The foals have arrived after dark. We are now on day 3. I am doing the nite shift, foal-lac every 3 hours in bucket. They are getting the hang of it. The photos above are one of the round ups taking place today..Sunday. yes, the photos show they are real. babies torn from moms...Moms sent to slaughter. This week I am told there may be 20 newly orphaned lives. It's a sad reflection on humans and what we do. Please pray for the horses.
If you'd like to think about adopting a foal, and sponsoring its companion for 6mos (As they cannot be alone so young) ...email Lynn@marerescue.org.
Sending LOVE Light, healing, HOPE and gratitude.
By Paul Sloot
If you’re in the market for buying a horse as an inexperienced person, you will have to be on the lookout for all kinds of horse related problems. There are many health issues to consider, character issues, spiritual issues, etc, and many things are not as they seem to be. I remember I even caught a bad case of Ringworm (Tinea corporis) from one visit….!! (That one had me busy for 4 months)!
And, most important, in a relative short time, one has to find out if a nice and fitting connection with the new horse is possible. From what I have experienced, the “horse trade business” is a business with a lot of (let’s say it nicely) dishonesty. This is probably one of the reasons why good horses switch owners so often, and some end up being recycled as food…
Well, you get the picture, so after a long time, we were very happy when we found a beautiful brown horse, relatively affordable, and in good physical health. (she was spiritually almost killed, which explained why a horse like this seemed so extremely calm, but I’ll discuss that in some other article another time).
What we didn’t know, was that she was pregnant!!! Then, it was not visible at all. And yes, the seller knew about this, because, later he told us she had been taken by a stallion twice. He even remembered the date!
In the late winter she started to “fill up” and it became harder and harder to fit the saddle, we even had to buy some of those girth extenders. Our stable master told us that “newbies” usually feed their horses too much, so we cut back on the food in steps, and gave her plenty of exercise, but that didn’t help at all!
And when the blacksmith saw her again after a few months, he suggested she might be pregnant… So we bought ourselves a “Wee-foal-checker”, a urine sample tester, and yes she was!!!! OOOHHHH! Now what?
Well, first, we put her back on her regular diet, and contacted the previous owner. After pushing him, he finally admitted it, and told us that the foal would be expected in October / November.
In springtime she went into the field with the other horses, looking more round and beautifully healthy every day. In the start of June, she started to show signs that the milk process was “coming on-line”, so we were afraid that there would be something going wrong. After careful examination, all seemed okay, so we contacted the seller once more and the bastard (oops, sorry for the word) admitted that the foal would be expected soon. Till today I don’t understand why he kept lying…
On June 13th it became clear that she would be expected to deliver within 24-48 hours, so we kept her in the pasture adjacent to the others, close to the barn, and we went to check on her every few hours. I remember like the day of yesterday, on June 14th round 22:00 in the evening I suddenly “shocked up” out of my doings, and HAD to go see Avanti RIGHT NOW, like an urge or something burning inside me…
And yes, when I came to the pasture, she walked over to me, as if she had expected me, her body was steaming hot, milk was dripping, and I knew she would deliver anytime now, so we walked calmly (she went freely with me, totally NO insisting from my side) to the barn, where we had made a comfortable and safe place for her. On the way over she calmly kept walking with me (incredible!!!).
We were almost there, when my daughter told me she broke her water, and she thought she saw little hooves!!! But Avanti just kept on going all by herself, so full of trust, and we safely reached the stable.
I kneeled beside her, whilst my daughter used her cell phone to alert all the others, and after 10 minutes her foal was born!
His name would be Azzari. We had read about the things that were very important, and together with the experienced stable master we freed the head of the foal from the birth skin, so it could breathe freely, and separated the umbilical cord after it had stopped it’s function. The stable master disinfected the severed connection, we took care that the umbilical cord was not stepped upon, and after about 20 minutes, when the placenta was finally ejected, we checked if it was complete. It was complete, so all was well!
We stayed with them, to see if the foal would stand up and start to drink the first milk. The first milk is essential and irreplaceable, full of antibodies and all kinds of healthy stuff. I noticed that Avanti was a wonderful mother, and she welcomed Azzari into the world with all kinds op previously unheard soft nickering sounds… She was so tender to Azzari, and she was totally comfortable with us around her, as if she was celebrating her new motherhood with us.
In the meantime many children and friends started to visit our stable (it was round midnight!!!) Finally, after one hour and a half, or two, Azzari could stand long enough to have a drink, and he DRANK!…
After that we all went home to leave them in peace.
The next morning early, we went to see them again, all was well, and both greeted us with nickering sounds! OOHH, suddenly it sank in, we had 2 horses from now on!
It was wonderful mild sunny weather, and the stable master suggested we turn them out into the paddock together right away. And off they went, in a safe, well fenced paddock, together, to discover the world….
But now, the hard part would come, said the others. Will you sell him, if so, when? Right now, later, or after a few years? Or, keep him? Can you afford it, Do you know what you’re doing? Can you raise him, can you constrain a stallion when he gets bigger???
We got all kinds of this type of talk, and I thought about it, but I just couldn’t let him go. And we still have him.
The journey continues from here, in the next episode……
It's a very quick update to share ~ 4 mares and foals. I'm posting pictures. Names to be given, fundraising....there is alot of need right now! Enjoy the pictures! They arrive soon!
Foaling season (which is heavily upon us) is a very tough time of year for rescues. I am often asked "Don't you tire of cleaning up other people's mess?"
The answer is of course. It's disheartening to see human beings behave in such an irresponsible manner. It is an endless chain of lives that deserve the chance to simply live.
Slaughter is not the answer. It is a solution that provides humans with an easy out for their unconcious attitudes about life. These are lives, not boxes of oranges or UPS packages.
It takes only one moment to look into the eyes of a rescued animal to understand the necessity of legitimate rescue organizations.
I mentally work really hard to keep a positive, abundant frame of mind. It is critical to keep moving forward.
I am wishing each and every one of you a wonderful Friday. I am sending Love, Abundance, Patience and Courage. We all need it! It is a glorious day!
Above are pictured mares with brand new foals waiting in Yakima Washington for rescue and safety this morning. One of many campaigns on going in the nation. These horses are not on lots, they're Native American Ponies culled off an enormous piece of reservation land. Prayers they make it to safety.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks. I have been running non-stop. Flying on the great energy and support of my PMR community and friends and family!
We helped a scared skinny mare standing on the lot in the San Martin Shelter find a forever home.
Below she is standing at the shelter, middle picture is her info, and the far right is snacking with her new herdmate in her new forever home in Sacramento. Doug Lake only charged up $150 to haul her to her new digs! Yay! Her new name ...April! Congrats to Sherry. PMR is happy to help!
Next up is Bandit! We raised $800 from the dog loving community to pull this darling sweet pup, and FLY him to Seatlle! He was on his last day in Franklin Georgia. It took a village, but we did it! Bandit is now in Seattle at SavingGreatAminals.org up for adoption! I think he looks HAPPY!!!
Cindie Ambar hosted a 'Healing with Sound' Workshop Yesterday and it was terrific! The group of folks that attended were great company. It is the bonus of saving animals...you get to make the most amazing friendships!
She was on her last day, and down to her last 2 hours. This brindle pit crossed my radar..needed a foster.... OKAY..I'll help. She is a super sweet and her story was very moving. After 13 babies , she remained alone in the shleter waiting for her new home..It never came. So she has learned a bit about ranch life, and is elated to be out of the shelter! AND ...drum roll...she is meeting her new foster mom today (possible forever home!) Yay for Coco.
I even managedto squeezein time for a new haircut! whoot whoot! Heading out to take new pic's of of moms and foals!! Make today a GREAT ONE!!!
Author - Lynn Hummer
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