Thursday, March 21, 2019

Our beautiful Gwen is gone.

Guinevere-Quinn christine 3-22-08

It is with more sadness than I can say that we share the passing of our beloved Gwen. Our hearts are breaking as she has been with us for 12 years. The first of many Tennessee Walking Horses we have rescued and the first pregnant mare too.
In 2007, Audrey of Saving Horses Inc in San Diego, found Gwen standing in an evacuation site of the Witch Creek firestorm, underweight and looking in poor health. She contacted me and we worked together to bring her to our place, having to buy her from the owner just so she could receive the proper care she needed for a mare in foal. She foaled on 3-12-08 and the picture above was taken when Quinn was about a week old.
Through the years Gwen has been the "go to" horse for people to ride, especially children whom she adored. Because of her good nature even someone who had never been on a horse could ride her. Out on trails, camping, re-enactment rides, you name it and she was up to the challenge.
2017 Gwen finger painted for HAHD

In 2017 for our Help A Horse Day clean up at the ranch, dozen's of attendees of all ages got the chance to put their hand print on Gwen showing touches of love all over her body.
She stood patiently in the barn while everyone took a turn and then patiently outside for a wonderful bath to remove all the paint.
She was the center of attention and loved it.

The vet papers we got upon her rescue said she was 18 years old and she has been with us since 2007 making her 30 years old. Since we moved to Snowflake she has been a wonderful companion horse to our other oldsters and a teacher to our youngsters.
A few years ago after a difficult bout of pigeon fever and subsequent colic we decided to retire her from riding. I cannot tell you how many times I wished to just get up on her bareback and love on her with great big hugs while she walked around the pasture....I just wanted to feel that closeness again.
20180618 eye ulcer low px

This past summer she got a ulceration in her right eye and was so patient for many months of ointments and drops going in her eye several times a day. This past fall she did awesome for surgery to tuck her lower eyelid so the eyelashes would not rub against her eye. So many thanks to all the people that helped giving her the eye treatments. We had a great team of volunteers and they all told me she stood so good for her treatments.
20190319 085319

Through continued treatment and keeping her eye covered with a custom made fly mask with fabric on the inside to keep the sun out of her eye and we didn't want to risk her eye getting poked by something, you can see that it was slowly starting to heal.
The lack of sight on that side did make it difficult for her to maneuver around at times. We needed to make sure everyone spoke as we approached her so she would know we were near and sometimes she would startle if approached from her blind side.

During these past cold days and nights we kept her bundled in the barn and most recently kept her in a stall as a companion to another horse needing some extra care. We could see she was slowing down and perhaps because of her sight deficit she just didn't want to do much. She loved being groomed, talked to and always wanted to snuggle.
I simply cannot express how much this beautiful, sometimes feisty but always gentle mare touched so many lives over the years. She had character, grace, and so much love to share with people.
Yesterday we gently laid her to rest near a big tree in the front yard.
We can see her grave from our great room and front porch and I know as we look towards the mountains thoughts of her will always come to mind. Today there is a huge hole in mine and Lary's hearts and so many tears have been shed. Her passing is truly an end of an era. Our old grand dam is running in God's green pastures forever more.
2013-12-20 Gwen head shot

RIP - Run In Paradise Gwen.....forever loved, forever in our hearts.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Shelters needed. Can you help??

 Usually you can see the barn in the background, but not in whiteout snow.
20190218 cant see the barn sml px

20190222 Office
Over 16 inches of snow in just one day!
This winter has been brutal for most of us throughout the country and we were hit with record snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures leaving some of our equine out in the cold. Snowmageddon hit us hard.
Now spring is headed our way with wind gusts many times 50mph which will then be followed by summer monsoonal rains. We want the rescues 30 equine to have access to good shelter.
Rough lumber run-in shelter
Last October we submitted a grant request to the Binky Foundation for the purchase of materials to build 2 run-in shelters like this. After six months we are so excited to be approved and sent a check for $1200.00. It is my understanding that over 200 groups applied for financial assistance and we were one of 25 chosen to received funds because they felt this such a worthy project.
Huge thanks to Judi and Ramona, our grant writing team.
20190222 mini donks
We would like to see if we could get an equal amount of donations so we could complete two more shelters, thus having shelters in every pasture and a safe place out of the elements year around for the horses, donkeys and minis.
As with our grant application we said if funds were provided for the material, about $600 each shelter, volunteers would provide the labor.
20190222 Ruby Rose
Now that the snow is gone we are planning a construction day at the rescue on Saturday, March 30th from 9am - 5pm. If a second construction day is needed we will schedule it.
(If you are interested in volunteering please reply to this email and we will get you the details)
20190222 donks inside sml px
After the big snows we have had and the limited stall space in the barn I can tell you how difficult it has been getting the oldsters, minis and emaciation rehabs into the barn to be warm and dry from the storms.
At times we had 16 equine split between 6 stalls (the donkeys all in one stall and mini horses in with a full size and the rest doubled up).
As you can see we NEED as many pasture shelters as we can get. With these materials and volunteers to do the construction we will be able to get four shelters for the price of one shelter made by a construction company.
Please, please, please consider helping us with this need. There are many ways you can help: donating, forwarding our email to your friends, volunteering at the rescue on construction day and any other way you can think of.
It will certainly make a huge difference in the comfort and wellbeing of all the equine here at the rescue.
20190222 Ramey

Many, many thanks for all you do to help the rescue! Christine

If we receive more donations than are needed for this request the balance will go toward the food, medical care and other needs of the equine at the rescue.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Help with hay funds and update on emaciation cases

Like  Pin  +1 
Prince William 2016 sml px
The first malnourished horse we rescued was Gwen in December of 2007 and she is still with us today. Our first emaciated and very sick foal was Prince William (now Thor) who arrived at the rescue 12-31-09 he is now in a wonderful adoptive home with Marty who also adopted Peaches. Since that time we have provided emaciation rehab for over 30 horses with a new arrival already in 2019.
Henneke BCS Score
There is a scale from 1 - 9 that determines the body condition score called the Henneke Scale.
1 is extremely emaciated and 2 is emaciated, the two most at risk levels of body condition and also the ones that require special feeding protocols so they don't suffer from organ failure while regaining weight.
5-6 are where we like to have all the horses to be considered a healthy weight.
Here is our beautiful Noel after two months of rehab at the rescue.
20190212 topline side by side sml px
20190212 butts side by side sml px
20190212 two month side by side sml px
Julie Beadle Horses
This is Dove who came to the rescue with a foal at her side, BCS 2 and dehydrated with no water in sight at the place we found her. She and Raven both made a full recovery, we put them in training and are now part of Taylor's family in Tucson.
20120618 Precious at 4 months sm px
Precious came to us from the Riverside County Animal Control, she was abandoned and left to starve. Quite elderly she did make a full recover within 4 months. She has since passed.
Diesel 2011 2014 low pixels
In 2011 we help with a large rescue of orphaned foals off the Fallon, NV feedlot. Diesel arrived not only emaciated, he had strangles, a high fever, dehydration, high worm load and at one point was unable able to swallow anything almost dying in my arms. He pulled through with a complete recovery and is with the Niven family in Ramona where he enjoys trail riding and various riding competitions.
Mihi at 14 weeks 5-30-18 sml px
Mihi arrived almost a year ago with her daughter Peanut, both were BCS2 and Mihi was sick with a tooth that had been infected for many months needing surgical extraction. Don't let the winter fur fool you there wasn't much fat over her bones. Even with the surgery and its recovery she was still looking awesome in four months. Mihi is pending adoption by Ann.
Below is Peanut who was so malnourished she looks like she is about a year old, but she was five years old at the time. Her recovery took 3 months and last fall we started her training under saddle in hope we find her a wonderful adoptive home.
Peanut after 7 months 9-17-18 sml px
Princess arrived in 2015 and is currently our oldest resident turnign 29 this year. Many of her molar teeth are gone so she relies 100% on a diet of Senior Feed because she is no longer able to chew hay.
Sydney after 5 weeks 8-4-18 sml px
You probably all recognize Sydney who is the youngest equine at the ranch and arrived in a very malnourished state last June. We were able to rescue she and her mom who had been down for several days suffering the starvation effects of the drought last summer. Sadly Momma was too far gone for us to save. It broke our hearts to have to humanely euthanize her, but her organs were shutting down and there was nothing else we could do be release her from her pain.
20170113 Sweet Hope
The only other horse we were not able to save and rehabilitate was Hope. Her owners asked us to come get her after her stall mate died of starvation during the prior night. Hope's organs were already starting to fail and try as we did she passed within a day. Our world was tipped over when this happened, she was only five years old.
We immediately created an emergency equine food fund and named it Hope's Legacy. We offer feed, hay and supplements for families with an emergency need of assistance. We have recently assisted with euthanasia funds too. Since Christmas we have already spent $601.05 to assist families with 6 equine and one euthanasia.
20150322 hay purchased
Proper forage is so important in keeping the horses, donkeys and minis at the ranch healthy. The southwest suffered its worst drought in many decades last year, considered an 'exceptional drought' it is the driest category of drought. The cost of hay has gone up dramatically because of the many months with no water. It is time for us to purchase another load of 24- 900lb bales of orchard grass (the bales on the right in the photo above) at a cost of $150/bale, the entire purchase will be $3600.
Please consider helping us with a donation to cover those costs, with 34 equine here at the ranch those bales last about 8 weeks. We have many horses that we will start training as soon as winter is over, then will be available for adoption but in the meantime we need to keep them healthy. No donation is too small, so please help us keep them fat and healthy.
To make a tax deductible donation via PayPal, credit card or check, just click the button below and thank you very much for your support it is appreciated more than you will ever know.
We are so blessed to be able to help all the equine at the rescue and others in the community through Hope's Legacy Emergency Equine Food & Euthanasia Fund. We are the only rescue in the 5000 square miles that makes up the White Mountains of Arizona and spans the two poorest counties in the State that offers this type of assistance. Our help is needed more then ever in the cold of winter so thank you all for supporting our mission and helping all the beloved equine.

Many, many thanks for all you do to help the rescue! Christine

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Getting a closer look - EqWBR facilities

Equine WellBeing Rescue - Snowflake AZ facility

The ranch sits on 20 acres with four 1 acre or more sized pastures allowing separation of the horses, donkeys and minis based on their needs. This will give you a snapshot of the barn, enclosures and pastures.   Most pictures taken 2-5-19

Main entrance of the barn (faces east)

South side of barn, turnouts and pasture

West side of barn and attaching pasture

North side of barn and turnouts are part of the west pasture

Large bale feeders with slow feed hay nets are in each pasture - distance picture

Large bale feeders with slow nets in south and west pasture - closer picture

Feeders in west and south pasture taken from other side with barn in the background

Farthest west feeder in the largest pasture, lots of juniper trees in this area

NE pasture with donkey shelter

NE pasture catch pen-stall with open gate to NW pasture

NW pasture looking back to barn and enclosures - west pasture to the right

Standalone stall for qt or other use with cover

Stand alone stall for qt or other use outside barn

Memorial garden at entrance of barn - a badge project for boy scouts Cayden and Mannix

Peaceful sunset at Equine WellBeing Rescue with barn in the background