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I'd like to thank
everyone for the prayers, posts, emails, calls, and good thoughts for
Sunny. He was a very kind and caring horse and is greatly missed.
I find comfort knowing he is no longer in pain. I was very blessed
to have been able to hug him and tell him how much he was loved before
Buttercup and Silver
Belle are still here. Their transport was delayed, but we expect
them to leave within the next few days. I'm glad because it gives
me time to get some video of them -- my camera has been in for repair
but should be back in a couple of days. I've been using my
daughter's camera which isn't a very good one. I can't help but
wonder and worry what Momma Sue and Aaleyah will think when Buttercup
and Silver Belle are gone. Amadeus will be joining them along with
Our three girls and Momma Sue still love the water.
Here Jessica and Diane were showering them with water (and love), and
they loved it!
Jessica and Val.
Amadeus is simply handsome and huge. He gets a little crazy at
feeding time; he thinks there are ghosts everywhere that are going to
take his food. We have to work on this.
This is one of the two colts we recently helped after getting a bath.
He is an absolute sweetheart; they both are.
Looking back at some photos, you can tell Baby Ray really has come a
long way -- this is about a month ago.
This is about a week ago. We still need $615 for his surgery -- we
have another week to get there. I applied for some grants and am
disappointed because none have come through. Don't forget about
the custom horsehair bracelet!
Ruby monitors the barn aisle way on sunny days.
Little E is always close to the barn. He doesn't want to miss a
The weather is getting cooler, especially at night. This will help
Granny some with her COPD. She starts taking Spirulina in a couple
Please keep voting on the Animal Rescue site for us. We're in
sixth place now in the state, but I have faith that we can move up.
I actually have an appointment for a massage tomorrow here at the farm
for ME! I'm really looking forward to it. My sciatica is
better, but my body aches all over.
It was another busy
day here -- this is a short update, but I wanted to share some pictures.
How CUTE is this little one??? VERY! And look how tall he is
And Sunshine is so very beautiful and a good mom.
Baby Ray ran and jumped around and played like a baby should this
afternoon. He makes us all smile when he acts like a little
jumping bean! We're counting down the days until his surgery.
And what is one of the most blessed things to find at the end of a
rainbow? Yep, Baby Ray! And what could be even better?
Yep, Baby Ray with his mommy!
Haley is getting pretty plump. Val is her best friend.
Val is doing great, but we have to clean her out daily. She still
can't push her poop out. She really likes Haley and, if you
separate them, they both let you know they are not happy about it.
It was very good to hear that the Pryor mustangs auctioned today
by the BLM all went to good homes. Here is the update.
Updates from Carol Walker:
1) Great news from Pryor Mountain Adoption! All 57 horses
either adopted or sold to good homes. Big Thanks to all Freedom
Fund donors and supporters, and I say great work Ginger, Makendra, and
all of the Cloud Foundation.
2) Conquistador gets to have his mare Cavaletta with him, and the
four bands of Forest Service horses, including Floyd, that the Cloud
Foundation was trying to keep together, will be together, all 15 going
to a ranch of Laura Pivonka. Conquistador went ... for the highest
$ value as someone was trying to outbid the Cloud Foundation -- $2500!
3) Ember and Image get to stay together at a great home.
Ginger took Sax, other great homes were found for Rain, Arrow, Sage,
Helena Montana, Stiles, Cassidy, and the lame foal and mare -- the foal
is looking better by the way. Again thanks to all who
helped. This is a wonderful outcome!
We hope everyone is having a great weekend! Oh, and the Ibis bird
is doing OK.
Dr. Das worked on
Angel Baby this past Wednesday. Angel Baby is a stunning mare,
very kind and caring. Her body sores are healing nicely and she
has the brightest and kindest eyes. We hope to have Dr. Das work
on her again in two weeks and then monthly after that. If anyone
would like to help sponsor her next treatment by Dr. Das. please let us
Baby Ray napped while waiting for
his turn in line to be worked on by Dr. Das. Sunshine is never far
Ouuuuu that feels SO good. Dr. Das! You've got the touch!
See where Dr. Das is rubbing. Auntie Bernice? Can you remember
this spot and rub me there sometimes. too? Baby Ray was so relaxed
I thought he'd fall over!
Sunshine watched as Dr. Das worked on her baby.
He's got the cutest little baby face -- I think we should make him a
Baby Ray is just so precious. and he really has grown. He runs
down the aisle when he hears a bucket of grain coming. He still
tries to get into the tack room. It won't be long until he will be
able to see his mom's beautiful and loving face and all around him.
I can't wait!
Mystic left for her new home this past week -- the last hug and I love
you before they leave is hard, very hard. Mystic settled into her
new home nicely and is happy. One of our volunteers, Diane, has
already visited with her and agrees that Mystic has found the perfect
Here is some of the herd saying goodbye to Mystic. Velvet kicked,
bucked, ran. and just threw a fit as Mystic was leaving. It's
amazing the bond some horses establish. Gentleman's whinny goodbye
was the loudest -- it shook the ground!
We hope everyone has a great weekend. I don't know where the week
went; I spent most of it in bed with sciatica but hope to be back up and
about soon. I felt better yesterday, but I made the mistake of
doing too much too soon and am paying for it today. I know I have
a bazillion e-mails to answer, and I apologize but I'm not able to sit
at the computer for long.
Thanks to everyone that is helping with Baby Ray's surgery. We
take him to the hospital on October 6, surgery is on the 7th,
and I hope he can come home on the 8th. I hope and pray
the surgery will be successful. And I hope my camera is back from
the repair shop before then. I want to video his first few minutes
of waking up after surgery.
Please don't forget Conquistador and the other horses that were rounded
up and removed from their families and home -- they will be auctioned
off tomorrow by the BLM. I hope and pray for a miracle that they
can all somehow stay together. If not, I'd love for little Image
to find his way here. I hope and pray that the horses that remain
on the mountain have recovered and are doing well. It had to have
been so traumatic for many, especially the little ones.
countdown begins! Baby Ray's surgery is scheduled for October 6, and we
have about two weeks to raise the
remaining funds (about $1,000) by his discharge date of October 7.
For each $10 donation received between now and October 5, we will drop
your name in a hat. On October 6, we will choose a name; and that
person will get a very special Horse Hair Bracelet (like the example
pictured on the right). It is very special because the winner will get
to choose an adult horse from Beauty's Haven: we will snip the
hair from that horse's tail, and your bracelet will be handcrafted and
mailed to you.
You can donate by using this link on our website:
be sure to send us an e-mail letting us know that you are helping with
Baby Ray's upcoming surgery: firstname.lastname@example.org.
are honored to tell you that Knights Helping Horses, a team of UCF
college students joined together on
a mission built out of love and compassion for all animals, has selected
Beauty's Haven as its nonprofit client of choice. This wonderful
organization's motto is: "Love an animal, save a life, make a
To visit their website, please
follow this link. And be sure to be watching for their
fundraising events that will benefit Beauty's Haven! We will list
them on our
Thank you, Knights
Helping Horses! We are so grateful! Please
consider sending them an e-mail to thank them, too, by using the
"Contact Us" link on their website.
Mystic had a couple
of visitors this weekend, and it appears she will finally be going to a
new home where she will have her own human mom and dad that will give
her lots of love and TLC. Mystic was a broodmare before she came
here, and before that she was on a mounted patrol unit. Before
that, she'd been raced a few times. She wears scars from pin
firing on both front legs.
Mystic is a big girl and is a joy to be around -- she loves to be loved.
She has a warm and wonderful personality, and seeing her interact with
her potential new family really made my heart feel good. They will
be back again this week to visit with her. In the meantime, we're
processing their application.
And here are our big baby girls: Aaleyah Belle, Buttercup, and
Silver Belle. They all love to have their pictures taken.
Aaleyah look! Here comes mommy Theresa with the camera!
S-M-I-L-E! OK, now let's go see what she has in the golf cart!
Wait, Aaleyah, I want to be the first one to greet mommy Theresa!
I saw her first!
Look Buttercup there is something under this tub. Maybe we can
find something fun or a treat or something!
You two keep looking, I'm going to try one more time to see if I can fit
in the cart -- there has to be a way.
OK, so I won't fit. Well then, let's just have fun with the cart
and anything we can find in it! Just DON'T eat the seats--
we're still in trouble for that even though it wasn't me.
Two of our big girls will be leaving on or about the 27th for
their new home. I cry thinking about it, so I'm trying to not
think about it and to just enjoy the time I have left with them.
They will always be our babies and will always have a home to come back
to. But their new human family is excited and has promised to send
pictures and updates. We're very blessed that they've found a
wonderful home together.
For those that don't know, the story of these babies started when we got
a call on May 3, 2008 (Kentucky Derby Day), about a newborn and her
mother that were going to be shot if we didn't come and pick them up
right away. The baby had a wry nose and couldn't even nurse.
We didn't hesitate and little did we know at the time that the newborn,
that we named Aaleyah Belle (after Eight Belles), would have such an
impact on so many people. Her IGG was only 17 when she arrived --
she's our miracle baby. She had surgery to correct her wry nose at
the UF vet school in Gainesville. Her story is on our website.
Aaleyah's motto: Life is about determination. You don't give
up just because of the obstacles. Regardless of what obstacles
face you, just keep going. Go through, go around, jump through.
But never give up.
All three girls followed me back to the main paddock. Buttercup
wasn't happy because she was stuck in the middle; she wanted to be first
in line. She always wants to be first. The rest of the story
of these girls is on our website. I read through it today and had
to get out the tissues. These girls have taught us so much.
They've given us many smiles and brought us much joy. We will
always treasure our memories and look forward to the rest of their lives.
Angel Baby's bed sores are much better. She spends days in her
stall under fans and goes out in late evening.
Baby Ray wasn't very comfortable in a long-nosed flymask. He kept
sneezing and shaking his face trying to get it off.
Ummm, mommy! I don't like this thing it; has something in it that
tickles my nose. Please ask Mommy Theresa or Auntie Barbara to
take it off!
Well, we exchanged his long-nosed mask for his short-nosed one and then
he was happy. He is growing and starting to fill out. He's
such a doll. Every time I see him, I cant help but to think that
he should be saying: "Gotta love me!"
Ouuuu a little lower Jessica! That feels really good!
We hope everyone had a nice weekend. It's been very busy here.
Diane, Jessica, and Harry came out yesterday and helped with chores and
getting ready for the upcoming Peanut Festival. They brought their
mower and mowed, and it looks so very nice!
The weather has been extremely hot and humid. Trying to
keep the horses cool has been quite the task. The barn is full
during the day and a couple of horses stay in the aisle. I'm so
glad Barbara was here this weekend. I am having quite a time with
sciatic pain which I really don't need right now.
Ruby hasn't gone poop since about 11 am. The vet was out tonight
and she was oiled. Granny is still being treated for Pharyngitis,
and her breathing is still pretty labored. Dr. Das is coming on
Wednesday to work on Angel Baby and we'll likely start Granny on
Spirulina then -- she's been taken off the Ventipulmin. Casper isn't
happy that Granny is in the barn and he isn't.
Haley is getting very plump. Captain and Zaynah are toughing out
the heat each day under their little tree with a mister. Amadeus
is still huge and hangs out with Layla; he enjoyed the sprinkler today.
Angel Baby is doing OK, she's bright and alert and I could almost swear
she smiles at you sometimes. She's very appreciative of every
little thing done for her. Jake's front feet are ouchy and he may
have an abscess, so Ola came out this evening and soaked his feet.
I'll update via Anne or Jeanne tomorrow -- it's difficult for me to sit
at the computer when I'm feeling like this. Please say prayers for
Ruby -- thanks, everyone.
quick update -- and a good one! Dr. Brooks at UF has said he wants
to personally do Baby Ray's surgery! This is AWESOME! He
spoke with Dr. Porter yesterday, who spoke with Dr. Ryan, who has spoken
with Dr. Das. Unless Baby Ray has a set back, and we don't expect
any, he is scheduled for surgery
on OCTOBER 7!
He will be admitted on October 6 and will have to stay for at least
another day after the surgery, so he will be gone for a minimum of two
nights, along with his mom. I'm so excited - I can't wait!
I still must make time to tally up where we are on donations, but more
good news is that since Dr. Brooks learned of the case and spoke with
Dr. Porter -- the cost is estimated to be around $4000. Since his
mom is going with him, it will be a little more; and it usually is a
little over. So I'm guessing around $4300, significantly lower
then the first estimate.
I'll tally as soon as I can. Jake has been having a few bad days,
and I'm trying to get the vet out. Dr. Ryan is off this weekend.
Granny needs a stall but they are all full, but the clouds have rolled
away and it's very hot -- so we're going to try to get Jake out of his
stall (he doesn't want to budge) and let Granny in the stall under the
fans. Jake's legs are pretty stocked up so we're going to try
again to get him moving. I had to give him some bute, and we are
just giving it time to work.
Baby Ray is doing
much better. When the vet tech at UF asked me if he was strong
enough yet, I laughed. He does the cricket dance and runs all back
and forth in his paddock from one side to the other. Sometimes he
doesn't stop soon enough and gingerly runs into the fencing, but most of
the time he stops just in time. We will be verifying the amount
donated over the weekend to see where we are on funds. I'm just
behind on many things, but this has to be done. We will likely
have another raffle to help with remaining needed funds. We will
schedule the surgery as soon as possible, but UF doesn't allow us to
have 30 days to pay like our vet does. We have to have the full
amount, half due at check-in and the balance before check-out. I
can't wait for Baby Ray to see!!
We think Angel Baby has decided she likes it here. She had a full
tummy in this picture, shade, and a bucket of water right next to her.
She has a tough time with her front feet, but she has a tremendous will.
Using shredded cardboard vs. shavings in her stall is working well.
There is no dust with the shavings, and they are fluffier and easier to
We'd like to ask that you include Jenny in your prayers. Her
father passed away yesterday, and she is flying to Panama today.
It's never easy when we lose a loved one especially when we don't get to
It looks like the two colts will have a safe place to go and, hopefully,
a way to get there! If so, they will be gelded next week.
These two have really had me worried. Angel Baby is the mom to one
of the boys. If it works out, and I'm sure it will, it is one more
case to prove that, by working together, we can save more lives.
Have a great night, everyone, and please don't forget to vote for us
every day on the Animal Rescue site!
Mommy? No, you
don't smell like my mommy -- you must be Angel Baby? I'm Baby Ray
and I can't see, so please don't let me run into you, OK? Do you
know that Dr. Ryan is coming today? Our human mommy says I'm going
to go to a place soon where they can fix my eyes so I can see! I
Dr. Das was supposed to come today to help me and you, but she hurt her
back and can't come until next week. You're going to like her; she
makes you feel really good with her hands. And Dr. Ryan is really
nice, too. I have to go find my mommy now -- oh, I hear her, she's
looking for me. Welcome home, you'll like it here. It's nice
to have a home; I went to a lot of places before I was brought here.
I really love it here! And guess what mommy Theresa did after I
got here? She found my horsey mom and, with the help of other nice
humans, they were able to bring my mommy here to me! The day I got
here I'd walk and walk the fence line trying to find my mommy; I'd call
for her but she wasn't here. A human took me away from her a
couple of months ago when I was only a month old. Then one day not
long after I got here I could smell my mommy near me, and we touched
noses and then she whinnied at me -- I had my mommy back! It was
the best day of my life! And my mommy says we're not numbers here,
we're horses and we're loved!
Robin had to stay home today, one of her horses isn't feeling well --
prayers for Tiger would be greatly appreciated. Diane somehow got
away from her job and came out for a bit. And she brought us a
prepared dinner of pot roast, and OMG was it good! Dr. Ryan and
Jay took x-rays of Angel Baby's feet. She has rotated in one of
her front feet, and the other has an abscess that is about ready to
blow. The rotation has been there for a long, long time. Dr.
Ryan said she's somehow learned to cope with the discomfort and has
bright eyes that are full of life. Recently, she had been bred and
then stitched up. Supposedly, she did not take which, IMO, is a
very good thing: she is in no condition to be bred, and she never
will be again. Ola will look at the x-rays tomorrow, and we'll go
from there. Angel Baby is comfortable though. She went on
walkabouts today and got to know Baby Ray and Sunshine; they seem to
really enjoy each other's company.
Psssssttt. Angel Baby we want to show you where the food comes
from, OK? Come on!
OK, Angel Baby, do see those doors right there? That shiny door
knob thing is what you turn to get it open. That is where the
goodies come from! I've seen Baby Ray open the door, so maybe you
can figure it out, too. If you do, give me a whinny, OK?
Thanks Sunshine! I think I'm going to like it here. The
humans here seem to really care; I like that. And guess what I
heard them say, that neither you or me will be bred again! That's
OK by me, I'm a bit too old for any more youngsters and my feet aren't
well. I'll just be an aunt and babysitter to Baby Ray, if that's
OK. Anytime you need me to watch over him, just let me know.
I've had so many of my own, I've got lots of experience.
So there stood Angel Baby - she stared at the door knob for quite a
And then Angel Baby called for Baby Ray to come to show her how to open
it. And he tried he tried hard!
Shucks, Aunt Angel, I just can't get it right now -- sometimes our human
mommy locks it to make sure we don't get in. She says we could eat
ourselves sick. I think that's silly, I just want a little grain.
We'll have to try again later.
Not long after, they did get fed. And then Angel Baby wandered out
to take a nap. She seemed very comfortable and content. I
was pleasantly surprised that she moved as well as she did today.
Much better then yesterday.
She's such a sweet mare. We're not going to try to put much weight
on her until her feet are better.
We tried some new bedding that worked really well -- it's shredded
cardboard. It's soft, and there is no dust.
case against Krystal Knirsch was heard in court today. She was
found guilty and sentenced to one year's probation, 50 hours community
service with Salvation Army, 30 days on the Sheriff's Work Gang,
$2,500.00 fine, and approximately $500.00 in court costs; and she cannot
own or shelter animals for one year, with the exception of
"Choppy," her mother's cat. We are very thankful that
justice was served in Red's (Sienna's) case -- thank you, Marion County!
Now, that precedence has been set, the court itself has determined that
Red was abused; we expect more charges for the other horses. Red
was in bad shape but Dingolay (Layla) was even worse, and Tonka died.
Brook and her baby died. It's more than apparent that there is a
case for the others that suffered. What do you think?
evening, everyone! Theresa had an extra busy day and is beat.
It rained like crazy yesterday, and today Theresa didn’t have
any volunteers at the farm to help with chores. Jake received his
first treatment of Adequan yesterday, and he is noticeably better today.
Captain’s diarrhea is back, and tonight Baby Ray has diarrhea
also. Dr. Das will be here on Tuesday to do more blood work on
Baby Ray. Dr. Ryan will likely be at the farm tomorrow.
We had a visitor stop by the farm today. A
man had heard about the
rescue and wanted to know if we would be interested in three horses –
all TBs. Two of them are young colts.
One has been trained under saddle but is too slow to be a race
horse. The other colt is a bit more spunky but very nice – he
has a condition known as “Roaring,” so he will not make a race
horse; but he would make a very nice pleasure horse.
The third horse is a lovely broodmare. When Theresa went in the
stall to see her, her heart sunk until she saw the look in the mare’s
eyes – her eyes are bright and full of life. The mare has bed
sores, and there is no doubt that she has foundered. Even though
she is 19 and in this condition, the owner tried to breed her again but
she didn’t take, which is a blessing for her.
She is a multiple stakes winner and has produced some impressive
foals. One of them has won over $350,000. He sold as a
two-year-old for $500,000. Other foals have sold for well over
$250,000. Theresa called Ola, the farrier, out to assess the mare and
she, like Theresa, felt this mare deserves a chance. Ola has
worked on some very bad cases and feels this mare can be made
comfortable to live a good quality of life as a babysitter or pasture
pal. She’s given so much for so many years, it is a shame that
she has ended up like this. About an hour later, Theresa and Ola
had the mare settled into a stall at the rescue; and Ola has already
done some work on the mare, which made her more comfortable.
Theresa found sutures above the mare’s vulva, and this is something
that Theresa will ask the previous owner to explain tomorrow. We
are calling this mare Angel Baby -- she has a beautiful baby face.
Right foot from the side.
Right foot from the front.
foot from the side – you can see the nail holes from when she wore
Baby is very vibrant and full of life – and she gives hugs.
three horses were scheduled to be shot and picked up by the rendering
company on Tuesday,
September 14, but the owner is hoping that through our rescue we can
find homes for them. The mare is safe –- she is here at the
farm. If anyone is
interested in either of the colts, please let us know ASAP. They
are both very nice movers. The
man has agreed to let us leave them on his farm and have them gelded,
but they can’t stay there long. They can’t come to the rescue
as we are not set up for studs, and we are full. These
are two sound and beautiful horses, and it would be a shame to end their
life -– please help us to find homes for them.
we can find a home for them, we will have them gelded ASAP.
This colt is a great grandson of Raise a Native (dam’s side) and a
grandson of Storm Cat (sire’s side). He is three years old,
trained under saddle, but too slow to race. He is very sweet and
not stud-like at all. He’s very much a “people” horse and
likes human attention. He is in very good shape and appears sound.
colt is the roarer. We don’t know how bad and if only one side
or both are involved. He is four years old. This colt was a
little skittish when Theresa went to rub him but, once she did, he was
fine. He is a beautiful mover.
And just a couple of other pictures from today.
hope everyone is having a great weekend. We have quite a bit of
information to share.
Buttercup and Silver Belle will be leaving within the next two weeks for
their new home. There will be a lot of tears here -- my heart will
be breaking. Hearing the whinnies as they pull out always knocks
me to my knees. Saying goodbye is never, ever easy. We are
very thankful for their new human family and will most definitely share
future updates about them. They will still be our babies and part
of our life, forever.
A change in plans -- Layla will not be leaving next week. I won't
go into details but will simply say we believe it would be in her best
interest to remain in our adoption program -- we have a no-breed policy.
So, Layla will be on our website on the Available page for adoption.
She will make someone a very sweet horse -- she's very smart and loves
to please. She has been trained under saddle but never raced.
She won't be hard to re-train, I'm sure.
Baby Ray is doing very well. He's getting stronger and reminds me
very much of Aaleyah Belle doing her cricket dance. He's getting
good at it! He is a bundle of energy at times, and it is
heartwarming to see. Dr. Das will be here on Tuesday to run blood
work and work on him a little. We will discuss his condition with
her and Dr. Ryan; but we feel that, unless there is a set back, he will
be strong enough for his surgery in the next couple of weeks. We
have applied for grants but have received no responses. We need to
get going on his fundraising now; we can't schedule the surgery until
the funds are available. I'm afraid he will be ready long before
we have the needed funds raised. We are holding a couple of local
fundraisers and will keep applying for grants. To summarize, as
soon as funds are available, we will schedule his surgery.
Captain is doing well -- no more diarrhea, finally! Little E still
has a touch of it but is better.
We are in need of a few items for some of the horses. We just
restocked with Banamine and Bute thanks to an anonymous donor, so we're
good there. We still have some Bio-Sponge left. Here is what
1. Previcox available with prescription only.
Donations to help with this would need to be snail-mailed or via Google
or PayPal. We normally order 2 bottles at a time, but if we can
order even one it will help. We have 5 horses on this product --
it works great. We order this from Allivet. http://www.allivet.com/PREVICOX-p/25119.htm
We use this on many
of the horses, including Baby Ray.
A 12-ounce bottle will last quite a while, but we'd be
happy with even a 4- ounce bottle. This product is available via
many online sources.
And now a few pictures.
Jake scratching his tummy.
Frodo playing in the water. He loves to break sprinklers!
Baby Ray has the cutest face. When you talk to him sometimes he
makes you think he's really listening, and understanding, what you are
Baby Ray and Sunshine looked beautiful after their baths today.
Baby Ray is finally as tall as Haley, the pregnant mini mare!
Val got a bath today, too.
Thanks to everyone for your support. We're very happy that Baby
Ray is doing so well, and we can't wait for the day when he will see his
mommy's face and all around him.
This is how the day
morning started out. Captain was very dehydrated and too weak to
was on the phone with Dr. Ryan, Captain started showing signs of colic,
so he got some Banamine to hold him over until Dr. Ryan arrived.
Once the Banamine kicked in, he got up and walked a few feet and went
down again. We put up the umbrella to shade him, but then he got
up again and we took him to the barn, Zaynah in tow.
Dr. Ryan arrived and checked Captain out. He didn't have a
temperature. His heart rate was OK. The blood work showed
nothing to be worried about; everything was within normal limits.
Captain got a few bags of fluids via IV. After a couple bags, you
could see his eyes start to brighten -- this was a welcome sight.
Bob and I had discussed this earlier, and we had decided that we weren't
going to oil Captain or do anything that could cause him stress.
He is 30 years old, but he perked up with the fluids and looked like he
wasn't ready to go anywhere. Dr. Ryan and I discussed it, and we
agreed he would do OK with the oiling and he did. Dr. Ryan knows,
if a horse is suffering and there is little hope and we cant make the
horse comfortable, then helping the horse to cross is something that we
will do. But Captain just plain wasn't ready to go.
Zaynah stayed outside Captain's stall all day.
You can see the light in his eyes.
Eilene and her brother visited today and didn't know what to expect when
they arrived -- she only knew before she left home that Captain was
down. When she arrived, she said she knew by the look on my face
Captain must have been better. And she gave me hugs sent from
others which came at a good time -- I needed them, thank you!
Baby Ray got a big hug from Auntie Eilene.
And then he decided he wanted to run and show off and play. I'll
put a video on YouTube later tonight. He's definitely feeling
And then I dropped my camera, so it's toast. But I did get one
last picture, sort of.
I was a bit wiped out from the early morning activities by the time
Eilene and her brother arrived -- which I felt bad about -- but we
walked the property and visited with all of the horses. They got
to meet Layla before she goes home, which will be later this week.
Amadeus enjoyed his carrot treats. The girls greeted them and
Aaleyah slimed them, as usual. GMan was being showered by his
mister. They didn't recognize Velvet: the sun has bleached
her coat terribly. Granny loved the extra attention; she's in a
stall during the days now and her breathing is better; she looks really
good. When we got to Val and Haley's paddock, they were playing
ring around the feed bowels of forage. It was a nice day, though,
with a breeze almost all day.
Tonight, Captain is doing OK. We now need to pray that the
diarrhea is over and he doesn't colic anymore. Prayers are
appreciated. I'll update tomorrow.
I'm so glad the Pryor Mountain round-up is over, but I have many mixed
feelings about it all of it. It was such an unnecessary evil, and
I hope and pray nothing like this happens again. Cloud has had the
majority of his herd taken away from him, and I can't imagine how he
must be feeling tonight. For an update you can go here: http://thecloudfoundation.wordpress.com/.
We can't let this just go away. There are 57 horses (including
three babies) that were taken that will be auctioned off or sold.
are pleased to announce that the winner of our "hooficure"
raffle -- to pay for our latest farrier bill -- is Chris N.
Congratulations, Chris! And thank you, everyone, who participated!
Oh, Baby Ray, we need
you to come and draw the name of the raffle winner!
Do I have to, Mommy Theresa? My mommy and me just got done eating
lots of hay, and I just want to take a nap.
OK, you don't have to do it now -- but if you're going to nap, please go
nap in your stall -- there is a surprise! Aunties Chris and Pat
just got finished sanitizing it and putting all new fluffy shavings in
it! You''ll feel much better there under the fan.
Oh! You're right! Mommy, check it out! All new soft
shavings and no flies! This is awesome! Thanks, Aunties
Chris and Pat! Mommy Theresa, can I please pick a name after my
nap? I've never drawn a name before, and I don't know what it
means. I'm really too tired to learn right now.
He's awake and up! OK, Baby Ray, it's time! Just pick one!
I want this one! Do I get to eat it?
watched the whole thing and looked as us like we were aliens or
something, but she knew we'd never do anything to hurt her baby.
She's a good mom. I snatched the name out of his mouth just before
he tried to munch on it and replaced it with a couple pieces of grain as
And the winner is: JENNY N.!! Thank you Jenny! And to
all of you that participated, thank you! We'll let Nash know he
helped to replace the broken pressure tank to the well pump. Sammi
and Joy's beautiful drawing by Kathy Baker is just beautiful!
Congratulations, Jenny N.!
That was easy, mommy Theresa -- if I do it again, do I get a little more
No worries, Baby Ray,
it's feeding time anyway! You're a good boy, and you did a great
Pictures from the
long weekend and today ...
The best news of the day is that Little E just went poop at about 7:30
pm! And it wasn't a diarrhea poop! It wasn't perfect, but it
was much better than it has been all day. Dr. Ryan came today to
see E and Captain. He drew blood on both, but we didn't get
results back this evening.
Baby Ray and his mom still munch on all the hay put before them.
Layla is in the background. Sunshine is wearing Rhythm Beads in
her mane to help Baby Ray find her.
Baby Ray is a bit more active. On Sunday he actually ran back and
forth from one side of the paddock to the other a few times, jumping
around like a foal does -- it was great to see! He is such a sweet
boy, and he has started to put on a little weight -- and we're even
seeing some muscling up in the shoulders.
Silver and Buttercup saying hello to Chris and Pat. Buttercup had
to be first, of course.
Momma Sue and Aaleyah coming in to say hello. Momma Sue got a good
bath that she really needed. The horses stand under sprinklers
during the day and then roll in the sand. They are all filthy!
Silver Belle with a mouth full of carrots. She's so funny when she
naps -- she snores loudly and moves her legs a lot -- you'd almost think
she was running a race! I'd love to sleep as soundly as she does!
Buttercup is as gorgeous as ever and she still knows it! She is
really a big girl and still growing.
Gentleman got a bath and loved it -- he loves the water and the
Captain is the same: he still has diarrhea. You can see that
he has lost weight. We hope to get the blood tests back in the AM.
Zaynah is doing really well. Her knee gives her a time, but she's
perky and happy.
And then there is sweet little Valentine. She still can't push her
poop out, and we clean her out each evening. She's another that
loves to roll in the sand.
sorry -- no pictures or story tonight -- my heart is too heavy.
What is happening to Cloud and the horses at Pryor Mountain is
horrendous. Please, everyone -- call the White House in the
morning -- flood them with protests and demand that they put the
horses back on Pryor Mountain and return their freedom to them.
The BLM must be investigated! We can't let this continue or happen
again. A national treasure is being wiped out by our own
government. Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000, and fax:
Tonight, we pray hard. Tomorrow we have to be strong in
our rightful demands for these priceless horses -- we must not let up.
Can you imagine how 19-year-old Conquistador must be feeling? It
is truly a crime. He has lost everything -- his home, his
family of 19 years.
Also, please include Captain in your prayers. He is still not well,
and it's been almost a week. He has lost weight he
couldn't afford to lose. The medications are not helping.
I spoke with Dr. Ryan again today. He will be out tomorrow.
Captain's symptoms remind me too much of what happened with Charlotte,
and I admit - I am worried.
A few pictures from
today -- the heat and humidity were horrible!
Hi everyone! I'm
Baby Ray! I like to eat and sleep most of the time. Mommy
Theresa takes lots of pictures and someday I'm going to be able to see
them! I'm going to go to the hospital as soon as I'm strong
enough, and the doctors are going to fix my eyes so I can see -- I can't
Mommy, I think I'm
ready for another nap; but this hay is SO good!
There is usually a
breeze that blows through the center aisle, so we try to put their hay
in the breeze. Sunshine is doing really well. She's a bit
more protective of Baby Ray with a couple of the other horses that have
come through the barn. She's OK with Granny. Granny has been
staying in under a fan to help keep cool during the days.
Ruby went down to
visit in GMan's paddock this evening. I think he likes her, but
she isn't so sure if she likes him!
She ran around him a
couple of times and then took off to go visit with Bud and the others in
the paddock next to her.
We hope everyone has
a safe and blessed Labor Day weekend!
enjoy the photos below. Theresa was wiped out tonight, so there
are no captions. We hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and
please have a safe Labor Day weekend!
Momma Sunshine enjoying her hay while Baby Ray takes a siesta.
Casper is in the background.
Momma Sunshine and Baby Ray enjoying some alone time.
Jake playing peekaboo.
Layla and Amadeus enjoying each other’s company.
such a handsome fellow!
Today has been very
busy, and I'm wiped out but wanted to get this out before calling it
day. I had a doctor's appointment myself today after Dr. Ryan came
and had to drive to Gainesville and, on my way back, I got pretty sick.
Dr. Ryan was out early this morning to examine the horses and draw
blood. He called late this evening to give me the results of blood
work. All CBCs came back OK. Little E and Captain are better
but will stay on Bio-Sponge for a few days. Granny has COPD and is
on Ventipulmin indefinitely. She is also on antibiotics to ward
off pneumonia at this time. She seemed more comfortable this
Well, today has not
been a good day at the rescue. In fact, it's been pretty
This morning we found the pressure tank at the well is broken and the
well pump is running 24/7, which is not good and makes the electric bill
go way up. This tank needs to be replaced ASAP (we don't want to
burn up the well pump) at the price of about $550 - $600 (installed).
Later in the day, we found that
Little E has diarrhea and a temp. Not
long after, we found that Captain has diarrhea and a temp. Explosive
diarrhea! He had to get washed down.
I called Dr. Ryan and he told me to give Bio-Sponge to E and Captain and,
fortunately, I had enough for today. They also got bute. On
my way back from giving them their meds, I noticed Granny.
Granny hadn't moved in quite some time; her front feet are really
bothering her. She was breathing pretty heavy, so I put my cheek
on her to feel her body temp (I have no sensation below my neck) and it
felt warm. I asked Bernice to feel Granny to see if she was warm,
and she was. We took her temp and it was about 103. She is
also stocked up in her back legs.
I called Dr. Ryan again. He advised me to give Granny some
Banamine. I go back out to give it to her, and she has a huge
white glob of mess coming from her nose. Yuck! I called Dr.
Ryan again, and she's been given some Ventipulmin to see if it helps for
tonight. If any of these three gets worse, Dr. Ryan wants me to
call him. If not, he will check all three of them along with Baby
Ray in the morning. He has to pull some more blood on Baby Ray.
I checked Casper's temp when we were done with Granny, and it was OK but
I found a new melanoma under his tail. This is the second new one
in two weeks.
While Bernice was driving the go cart (it pulls the poop spreader), it
broke, again. So now we have nothing to pull the spreader with.
Jake's front feet are bothering him, and it was all we could do to get
him up to the barn before the storm.
With all of this going on, I'm
trying to keep the sickly away from the barn and making sure to clean up
before having to handle the baby or anything at the barn. Baby Ray
and his mom are fine munching away at hay under the front of the barn.
Jake is settled into a stall.
I'm not going to ask what else can
go wrong! When Dr. Ryan is out in the morning, if E and Captain
aren't better, he will tube and treat them. He will also pull
blood. He'll examine Granny and pull blood; she may have pneumonia
or pleuritis. She's had a cough off and on but mostly when she
physically exerts herself. But lately the cough has been for no
apparent reason. Her breathing is shallow and rapid. She
does not feel well. I just hope her heart is OK. So, another
vet bill for tomorrow. It never ends.
If anyone has any spare tubes of
Bio-Sponge paste, we could surely use them. We're getting low on
Banamine and Bute also. Bio-Sponge is available at Valley Vet.
We try to keep 12 tubes on hand; they are cheaper by the dozen, and it's
a weeks worth of treatment for a horse.
If anyone has a golf cart they
would like to donate that could pull the poop cart, it would be an
answer to prayers. The go cart keeps breaking down, and I can't
drive it -- it is too bumpy for my neck/back.
We could really use prayers for the
horses and humans. I've got solo barn duty the rest of the
day/night and will pretty busy.
Sorry, this is the only picture I have of Baby Ray today. He was
in his stall munching on hay with his mom this morning when I got to the
barn. His bright little face is just so full of life you can't
help but smile when you see him.
I hope to have good news after Dr.
Ryan comes out in the morning. I don't like it at all when the
elderly ones get sick. I'll update tomorrow. Thanks and have
a good evening, everyone.
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