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Today was a good day for Legacy! He ate like a baby horse and drank
more than usual. In fact, he did so well he didn't get any fluids
today! Dr. Ryan and I spoke, and he's very pleased with Legacy's
progress and is amazed that Legacy has made it through this far.
We're not out of the woods by far. Dr. Das will be out tomorrow to work on
Legacy, and Dr. Ryan will be out later in the week to pull blood again.
I'm encouraged that the light in Legacy's eyes was brighter today. I
hung a wreath in the aisleway, and the little squirt kept trying to take
it away from me! He didn't run today, but his movements were ever so
slightly better. He's very weak but, again, I'm very happy with what
I've seen over the last 24 hours.
Mommy Theresa, I think Baby Ray is afraid I'm
going to get the door to the feed room open before he does. Please
tell him I haven't even tried to open it -- it's nice outside, and I want
him to go out with me. His mommy is calling for him and pacing, and
I don't want her worried.
Baby Ray, will you be my friend and go outside
while it's sunny and warm and graze with me? Besides, your mommy is
looking for you. I don't have a horsey mommy here -- my mommy died,
but I know she still watches over me from heaven, and I know she loves me
like your mommy loves you. You're really blessed to have your mommy,
and I don't want her to be worried about you, so please come outside.
I know you get worried when another horse gets near you because you can't
see them but, if you come out with me, I promise I won't hurt you -- I
can't move very fast anyway, I'm still weak. How about if we go out
and I'll be your eyes? If Haley comes near us, I'll let you know,
OK? Come on, your mommy is getting worried.
Baby Ray had on his :thinking" face but looked
like he wanted to give it a try.
I encouraged Baby Ray to go. Go on, Baby
Ray, little Legacy is a good boy. He misses his mommy, and it would really
be nice if you would be his friend. Just try it, OK? Here comes
Legs, now go on outside with him for a bit.
OK, mommy Theresa. I'll go out for a little while.
Besides, I'm thirsty and want a drink of water. Come on, Legs, let's
go so my mommy calms down -- I hear her pacing the fence. No fast
moves though, OK?
The boys went out and, after Baby Ray got his
water, they grazed for a while and Sunshine did calm down. Then Baby
Ray walked over to the gate to the paddock where his mom was, and we let
him back in. It was time for Legacy's meds, so he had to go in
anyway and then he took a nap. I think the boys may become pals,
over time. Sunshine doesn't like Legacy (or any horse) near Baby
Ray; but I'm going to try to resolve that slowly and safely. Sorry the
picture below has spots on it -- my camera is actually broken and the lens
is exposed all the time. I'm trying to hold off sending it to get
fixed until after the New Year.
Captain and Zaynah enjoyed the warm sun today,
too. Blankets came off, and it really was a picture-perfect day.
My daughter and I actually took a few minutes out
of the hectic day to hop on Midnight and Riley this afternoon, and it was
very nice. It wasn't more then five minutes, but it;s the first time
I've ridden in a long, long time. The farrier was out today and
trimmed their feet, and it was such a beautiful day that, on the way back
to their paddock, I said, "OK, let's hop on!" and we did! The boys
I want to thank everyone for all of your support.
I know the holidays are almost here, and I'm so far behind on many things.
Time goes by here at the rescue and days run together. I'd hoped to have a
lot of items posted on our website for sale by now that are absolutely
beautiful. We'll also have some nice items on eBay soon. There
will be some very nice handmade items, drawings of the some of the horses,
note cards, and lots more. The horseshoes are all made and ,because
I'm so far behind on getting them out and getting the items on the
website, I'm actually sending all items to Jeanne tomorrow so that she
will have them -- she will be much better at getting items posted and
mailed out to people than I am. I'm pulled in so many ways each day
-- for those that ordered horseshoes, I do apologize for being so late
getting them out.
We hope to have a Breyer item listed on eBay
tomorrow. We need to pay the November farrier (Ola) bill on Tuesday,
and our other farrier is coming this week, and that is going to be another
$300. Of course there are the daily expenses of grain and hay and
I'm happy to report that Legacy needs another bucket of milk pellets!
And last week we had to bring back one of the horses that had been adopted
out (Doc), which is another added expense; but we are happy that he is
here and fine, but he could use a few angels -- a treatment by Dr. Das
would do him a lot of good. And I am sure the electric bill for the
barn is going to be outrageous with all of the heat lamps we have going
for Legs! Baby Legacy's vet bills are high: each bag of plasma
was $350. He's still on antibiotics and has had many IV fluids.
These past few weeks we have had the extra expense of shavings, which are
$4.95 a bag; and we go through about five bags a day. Ruby is
confined to her stall due to her tendon injury for a few more weeks.
With her in, Haley being stalled at night and during bad weather, and
little Legacy being in a stall the majority of the time, we are going
through a lot of shavings. Since I've been out at the barn almost
around the clock, I haven't had time to really look in detail at funds and
bills -- but tonight I did, and it's pretty scary! All donations are
tax-deductible and very much appreciated -- and no amount is too small.
Here is one item that will be on eBay. It is a
Breyer "Noelle" 2008 horse still in the box. It's the twelfth in a
series of Breyer holiday horses. All proceeds will go 100% to the
horses. And thank you to the person that donated the item to help
Have a good night, everyone -- I'm off to take a
shower and get back to the barn. Tomorrow will be here before we
P.S. I forgot to mention, but donations can
be called in directly to:
Vet bills: Peterson & Smith, 352-237-6151
Grain, milk pellets, shavings, hay, alfalpha
cubes, beet pulp: Sanders Feed: 352-873-8660
Hay: Larson Farms: 352-867-8333
If an order is placed directly with the vet's
office or feed store, please send us an email to let us know so that we
can be sure to thank you and issue a tax donation receipt. We're
still behind on getting these, but Bob is working on it daily. We
hope to have all issued by the end of the year, which is only a month
away! Where did the year go???
Again, thanks, everyone -- have a great day
tomorrow. Baby Legacy is up and munching on his milk pellets again.
He's really been more active today, which makes me feel very good.
Baby Legacy was able to get out for a bit today to soak up some sun.
HighTower walked and grazed along the fence line with him a bit.
HighTower really "towers" over the baby!
Hey, little guy, welcome to Beauty's Haven!
I haven't been here very long myself, but I can tell you it's a nice place
to be. Where I lived before, we didn't have any humans that would
feed us -- we just had lots of land to roam on, but it was mostly weeds.
And then the humans left and there was nobody to care about us.
Here, the humans talk with us, brush us, and rub all over us -- we even
get sprayed with stuff to keep flies off of us! Oh, and they like to
put icky stuff on pink noses, too, so they don't get sunburned! I
heard about your mom and I'm sorry she was so sick. But you'll be OK here,
and I know the humans will do all they can for you. And when you are
stronger maybe you can come out and graze with me.
Thanks, HighTower. I have lots of human
friends but they're not horses. I know they care a lot about me --
they're always fussing over me to make sure I'm comfy, and I am. But
I miss my momma, and I'm glad to have you for a horse friend now. I
thought Haley would be my friend, but she doesn't want anything to do with
me. If I get near her, she goes the other way. Did anyone ever
tell you that you're a really, really big horse?
Bernel dropped by today and brought the baby a
fleece blanket to go under his weatherproof blanket. It's a little
big, but it works and it's warm! Bernel was surprised at how little
Baby Legs is -- he looks bigger in pictures than he really is.
Mommy Theresa, Im tired again -- I think I'm ready
to go in for a nap now. Did you see HighTower grazing next to me?
Someday I'm going to be big and strong, too! Thanks for being my
friend, HighTower! I'll see ya later, OK?
And Baby Ray is as cute as ever! Bernel said
he looks like a Koala bear, and I think she's right! He's getting
muscular and has filled in nicely. It's hard to believe he was all
bones with no fat whatsoever when he arrived.
Doc is so cute -- he was very happy to get his new
˝ pasture bale (a 700+ lb compressed) of O&A today. It will last him
for a couple of weeks, at least. We're not sure what breed he is -- TWH/Clyde/Cross????
I asked Bernel what breed she thinks he is, and she couldn't figure it out
either. We just know that he's a sweetheart!
We bought six more heat lamps today for the baby's
stall. It's about 65 degrees in there, for now. There's
supposed to be frost on the ground in the AM, but I think we'll be just
fine in his stall tonight. I'm taking first shift; Bob is taking
second so I need to get to the barn. Legacy got a ˝ liter of fluids
about an hour ago and is now up and munching on his pellets. I bet
he wishes he could go to sleep in the dark, but the heat lamps are
Have a good night, everyone, and a blessed day
Baby Legacy went out for a few minutes in the sunshine today when the
winds were down. He is just beautiful! Dr. Ryan was out this
AM, and we went over his care plan. We are doing everything as we should
be. Legacy's temperature maintained in the normal range almost all
day. He is drinking and eating today, which makes me feel better.
He did have me worried when he tried to imitate a
cheetah during his outside time -- I thought for sure he was going to take
a rolling tumble.
Hey, mommy Theresa, look at me! I can run
fast -- I may need a little practice, but I can do it! Oops --
yikes! I'm ok! No worries!
OK, I'm a little tired now. It was really
nice to be out, but I think I'm ready for a nap. I know you told me
I wasn't supposed to run around because I'm still not well, but I wanted
you to see that I can do it! Can we go back inside now, please?
Xan is spending the night tonight along with her
puppy, Kelly -- this means we'll be able to get SLEEP! Much needed
sleep! Legs and Kelly have made friends already. It will be
getting pretty cold again tonight but, with all the heat lamps on and the
stall all buttoned up, it stays comfortable.
Have a great night, everyone!
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Sharon Cooper will donate 50% of her earnings to Beauty's Haven Equine
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know all the medical expenses associated with the new arrivals, including
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This event is active through December. Thank you!
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hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! While we had our
ups and downs here with Baby Legacy, we did share in Thanksgiving dinner
and prayers with our kids, thanks to an awesome home-cooked meal by Diane
and her family. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and the
list goes on! And our daughter, Katie, made a carrot cake for
desert. I ate way too much and just wanted to curl up and take a
nap, which I'm going to do with the baby very soon.
Legacy's temp and HR are lower than we'd like, but
they are better then earlier today. He is drinking, but not nearly
enough. We gave him a ˝ liter of IV fluids not long ago and then,
with a little help, he got up and is now munching on milk replacer pellets
and forage. We filled in more cracks with foam where cold air was
coming in his stall. He's got 9 heat lamps, 2 blankets, and we were
going to give him an electric blanket but the controller isn't working --
but he does have a heating matt on order. It does get toasty under
the heat lamps but, by morning, it will be in the upper 30s and we'll have
to see how warm it stays in his stall. We have an electric heater if
needed. Diane loaned us a zero gravity fold up recliner that is very
nice and helps us humans to be more comfy in the stall.
It was a sunny day but there were cold winds off
and on. Legacy was able to get out for a short time to soak up some
Baby Legs has a long uphill road to recovery.
With intensive care, lots of love and prayers, and his strong will, we are
staying positive and keeping the faith that these things combined will get
him through. He likes to lay his head in my lap and have his neck
scratched. His eyes tell you very clearly when he isn't feeling
Here is Jake grazing today. In the background are
Gentleman, Chloe, and Velvet.
I have a ton of emails that I haven't responded to
-- please know that I just haven't had much time at the computer, but I
appreciate each and every one of them, and it's comforting to know that
others are thinking of us and are sending good thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all!
Have a good night, everyone. I have to get back to
We have so much to be thankful for! Baby Legacy
is, indeed, out at this time basking in the beautiful sun. It's a
bit cool ,but the sun is warm and healthy. I think the plasma gave
him a much needed boost. He is drinking, and he munches on his free
choice milk pellets mixed in forage.
It's going to get very cold tonight so we are
moving hay bales into his stall to put against the two outside walls for
insulation. Last night the temperature in his stall didn't go below
55; it felt much colder to me. Tonight it is going down into the
We are very blessed to have the morning chores
almost done already! Marie, Diane, Jessica, and Molly were here
bright and early to help out. The new (used) golf cart came back
from the repair shop last evening, and it pulls the poop spreader just
fine - yeah!
Haley's lip is healing already -- it looks funny,
but it doesn't seem to be painful for her.
Doc, the horse we brought back on Monday, is doing
fine; but he's lonely in the QT paddock. He looks so cute in his winter
coat. He even has a mane now. When we brought him to the
rescue from an auction the day before Easter in 2008, his mane had been
completely shaved off. He found a home only a few months later.
He's doing well, and I will be very glad when we can give him a bath - he
really needs one!
We hope everyone is having a wonderful and blessed
just got off the phone with Dr. Ryan a few minutes ago. He came to
examine Baby Legacy and administered plasma. He did blood work and,
based on that, it is possible that Legs has a liver abscess. Dr.
Ryan took Legacy off a couple of the meds he was getting, which I'm sure
Legs will appreciate -- one of them was oral and awfully bitter.
Baby Legacy seemed pretty depressed when Dr. Ryan
arrived. He hadn't drunk much all day and was a bit lethargic.
He had a tough time getting up without help. When you see them like
this, it is disturbing that you can't make them feel better right away, at
least it is for me.
As the plasma was dripping, he started to perk up.
I feel a little better now, mommy Theresa.
Can I come out now? I don't like being inside so much!
Baby Legacy is sleeping now. We modified his
stall a bit -- covered the grill and lowered the heat lamps to help keep
him warmer. It is getting very cold tonight and colder tomorrow
night. We had to blanket a few of the horses. Precious seemed to
glow in a coat -- like she felt really special, and I assured her that she
Poor little (but very pregnant) Haley was run off
by Sunshine tonight when Baby Ray got too close to her. Haley ran
and slipped and fell down, splitting the front of her lip. She's
tucked into her stall now and will be OK.
Thank you all for your good thoughts, prayers, and
support. We continue to pray for a miracle for Legs, and we give
thanks for so much. God bless all of you and, if I don't get a
chance to get back on here before tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone
-- may you and yours have a blessed day!
I'm sorry for the delay in an update -- I waited to post pictures -- my
email quit working again tonight for a few hours. Today was very
busy -- we had visitors and a few things broke (like the go-cart that we
use to pull the poop spreader with), which made more work for us.
I'm very happy to report that the last 24 hours
for Baby Legacy have been calm -- his vitals have remained constant and in
the normal range. He is eating and drinking, and I have not had to
give him any fluids. He is far from out of the woods but, for the
first time (and I say this with reservation because I know how quickly
babies can crash), I think I can say that we are on the path to recovery.
It rained most of the day, and Legacy didn't get
to go out. He visited with others in the barn from the center aisle.
He and Haley hold little conversations that make me smile -- they can't
see each other since they're both small and the bottom of the stall doors
are solid. When Legs wakes up from a nap, his whinnies are a bit
stronger -- he likes to let everyone know he's awake! His eyes are
somewhat brighter. Nothing will change for us -- he will be
constantly supervised. We hope tomorrow brings a beautiful day and
that he can get out and enjoy the sun.
It's time for my meds again! I'll take them
like a good boy, but I still don't like them!
Here is Carol, one of our visitors today, meeting
Baby Legacy. Look at those long ears!
Baby Ray gave us all a much needed laugh today.
He and his mom were out in front of the barn grazing when it started to
rain. He looked like a little bucking cricket! He was all over
the place running and kicking -- it was so good to see him feel so good!
Have a good night, everyone -- I have to get back
to the barn to relieve hubby. Baby Legs is up and eating right now.
I have a monitor next to my computer screen at my desk where I can watch
Legacy from the camera in his stall.
Dr. Ryan examined Baby Legacy today and ran more blood work. The
results show his WBC to still be very low but not as low. His RBC is
in the low end of normal, which is better than it was. He “appears”
to be doing better but really, not much has changed. In his
condition, he could crash really fast. We will continue to do everything
we can, and we will keep the faith. It’s been a week now and he’s
still holding on. He’s a true fighter, and we give thanks for every
minute he is with us.
“Hi Dr. Ryan. You want
to see my gums again? My heart sounded good – didn’t it? I’ve
been a really good boy at taking my medicines. A re you proud of me?
My mommy Theresa and my aunties say they’re proud of me! I miss my
mommy, but she was very sick and sometimes, I can feel her with me even
though I can’t see her. I’ll be OK, right?”
After a good nap and a little snack and drink,
Baby Legs seems almost “normal” at times. But we know this is far
from the case, and we never let our guard down. It was a beautiful
day today, and he really enjoyed being outside more.
“Mommy Theresa, can I come out now? It was so
boring yesterday with all the rain – all I wanted to do was sleep.
But today I want to go out in the sunshine and see some other horses, OK?”
Ruby’s tendon was too swollen to get a good
ultrasound done today. Dr. Weller did some acupuncture on her, which
she really needed. Dr. Weller will be back next week to try again.
In the meantime, we’re cold hosing and wrapping – something I’m all
Baby Ray had on his natural “gotta luv me” face
for a visit by one of the neighbors today. Everybody loves Baby Ray!
Sunshine, being the good mom she is, wasn’t far away.
I received pictures today of Cash, a mare we
adopted out this past year, that made me smile. Her human family
loves her terribly, and she loves them back. She is happy and healthy, and
we are so proud of her!
Precious is truly precious! Now that she’s had her
teeth done and her mouth isn’t sore, she’s eating like a horse! We
expect her to start putting on the pounds!
Everybody loves Baby Legs, too, and we so very
much appreciate all the good thoughts, prayers, and support. He’s
taking a nap right now, and I’m washing his blue blankie. It’s a
little snug on him, but it keeps him warm under his bigger blanket.
Have a good night everyone. I’ll update more
Hi, Everyone, Dr. Ryan was at the farm this morning and removed the lavage
from Princess' eye. We are thrilled to report that Princess' eye is
healing nicely and her vision appears to be normal!!!
Since a portion of Princess' veterinary fees are
still outstanding, please consider a donation of $10 for a chance to win
the lovely Kathryn Baker drawing of Sunshine and Baby Ray (pictured at
our Events page for more details. The winner will be selected on
November 30, 2009.
Thank you all for your continuing love and support
of Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue.
Hi, Everyone, I just received a call from Theresa. Baby Legs was
sleeping soundly under a blanket and several heat lamps as we spoke.
Baby has had his ups and downs throughout the day.
Earlier this afternoon, his temperature was steadily dropping below
normal, so Theresa heated his IV fluids to 100 degrees and, after
administering them, his temperature rose to normal. Afterwards, he
did get up to eat a bit of hay and drink two ounces of milk. This was a
most positive sign as he is eating very little and sleeping a great deal.
Theresa constantly monitors Baby Legs' condition and checks his
temperature at least once every two hours. He is still on IV
antibiotics as well. Dr. Ryan will return to the farm in the morning
to check upon Little Legs' progress.
Please continue to keep this Precious Baby Boy in
your thoughts and Prayers.
Baby Legs got out some to enjoy the beautiful day. His appetite is down
and he's got a touch of diarrhea, which is likely a side effect from the
new antibiotic. Dr. Ryan will be back out on Monday morning, unless
we need a vet out before then. Please keep Baby Legs in your prayers.
Precious had her appointment with Dr. Bess today.
She had huge waves, and Dr. Bess could only do so much on this visit.
It's going to take some time to get her teeth as good as they're going to
be. She'll be getting pretty soupy meals for the next couple of
days. Dr. Bess agrees that Precious, if she is a QH, is a TWH/QH
Baby Ray is doing well. He's got a healthy belly
on him now along with a fuzzy winter coat. He is brighter and more
alert -- the change in diet has helped. Unfortunately, his vision is
no better. He appears to still see shadows at times. I'm
hoping that, as Baby Legs grows, that he and Baby Ray will become friends.
Sunshine is doing great.
Granny is about the same although she did cough a
little more today. Captain and Zaynah are doing really well. Ruby is
still stuck in a stall with her tendon injury but getting hand-walked
throughout the day and night. Amadeus and Layla are in with Momma Sue and
Aaleyah, and they are all doing great. HighTower has filled out
nicely and is absolutely one of the most pleasant horses I've ever met.
Classy has good days and not so good days -- today was a not so good day.
Her right front is still giving her discomfort at times. Velvet is
doing OK but is still looking for a home where there is less activity in
hopes she wouldn't run around and stress her knee.
Kimba has settled in wonderfully at Paula's and is
making new friends -- here he is meeting Max (Max is a mini). We'll
be getting updates about Kimba, and I'll make sure to share them.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
PRAYERS NEEDED FOR BABY LEGS!
Hi, everyone, I just spoke
to Theresa, and the news is not positive. Dr. Ryan was out this morning,
and we just received the results of Baby Leg's blood work. His white blood
count and platelets are significantly lower than yesterday, while his red
blood count is about the same. Dr. Ryan is on the way to the farm as we
speak to administer a plasma treatment and to change Baby
Please Pray for this Precious Little
Boy who is so critically ill.
PAINTING OF BABY RAY & SUNSHINE ON eBAY!
Please visit eBay to view and/or bid on a
beautiful painting of Baby Ray and Sunshine by Alice Berkman (pictured at
right)! The link is below. Please note that a portion of the
proceeds will be donated to Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
Dr. Ryan just called with today's blood work, and it
wasn't good news. Legacy's WBC count is lower today as is his RBC; and a
few other things were off. We're far from being out of the woods.
I hope and pray that he has a long lifetime of knowing love here on earth
with us but, if it isn't meant to be, we know he was showered with it
during the time we were given with him.
He is alert, eating, and drinking. His heart rate
is better -- low 60s. Yesterday it was in the 40s. He gets his meds
as scheduled. He has times where he has a small burst of energy, and
you can tell he just wants to be a normal healthy little baby. But
then, when he tires, he really fades and we worry -- we pray often.
He could take a dive at any time; someone is with him at all times.
Please keep Legs in your prayers. We need a
miracle here, soon.
We would like to inform everyone that Kimba will be
leaving for his new home at H.O.R.S.E. by the end of the week. This
decision was not taken lightly and is based upon several factors. With the
around-the-clock needs of Maga's Legacy (Legs) as well as those of Baby
Ray, coupled with Precious' tendency to constantly drive Kimba away from
his feed, we felt that it was in his best interest to be placed, at this
time, with Paula Carver of H.O.R.S.E. Please be assured that he will
be loved and nurtured by Paula, her family, and her volunteers. We
invite you to visit Paula's website at
also like to thank Dani Horton, who has been on standby and is currently
working with us to help a pregnant mare. Please visit Dani's website
On another note, we learned today that Precious,
thankfully, is not pregnant!
Have a wonderful evening, everyone, and please
keep Leg's in your prayers.
The baby's WBC is very low -- it could be from an
auto immune disorder, infection, etc. Dr. Ryan came out early and
administered antibiotics via IV. He left a catheter in, and I have to give
the baby meds four times a day for the next week. Little ones such
as this can take a dive rather quickly, so you can bet we're monitoring
him closely. I have fluids to administer if he needs them. He
nibbles on milk replacer pellets and hay. So far, he will only drink water
when I offer him a bucket. I hope and pray that he'll be OK.
His mom was very ill when carrying him and at the time of his birth. I
have to wonder how much this affected him. I'm sure his immune
system isn't very strong.
He reminds me a lot of Aaleyah Belle when she
Here you can see his hernia. He appears
tired and weak but not as depressed as he was yesterday. He loves to give
The vet bill for this baby, to date, is right at
$600; but I have to buy more Gentomyacin. Dr. Ryan says we got him
here just in time. Thank you all for caring. Please keep him
in your prayers along with Baby Ray. As for me, I survived the tumble
yesterday but feel the after-effects from head to toe!
Will update more later. Have a great evening,
The baby has settled in although he is dehydrated and
very depressed. Dr. Ryan administered two liters of IV fluids and 16
ounces of milk replacer through a tube. A CBC was taken as well. We will
be monitoring the baby, who is currently in the birthing stall, throughout
the night. He is very lovable and sweet, and he truly reminds me of
Aaleyah Belle when she first arrived at Beauty's Haven. Dr. Ryan believes
he is no more than three to four weeks old. He does have a hernia
that will need to be repaired when he is much stronger. We are very
thankful to a third party that called us today to ask if we could help
this baby -- she probably saved his life.
Baby Ray's blood work indicates that he is anemic,
his adrenals are stressed, and the most bothersome thing is that he is not
absorbing nutrients properly. He, too, appears to be depressed, but
his treatment by Dr. Das helped considerably. Dr. Das will be back
to treat Baby Ray again during the first week of December. We
changed Baby Ray's diet a week ago, which will hopefully help with his
absorption of nutrients.
Dr. Ryan looked at Princess' eye tonight and it
has continued to improve. We now will be treating it every 4 hours vs.
There are two more horses at the farm where the
baby came from that we have been asked to help with. One is an
expectant mare, and the other is a stud. Both are in very good
condition, and they have very nice dispositions. I'll share more
about them tomorrow. Right now I just want to take a hot shower and
get back to the barn. I'm already sore from my little spill this
evening. I was quickly reminded that I have four herniated disks!
We named Precious' baby "Kimba." The first
time I met him, the song from an old Saturday cartoon came to me.
The cartoon was "Kimba the White Lion." Kimba was a beautiful white
lion cub that was very brave. Like the lion cub, Precious' baby has
been very brave, and he is very beautiful -- he was days old before humans
learned he was even born -- they didn't know that Precious was pregnant!
He lived out in the paddock with Precious and four other horses including
a stud. They took his mom out of the paddock about two to three
weeks ago because she was so thin and left him with the big horses and
stud. I'd say he is very brave. He is going to make someone a
very nice horse. His mom will run him off of his food, so I have to
stay with them until they are both done eating to make sure he gets his.
Just a quick update -- Dr. Ryan should
be here any minute. The little colt is weak, confused, dehydrated, and
his eyes aren't bright like they should be. He did try to drink out of
bottle, but it wasn't nearly enough. My heart hurts for him. I'm sure
his mom, having cancer and dying, must have been horribly saddened and
concerned about what would happen to her boy. I hope and pray she's
looking down at him and is at peace knowing he is in a good place now.
Like Baby Ray when he first arrived, this baby paces and cries.
I had to go out and move a couple of
horses just a few minutes ago and, as I was quickly walking backwards, I
tripped and fell with three horses running towards me (I had carrots in my
hands). I bounced a time or two and said a prayer; and then there was
sand in my face. When the dust cleared, all I saw in front of me were
four legs and a huge body. Chloe had been one of the ones running towards
me, but she had made it to me first. She had beat the other two and then
turned and stood in front of me, staring down the other two horses with a
look that said she dared them to come any closer. They put on the brakes
-- Chloe may be a brat but she's a good girl. But then she had to share
the carrots anyway.
Please say prayers for our latest
arrival -- and for Baby Ray. I got the blood work back on him yesterday,
and it wasn't good news. And a little request for me to be able to get
out of bed in the morning -- well, that would be appreciated too -- I'm
already sore! Have to get back out now. Thanks, everyone, and I'll
I just got a call about a baby in dire
straights. The mother died early this morning from cancer. The mare and
baby were jointly owned by a man and woman that recently split. When the
woman left the residence, she left the horses behind until she could find
a place for them. The man knows little about caring for a baby. The baby
was born only a few weeks ago -- I am told he is only a month old!!! We
don't know the condition of the baby, but I know he's in dire straights.
We need to ask for
help again -- angels to help with his initial care. I'm on my way to get
him now. I just hope and pray he's OK and will make it. He's been
without his mom or any care since the wee hours of the morning. Please
say prayers, and I'll update when I get back. God bless all of you for
being the caring people that you are! Any amount of help will be
Finally -- the
video of Baby Ray uploaded! Here is the link:
Here are some
pictures from yesterday and today. Enjoy, and
have a great weekend!
Me and my baby boy arrived here yesterday
evening. We were a little nervous at first, but
we've settled in just fine. We get lots of hugs,
scratches, and hay! And today, we both got a warm
bath! I had lots of sticker things in my ears,
but they're all gone now and my coat is shiny!
One of the ladies that gave me a bath, Ms. Lynda,
called me "precious" today. I know I need to gain
some weight, but almost everyone that I've met
here tells me that I'm beautiful and precious! I
feel special! This evening when mommy Theresa was
feeding me she said that "precious" fits me
perfectly, so I've been named "Precious!" Thank
you to everyone that is helping me and my baby.
This Thanksgiving will be my baby's first, and we
have a lot to be thankful for. I have a couple of
older babies that stayed behind and I miss them, a
lot. Mommy Theresa invited them to come here,
too, but they weren't allowed; maybe someday that
will change. In the meantime, all I can do is
pray for them and keep them in my memories.
Precious got a
bath today and seemed to really enjoy the
The baby was
really good about his bath, too. He's not used to
having a halter put on him and being led around --
he has had no training. But with just one day he
has accepted the halter and is doing well with
leading. He approaches me now for scratches, and
I'm sure as he gets to know others he'll be the
same way. He's got the cutest whinny, and he and
Baby Ray did some talking today -- I'm not sure
what they said, but I hope Baby Ray made him feel
He ate a very
small piece of carrot from Jessica today. We
don't spoil them here at all, nope, not us!
farrier, will be here tomorrow to trim Precious.
HighTower, Layla, and Amadeus today. Layla is a
6-year-old TB mare and she is a big girl.
HighTower is a 4-year-old TB gelding and is bigger
then Layla. Amadeus is a 7-month-old WB and was
born huge -- compare his hocks to those on
HighTower -- they're almost as big already!!!
Michigan), the winner of the horse hair bracelet
raffle, chose Val -- so Val got a much needed bath
today, too. Now, to figure out how to make the
bracelet! If we're successful at this, we will be
offering a limited number for sale in the near
Little E got
caught on camera today one-third of the way into
the workshop that attaches to the feed room (also
where we store bags of feed). BUSTED! He's a
And here is
little Haley at the barn today. She's staying in
the birthing stall at night now. Behind her is
HighTower, and Barbara was walking Princess to the
round pen. Princess' eye appears to be a little
better and is still being treated every two
hours. Dr. Ryan will be back this coming
Wednesday and, if it has improved, I believe Dr.
Ryan said we could then go to every 4 hours.
She's still being very good about it.
Zaynah is as
beautiful as ever. She and Captain are still
quite a pair!
Here is Chloe
mixing it up with Midnight and Riley yesterday.
Chloe is a big show off -- she's beautiful and she
And the boys,
Midnight and Riley, are quite handsome!
Dr. Das are very relaxing. Yesterday I caught
Sunshine trying to nap on Baby Ray as he was
He still does
the Baby Ray dance. Back and forth, and back and
forth! I've tried uploading a video to YouTube
for a day now and just can't get it there. Our
Internet connection leaves a lot to be desired.
I'll try again later tonight.
soooo good, Dr. Das! More, please!
And then it was
Haley's turn. She was body sore from head to toe!
Haley is as
wide as she is tall!
Helping Horses" team came out today and spent
hours helping out -- they did hours of
back-breaking work, in the sun, picking up rocks
that washed onto the property from the lime rock
road! We installed a fabric barrier along the
worst section of the fence to stop the rocks from
coming in, but have about 900' more to do. I
can't tell you how much we appreciate this awesome
group of people and all of their hard work! Here
is a link to their website that explains their
This team of young adults sets a great example of
people that care about the welfare of animals and
the world around them -- they make a difference!
We are very blessed that they chose Beauty's Haven
for their project. If anyone would like to send
them a quick email thanking them, we'd greatly
appreciate it; and I know they would, too. Please
take a moment to thank them through this link:
Have a great
Just a few more
hours before momma and baby arrive! We'll need to
think of names for them once we get to know them a
The girls and
Cheyenne loaded up wonderfully this morning like
they were going on a big adventure.
happy. She came in yesterday with a sore tendon.
She's stall bound (some hand walking) for a few
Granny is well
this morning. Classy is still ouchy in her front
right. Jake felt good enough to go out exploring
in Momma Sue and Aaleyah's paddock this morning,
so he's visiting with them for a bit.
Cheyenne, Aaleyah Belle, and Chloe all demanding
attention. They are all beautiful!
after the mom and baby get settled in. Dr. Das is
coming this afternoon, too, to work with Baby
Ray. He seems to be feeling brighter.
Hi Dr. Ryan!
Do you hear my heart? It's bigger than the last
time you saw me because I'm growing up! Mommy
Theresa says I look like I don't feel good and
she's worried. I think maybe the change in the
weather is strange. I'm still waiting to see my
mommy and the trees and grass and other horses.
I'm not giving up -- maybe my eyes just need to
learn how to work.
what are they doing? Classy, is that you? I got
to see Dr. Ryan first and I heard him say that he
was going to look at your feet. Don't be afraid,
OK? He's a nice doctor and it won't hurt. He'll
try to make you feel better.
there's a lot of important equipment out there --
be careful not to step on any of it or knock it
over, OK? Why don't you just come stand by my
door and wait, OK?
OK, mommy, I'm
coming but what is this thing? Oops! I didn't
mean to knock it over! Is it OK? Did I break
it? I'm sorry!
baby, you didn't break it. But stay here so you
don't accidentally break something or hurt
yourself. They'll be done soon and then we can go
Whew! I'm glad
I didn't break anything, mommy, I just like to
explore, you know? Classy has an ouchy in her
foot but Dr. Ryan thinks she'll be OK. Uh oh, I
just heard mommy Theresa say that Momma Sue is
down and looks sick! Well, I guess if she had to
get sick it's good that she did it while Dr. Ryan
is here! I hope she'll be OK.
Hey, Dr. Ryan,
I haven't slimed you in months! Look how BIG I
am! How's my mommy? We had some rain this
morning and we all rolled in the sand -- can you
tell? But then mommy didn't get up! She has a
tummy ache but you're going to make her better,
right? That's not Tyler with you -- what happened
to Tyler? Did you warn your new helper that I'm
spoiled and like to slime everyone? Mommy -- you
have to get up and go with Dr. Ryan to the barn
and when you feel better then you can come back.
Ask mommy Theresa to put you in a stall on this
side of the barn so you can see me from the
window, OK? That way you won't worry about me. I
love you, mommy, and no worries -- I'll keep Chloe
and Cheyenne straight. Momma Sue was tubed and
oiled -- she felt better within a few hours and
was happy to get out of the barn. We were very
I took this
picture to give you all a better idea of the
blowing dust that we get coming off the road and
just from the paddocks when the winds blow. I
have asthma, and there are times I have to go
inside. We've tried to get the county to pave the
1500' length of road that goes down our property
line, but they aren't interested. What have we
learned? Never buy a home on a road that isn't
Granny is about
the same but she's no worse; so, for that, we are
The horse shoes
were finished, and now I just have to take
pictures to insert behind them and get them mailed
out. Please don't forget about our raffle for the
beautiful drawing of Sunshine and Baby Ray. It's
very soft and was a very tender moment between
them. One look at it and we're quickly reminded
how blessed we are that these "throw away" horses
are in our life.
Please take a minute
to visit the care2
website and vote for Beauty's Haven. Each week a random shelter
wins $500! The ultimate prize for the winning shelter is $10,000!
It doesn't cost
anything to vote for us at the care2
contest. Please share the info with co-workers, friends, and
family and ask them to vote -- they can all make a difference to the
many horses here that depend on us. Thank you, and God bless you
$10,000 could buy
enough hay to feed the horses here for about three months! This is
the time of the year when donations go down and my worry level goes up!
The holiday season is approaching, and we need help more at this time of
the year than at any other. The season is a joyous time of year
for many but, for some of us that have to find ways to make sure those
in our care continue to be properly fed and looked after, it can be --
and is -- a very stressful time.
Please help to
relieve some of this stress and donate what you can. All donations
are tax- deductible, and no amount is too small. All donations are
Well, another one
saved! Yesterday I received a call from a farm that had a 2-year-old
filly they no longer wanted. Even though I was sick, and hadn't
been out of bed for much over the last four days, I felt an urgency to
see this filly. Diane, a volunteer that was here with her
daughter, Jessica, went with me to meet the filly. When we arrived,
we found that the filly had a chest injury (nobody knew about it -- must
have just happened, yeah, right) and was demonstrating signs of colic.
Turns out this filly is out of Mystic (MJ), a mare we saved last year!
I was very worried about her condition. I called Jeff, and he came
out and hauled her to the rescue for us (our truck is broken). You
could tell the filly hasn't been handled much, and she seemed pretty
leery of humans: she was head shy and nervous.
Dr. Tara treated her
for colic, and the injury was cleaned up. The injury was from a
nail. Although we are full, I just could not leave this girl
there -- she could have died from colic or infection. She's a
sweet girl and has calmed a lot already. This picture was taken of
her while we were waiting for Jeff to come with the trailer to haul her
to the rescue. She'd get up and down and paw and turn her lip up --
you could just tell she was trying to colic. We got her up and
into a stall where we hosed down the injury while we waited for
Once at the rescue,
she was tubed and oiled. It was likely a gas colic. It
seemed apparent that she'd never been handled by a vet. Taking her
temp, oiling her, just being handled it seems -- all of it was new to
her. She did well.
Here is the chest
wound after it was cleaned up.
She looks like her
momma! She's going to be OK and will make someone a very nice
This is her mom
Today the filly seems
much more at ease. She's pooping fine and met me the gate this
morning. She's also pretty vocal. The vet bill was $190 --
if anyone would like to help, any amount would be appreciated, and no
amount is too small. All donations are tax-deductible. We
are quite behind on issuing our receipts but hope to get caught up this
month. Bob is now helping with this -- Anne's computer is still
Granny's been having
it tough -- she started getting worse a few days ago and did receive
more Dex on Friday. The winds are high, and the dust from the road
and property is horrible today. We haven't had any rain and
everything is just dry and dusty. She's resting in the shade
behind a shelter today where she is somewhat protected from the blowing
dust off the road but yet cooled by the winds. The blowing dust
from the lime rock road irritates eyes and lungs, and there isn't much
we can do about it. We've asked the county to pave 1500' of it
down our property line, but it isn't in their plans or budget. And
when it rains, the rocks from the lime rock road wash into the pasture
that goes down that property line, and then horses walk over the rocks
and sometimes get bruised feet. That road is EVIL!
Princess is about the
same. We don't pull her eyelids apart to look into her eye to see
how it is, but when she does open it a little I try to get a good look.
It does look there are more blood vessels moving across the eye, which
is good. We are now treating her eye with meds every two hours.
Dr. Ryan will be back out this week, likely on Wednesday, to examine her
eye again. Yesterday I had to start treating my mare, Beauty, for
an irritation in her left eye. She's very good about letting me
apply ointment though, thankfully!
Baby Ray is still a
doll! His vision is the same -- he doesn't appear to be able to
see up close and still runs into things. I do think he can see
objects from a distance, but his depth perception isn't great. We're
still praying for a miracle and holding onto hope. I found him
napping this morning, flymask long gone and buried in the sand.
I was very excited to
talk to Jeanne after her trip to visit with Buttercup and Silver Belle
yesterday. I could tell by looking at the pictures that her visit
was during their usual siesta time, and I was right! They are
doing well and have adjusted to the weather there. They have
blankets and stay in the barn at night and during bad weather. Oh,
and I was advised that their new mom has ordered a big ball like the one
Silver Belle loves to play with so much; they're just waiting for it to
arrive. I miss them so much!
I'm still not feeling
well, and the blowing dust gave my asthma and my contacts a fit today
when I was out feeding and doing chores all morning, which took me
several hours. By the time I got done, it was time to feed some
all over again. I'm glad Bob is better. Katie is a little
Have a blessed day,
everyone! Oh, one more thing: congratulations, Zenyatta!!!
Her personality in the first clip below reminds me of Buttercup a lot!
Buttercup is a bit prissy and always wants to be first and the center of
attention. Zenyatta is absolutely stunning!
Zenyatta prior to the
Nice coverage... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwVXX7GKANY&feature=sub
went to visit today with the girls, Silver Belle and Buttercup, in
Connecticut. Here, from Jeanne, are pictures from "My Day
With Les Girls" ...
want to update everyone on Princess. Dr. Eric just left, and
he was still scratching his head. When he last saw Princess, her
eye was on the verge of literally melting. On a scale of 1 to 10
(10 being worst), it was a 10 last week when Dr. Eric examined her.
We've been working around the clock for days to save her eye,
and it's paying off! Today he rated her eye at about
a 6! It's going to take continued around-the-clock treatments for
the next week before another exam and then, hopefully, we'll
get down to four treatments a day. The eye cup is a huge
tool in keeping her from causing more damage to the eye.
You can see the new blood vessels at
the top of the eye and some starting to the left of the ulcer traveling
right -- OMG it's awesome! It's nothing short of a miracle!
The ulcer is in the bottom left of her eye, and it has improved
remarkably! I may be sick from many long nights and lots of stress,
but just look what the reward is! I can't imagine if we'd had to
have done this without the help of our volunteers -- they have been
putting in extra hours, too, and we are so very grateful. And to
everyone that has kept Princess in good thoughts and prayers:
thank you! God bless you all!
Vet bills for Princess' eye care have
already reached $1,000 and, to help with some of these costs, we are
holding a special drawing at the end of this month for a beautiful
framed 11" x 14" sketch of Sunshine and Baby Ray by Kathryn
Baker (please see the image at the right). Just
follow this link to our Events page for the details!
Dr. Das came to pull
blood on Haley today. Foal watch will start on her in December,
which will be here before we know it!
While Dr. Das was
here, we asked her to work on Princess. She said Princess was
pretty sore all over and responded well to chiropractic and acupuncture.
Dr. Eric will be out in the morning to reassess Princess' eye.
Robin, Blodwyn, and
Marie were here today; and I can't thank them all enough. It's day
3 for me being in bed sick and it's driving me nutty. When I think
I'm feeling better, I get up and start to move around and then in about
15 minutes I'm ready for bed again. I'm so glad that Bob is
better. Katie, our daughter, is also sick. I'm trying to
avoid volunteers and visitors so I don't potentially get anyone else
Baby Ray seems to be
growing inches everyday. We still haven't seen any change in his
vision, but we aren't giving up hope. Please keep him in your
Kathy, for winning the horsehair bracelet!
Tried to get the
below out last night, but I was too sick to stay up to wait for the ISP
to start working.
It was a beautiful
day today. The temps were down and there was a nice breeze.
Granny was better, thank God! Thank you all for your prayers.
I'm a true believer in prayer, and I can't tell you how good it was to
see Granny better!
Blodwyn and Marie
were here all day to help, and Mel visited. Here she is with
Amadeus; he really is a big boy! Layla is behind him. The
area below her right ear where the cyst was removed has healed
beautifully. She still has the cyst thing under her left ear, and
a droopiness to her ear and eye, but she's fine and healthy, a really
sweet girl. Layla and Amadeus are good friends. He's almost
as tall as she is.
Mel visiting with
GMan, MJ, and Velvet.
Velvet was feeling
good today. As always, she's a beautiful girl. She's still
looking for a good home within a couple of hours of the rescue that has
a lot less activity going on. Less activity means less chance of
her reinjuring her bad knee. Here, when a couple of others get to
running or playing, she gets to running and bucking and jumping around
-- and then she is in discomfort for days.
Awwww, Auntie Mel - I
love you, too! The last time you saw me I was pretty small; look
at me now! What took you so long to come back to visit? I'm
so glad to see you! Don't stay away so long this time, OK?
It isn't the same without my sisters, Buttercup and Silver Belle.
But I have a new friend that wants to meet you!
Your slime thing makes everyone smile -- let me help!
Cheyenne is a 3-year-old paint gelding that is looking for a forever
home. He's absolutely beautiful and has an awesome personality.
He reminds me of Buttercup at times; he loves attention and loves to
Princess' eye cup has
been a lifesaver. I'm convinced that, without it, she would have
lost her eye. She's not out of the woods yet -- we're still
aggressively treating it and will continue to do so as long as it takes.
We had to buy refills for two of her eye meds today, and I'm sure we'll
have to buy a lot more before this is over. This is going to take
weeks to get through, and we continue to pray for a good outcome.
We bought her another
mask/cup today so, when this one gets dirty, we can change it out.
Bob drilled holes in the cup for ventilation. If you leave it off
her for just a few seconds, she will try to rub her eye on her leg, the
door, window, anything.
Zaynah likes to stay
in the shade of the shelter when there's a hay rack of alfalpha.
She's such a beautiful mare. She's all Arabian!
Captain is doing
well. I'm sure he's happy that cooler temps have arrived; let's
just hope they stick around.
Mel shared an apple
with HighTower. He's such a nice horse, he's like a big puppy dog!
It was a very
beautiful day. I wish I had felt better; as the day went by I
started to feel worse. By late this evening, this bug really
kicked me. Bob is better, though, thankfully. I'm off to bed
now and will likely be there all day tomorrow. I need to shake it
before Thursday when Dr. Das comes. She's coming to pull blood on
Haley but, if we can raise enough funds for her to treat Granny, that
would be awesome!
Here are Mel and Tim,
Blodwyn, and Marie.
Baby Ray's vision
seems unchanged, but we hold onto hope. He was tired when Auntie
Mel met him; it was nap time. He's really growing up! He's
such a love. I'd love to write a children's book about his story
and have it come with a little stuffed toy that looks like Baby Ray; I
think it would make a nice Christmas gift for kids.
Haley shook her mask
off, and it surprised her. She stared at it for a few minutes like
she was wondering if it was alive!
Well, it seems
HighTower has decided to be keeper of the gate. I don't know what
Little E will think about this -- Little E is the official meeter and
greeter for the rescue, and he does a great job. Well, maybe
Little E will welcome everyone, and HighTower will see them off?
We'll let them work it out.
I really do have a
bad cold and will likely be out of touch tomorrow. I'm getting
achy all over. I can't afford any time to be sick especially with
Princess needing around-the-clock care. I'm not good at staying in
bed, but I really do feel bad. Bob is going to have to pull most
of the shift tonight; I'm so glad he feels better.
Have a great week,
everyone, and I'll update when I can!
Hi, everyone ...
Thankfully, with the
cooler weather, Granny is much better today, and her breathing rate is
normal. Princess' eye remains unchanged. Thank you, Blodwyn,
for picking up her renewed prescriptions today. In addition to
Princess' previous vet bill, the cost of her prescriptions today was an
additional $95.00. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to
Princess' veterinary fund -- thus far, we have already received $420.00
Mel visited Beauty's
Haven today, and I was told that Miss Aaleyah Belle slobbered on her
from head to foot!!! Whatever are we going to do with our feisty
girl? Mel also took a number of photographs while at the farm.
At right is an adorable image of Sweet Baby Ray.
Since Theresa will be
unable to assist Baby Ray with selecting a winner for the horsehair bracelet,
I am going to attempt having my Maine Coon cat pick a name from a hat
tomorrow -- how I am going to accomplish this, I honestly do not know,
but it should be most interesting to say the least!!!
Please keep Theresa,
her family, and all the precious horses at Beauty's Haven in your prayers.
Granny has COPD and has been having a
really tough time. Even though it was overcast much of the day,
and it was cooler, Granny had been lying down most of the morning with
Casper standing over her. She was under the shelter where there
isn't much air circulation. The others (Layla, Jake, and
Amadeus) were all under the shelter, too, kicking up dust; so I
thought I'd better go check on her -- she or Casper will usually run
them off, so I figured something was up. When I saw her
breathing, I thought it best to get her out of the shelter and up into
the center aisle of the barn where there is usually a constant breeze.
Bernice helped me get Granny to the barn where she could stand in the
breeze of the center aisle. Then I went up to the house for
something and was in the office when I looked in the monitor and she
was down in the center aisle. She'd never done this before.
Bernice took her temp while I checked her vitals. None were
good. Dr. Adam was on call today, and he came right out.
Poor Casper watched
anxiously at the gate as I listened to Granny's heart and lungs.
Once we got Granny up and into a stall, we let Casper into the barn
paddock so he could be near her.
I never wanted to
have to make a decision about Granny like I did today. She had
foundered and rotated before coming to the rescue almost three years
ago. But her breathing was so bad today -- and she was so
uncomfortable -- we opted to give her Dex. I've tried to avoid
this because of her chronic founder, but cooler temps and lower
humidity are due so we're hoping and praying that the Dex will give
her a couple of days of comfort until they arrive. Currently, it
is down to 57 degrees; and she is out and about the barn grazing, with
Casper. Her temp is normal, her breathing is better, and her HR
is much better. Anyone that has visited with us knows how
beautiful Granny is both inside and out. We hope we can keep her
comfortable and will do all we can for as long as possible, but we won't
let her suffer. Again, please pray that cooler temps and lower
humidity come, which will help her. For those that don't know
her story, she had been abandoned on about 20 acres about three years
ago. She'd foundered and had a horrible skin condition.
She has always been a fighter, and everyone loves her. She's a
big mare with big beautiful eyes and a big heart.
While Dr. Adam was
here, he checked Princess' eye. In earlier updates I reported, I
think, that a few days ago Dr. Ryan rated the injury at an 8+ on a
scale of 1 to 10. Two days ago it was much worse; Dr. Eric rated
it at a 10, and we expected the eye to rupture at any time, which it
still could. Today, Dr. Adam felt the injury isn't quite a 10;
and we even saw a couple of wee new blood vessels. We will
continue to treat her eye as we have been every hour, and we keep
saying prayers. John and Bernice came in this morning and stayed
until Marie arrived around 3:00 PM. I still haven't had a chance
to get any rest, but tomorrow when Blodwyn and Marie are here I hope
to get to bed for a bit. Bob is still sick. I think
Princess' crankiness this morning was due to being in estrus, her eye
irritating her, and having Granny lurking in the aisleway.
Thankfully, Princess did calm down after she got her Banamine.
If anyone has any extra tubes of Gastroguard, Princess could sure use
The raffle for the
horse hair bracelet was over at midnight last night -- thanks to
everyone that participated! We intended to ask Baby Ray to draw
a name today, but it was another very busy day and it was over before
we knew it. And with the time change, darkness arrived sooner than
we expected. We'll have him pick the name tomorrow. Please
keep Princess, Baby Ray, Granny, and all of the horses in your
prayers. Thanks, everyone.
Princess' eye appears
unchanged, but she is much more uneasy today. She seemed to be
trying to colic earlier today, but is OK now. Granny was at the
barn at the time and Princess is in estrus -- being around Granny made
her uneasy. She's in estrus and just isn't a happy girl.
Princess has been under a lot of stress for the last several days.
She's still getting her meds hourly. The vet will be back
out tomorrow unless she gets worse in any way.
Granny has COPD and
is not doing well at all. Please keep her in your prayers along
with Princess. We have our hands full here, that's for sure.
I'm so thankful that Bernice and John came today. Marie is also
There are three
pictures below. The bottom picture may be graphic to
some. I like sharing pictures so that people that have never
experienced eye injuries can have a reference.
Here is Princess
Here you can see the
outline of the hard eye cup that covers her left eye. She has a
fly mask on with another mask below it that has a hard eye cup sewn into
it. Without the hard cup, she rubs on anything she can, which is
probably what caused the ulcer to get worse in the first place.
This was taken yesterday. The ulcer is in the bottom left of her