10-31-13

This blog will catch you up on all the recent happenings since the last regular blog.

Sal, the older endurance Arabian, was adopted into a great home and they are so happy.  This picture was after their first trail ride together.

Jack had a big day planned for him, he was heading to his new home.  After being at the shelter for a year and a half, he was quite pleased.

Monique the henny was also loading up with Jack.  They had become friends and it was nice to see them going to their new home together.

Hoka was also joining the family.  3 adoptees were heading to their new home all together.

After the trip Hoka looked out at his new home after the door opened.

Monique couldn’t believe her good luck as she was led to her waiting pen.

Jack was mostly interested in food, and got right to work finding good things to eat.

We are so happy for these wonderful equines and are glad that another horse rescued from auction was adopted into a great home.

We had a very busy vet day at our shelter.  Roanie, who had hurt his jaw, got clearance from the vet that he was doing A-Ok and could be adopted into his waiting home.

We constantly strive to reduce the unwanted horse problem, preventing horses from being shipped to slaughter.  All stallions and colts are adopted out as geldings, and if they are too young the adopter signs a contract that they will geld them as soon as they are old enough.  We highly discourage adopters from breeding their adopted mares, but there was no way to make sure that it doesn’t happen.  Until now, there has been nothing we medically could do for the mares.  Now, thanks to our wonderful Vet and the special chute, we are sterilizing the mares by having our vet place a marble in their uterus, making them think they are pregnant.  The nice side effect is the mares shouldn’t come into heat, so no more dealing with a cranky mare during her cycle.  This should make our mares more adoptable, and we are excited to be adding this ground-breaking program to our adoption program.  We believe we are the first shelter or rescue in the world that sterilizes mares!  We are hoping that by the beginning of 2014 all the mares that have medical clearance that are adopted from our shelter will be sterilized.

On the vet day we had two mares marbled.  The mares must receive a hormonal injection a few days before to make sure they are in heat and receptive to the marble.

Domino, the colt from the auction, was on the schedule for his gelding operation.  We led him into our operating room where he was wide eyed on what was happening next.

Before long he was in la-la land and the vet was hard at work giving this guy a brighter future.

He also got some dental work done while he was snoozing.  Then he slept the drugs off in peace.

Zaus, Atlis and JR were on the list for their operations too.  Being a billy goat was not going to be in their future.  Nobody really wants to adopt a stinky billy.

One by one they were put on the operation table and said goodbye to being a billy goat.

By this time Domino had woken up in the operation room and had a look of bewilderment on his face.

Braveheart had his eye examined and the vet believes we may be able to save his eye, but he will have some blurry vision in it.  We are giving him some special treatment, and hope to see an improvement.  If not his eye may have to be removed.

Since Roanie was medically cleared to go to his adoptive home by the vet, his adopters came to take him home.

His adopter is quite the tall guy, but is not confident around tall horses at all.  He wanted a nice little horse he could lead around and become friends with.  We know they are going to have a lot of fun and many walks together are in their future.

Thank you all for your support each and every day!