Saturday, May 21, 2011

new happenings and pictures

This week was another busy one, we were proud to be invited to the Fallon Elementary school carnival. The kids loved meeting our ponies Tina and Rio and they loved the attention. Despite the wind, balloons loud speakers and the crowd, Tina and Rio stood patiently for many little petting hands.
both by the young
and younger...
and younger yet, this little one was trying to make "horsey noises"
We enjoyed our little visit and we were able to inform more people what a rescue is all about.
back on the ranch there were exciting things happening.... Keeva had her first riding lesson
She was a little unsure about everything, but calmly accepted all that was new. We are sure she will be a great one for a therapeutic program. She is very friendly and patient.
With quarantine drawing to a close was time to see how Queenie was, we are happy to say she is a very sensitive little mare, and a pleasure to ride.
as well some of the other horses got some exercise from our volunteers, thank you all for your efforts, we couldn't do this without your help.
Below is Duke and JD
JD and Shawney
and Queenie with a new rider

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pictures to share

We were pleasantly surprised by our golden boy Adonis today. He showed us he has a wonderful manner under saddle. He is a well trained gaited horse. Out of saddle he is full of energy and is suited to a strong rider who is accustomed to handling a high energy horse.
Christines trail ride on Peppy is pictured below, they were joined by Joy and Savannah on Rajah and Cass. Peppy still needs to gain weight so it was a short ride. He is slowly gaining his weight back and will be regaining his muscle as well. with short work sessions. Christine is doing a great job with him and Peppy really loves the attention.
Jean took Lordy for a ride and he quickly won her over, we hope to be taking him to his new home soon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

latest updates,

Here are some of our latest updates, we are happy to report JP is doing great, radio graphs today showed a huge difference, he is healing well, he is now is a less rigid shoe. He will now get limited periods of time where he is out of his 12x12 stall. we will post his new pictures when they are available.

The quarantine period for our 2 joint rescues Bo and Jax are half way completed. Both boys looking good, behaving well for the farrier, but not impressed with their pyrantel. Our 4 Lone Oak horses are doing well. all have adjusted well to regular feeds, our big boy Jester loves his mash, as do Rosa and Queenie.

Pearl and Peppy have adjusted to being in a herd, still sticking pretty close to each other, but allowing there to be separation. Peppy was taken on a short ride and proved to be a very sensitive boy, behaving well being ridden in western bosal. He seemed to enjoy the ride, stepping out with energy, his ears perked up, living up to his name "Peppy"

There are current inquiries on several horses, including Lordy, Peppy, JD, Jake, and Keeva. We hope to place several soon allowing us help more at risk.

Monday, May 9, 2011

our newest additions... safe and recovering

Sorry everyone for the delay in this post, It has been an exhausting week. I know many of you are anxious to see what we were able to accomplish. Thank you everyone who helped us to bring these horses to a safe place, your contributions made this possible, and will bring them back to health. We brought home 6 this trip and here they are.

I will start with our now adopted horses, the wonderful couple who wanted to be a part of this rescue had their hearts won by two beautiful geldings. Patricia and her husband have sponsored their purchase as well as their quarantine at Lone Oak. Both geldings are in need of farrier care, as they have been sadly neglected for some time. Thankfully they were fed well. The sorrel gelding, names Second Chance, has very short chipped hooves, likely they were overgrown and then chipped off pieces and this is the result. He appears to be quite uncomfortable when he initially starts moving but then improves, we hope he will be sound once his feet grow to accommodate his large frame.
Second Chance
The other gelding is a beautiful paint, he is yet to be named. we are searching for name as handsome as he is. His feet are much worse, and he is not lame, but believe he will be during his recovery. The ligaments are going to need to adjust as his hooves slowly grow and they return to a natural upright position.
The Lone Oak sponsored horses are

She is a dark bay mare, in her mid teens well broke and just needing a little more weight and a loving home. Once her quarantine period is finished she will be available for adoption. She is the perfect family trail horse
She is a Red roan mare in her late teens, suffering from all around neglect. She will take some time to regain the muscle and fat that was wasted away. Her feet too are overgrown and have chipped off in chunks. She has the sweetest disposition and enjoyed my grandchildren who have fallen in love with her all reaching in to pet and groom her. Her grooming session revealed an even thinner mare, I expect that once she is at a healthy weight again she will quickly find a family home. She is truly that "babysitter" horse that is perfect for a family with little ones.

Jester is the sweetest mule.... I cannot imagine anyone resisting his charm. He is very thin and in need of many calories. Even this fuzzy coat can't hide that. He will need many a day with good feed to regain his weight. Thankfully his feet are not overgrown.... Jester is broke both to ride and pack

Lastly is a very energetic gelding.yet to be named, we would like your help here.... one suggested has been Adonis. We believe he was recently gelded. approx 12-15. is broke to ride. He is gaited, possibly some walker in him as he does move in a walkers "pace" He is very pushy on the ground, he was actually being led to a truck to "complete the load" when I asked to see him.
He will be available following his quarantine period, and will require a very experienced owner.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

new rescues...

Thank you everyone for your generosity. Every dollar will bring a horse to a safe place and bring them back to health so they can have a forever home. Thankfully 3 of these last 4 are not neglected, and now not at risk of slaughter. The 4th, Sammy will take some time to put a little weight on and regain his energy and spirit, but believe he will do so quickly under Monicas love and attention.

We are expecting to bring in the new horses tomorrow. It is Mothers day, but I see myself as mom to my herd so is fitting to bring who I can, home to safety. It is expected that all 4 of the horses taken in will be placed with their sponsors, 2 are now going to be quarantined at their new home with Monica which gives us room to help more. They are all doing well, have adjusted to the new barn, and feed, a little colicky episode for one which settled quickly. All now happily munching and watching the other horses in pasture, I know they would love to be out there roaming the grassy hills. Here are a few pictures to share., In order they are, Sammy, Jax and Bo, and our unnamed buckskin gelding. His new mom will be naming him tomorrow.

One who has transitioned to pasture is Pearl, She still has a little weight to put on, but will do so quickly with grazing all day. Pearl is still really attached to her buddy Peppy, so she does not wander far. She is very buddy sour, but she will break herself of this by being able to return to his paddock whenever she needs to reassure herself. She has wondered to meet the neighbor horses as well as the herd, but still keeps herself separated from them. It will take time.
Peppy still remains inside, needing much more calories. He is the friendliest boy, with constant nickers whenever he sees you.
Pearl was ridden as well, a slow evaluation, having been at least a year and a half since she was last rode. Taking that into consideration she did very well, she is full of energy and will need an experienced rider. She will now be available for adoption.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

4 safe horses ......

Today was one full of tension, fears, excitement and disappointment. Following just a few days of dozens of messages, emails and phone calls between 3 women, we converged with the common goal of taking in horses off a lot and giving them a safe place to call home. Kathryn and Christine joined our efforts as well, and together we experienced first hand the difficult task of choosing who to save.
There were many with lots numbers from the auction, many with faces marked up, some with superficial leg wounds. There was no shelter from the sun, some were without water.
Many had obviously been well cared for, shiny coats, still in shoes. I am sure their owners did not know the risk the horses faced passing through an auction yard. Would they end up on one of the trucks we saw, and be destined for a horrific fate or find themselves in a safe home with a private buyer. There were also those not so well cared for with long hooves, and horribly underweight obvious even under a matted winter coat. Many we were told were spoken for, and we could not buy, including many young foals, and the older mares. We took 4 from the many pens, thankful we could assure their safety, and promised ourselves we would return as soon as possible for the next 4. We expect to do so soon....

Below are the treasured horses we brought home and the wonderful women who sponsored their rescue.

Sally sponsored 2 horses who she plans to adopt, she has named them Bo and Jax
Bo - he is a well broke gelding with a possible catarac in his eye

Jax is a young gelding who needs training

Monica sponsored a sweet gelding she named Sammy, we believe his scars on his hind legs are from being a victim of tripping. His disposition is quiet, his affect is almost depressed, we hope to see him perk up and show us his personality. With lots of love and some groceries I am sure he will show us more of his sweet personality.
The final horse we brought back was sponsored by Monica as well, he may already have a home.... He is a beautiful Buckskin gelding, yet to be named- I cannot imagine letting him go.... nor the fate he might have had.