered in that foot. She's somehow managed to
adapt. She is an amazing horse with a huge love of life and will
to survive. Sometimes I can't talk about her without getting
upset. I went to the feed store today to collect donations in our
donation jar and. when the lady at the register started talking about
her. I literally had to stop and compose myself. Then the lady got all
teary-eyed too. I don't usually do that but, with what happened to
Tonka and his mom, Sienna, and now this mare, I've been feeling a bit
Zaynah appears to have nerve damage to her lower lip which dangles all
the time, and she has a small part of her lip missing -- it is still
Zaynah. When you're around her, you can't help but to feel
positive energy -- she has such a love for life and is very vocal.
Magic's new tree that was installed today. He loves it!
The Volunteer Tree was also installed today. There were four
installed, and they are all beautiful.
Bernice and her daughter, Katie, taking a ride on Jake and Gentleman.
Dr. Das also worked on Val yesterday compliments of Bernel! Dr.
Das is very happy with Val's progress.
G-man reporting for duty!
Bernel and grandbaby, Jonah. He is such a doll!
Jenny went for a ride too. She loves to ride G-man. He's
like a big sofa.
Here are a few
pictures from today.
Zaynah is just beautiful. How anyone could cause her harm is
something I will never understand. To follow Zaynah's story in
more detail, please
visit her new diary page!
Zaynah was really good for Dr. Ryan today. Some of the positions
she had to stand in were not comfortable for her at times, but I think
she knows we are only trying to help her. It was especially hard
for her to pick up her left leg and even harder for her to bend it.
Dr. Ryan taking more x-rays.
Here is Captain getting a bath by Robin and Blodwyn. Layla wanted
to join in -- she is doing really well. She even kicked up her
heels and charged Max, the dog, a couple of days ago.
Aaleyah getting a lesson in manners while all of her many moms watched.
Isn't she gorgeous? Buttercup looked a little left out.
Jenny and GMan. Jake wasn't far away -- that's him with Robin.
are holding a special raffle to raise funds to repair our much needed
tractors! The prize is the beautiful photo (on the right),
"Baby's First Birthday," donated by Bernel and Jenny, that
depicts Aaleyah Belle, Buttercup, and Silver Belle.
To learn more about the raffle and how to participate, please
follow this link. But hurry -- the winning name will be
drawn on June 24th at 6:00 PM!
enjoy this happy video of Amadeus at play today:
Zaynah has settled in and is
doing OK. She's a real sweetheart. You can't help but feel
much respect and admiration for her when you look at her legs and body
and yet still see such spirit in her eyes.
We won't ever know the true story of what happened to her, but her
injuries tell a story. There is a lot of calcification in her left
knee; if there was a fracture in her left front leg, it has already
fused; and there is likely ligament damage -- the leg points out to the
left when she stands. In her right leg, it appears that ligaments
and tendons sustained heavy damage -- but she had to put her weight on
the right leg when the left was injured -- she foundered in the right
foot. I don't think she has any fractures in her right leg, but I
Can you imagine a 300 lb. man riding her?? We'll see what the
x-rays and Dr. Ryan say tomorrow. When she walks, the left leg
bends inward from the knee down. She has scars from being dragged
by her front legs; I truly just can't imagine.
From observing her today, I think we should be able to manage her
pain so she can live comfortably. We gave her Previcox after she
settled in today, and she moved around some. When Anne saw her a
few days ago, she pretty much stood in one place and wasn't active.
She is getting electrolytes and Pro-Bi.
I saw her stumble a couple of times today when she was walking and
turning -- one of her front legs appeared to give out, and it did scare
me. She doesn't have any fat or muscle tone. She won't be
able to be turned out with any of the other horses except for Captain.
If she is startled or has to move quickly and goes down, it would not be
She has bed sores on her hips and some rain rot. She is very thin
and has arthritis. She definitely needs an appointment with Dr.
Bess for her teeth. Dr. Ryan will be out tomorrow to examine her
and do x-rays. Dr. Das will be here on Friday to treat her.
She is drinking, eating, and pooping; and her urine looks OK.
Thank you all for caring. We'll update more tomorrow after Dr.
Ryan comes. We're very glad that Zaynah is here.
Zaynah, the latest victim of human abuse that has found her way to
Beauty's Haven. Her story is horrifying. We were told this
Arabian mare is about 27 years old, the same age as Nick when he found
his way to us.
Early this year, she was very underweight but ridden into the ground
routinely by her 300+ lb human. One day, after about 45 minutes of
galloping, both front legs snapped and she went down. She lay
where she landed for over a day and then somehow mustered up the
strength and will to take small steps; then she'd go down and rest, and
then get back up and take a few more small steps, in an effort to get
back to the barn.
A lady went to the property where this mare was to buy a horse and saw
the mare down; she asked the owner what had happened to her, and they
told her. She told the owner something needed to be done -- the
mare was suffering -- so the owner put straps around the mare's legs and
began dragging her. The lady asked what he was doing, and he said
he was going to drag the mare to the back of the property and shoot her.
So the lady called someone else to see if they could help. They
loaded the mare into the trailer again, and off she went to another home
where people really cared for her. She did improve to an extent,
but they reached a point where they realized that more specialized care
During this time the mare foundered and gained little weight and, to
date, no x-rays have been done. The humans that have been caring
for her tried for many weeks to help this mare get better. Anne
saw the mare this past weekend, learned her story, and offered our help.
I have a very soft spot for Arabians and older horses that have
given so much only to be discarded like trash. We are grateful
that the folks that have been trying to help this mare cared so deeply
to allow her to be transferred to Beauty's Haven. Some people won't
ask for, or accept, help; and the horse only suffers more. Some,
even though euthanasia may be best, just can't do it.
look on this mare's face says it all, IMO. Defeated? No, I
don't think so. Uncomfortable, likely in pain, confused, and
wondering what she did to deserve what she has been through after giving
to humans what they asked of her for 27+ years? Likely. This
mare has suffered a great deal and could have given up weeks ago, but
she has not -- she has the will to live in her eyes -- Anne has seen it
face to face, and I feel it in my heart.
I discussed the mare's case with Dr. Ryan and Dr. Das today. She
arrives tomorrow. On Thursday, Dr. Ryan will do x-rays of her
front legs and feet. We'll discuss what is learned in the x-rays
and, if Dr. Ryan feels she can live a good quality of life with
help for pain, we will have Dr. Das treat her on Friday and blood work
will be done.
The farrier will assess her after her x-rays are done and do her
feet. We'll worry about her teeth after we get through all of
this. Dr. Bess is out of town for two weeks anyway. Our team
will assess the whole horse and, if it is decided she can have a good
quality of life as a pasture pal, we will give that to her -- she
deserves it. If it is determined her quality of life will not be a
good one and that euthanasia is in her best interest, we will give her a
few days of TLC and manage her pain and help her cross. But she
won't leave this world without her dignity being restored, and she will
Yes, those are the marks on her legs where straps were used to drag her
to the rear of the property. You can see on her right leg (the one
to the left in the photo) that she has either a large bowed tendon, or
it is possible that the tendon ruptured when she fell. You can see
the large knot on her other knee and notice the leg is twisted to the
outside. We will know more after she is examined by Dr. Ryan.
Can anyone help us to help this mare? Cost of the x-rays for both
front legs will be around $180. X-rays for both front feet,
$100. Dr. Das will be no less than $135 (more if she gets B12
or other). The total amount needed to help her with the above plan
is $415. She will likely need supplements or some TCM, but we
won't know what until she is assessed.
Anne will be announcing a raffle to help with her feed and care later
this evening. Please help us give this mare love and care for her
remaining days, however long they may be. Thank you in advance.
all. Here are updated photos
showing Sienna and Dingolay's (Layla's) weight gain. Their coats are
looking healthy, their sadness is gone, and they are doing great.
For those of you that may be wondering what Tonka's Task Force is, here
is Theresa's post that she sent out a few days ago:
We are moving forward with Tonka's Task Force and would like to ask
anyone that is willing to participate to email either myself or Anne
directly. We want to change the way things are, or are not, done
to prevent any other horses from suffering like Tonka, Dingolay, Sienna,
Brooke, and her still born baby did.
We are very proud that our first accomplishment was successful with the
outcome of Todd Williams' day in court this past Monday. But we
have just begun, and we have a lot of work to do. We need
people to make calls, conduct research, send emails and letters, and do
various other taskings.
Again, if you have some free time and are willing to help, please
contact Anne or myself. I'd also like to ask that, if you email
me, also "cc" Anne and vice versa. Thank you in
Tonka will not be forgotten.
We are still looking for volunteers that would like to join in.
Congratulations to Paula C.,
our raffle winner -- yay!!
We hope everyone had a nice weekend ; it's been a busy one for us.
We will have a detailed update on Tuesday with pictures. Dr.
Bess came today, and we thought it was going to be quite a task to get
the minis done -- but they did very well, with sedation, of course.
Once the sedation wore off Frodo, you could hear him squeal for miles
away: he wanted out of his stall and to go back to his paddock,
and he let everyone know it!
We have a meeting with an attorney regarding Dingolay's case on Tuesday.
We are still asking that anyone who is interested in being part of Tonka's
Task Force please let us know by sending an email to both Theresa and
Anne. For those of you that have signed up, thank you.
We will be sending you a separate email by Wednesday mid-day.
Dingolay (Layla) is steadily gaining weight. She and Captain
have become quite a pair. Sienna looks great and enjoys her
turn out time with the other horses.
Val is doing well and has made new friends with Magic and Little E.
We had to separate her from Captain because she can't have access to the
amount of hay Captain gets; she's really got a belly on her! Val
is still being cleaned out once a day.
Abby is a little better, but we still need help with the medication Dr.
Das wants her to take. Dr. Das had to order it, and it
should be here by mid-week -- the cost is $90. To the two
angels that covered her treatment by Dr. Das, thank you!
Folks! Well, it was another busy day at the rescue. We had
some very nice people out to the rescue today to try out Bud and
Bobbi. We hope it works out for them.
Tomorrow Dr. Das will be at the rescue to treat a few horses, including
Abby. Thank you to those folks who donated for Abby's
treatment! We still need to raise the money for her blood tests,
so we have extended the raffle. Please
follow this link to see the wonderful items we are offering!
Dingolay (Layla) and Sienna are steadily improving. And Val has
made a new friend: Magic!! I now have internet access, so
please bear with me as it will take a few days to catch up on my
emails. We will try to get an update out tomorrow night with
photos from Dr. Das's visit. Have a great night!!
is with great pleasure that we inform you that the letters made an
impact on the judge! Monday morning, he handed a stack of letters to the
defense and informed them that he would NOT accept the plea!
Instead, he ordered a Presentence Investigation (Wiki definition= A
presentence investigation report (PSI) is a legal term
referring to the investigation into the history of person convicted of a
crime before sentencing to determine if there are extenuating
circumstances which should ameliorate the sentence or a history of
criminal behavior to increase the harshness of the sentence.) in
order to gather all of Todd Shevan Williams' history.
We sincerely hope that this turn of events will increase his sentence,
which will be on his record when charges are filed in Marion County for
what he did to Dingolay, Tonka, Brooks Approval, and her stillborn foal.
Todd Williams is out on bond, and his next hearing is set for August 10,
This would not have been possible without the letters you all
sent. This is far from over, and we are still working on
this. Please keep your eyes open for an update asking you to send
letters again, this time to the Marion County State Attorney and to
Marion County Animal Control. We are awaiting a phone call from
Animal Control to confirm when charges will be filed against Todd
Williams, and Joann and Krystal Knirsch, regarding Dingolay, Tonka, and
Brook's Approval. It is our understanding, based on public
information from MCAS, that charges are being pursued as a Misdemeanor.
We disagree and need to push for felony charges as defined by Florida
law (see below). The pain and suffering Tonka, Dingolay,
Brook, and her stillborn baby endured, which resulted in death for all
but Dingolay, is nothing short of slow, intentional, and painful murder
in our eyes.
We were disappointed
that we didn't find out what Todd Williams' sentencing was today, but
Anne will be back on the phone with the court in the morning.
Thank you to everyone that has faxed and/or emailed the Judge and
Layla and Sienna are continuing to improve. Dr. Das worked on
Layla and Mystic last week, and she was impressed with the improvements
in Layla: her demeanor is so much better. Her eyes have some
sparkle in them, and she holds her head up higher. She whinnies
quite a bit and, tonight, she even trotted over to me when I went to
take her out of the main paddock I'm sure she was thinking about
it being feeding time, but that's OK; watching her trot was awesome.
Her rain rot is better; she has lost a lot of her coat, but that's OK --
her skin is healthier and it provides for a new healthy coat to come in.
Sienna and Layla enjoy their turn-out
time in the main paddock each day. They are both getting stronger
each day. Sienna is just beautiful.
We do need prayers for Abby.
She has arthritis in her back legs and is very ouchy in her front feet.
We were very worried about her through the cold months but, compared to
now, she did very well then. She lies down a lot, and it is an
effort for her to move around. I doubled her Previcox a few days
ago, but it hasn't made any difference. Ola, the farrier, was here
this evening; and we discussed what is going on with Abby. We are
both very concerned and have come up with a plan. Dr. Das needs to
come out to work on her and run a SuperChem on Abby. Abby has lost
weight but still has a very cresty neck. Insulin-resistant?
Maybe we'll run those tests, too. She is turned out, but there is
very little grass and she doesn't graze much anyway, nor does she eat
much of her timothy hay that we spread about -- so she'll have to walk
to it. She doesn't move much; she is too uncomfortable. But,
since Casper has been in the main paddock with her and Granny, she has
been getting more exercise. Anytime Casper gets near Granny, she
tries to run him away. We're putting the pads/boots back on Abby's
feet tonight, and we'll see if that helps.
Would anyone like to be an angel to Abby in order for her to get
necessary tests run and for her to be treated by Dr. Das? She
really is very uncomfortable, and we'd like to get on this as soon as
possible. Dr. Das' treatment will likely be $125, and the
SuperChem is $90 (I think it may be $80) -- and I'll have to get a price
on the other tests when I speak with Dr. Das.
Amadeus LUVS his new ball. It's a little big for him, and
sometimes he gets sort of stuck on it; but it's a riot to watch him.
He's still BIG! Velvet is afraid of his new ball, but she's
getting better about it each day. Amadeus learned he could pick up
his ball by his teeth this evening and toss it. It scared his mom
terribly! He must have thought it was funny because he did it
twice more. Here's a little clip of him on YouTube. If it
doesn't come up just search for BHFERS Amadeus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQHnKF-0O1k
Amadeus is built like a tank, and when he walks you can just see the
power from head to toe!
And then there's Little E who likes to sneak his way into a box filled
with the yummy horse cookies that Anne makes. He had a little help
from Jenny, just a little. J
Captain is holding his own. Val is still close by sticking her
head in his stall window.