I apologize for this update being late – I found it in my “Draft” folder.
And what in my path did appear? Yes, a little flymask that happens to be JoJo’s. Now, off to find the boys…
"Mommy Theresa! There you are! I looked all over for you but couldn’t find you! Look at what I did! The sun went away behind the clouds and I was a big boy and took my mask off all by myself! I even left it where I knew you would walk so you’d be sure to find it – we wouldn’t want it to get lost because then I know I’d have to stay inside when the sun comes out. Aren’t you proud of me? You don’t have to search all over looking for it this time!"
Victoria took an indirect lightening strike several weeks ago which really took a toll on her but she is slowly recovering. We believed she could pull herself out of the fog she was in with time. She’s never lost the light in her eyes even on the darkest of days when she couldn’t more than a few feet – she never gave up. And we never gave up on her. We believe….
When Handsome arrived on August 30th he was wearing pony shoes that were way too small for him and he had terrible thrush. His feet hurt him – he didn’t want to move. The farrier pulled his shoes and we put him in Soft Ride boots – he was so tender footed. Last Wednesday, a package arrived for Handsome from Thrush B Gone!
His feet got the first treatment on Thursday and the product has worked wonders (http://www.thrushbgone.com/)! Hats off to the ladies that make it – it really works! The thrush cleared up in just a couple of days and he’s not nearly as tender-footed. We’re going to make sure we always have Thrush B Gone on hand. The first photo of his hoof was taken the day after he arrived. The 2nd one of his foot was taken last Thursday. I’ll get another one tomorrow and you’ll see how far his feet have come in a very short time.
Handsome had lived alone for 5+ years before coming here. Yesterday, he was feeling so frisky we turned him out with Santana. They did the gelding "meet and greet" thing and it was beautiful to watch. Today the boys grazed and ran together. It’s really heartwarming to watch a horse come in and begin to heal both mentally and physically.
Hay Handsome – wow, can I call you something else? Don’t you have a nickname or something? I hear you have an appointment with Dr. Bess to get your teeth done tomorrow. She’s pretty cool. Doesn’t hurt at all."
"Thanks CaryLou but how …would you know that it doesn’t hurt? You’re only a year old and all she’s had to do is look in your mouth!"
We welcomed Athena to the rescue today. She has gained weight since we’ve been feeding her. She’s a 15 year old Arabian cross that we had vetted a couple of weeks ago. We had a place lined up for her but just after the coggins came back, the home offer fell through. We hadn’t planned on bringing her in but she had no place to go. Tomorrow she will get her teeth done (so will Handsome). And she’ll possibly get a hooficure – we may wait until next weekend for that. We need to work with her a bit on picking and holding up her feet. If anyone can offer a good home with lots of TLC for this sweet girl please let know. She’s very, very sweet. Thanks Pamela Zarem (Double B Equine Transport, L.L.C.) for safely transporting this girl.
When we woke up that morning we had no reason to think that the future of mankind would soon change forever. Our daughters, sons, and grandchildren would never know the world as we did before that day. We all need to remember…
Artwork by Greg Ambrose
The day started out in one of the best way’s possible – finding Donovan walking on all 4’s! He blew another abscess in the wee hours and this morning he was putting weight on his front left – he’s been 3 legged for the last several days. Watching any horse walk on 3 legs is hard but watching a huge – huge horse, well, it’s not easy. It’s been tough these last few days but we will get him through this! Dr Julia was going to work on Donovan today but she ran out of time because she helped the farrier with Donovan and then she worked on Peaches. She will be back to treat Donovan.
What did Peaches do while she was in Betsy Rose’s stall today getting her acupuncture/massage/TENS/chiro treatment? Well, it looked like there was a heck of a party – toys everywhere! None of them were injured and they are all back in their rightful places now. Betsy didn’t mind.
Dr. Bess Darrow worked on Handsome and Athena yesterday. Both had some dental issues and I bet they are much more comfortable now. Handsome is an 11 year old Saddlebred gelding that was about to be euthanized a couple of weeks ago and Athena is an Arabian cross that needed help – she just arrived a couple of days ago but we had been providing feed for her for a couple of weeks.
Dr. Bess had her awesome assistant with her, and the horses cooperated so well, we got to actually sit and talk for a few minutes and she was able to leave here in record time! She’s the best! Her website is http://www.tuneupsequine.com/Tune_Ups_Veterinary_Equine_Dentistry.html.
The dynamic duo playing "let’s take everything apart and knock things over to give the humans something to do" game!
By evening I was simply too tired to even walk to the house. LOL
"Mommy Theresa you look like you need a nap!"
Do we have any Appaloosa fans out there? We really need some help networking to find a good home for Serenity and Bryce. They are such sweet horses. We don’t want to separate them – they are brother and sister and have always been together. Serenity is 18 and Bryce is 6.
Have a great weekend everyone!