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Dr. Porter examined Cookie’s eye – the cancer has progressed. We will be taking her to UF – it’s highly possible that she will lose her left eye.
Sisco’s front right was x-rayed – he’s been on and off lame. He walked pretty good for Dr. Porter yesterday but we did x-rays anyway. Sisco has navicular. So, to say that yesterday was not a good day is an understatement.
I’m recovering well from my recent injury and have been back at work a bit – careful to not do too much. My nose is healing fine but my neck has been an issue. I had my first ever acupuncture treatment yesterday and found it to be a very positive experience. I’ll be receiving treatments for the next couple of weeks and go from there. But, I will say this, I felt good when I left the acupuncturist’s office yesterday. Better than I have in a long time. Bob said I looked and moved like I felt 10 years younger when I got home. But that was before Dr. Porter’s visit. Now I better understand why Betsy Rose and Gentleman love their treatments by Dr. Julia.
Dr. Porter was out yesterday to look at Cookie’s eye and do some x-rays. None of the findings were good. The most upsetting for me was Oscar. A little background for those new to Beauty’s Haven – Oscar was too weak to stand the day I pic…ked him up in our minivan in February. The owner had been given misinformation on what to feed a donkey and he had lost weight to the point of being so weak he could not get up. He rated a body condition score of 1. Once at the rescue a vet immediately examined and treated Oscar. He got IV fluids, vitamins, etc. Blood work was done which indicated anemia and malnutrition – his liver and kidneys were pretty stressed. We really didn’t know if he would make it. But he’s a tough little guy!
Traditional and holistic vets, farriers, and a dentist are all part of our core care team – all work together. But no matter who is on your team one thing you can’t do is turn back time. Poor and improper nutrition can wreak havoc on the body – including the feet. Sometimes effects aren’t immediate. Oscar had been fed sweet feed, oats, and cracked corn by the owner before she was told by a vet tech that “she should only feed him horse quality hay but she could give them sweet feed as a treat now and then”.
Oscar’s feet were long when he arrived here – he has had 3 trims here in the last 8 weeks with the farrier doing little bits at a time. He was treated for thrush and white line. Oscar improved and he grew stronger. We moved him to a paddock with Pistol – they would run and play and we enjoyed watching them. A few days ago Oscar popped an abscess and seemed uncomfortable so we had the farrier out again and while the farrier was doing a touch up another abscess resolved. Because of Oscar’s history, and what we were seeing, we opted for x-rays which were done yesterday by Dr. Porter. X-rays revealed a rotated coffin bone and deep abscesses which Dr. Porter believes is the result of improper feeding. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again – donkeys can NOT be fed like horses. Donkeys need more fiber and less protein than horses. We feed them Triple Crown Safe Starch forage and good grass hay.
Oscar is just turning 2 years old next week and he’s dealing with a serious issue. Although, I’m not sure he knows it’s serious – he doesn’t appear to be in any pain but he is lame. Dr. Porter drained another abscess yesterday and has prescribed a treatment plan. It’s going to take quite some time for Oscar to recover and he IS going to recover – he just has to. He needs time to grow out a healthy foot and he will need little adjustments often to optimize recovery. There are more abscesses that we are trying to draw out. His foot is cushioned and wrapped. So, for now, he will be staying with Betsy Rose around the barn. He will have another set of x-rays in a month. Please pray for Oscar – we need another miracle. And if anyone would like to help with Oscar’s x-rays and vetting it would be greatly appreciated.
The first photo is Oscar, Dr. Madera, and Dr. Darrow the day after he arrived back in February. The second is Dr. Porter with Oscar yesterday.
Bo went to his adoptive home today! Thank you Jayne for giving Bo his own human family. Congratulations Bo!
Serenity – she’s doing very well!
Hannah Morse, a journalism student from UF, visited yesterday for an interview and to take some video and photos. She got to meet most of the horses. Bryce was very interested in what she may have had in her back pack – he’s quite the character! "Got treats?"
I do believe that Bryce has a bit of a belly on him! LOL They are all doing great. Eliza, Bryce, Mahogany, Serenity. We are now taking adoption applications for Serenity and Bryce. They have lived their entire lives together and, ideally, we’d love to place them together. Please visit our Beauty’s Haven Equine Rescue Adoption Page where you can read about some of our adoption requirements.
This is Judy washing feed tubs after breakfast. And that’s a lot of feed tubs. LOL
Lots going on here today!! I love it!
Victoria is absolutely stunning. A very sweet Arabian mare that is looking for a forever home.
Photographing the photographer. Matilda loves to pose!
This was a really nice way to end the evening. Serenity is just a sweet, very sweet girl.
Cookie needs your help. She is battling cancer under her left eye. She needs surgery AT UF which is scheduled for late this week. We have posted a fundraiser on YouCaring to assist with the cost of Cookie’s forthcoming eye surgery. Please, help us to help Cookie. Thank you, in advance, for your love and support.
It’s dental day!! Betsy Rose asked her friends to help entertain the boys while Dr. Bess checked them out. Cloud is growing up! She had to take out two baby teeth. They were both very good.
I’m so happy for Bella. She is happy at her new foster home. Thank you Jody and Lesley Osborn! From Lesley: "It was a glorious day today and I spent the afternoon with Bella grooming and simply enjoying being with her while slowly building a trusting and loving bond with her. She loved all the attention that I gave her today and she looks beautiful…"
Many thanks to Rosemary Meredith, Terri, Vicki, and Lorilie for spending this past Saturday here clipping some of the horses!
Oscar and Pistol going at each other through the gate at the barn. It’s hard to not let Oscar go out to play. But we don’t want him being too active with his front foot issues.
Beauty’s Haven advertising found in North Carolina! I love it!
Laura Brasile visited for a couple of days last week! It’s really nice to be able to meet people that we meet on social media – we love sharing the horses and telling their stories! We miss you Laura! Romeo is doing very well!
This is Sayan. He’s a darling little Arabian gelding that recently came back. He is just as sweet as ever!
BEAUTIFUL Greg!!! This little Arabian mare grabbed my heart when she had just turned 3 years old. She is the reason Beauty’s Haven came to be! To say she’s my heart horse would be an understatement. Thank you for this lovely artwork Greg – I have a special spot for it on my desk. Greg does beautiful work – check out more on his Greg Ambrose’s Art Page on Facebook.
“Beauty Kicks Up Her Heels”
14 year old Beauty, the mare that started it all at Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, shows off her energy. Join in the rescue’s Celebration of Life on April 26th.
Our “Celebration of Life” is on April 26th! Our focus this year is education – what it takes to rescue and rehab horses such as Betsy Rose, Solace, etc. There will be guest speakers, music, games, a Q&A period, silent auction, and much more! We are holding this in conjunction with the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day. We stand to win a $10K grant – we need your help to do that by attending our Celebration!
We are in need of some supplies if anyone would like to help – EquiSpot, Endure flyspray, Equyss Micro-Tek Shampoo and Medicated Spray, sponsors for Prescend and Previcox (both are Rx’s), and some double Velcro flymasks for mini’s. We also need a load of shavings.
We are an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit equine rescue organization that operates totally off of donations from the public. We are not funded by County, State, or Federal funds. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to help us to continue what we do – we can’t do it alone. Funds are needed for hay, grain, vetting, farrier needs, dental needs, equipment maintenance, and there is so much more. There are various ways you can donate if you visit our "Donate" page on our website (theresa. All donations are tax deductible and no amount is too small. Please share us with friends, family, and co-workers – it takes a village! Thank you!
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On Saturday, I bent over to put two feed tubs on the ground. As I was standing back up, one of the horses quickly turned her head and pinned her ears at another horse walking towards her. We bumped heads pretty hard. My nose is broken and my right cheek and right side of my mouth were injured but I put ice on it right away. There was quite a bit of bleeding, but by the time Robin arrived to take me to North Florida Regional Hospital, the bleeding was much better. On Sunday, I was totally amazed that the swelling and bruising wasn’t as bad as I expected. My neck hurts worse than my cheek and nose. I spent the day taking it easy but I did get a bit of work done at my desk.
Remember Divinity? She’s doing well. Adoptive/foster mom Teri says Divinity and Genesis totally enjoy each others company.
Betsy Rose gave us a little scare this afternoon. She appeared to have moved/twisted the wrong way which resulted in her being pretty unsteady and off in her back end. Dr. Julia Simonson will be out on Monday for Gentleman’s monthly acupuncture treatment and we’d like to have Betsy Rose examined and treated too. Please include her in your prayers. Hopefully, it was just a one time thing.
Visited with the little ones on Sunday for a minute. It was nice to get out!
Winds were very high today. Dust everywhere!
The winds literally blew away Betsy Rose’s friends!
Santana is so sweet – he’s looking for a forever home as a pasture pal.
Betsy Rose did get a treatment by Dr. Julia today. She did VERY well. The acupuncture helps so much.
Gentleman got his monthly acupuncture treatment today, too. To say it helps him is an understatement – it’s not unusual now to see him trot across the paddock! He’s a big teddy bear and is loved so very much.
I do believe he was smiling!
I may have done a bit too much today but it was great to get out some. Tomorrow won’t be as busy and I’ll be back at my desk. We’ll be posting some new auction items to help with the vet bills. Tomorrow is the last day for the current auction items – check them out at our Facebook Beauty’s Haven Equine Rescue Auction Page!
Magic – he’s just so regal. He’s come so far – I’m very proud of him.
Harvey napping after breakfast….
Look at this beautiful English Saddle that will be up for Silent Auction at our Celebration of Life on April 26th!
We never know when we respond to a call what may be in store for us. On the way to a doctor appointment this morning, I listened to a voice mail from an elderly woman that was crying and in obvious distress. Her message was that her mare’s companion goat had passed and she was afraid the mare would colic. The mare, Nellie, is a 14 year young pretty little TB. She and her goat friend had been companions for 12 years. Through the woman’s tears, she was able to communicate how strongly Nellie had reacted to losing her goat friend and how she couldn’t remove the goat from the paddock.
A little out of the way, and a change of plans for me, but I went there after my appointment to see if there was anything we could do to help. I arrived and Nellie met me at the gate. I went in and talked with her, rubbed on her a bit, and invited her to walk with me to where her goat friend was still lying under a tree. The owner came out and stood at the gate and watched (and cried) as I knelt down to say a little prayer for the goat with Nellie standing over me – I do think it’s important that animals have time to grieve and say their goodbyes and I do think Nellie understood that her friend was no longer with us.
I got up and rubbed on Nellie again and walked over to the gate and introduced myself to the owner – Nellie followed close behind. The owner and I talked a bit and she explained how Nellie had been pacing and sweating and calling out to her goat friend. She said that any attempt to remove the goat from the paddock would upset Nellie and that’s what led her to calling us for help – she was so afraid Nellie would colic or do something that would cause herself injury. I rubbed on Nellie again and asked her to show me around her paddock. As we walked, I explained to Nellie that we needed to move her goat friend to a safe burial spot. As I walked, I asked the owner to tell me the story of how Nellie and her goat friend had come to be part of her family. I kept walking until I ended back up at the tree. As the owner was still telling me their history, I gently pulled on the bedding that the goat was wrapped in and managed to pull her to the gate where the owner was standing – she opened the gate for me as Nellie just stood and watched.
After the goat was gently placed where she would be buried, I removed one of the cloths that had been placed directly on her body and took it to Nellie and hung it by her feed dish on the fence – a comfort blanket of sorts. The owner and I kept talking about all sorts of things – she cried, she laughed, and I could tell that by talking, the owner was coming to the sad realization that, with her age and physical limitations, she may soon need to find her beloved Nellie a new home. I saw relief come over the owner’s face when I assured her we would try help to make that happen when she is ready. I walked over and rubbed on Nellie again and as I drove away, both Nellie, and her owner, seemed at peace.
The day in the life of a rescuer – we do what we can for horses within our reach, and, by doing so, we help humans. While the owner had reached out to us this morning to help her horse, I think she may have been reaching out for herself as well. I can’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that Nellie is ok, her human is ok and now knows she has other humans she can call upon for help, if needed. And we know that with help from others, when the time is right, we will find Nellie a good forever home – hopefully, a home where the current owner can visit with Nellie for the rest of her days.
Have a good night everyone. Here’s Nellie and her comfort blanket.
Edit to add: The owner and I did, in fact, talk about options in regards to getting Nellie another goat, donkey, etc. but today was not the day to make decisions – it was a day for acceptance. Tonight is the first night in 12 years that the owner and Nellie are without their goat friend – I’m keeping them in my prayers.
I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about Nellie and her owner and the loss of their goat. We had talked about options yesterday, but decided it wasn’t a good time to make any decisions. Late in the morning, a call to check on everyone and the mention of a new goat friend sparked interest. Late this afternoon, with the help of others, we raised $90 and a cute little goat (named Cutie Pie by her new owner) is now Nellie’s newest friend! Nellie and her human mom gave Cutie Pie time to wander around and get used to being in a new place. Nellie is very happy, Nellie’s human mom is very happy, and even Cutie Pie is very happy! When I left, Nellie and Cutie Pie were happily walking and grazing together. Nellie’s human mom and I hugged, she thanked me with happy tears in her eyes. I told her the gift of Cutie Pie was from a Village of people that care. God bless you all! It may seem like a little thing to some, but to me, seeing Nellie and her human mom happy with a new goat friend made me feel so very proud of Beauty’s Haven and what we do!!!
I’m sure Nellie will always remember her goat friend she lost yesterday. But today, we took her a new friend. Here’s Nellie and Cutie Pie.
They were so cute – once we let them go, Cutie Pie ran over to the other side of the tree. Nellie never took her eyes off of Cutie Pie. Then Nellie walked over to Cutie Pie and they looked at each other like, "Ok, this is good! This will work!"
Big day tomorrow – Oscar is being gelded! He’s had a big growth spurt!
Betsy Rose asked Freckles to keep Oscar company. Oscar is no longer intact.
Such a handsome horse. Working Magics mane and tail this morning. The Mane-ly products work so great!
Look who is "Miss April!" Cookie is the pinup girl for April in the Equine Cancer Society’s calendar! Prayers for Cookie to beat her cancer.
Remember Rayo? His first show today – he got a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!!
Betsy Rose – ‘Coffee Clutch with Dutch Henry’
Silly Peaches! She doesn’t even like the apple flavored dewormer.
Aren’t they just beautiful? They are all doing better by the day. They are happy horses – that makes me very happy. Serenity, Eliza, Bryce, and Mahogany.
Serenity "then" and "now". She really is a very sweet mare. Her life would have been lost to a bullet if we had not been able to help. Thank you all for helping us to help the horses….
Just a quick update on Bella. She has started coughing a lot again. Dr. Julia will be going to examine her as soon as she can work her in. Bella is at a foster home where there’s lots of trees/plants/flowers blooming. We need to find he…r a foster home that isn’t as "pollinated" if possible. If anyone would be willing to foster Bella that doesn’t live very far away from the rescue please let us know. She’s on a new protocol that lasts a few months to treat her breathing issues. I hate to bring her back here to the farm – we have so much dust from the lime rock road and we have very little shade. She would be miserable.
This is Mary. She is a very sweet 27 year young Arabian mare that is looking for a forever home.
Some of you may remember Buttercup? She’s doing great and is just beautiful!
Betsy Rose and the rest of the gang wish everyone a good night!
I’m back! Hubby hijacked me on Wednesday, March 19th, for a free 2 night stay that he won at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee! The weather was perfect – we had a great time – it was the first "vacation" we’ve taken in over 10 years! The rescue was covered by some of our wonderful volunteers 24/7 and they did a great job – thank you everyone who helped make this little trip possible! I apologize for any emails, PM’s, etc. that have gone unanswered, but I hope to get back to the office on Monday.
March 23rd -Theresa’s Birthday!
What a wonderful day it was! Katie and I went to church this morning and then we got to ride for a bit – the weather was perfect! Both kids were home for dinner and birthday cake and we watched a great movie, Frozen! It’s been a very special day and I’m very, very blessed in so many ways!
Kylie Chapman made me a birthday cake! Thank you Kylie – it’s wonderful (and it’s almost gone already)!
Dr. Julia Simonson worked on Betsy Rose today. Dr. Julia’s treatments always make Betsy feel better (she’s been moving a bit stiff). Betsy Rose is so precious. We had visitors and some extra volunteers today – Betsy and many others got extra attention and they all loved it!!
Bronson and Lucy
It was impossible to get all the faces to look at the camera at the same time!
Matilda and Katie – Matilda is HUGE!
Matilda is so sweet!
We’d like to wish our beautiful daughter a very happy 20th birthday! She attends college at the University of Florida but she came home last night for her birthday. We love you Katie!
Have a great week, everyone!
Magnum and Kylie yesterday – he’s a very handsome horse!
The winds are enough to blow you away today!!
Getting tangles out of Magic’s mane – I’ve been using a donated product called "Mane-ly" and it’s great! Magic is a good boy.
It was a beautiful day! I’m happy to report that CaryLou and Harvey have been gelded and they did very well. Wally wasn’t ready yet. This is Katherine Rivera helping – she is a student at UF and is going to be a vet!
Serenity, Bryce, Eliza, and Mahogany, around their hay.
I wish Solace were still with us – he would have enjoyed this weekend’s weather. I thought about him a lot.
Have a great week, everyone!
I wish all year was like this. Not too hot, not too cool. Not muggy. Just plain beautiful.
Well, the warm temps were back today after a few nights of cold weather. But the flies and gnats are back too.
Kamanchee snoozing after breakfast. He’s such a sweet, sweet boy. He is looking for a forever home as a pasture pal along with Mary – she is also very sweet.
CaryLou still "struts". LOL
CaryLou, Harvey, and Wally napping after breakfast. Adorable.
HighTower is still handsome and is doing very well. His human family adores him!
Sammi with her human mom, Kara Maki. Sammi will live on in our hearts, through memories, and through her daughter, Joy.