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Hi, everyone! We had a HUGE storm yesterday
evening which turned the rescue into a huge pond! There was so much
rain! Many areas got washed out, mostly on the west side of the
property next to the lime rock road. This picture was taken about an
hour after the storm -- most of the water had seeped into the ground or
traveled to the middle of the property. Amadeus loved it and ran all
around having a good time. The paddock he is in had the most water
remaining after the storm. That's him down by the shelter in the
middle of the pond.
We picked up two pallets of sod today that were
sponsored (thank you!), and we ordered a load of sand. Tomorrow we
start filling holes, moving sand, and laying sod. I know we won't
have enough sod to fix it all, but we want to at least get the fence lines
safe. This is the QT paddock. We've locked Armani and Little E
out of it until we can make it safe again.
This is the southwest paddock: we will at
least fill this 18" deep hole tomorrow and put some sand in the big pit
that formed. We likely won't have enough sod to put down in this
area -- it will likely wash out again, but at least until then it will be
safer and some of the run off will be slowed down by the sod we will be
laying north of this paddock, which is where the water travels from into
You can see on the bottom of fence posts how deep
the water got, all the way up to the bottom of the bottom board!
Momma Sue is no worse; she is truly a beautiful
mare with the kindest eyes.
Dr. Das worked on Princess today.
She got chiropractic and acupuncture.
Casper was next; he is doing better. He also
got chiropractic and acupuncture (thank you to his sponsor!). Dr.
Das didn't have time to work on LadyBug today, but she will be back in a
couple of weeks.
And here are Kandi and Baby Ray talking about
something. Baby Ray is getting a little chunky!
Barbara has been busy getting ready for Saturday;
she'll be setting up a BHFER table at the Vegifest that is being held in
Tampa. We'll be busy here for the next few days fixing the washed
out areas and doing our routine chores while praying we don't have any
more heavy rains and that the new sod does well.
Our heated buckets have been ordered: thank
you to our bucket sponsors! Please don't forget about the Kami Christmas
Cards! We're trying to come up with a fundraiser to replace our poop
spreader, which is about to fall apart -- Bob has fixed it as best as he
can, but it's only a matter of time before it can't be mended any more.
It's a Newer Spreader Model 200 and is one of the most valuable and used
tools we have that we can't go without! It's held up well for the
last three years or so and is used throughout the day, every day. If
anyone has any ideas, please let us know. We will be offering some
items on eBay in the next couple of weeks.
We do hope everyone is having a good week -- I
can't believe that it's Thursday already! Have a good night,
everyone, and thank you for caring about the horses and helping when you
can. We appreciate all of you: without you and your support,
we couldn't do what we do. God bless!
Hi, everyone, I'm making time to get an update out
tonight! I tried to do it last night but, by the time I got to the
computer, I was done for the day -- the brain just wasn't working.
We've been very busy, as usual. The weather has been a bit better,
and we've had some much needed rain. I'm very happy that we don't
have any bad news to report in this update. Casper still needs
prayers, but he is feeling better and that makes us feel better.
Here are a few pictures from the last few days.
Baby Ray and Legacy run and play, and sometimes
they get others running around, too. They're big boys now, only Baby
Ray is big in a compact sort of way. He must be able to see
something -- light and shadows maybe. You'd never know he's supposed
to be blind if you were to watch him run and play!
And here is Reva standing over her baby, Kami, and
Kandi. She's a good mom.
Asiya and Shaker had been sharing Captain's
paddock. A few days ago, I moved Asiya from Captain's paddock to the
main paddock and left Shaker in Captain's paddock -- they could still
"talk" over the fence, and all was good. Then we let Joy out into
the main paddock so she could spend some time with Asiya; that went OK.
Then we moved Joy into Captain's paddock with Shaker, so now we have the
two pregnant mares together. Our concern was that Asiya would be
upset about being separated from Shaker, but we were pleasantly surprised
when we moved her into the paddock with the Starla, Fancy, and Lana that
she did just fine. The first day that Asiya and Shaker were totally
separate, they talked back and forth quite a bit -- but now they both do
their own thing. Shaker and Joy get along really well. Here
are Asiya and Joy.
Here is Joy after getting a much needed bath.
She's a pretty girl.
Chris and Pat came up on Saturday with their
parents to help out, which we really appreciated! I wasn't feeling
well (got up sick at 3 AM), and they did all the poop scooping -- and
that's a lot of work! They all loved the babies, and the babies
loved the extra attention!
The new shelters are quite a blessing: the
horses love them! Construction is about done; the windows still need
to put in, which will be done over the next couple of weeks. We
really like the mats (made by Stall Savers) that we put in a couple of
them. Liquids go through them, and the mats cut down dramatically
the amount of dust that gets stirred up when the horses walk under the
shelter, which makes it a healthier place for the horses. There are
still five shelters we'd like to put the mats in, but that will be a
project maybe for next year.
Here are Fancy, Lana, and Starla grazing.
Here is Legacy trying to convince Robin to let him
into the barn area.
On Thursday Dr. Das is coming to work on Casper
and Princess, and possibly LadyBug (time permitting -- if not, we'll
schedule an appointment for her). Casper seems to be doing better.
Well, he has days that are better then others; but he is getting around
more since his abscess popped. Now it appears he may have an abscess
trying to pop in each of his back feet, too, at the coronary band; and he
is stocking some up in both back legs.
Heart and Sayan are doing well at their foster
home. Momma Sue is no worse, so that is good. Ruby's leg
seemed to be bothering her a bit today, but she did some running around
last night. We had some pretty bad storms that got many of the
horses running around.
We're still getting very nice compliments on the
Obstacle Challenge fundraiser. I'd say it was a huge success! Here
is the link to the news coverage:
The farrier is coming tomorrow to trim 10 horses
($35 each), so we're looking for "hooficure" sponsors again! It
seems like we just did this, but it's been 6 weeks -- where did the time
go? We did get sponsors for the heated buckets, which we truly
appreciate! Every bit helps, and all donations are tax-deductible
and are very much appreciated.
Thanks so much for your continued support -- we
hope everyone is having a really good week! I'll update again
probably on Thursday evening.
Aaleyah Belle is doing very well at "school."
Here are a few pictures of her taken yesterday. Jennifer said that
Aaleyah got to play in water from a sprinkler splashing on a tarp, which
I'm sure Aaleyah liked once she got used to the tarp -- she loves water!
She still slimes and likes to keep that tongue hanging out!
I'm surprised she didn't try to slime the noodles
and play with them!
She must have been really thinking about this task
-- I don't see her tongue!
Peek-a-boo! There's that tongue!
Aaleyah is due to come back in a couple of weeks,
but we'd like to continue her in her training for 30 more days.
We'll see what we can do. Jennifer is doing a great job with her.
Armani and Little E had a great time this evening
running together! It was nice to them having a good time.
Armani misses Kandi, but she is just too small to be his playmate any more
-- she's in the paddock across from him, which opens up to Reva's paddock.
They talk across the fence a lot, but Kandi and Kami seem to be pairing
up. Armani has grown so much in such a short time! So far
Little E is the only horse that hasn't picked on Armani. I hope to
let them be turned out around the house together for a good part of each
I have no idea why Armani was so interested in the
contents of the poop cart! That's Legacy and Baby Ray in the background.
When Little E and Armani were running, it reminded
me of Buttercup -- she used to run with Little E, too.
Armani is just beautiful and would make an awesome
After a bit I told Armani it was time to go back
to his paddock for the night. I tapped the side of my leg twice and
said "come," and he complied right away -- this is something I try to
teach each of them. We walked back to his paddock, and he got extra
scratches for being such a good boy. He is a quick learner and would
do very well with someone that has time to spend with him while he is
While Armani is just over 6 months old, he is
going to grow to be a very tall boy -- he really is gorgeous!
Please share these pictures with others; perhaps
by networking we can find Armani a perfect forever home! Thanks!
Here's Casper yesterday after blowing an abscess in a
front foot and having it treated -- you could tell he felt better which
made us feel better! He's always the happiest when Baby Ray is close
I finally had to pull Kandi out of the QT paddock
-- Armani was getting a bit too bossy. The first evening away from
Armani I put her in the paddock behind the barn with Kami, right across
from the QT paddock so Armani wasn't very far away. And Reva and her
baby are just on the other side of this paddock. I'm not sure what
Kami was telling Kandi when I snapped this picture, but I'm sure it was
something to the effect that she's lead baby here!
Then they chased each other and ended up looking
like they were in a stand-off.
They calmed down and ended up happily grazing
The next day I opened the gate that goes to the
paddock where Reva and her baby are. The kids are really cute when
they all get to running playing. But then Armani feels left out and
gets upset. I just don't know what to do about him. I'm trying
to spend more time with him, but it's not nearly the same as having a full
To give you an idea of how big Armani is ...
It's like he has the huge growth spurts!
He's doing better being handled but still shies away from strangers.
LadyBug melted my heart today and Robin captured
it on camera -- Dr. Ryan was X-raying one of her feet and LadyBug
literally laid her head against my chest and left it there for a bit -- it
was the sweetest thing! I'm very happy to report that her X-rays
were OK! She has thin soles and needs to lose weight. Ola, one of
our farriers, was here to see the X-rays and discuss LadyBug's feet with
Dr. Ryan, which was good. Dr. Ryan was suspect and palpated LadyBug
again just to make sure there was no baby in that belly of hers, and there
isn't -- whew! We don't have a dry lot to put her in, and she hardly gets
anything -- she has been on Thyro-L for quite awhile. She's just an
extremely easy keeper.
LadyBug didn't care very much for her new boots
and pads today -- got pretty upset wearing them so we took them off -- she
walks much better without them and appears much more comfortable.
Kathy, Sharon, John, and Savannah visited today.
It was really nice to see them! Kathy has designed a beautiful
Christmas card featuring Kami on the front of it! I'll get an email
out tomorrow with pictures, price information, and how to order them.
You're going to love them!
Reva's baby loved all of the extra attention and
behaved quite well except for a few nips here and there. We still
don't have a name for him yet, but it will come.
Here is Sharon meeting Kandi. Kandi is like
a little teddy bear, and she loves to talk! She has a cute little
nicker and is just a doll to be around.
Bouie, as always, greeted everyone by trying to
And here are a few pictures of Beanie Barbaro
during his short stay with us. Enjoy!
Hay, Gman, please don't take a side step, OK?
BB meeting Asiya before she got a good bath on
Sunday. She's put on weight and is doing well.
BB chatting with Barbara and me while we were
doing our poop-scooping duty.
BB grazing with Frodo and Bouie: they're a
little more his size. They were good for their hooficure this
BB talking with Magic.
Kandi trying to give BB a hug and kiss goodbye.
The evening before BB left I took him up to
Frosty's Knoll so he could get a good look out over all of the horses --
it was quite peaceful after a busy weekend, and he seemed happy and
content. We enjoyed our time with him and hope he makes it to his
next destination without any delays.
I'm very happy about LadyBug's X-rays today.
And I'm happy to report that Momma Sue has been moving around a bit better
lately. We started her on a new supplement about three weeks ago.
Casper is feeling better. Ruby is doing OK but will always be weak
in her front right leg -- she still goes out at night and comes in during
the day. Everyone else seems to be doing well.
OK, this may seem like a strange request; but
we're trying to plan ahead to the cold months. Country Supply has
heated buckets (yes, here in sunny FL we have hard freezes -- last year
was horrible!) for $19.99 each, and we need to order five of these -- one
of these five has already been sponsored, so we are looking for four more
heated bucket sponsors. If you'd like to sponsor one, please let me
know -- we'd like to place one order for five buckets, and shipping would
be about $13. If ordered individually, shipping is about $7.
Have a great week, everyone, and thanks so much
for your continued support!
Yesterday morning started out with a trail ride, and
then we rode up to check out the obstacle courses and to set up the
tables. I rode Princess and Katie rode Peaches. The horses
seemed to enjoy the day very much, too!
It was a beautiful day: it was hot but there
was a nice breeze most of the time.
Beanie Barbaro had a very busy day; there was lots
to do and watch and many people to meet!
This is my daughter, Katie, riding Peaches and one
of our volunteers, Diane, getting ready to go through the first obstacle
Katie and Peaches going through another course --
they had a blast!
And then through the "haunted" obstacle course.
Can you find Beanie Barbaro in the picture?
He's at the top of the bridge watching everything
It was really fun watching participants go through
the Alligator Alley course. I thought for sure I'd see at least one
horse drop and roll in the water. Some thought about it, I'm sure,
but none did. And no, there were no alligators present! This
is Katie and Peaches.
Beanie Barbaro thinking up his strategy for the
Katie had such a great time going through the
courses with Peaches that she asked if she could go again on Princess!
Can you tell she was having a great time? Look at that smile!
Katie works hard at the rescue, and I am really glad she had a great time.
Peaches and Princess went through the entire course, and they ended up
with the exact same score! Princess would have done better if she
hadn't hesitated so long going through the Alligator Ally course ... I
tried to tell her that there really weren't any alligators in the water!
Beanie Barbaro got stuck trying to go over the
rail, but we helped him and he was fine. He was actually going the
wrong way, but we didn't tell him that! He is quite the sport!
A couple of long-eared participants and their
Beanie Barbaro checking out the course
instructions: he decided to skip this one!
A brave participant at Alligator Ally!
Beanie Barbaro safely watched close by.
Here are a couple of our volunteers, Lynda and
Jean, having fun at the entrance -- they helped Jessica direct traffic and
did a great job!
We had a great turn out - over 70 participants!
We had great food: breakfast and lunch
cooked up by Blue Collar Catering.
Beanie Barbaro didn't hesitate going over the
This is Jennifer from Painted Star Equine Rescue
on Moxy. If the Challenge is held again next year, maybe she'll ride
Aaleyah Belle! Aaleyah is at Jennifer's for training and is doing
well. She can be a bit stubborn, but Jennifer says she's learning
and coming around nicely.
Beanie Barbaro checking out which way to go.
We were surprised to see Dani and Wayne from HOPE
Equine Rescue (Dani is in the background wearing pink)! I had no
idea they were coming! They said the boys, Evan and Jedediah, are
doing great. We had a really great crowd: people came
from several hours away!
And here is Beanie Barbaro getting ready for one
last ride before calling it a day. This is Diane with her horse, Crystal,
and Jessica, her daughter. Katie and I didn't want to leave and
would rather have stayed another night so we could ride the trails again
today. But, we had to get back to the rescue -- there's always much
to be done. We appreciate Marie helping Bob out at the rescue while
we were gone; they did a great job!
And one last look over the pasture where Peaches
and Princess were staying for the event. We really had a nice time.
I enjoyed the night away and spending some time with Katie and friends.
Katie and I hope to get away for at least a couple of hours one Saturday
or Sunday a month to ride the trails at Black Prong Equestrian Center --
it's only 15 minutes from the rescue. The facilities are awesome and
well maintained; the trails and surroundings are beautiful! We are
truly grateful to the Aulsons for allowing the Challenge to be held at
Jean posted more pictures in our Yahoo Group photo
We're very thankful to Cheri and Lucy for putting
this event together and to all of the volunteers and people who helped
make it a big success! It was a very blessed day -- no injuries and
lots of horses, smiles, laughter, and horse loving people. I heard
many great compliments, even the question, "When is the next one?" several
times! I know it had to have been a lot of work, and we truly
appreciate everyone who participated and made it such a wonderful time to
remember. All proceeds from the event are going 100% to help the
horses at Beauty's Haven. My only regret was not taking Kami!
She would have had a great time and would have loved the attention that
I'm sure she would have received. As soon as I get the link to the
news clip that was aired, I'll post it.
We hope everyone had a great weekend, too.
We did receive enough donations to cover x-rays for LadyBug and for the
load of shavings. Dr. Ryan will be out this week.
Good morning, everyone! It's Friday already!
Sorry, I don't have any pictures for this update; will try to get
one out later.
But I need to get this post out because we need
help, and I'll be away from the computer most all day. We need Dr.
Ryan to come out next week to x-ray Ladybugs front feet. Ladybug is
the mare that lost her ear to some sort of animal attack. Would
anyone like to help sponsor this? It will cost about $145. She's
been treated her for an abscess, but it didn't help. I talked with
Dr. Ryan again yesterday, and she really needs to be x-rayed.
As I said, I'm going to be away from the computer
most all day today -- we're getting ready for the Obstacle Challenge -- I
hope to take a couple of horses and go tonight with my daughter to spend
the night in a cabin at the Black Prong facility. This way we'll be
there bright and early for the Challenge. We're hoping maybe
Princess will find a forever home - she's such a sweet mare.
LadyBug needs $145 to get her x-rays, and we also
still need help with a load of shavings ($272 -- we needed $297 but there
was a $25 donation made to help). Please consider helping. Any
amount will help, and no amount is too small. All donations are
tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated. The number to the vet's
office if you'd like to call a direct donation in to them is 352-237-6151.
Thanks, God bless, and have a wonderful day!
Beanie Barbaro arrived this afternoon!
While I was explaining to Reva about BB and that he
was in the box, Miss Kami decided to go snooping.
Well, snooping wasn't enough: she wanted to
do the unpacking! But I told her to be careful!!
She got the packing paper out in no time.
She was like a kid opening a birthday present!
What's in here, mommy Theresa? I smell a
horse and shhhhhhhh -- listen!!! I think I hear a little nicker --
quick!!! Let's get Beanie Barbaro out of the box! It must be
hot in there -- hold on, BB -- we're going to get you out!
He's smaller than me; how is that possible?
He's really cute -- I like him -- can we keep him?
I promised Kami she'd get to spend a lot of time
with BB before he has to leave for his next destination. She pouted
at first but then came around. Dr. Bess arrived and we had to get
right to work! Kami wanted to snoop through the rest of the box, but
I told her she had to wait until tomorrow.
Sorry, Kami, I have to go meet Dr. Bess now -- see
ya later! OK, I'll ask Mommy Theresa to take your blanket off -- you
don't need to wear that here! We want you to be comfy -- have a good
time visiting with Dr. Bess!
Dr. Bess worked on Momma Sue while BB held her
lead rope. What a great helper he is!
Hey, Dr. Bess, let me up there on your shoulder so
I can see Momma Sue's face, please? Wow! She's got beautiful
Thanks for letting me help you, Dr. Bess!
Casper is the perfect patient! The horses are right, Dr. Bess,
you're awesome! I hope to see you again before I leave!
BB had quite the day. He has quite a bit of
travel memorabilia in his box -- I'm sure he can tell quite a few
wonderful stories of his adventures! We hope he will have good
memories from his stay here with us. More tomorrow!
I've been having computer problems but wanted to try
to get this update out before anything else happens! I've been busy
backing up my data, and I haven't been feeling well -- I've been running a
bit slow myself, which has put me even more behind on many things.
This past Friday, Ola trimmed Starla after Dr.
Bess gave Starla a little medication. Starla is still untrusting
with humans, and she really needed her feet done. We don't want
anyone getting hurt, human or horse.
Princess got her teeth done in Dr. Bess' really
nice and specially equipped dental office on wheels.
All done and exiting the trailer. Princess
is such a sweet mare. If all goes well, my daughter will be taking
her to the Obstacle Challenge at Black Prong on Saturday, not to
participate but to watch and do a little riding. And I hope to take
Peaches. We may be staying over on Friday night -- we'll see how it
goes. There's just so much to do here, and I need to make sure someone is
here to cover the chores. Black Prong is only 15 minutes away, which
is nice; so we'll likely just go over on Saturday morning.
Then it was Peaches' turn. She did really
well; she's a good girl and has quite the personality.
Dr. Bess had to go to another appointment but will
be back on Friday to do Ruby, Momma Sue, Casper, and Jake.
Gentleman had quite a few visitors on Saturday --
And here is Casper with "his boys" late yesterday
Casper's blood work came back late Saturday and
indicated kidney issues and his liver is not functioning well. He is
anemic and has some other things going on. He has equine
fibromyalgia syndrome, which makes sense: his muscles aren't just
sore, they are fatigued. I would watch him use every bit of energy
to walk from "here" to "there" thinking he looked so tired. Casper
is 42 years young. We started him on milk thistle and a couple of
We're keeping Casper in the barn area during the
day; he usually stays under the shade of the tree where he can keep an eye
on the boys. At night we are letting him out with the boys. In
just the last couple of days, we've seen an improvement, which makes me
feel better. Casper has been through a lot in his lifetime.
Momma Sue is no worse, so that is a good thing.
The Naples horses are doing well. We're still trying to work out the
huge tangle in Fancy's tail. I think we may just have to cut it out.
Armani and Kandi are still in the QT paddock together, but I may have to
pull Kandi out and put her in with Reva and her baby. Armani can get
a bit pushy at times and, if it gets worse, we won't have a choice but to
move Kandi. This will devastate Armani, but I don't want Kandi to
get hurt or to feel stressed. Armani will be very stressed if I pull
Kandi, but it isn't fair to Kandi if he's picking on her. Armani
doesn't like to be alone; he needs a home. He's a big boy and
awesome mover. He will make someone a very nice horse.
Princess and Peaches could use help with their
recent dental work. Momma Sue, Jake, Casper, and Ruby's dental
treatment has been covered; thank you to their angels! We can always
use help with hay and grain -- we go through a lot of it! We also need a
load of shavings ($297) by the end of the week. Any amount will help
and be very much appreciated.
I hope everyone is having a great week.
We'll be busy here the rest of the week, but I'll try to post another
update in a couple of days. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow
but will be leaving the farm in good hands with Bernice, John, and Bob.
I have to run now -- lots of things to do before calling it a day. God
bless and thanks, everyone, for all of your continued support!
Here are a few pictures from the last couple of days.
The farrier came yesterday but didn't finish and will be back tomorrow.
Dr. Das came today and worked on Casper.
Reva and her baby and Kami were turned out to play
in the main paddock for awhile yesterday -- it was really fun to watch
them run and play and meet the other horses. Reva needs some
exercise: she still has a bit of a belly!
Her baby is so beautiful and, so far, he seems to
have his mom's disposition. We don't know anything about the sire.
Kami strutted the main paddock like she owned it!
That's Momma Sue in the back background.
Classy getting a hooficure.
Casper seemed to really enjoy his
chiropractic/acupuncture treatment by Dr. Das. He was sore just
about all over. Blood work was done and we hope to have the results
by late tomorrow.
Dude and Chloe really enjoyed meeting Reva's baby
Kandi and Armani sure looked like they were
conspiring about something when I snapped this picture! It's hard to
believe they are about the same age -- Armani is so tall! Kandi is
going to grow to be pony size; her mom isn't very big either.
Tomorrow is going to be a long and busy day:
the farrier will be here in the morning as well as the equine dentist.
We would greatly appreciate donations to help with
the dental expenses. Would anyone like to sponsor part, or all, of
any of these horses having Dr. Bess do their teeth ($100 - $125 each)?
We hope to get the following horses done: Casper, Jake, Peaches, Momma
Sue, Nash, Ruby, and Princess.
Thanks, everyone, God bless and have a wonderful
P.S. We hope to have an update on the
"lost and found" dog tomorrow!
Read the wonderful news about two great grants that
Beauty's Haven has just received (one from
Thoroughbred Charities of America and another from LUSH Handmade
Cosmetics)! Just click on the icons below ...
Remember Annie and Adiva? They were adopted
together last year. They are doing great, and both are progressing
with their training. Just look at how beautiful they are!
We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful long Labor
Day weekend. We stayed busy here. Saturday we laid a pallet of
sod with the help of some very nice people. We still need to lay
quite a bit more. Every bit we lay helps to control erosion issues.
Casper got a bath yesterday; I hoped it would help
make him feel better. He's not very active, and he looks like he's
just tired. He doesn't have a temperature, his breathing is fine,
he's eating and drinking. We'd like to have Dr. Das work on him and
pull blood work if we can find enough angels to help with the bill ($165).
He still keeps close guard over the boys but doesn't run with them any
longer. He's 42 years young, and I'm afraid his age is catching up
to him. Casper is never far from Baby Ray who is about the same size
as Casper now.
Princess got a good bath yesterday, too -- she's
such sweet girl. She seems very pleased that Peaches is back; she
came back from her foster home on Saturday. Peaches seemed
pleasantly surprised when she first met Reva's baby. She talked to him
quite a bit over the fence. It was really cute. Reva didn't
seem to mind at all, but she kept close watch.
Yesterday was a very sad day with the loss of Doc.
He was such a good boy. But we accept that God had other plans for
him and called him home. He's now running with Sunny, his best
friend. We'll love him, always. I'll never forget the day I
met him at the auction -- he was so thin and weak in his hind end but was
ridden through the auction anyway. Barbara attended the auction with
me. We brought home both Sunny and Doc that day. This picture
was taken on Easter Sunday, the day after we brought them home. Doc
looked so exhausted and relieved to be somewhere other then where he was.
Kandi and Armani are now sharing the small QT
paddock, but this may not last long. Armani is getting a little
pushy with Kandi and we won't allow that. Since Kandi has been
weaned from her mom, Shaker, and Asiya, she seems much more at ease.
And so do Shaker and Asiya. When they were all together, there
seemed to be uneasiness at times with the two mares seeming to argue:
she's mine -- no, she's mine -- over Kandi most of the time. Shaker
is filling out and looking more pregnant each day. So is Joy!
It's hard to believe that Armani and Kandi are
about the same age. He's so tall! She's going to be pony size --
she's a small girl.
Some of you may have seen pictures from a visit
that Mel recently had with Buttercup and Silver Belle. Here are a
couple for those that didn't see the pictures. The girls are doing
great and are as beautiful and sweet as ever!
Some have asked about Aaleyah Belle: she's
been in "school" for the last month. She's doing well but has a ways
to go. She can be stubborn at times. Notice the tongue sticking out
of her mouth in the first picture -- that's our Aaleyah Belle!
I apologize for not getting many updates out
lately. Since the Naples horses arrived, we've been super busy.
Every afternoon I try to spend time with each of them. We're working on
picking up feet, moving off pressure, manners, etc. I have to say
that, so far Kandi, has been the best student with Lana coming in close.
Starla needs much more one-on-one work and is going to take some time but
she, and the others, will make really nice horses. Trisha and Bandit
left this past week for their new home and are doing great. Duncan
has settled nicely into his new home also.
We have been working on trying to help some horses
that are on several acres near the rescue. While it may look like
they are on beautiful green grass, they aren't -- they are on mostly
weeds, and nobody lives on the property. There is one little
chestnut mare in the group that I am really concerned about -- she appears
to be pregnant and, should she foal where she is and need help, she
wouldn't get it. Her feet are horrible, and she's having a tough
time walking. The owner is willing to surrender the horses to us, but we
are maxed out. Authorities are giving the owner time to place the horses
or provide proper care. If authorities seize them, they'll likely end up
going to a backyard auction and that is a risk we don't want to take --
horses sometimes go for as little as $15, and they could end up anywhere,
including the slaughter pipeline. I've been making lots of calls and
networking trying to find homes, but no luck so far. If we can find
a home for Armani, it would free up the QT paddock; and I could bring in
the mare if we had sponsors. Please, everyone, spread the word about
Armani needing a home and let's find him a great human family and then
work on bringing the mare in.
We have some immediate needs...
|Weanling, colt, yearling, and cob size
breakaway halters. |
|Funds to have Dr. Das work on Casper and run
blood work. ($165) |
|Hooficure sponsors -- another 10 horses are
being done this week. ($35 each = $350 total) |
|Funds to resupply our Banamine. ($35)
|We can always use help with grain and hay.
Information on how to make donations can be found
on our website at
http://beautysequinerescue.org/donate.htm. Any and all help
would be greatly appreciated: no amount is too small. Also,
credits for grain can be called into Sanders Farms of Ocala at
352-873-8660. Credits for hay can be called into Larson Farms at
352-867-8333. Donations can also be called directly into the vet's
office at 352-237-6151. No amount is too small, and any amount would
be greatly appreciated! All donations are tax-deductible.
Please remember, we can't do what we do without
your help; and the horses that find their way here need help for as long
as they're here -- not just in meeting their immediate needs upon arrival.
God bless, and thank you for your continued support!
We lost a dear family member today: Doc left us
to join his best friend, Sunny, with the heavenly herd. Doc had been
adopted out this past May along with Velvet by a human family (Ruth and
RC) that loved them very much.
Doc was blessed to have his own family and lots of
love and attention in his final months. Doc was 20+ years old; it's
likely that his heart gave out. He crossed before the vet arrived,
about 15 minutes before I arrived. He crossed with both Ruth and RC
beside him. They are taking it pretty hard -- we all are. We are
truly thankful to Ruth and RC for opening their home and heart to Doc and
giving him his own human family.
Here is Doc with his adopted human mom, Ruth.
Doc when I recently visited with him and Velvet.
We love you Doc -- you're our beloved "Wookie."
You'll be in our hearts, always.
Where did August go??? Only three weeks left of
summer! Things have been calm here for a change; calm can be good!
Kandi is on Day 2 of being weaned from her mom, Shaker, and Asiya.
All three are doing just fine. Kandi is just on the other side of
the fence around the barn area, and she's come to really enjoy human
interaction. Shaker and Asiya are in the paddock behind the barn.
I thought you all might enjoy this picture of Reva
and her baby boy that is growing like a weed: total beauty and
Armani needs to find his forever home: for
some reason, the others here pick on him, including Legacy. For the
last couple of nights, Legacy has been staying in a paddock with Baby Ray
and Casper but has been out with Armani during the day in the main
paddock. I thought they'd become friends, but I'm starting to
wonder. They run and play now and then but not much. If I'm
out near Armani and Legacy comes around, he'll run off Armani and try to
take a chunk out of him. Legacy is almost twice the age of Armani,
but they are almost the same in height -- Armani is a tall boy!
The evenings are getting cooler. Here are
Joy and Lana grazing together. Joy has really put some weight on.
She is due to foal in the spring.
Here is Joy a few days before coming to the
rescue. She's come a long way, and we're very proud of her!
I've been working on getting some of the website
updated but have much more to do. There just are not enough hours in
a day! The Obstacle Challenge fundraiser has 50+ registered
participants! Cheri has been working very hard on this, spending
many hours pulling this together with the help of Lucy and others -- we
truly appreciate all of their hard work. And we have some items
we're planning on putting up on eBay soon. As cooler weather rolls
in, we are reminded that we are going to need lots of hay to get us
through the cold months when the grass is dormant -- and hay isn't cheap!
We'll be offering holiday card sets featuring none other then Kami by
early October! Wait until you see the card -- you're going to love
Many thanks to Dawn Diovera for making BHFER the
recipient of the Bucket Fund for the month of August via her awesome blog,
which resulted in $567 in donations!!! Visit Dawn's blog at
http://horseandman.com. Many thanks to everyone that donated!
Thank all of you for your continued support -- we
hope you're having a wonderful week!