7-27-14

Sunday when the shelter opened trailers began arriving to surrender horses.  We have had a lot of horses being surrendered, especially a lot of Last Act of Kindness surrenders, and we believe it may be because we advertised with the services we have available in a well known Equestrian magazine.

The office became VERY busy as people waited their turn to fill out the necessary paperwork.

The first horse that was surrendered was Nino, a 10 year old Andalusian gelding.  He has some lameness and we are going to have our vet check him out.

Another horse being surrendered was Prissy.  She is a 19 – 20 year old Arabian/Morgan mare who is said to be an excellent, amazing Gymkhana horse.  She has won a lot of Gymkhana events, ribbons and buckles.  They said that she runs barrels in 20 seconds and poles in 25 or so.

Jewel was placed in adoption pending!  This family was hoping to adopt Joele, but then Joele was found to have the bladder stone.  Annie is a great horse for them and they absolutely fell in love with her.

Other potential adopters were looking at the other horses to see if there was a good match for them.

They really liked Annie, and placed her in adoption pending.  Kirsty is going to continue doing more evaluations, but so far Annie has been an absolutely great horse and the adopters are aware of her past history.

Jason got to work building something…  Jason always tries to think of ways to make jobs quicker and easier, and a thought came to his mind.

This is the basic prototype.  What is it?  This gets attached to a hose, then the hook latches onto the side of a water trough, a bucket, or a barrel, and the water goes through the pipe and into the water, so there is no cross contamination before water troughs.  That way you don’t have to worry about your hose falling out of the trough, or contaminating from trough to trough.

Candi’s big day to go to her new home had arrived.  Tying her next to the trailer, it is plain to see how big she really is.

A short ride later and she was hopping out.

Her new family is so happy and excited to have her.  They used to have another draft horse but sadly lost him due to health problems.

Candi was absolutely amazed at her new home.  She has such gorgeous views and a nice big pasture.

It was neat to see her trotting around enjoying herself.

The barn at Candi’s new home is very nice.  It even has air conditioning piped into each of the stalls.  We’ve never seen piped air conditioning into horse stalls before.  Candi is such a lucky girl!

They had a cart that they wanted to donate to the shelter.  We are really happy about this, we would like to cart train ponies that come into the shelter.

The cart fit right in the back of the big trailer for the short ride to the shelter.

Russ said “Goodbye” to Candi, he really got attached to her, but he is very happy that she has such a great home.

Candi loved watching the sunset.  She is going to be enjoying a lot of beautiful sunsets at her beautiful new home.

Trinity Horse Refuge, who has several horses that were transferred from us, are needing to move and would like help with their moving expenses.  They were served with an eviction notice and don’t have a whole lot of time.  If you can help out at all, please do so: click here.

Thank you all for your support of our rescue and sheltering efforts!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

7-25-14

To all the new people who were added to our Shelter Update blog, welcome!  If you, for whatever reason, do not wish to receive our emails, please click the “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom.

Wednesday morning found one of our Board of Directors, Scott, setting up to do more videoing at the shelter with his drone.  We really appreciate him donating his time and expertise in getting us the footage.

We are planning on using the footage for a major promo video that we are going to be releasing soon.

While Scott was filming a couple horses were surrendered for the Last Act of Kindness program.  The people drove many hours to bring their two precious members of their family to us.  They said they wished we had a program closer to them, but they are so appreciative of our humane end of life services.  We know that without our Last Act of Kindness program, many elderly horses like these could be dumped at auctions and head to slaughter.

After the two horses were settled in, they got back to work filming with the drone.  Mika was going to be released into the pasture as part of the filming.

It’s so neat seeing a birds eye perspective of the shelter.

Kirsty got to work evaluating Annie.  She came to us with the description that she was dangerous because she didn’t want to leave her 3 month old baby on a ride and bucked her owner off several times in an attempt to get back to her baby.  Our vet evaluated her and said that she most likely was only trying to be a good mom.  Kirsty worked with her and found that she is a very easy going horse and wants to please.

We are very happy that Annie seems to be a really nice horse and we hope to find her the right home soon.  We will continue evaluating her to make sure that nothing pops up.

We got a call that there was a uncatchable horse that was colicking and one of our old vets who we worked with a lot in the past asked if he could be brought to our shelter since we are set up for handling hard to handle horses.  So, the trailer was hooked up and they headed out to bring the horse to the shelter.

Before long the horse was safely in the trailer and on his way to the shelter.

Soon the vet arrived and started working on him.  She was so thankful to be able to use our equipment in this difficult case.

It makes it so much easier to tube a horse when they can’t jump around and try to kick the vet.

Since the vet was there we got her to volunteer to look at a few horses.  One of them was Cowgirl, who we believe may have PSSM.  A blood test was drawn to determine if that is the case or not.

Cowgirl is such a pretty girl and we hope that the test will come back negative and everything will be OK.

The colicky horse spent the night at the shelter.  Thursday morning Tawnee was happy to report to the vet that all systems were functional once again.  The vet said he could go home so he was transported to his home.

A truck and trailer pulled into the shelter and everyone just assumed that yet another horse was being surrendered as there was no scheduled adopters coming in.

We were delighted to find out that the trailer belongs to one of our previous adopters who is an excellent home.  They wanted to add another horse to their family and brought their empty trailer.  They really liked High Cat, and they wanted to spend some time with him getting to know him.

Meanwhile a horse was being surrendered into the adoption program, and she wanted to show our staff what she knew.  We would like to meet Desert Jewel, a 5 year old Mustang mare.

Jewel was going to be in the 2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover, but after bringing her home from the BLM it was found that she has a floating chip in her hock that causes inflammation if she is worked hard.  She is not lame on it at all, fluid just builds up around the chip.  The trainer, Willow, decided to pull Jewel out of the competition, but she still trained her and she is a really great horse.  She is nicely trained to ride and it was really neat seeing the bond the two have.  We really hope that this trainer will join our next Extreme Rescue Makeover event.  You can see a video of Willow working with Jewel on the very first day: click here.

You can find information about Willow, the trainer, and the horses she trains at her website: click here.

Jessica was out working on more horses hooves.  Mika was one of the horses that got her hooves trimmed.

As you can see Mika really needed her hooves trimmed.

Another truck and trailer pulled in, with another horse to be surrendered.

Inside was a horse in its 40′s who’s owner wanted to surrender him to our shelter.

We would like you to meet Max, he is 42 years old gelding.  He looks pretty good for his age!

Meanwhile, High Cat was still spending time with his potential family.  They were able to saddle him up and ride him, and they absolutely fell in love with him.  They knew he was the perfect addition to their family.

What a great adoption photo!  They were so happy, and High Cat looked quite pleased with himself too.  He is going to be joining a pony club, and they will have so much fun together.

The one thing the mom was hoping would happen is High Cat would load easily.  High Cat hopped right in and the mom almost did a happy dance.

Some kids visited the shelter and their mom was going to make the decision about adopting Candi.  She wanted to spend some more time with Candi, and her boys had fun playing with Dottie.

They gave Dottie a bath, and to the dismay of the little boy, Dottie promptly rolled in the dirt.

Dottie was quite happy with herself and thought she looked great.

Finally the mom made her final decision, and she was excited to tell us that she had decided to add Candi to their family.  We are so excited for Candi!

Friday our vet came out to do some evaluations on some of the new horses.  We were concerned about Joele as he seemed to have some health problems.  After the vets examination he did an internal exam and found a large bladder stone almost the size of a basketball.  Poor boy!  Of course the Last Act of Kindness is the only humane option to relieve his suffering, especially at his age.

The vet also evaluated the latest auction horses and some of the other horses too.

It has been an incredibly busy week and we thank you all for your support!  13 horses came into our shelter just this week alone, and we couldn’t help them without your help.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment