Monday, December 2, 2019

$5000 Matching Funds Pledge for #GivingTuesday

It s giving tuesday
We are so excited to have a private donor pledge up to $5000 in matching funds. What does that mean? For every dollar you donate, the private donor will make an equal donation basically doubling your donation.
On this #GivingTuesday we know that so many great charities are asking for needed funds and we hope that if you participate you consider helping our mission of providing loving care for equines in need with a donation. We are 100% volunteer run organization with no paid staff or employees so your donations go farther and assist more horses, donkeys and minis. With this $5000 matching funds pledge, it will go even farther.
We currently have 38 equines having their needs met because you care.
Starting now tax deductible donations using debit and credit cards, PayPal and Venmo can be made by clicking the button below. Checks can be sent to Equine WellBeing Rescue, 8369 Buckskin Trail, Snowflake, AZ 85937
Your friendship and support means so much to each and every one of us and to all the equines we are able to help. You make a difference in their lives!

Your support is so greatly appreciated, we simply can't thank you enough!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

16 minis 'in need' arrive from Michigan

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16 minis collage
A few months ago we were contacted by Tia at Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue in MI to see if we would be able to assist with a large dispersal of over 50 mini horses and donkeys whose owner became ill and new homes needed to be found.
In October after several horses and donkeys here were adopted and the unexpected $2000 donation by long-time friend, supporter and equine practitioner, Poppy Phillips, we felt we were finally able assist the minis in MI.
Hidden Brook Eq Transport
We originally discussed bringing 10 to the rescue, our hauler, Paul Brookhart, Hidden Brook Equine Transportation said he could fit up to 18 in his 40 foot rig and as a hauler through Fleet of Angels, he offered us a discounted rate of to fill his trailer and bring them over 1800 miles to the rescue. Sue the owner of M&MS Farms decided to send 16 to us so they were dubbed the SWEET 16 MI Minis. Fundraising to cover all the costs began.
Elaine Nash, founder of Fleet of Angels, offered a "Matching Funds" donation as did Jen Reed at Best Friends Animal Society in UT. Additionally, Best Friends offered to cover the vet costs of the coggins and health certificates needed for travel. With the offer of matching funds we were able to raise the cost of transport and initial care of the Sweet 16. They arrived on November 19th.
Today, after 2 snow storms we were finally able to give them each new breakaway halters and microchips (excuse the mud in the pictures it is really wet out today). Purple halters are girls, black are the castrated males and red are the intact males. Please meet the SWEET 16:
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Fundraiers Collage
We also would like to thank artist Marty Bowers who donated one of her matted and framed prints that was auctioned and Mari Lenton for being the winning bidder.
Additionally Marty will be adopting Starbuck the adorable older, intact mini donkey as a companion for her older intact standard sized jack donkey. The two old men will be best friends in no time.
For anyone interested in adoption or foster of any of the minis please respond to this email and we can send you an application with details. Adoption fee is $400 each.
This has been a wonderful team effort involving fellow rescues, donors offering matching funds, donors matching those funds, a fabulous equine hauler and many others who shared the need and prayed for safe travels. We are humbled by the efforts of all to help Sue at M&MS Farms with 16 of her beloved equines so they are now in a wonderful place where she doesn't need to worry about their future.

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

Turning Point Donkey Rescue, whom we have partnered with since 2016,
(aka TPDR and/or the rescue) is a Michigan based non-profit organization
dedicated to the health and welfare of miniature, standard and mammoth donkeys.
Fleet of Angels is an organization that offers a network of haulers, layover and quarantine facilities and other providers who will offer discounts to rescues for at-risk equines. Additionally, they offer Disaster Response and Emergency Event Management. In 2017 they were oversaw the dispersal of over 900 equines from a law enforcement neglect situation in South Dakota. EqWBR received 5 of the equines during that rescue emergency.
Best Friends Animal Society is a no-kill animal sanctuary in Kanab,UT that has been helping animals since 1984. Best Friends is recognized as a leader in all aspects of animal care and rescue, with practices and innovations that are leading the way in animal care nationwide.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Check out our new website!!!!

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New Website Home page
After many weeks of input and edits our new website is finally LIVE!!! This new design should make it easier for people to read our website both on their SmartPhone and desktop.
Please take a moment to check it out and let us know what you think!

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A friend for Rimson

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On 10-5-19 we welcomed a new member to the EqWBR family. Buddie arrived to be a friend for Rimson thanks to a donation by Gary Hackney, who was visiting all the way from Washington state to help with chores around the rescue. Finding out that we had wanted to get a companion for Rimson that was his size and age, he offered funds for our search so we asked him to name the new foal and he chose Buddie.
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After looking at ads online for foals we purchased Buddie and he was transported to the rescue by his owner. We asked about the foals history but he had only had him 3 days so we don't really know his past. From his condition on arrival we knew he had been pulled from his mom and kept with other horses because he was thin from probably being chased off food and had bite marks all over his body.
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Not only was Buddie underweight be we noticed his hind legs were not straight. They are both sickle hocked (not straight up and down under his body, more leaning forward) and cow hocked (like being knock kneed). The vets we consulted about the condition felt with good nutrition and exercise they should straighten out. We kept him quarantined and then introduced him to Rimson.
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Buddie meeting Rimson.
Rimson wasn't sure who this pint sized creature was and seemed frightened of him at the beginning. We realized that Rimson couldn't look in a mirror to see that he was the same size. It was rather cute.
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Buddie started to feel a little punky when the cold weather set in so Dr Helzer came out and we drew blood finding he had signs of a slight infection so we started treating him with antibiotics.
We already had him on Full Bucket Foal Probiotics to help his stomach absorb food better and closely watched his food, hay and water intake. Bloodwork also showed anemia and low protein so we added Vitamin B Complex.
After several days the antibiotics gave Buddie diarrhea so we discontinued them, installed a catheter and started him on IV fluids to prevent dehydration. He did get enough antibiotics to treat his infection. His appetite remained good through the treatment and after 3 sessions with IV fluids and the vitamin B complex along with the other supplements he started to perk up. We also gave him BioSponge to help end the diarrhea. Here is Lary helping me with one session of IV fluids.
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Once he was feeling good and starting to put on weight Kelli from Animal Krackers came out to do body work with him. After being picked on by other horses before he came to us, he needed several adjustments and stretching and clearly felt better when Kelli was done. In addition to his body work and good nutrition we have added Equine Leg Magic mineral supplement to his diet to help get his posture better. Thank you Equine Leg Magic for donating your supplement for Buddie.
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We now take the boys out for walks together as physical therapy for Buddie and good exercise for them both. They have become good friends which is what we were hoping for to begin with and they share each others food and take naps together all the time. Rimson still gets time to be out with the older horses, but it isn't too long before he wants to be back with his new best friend.

20191029 cold tempsWith our temperatures dropping below freezing some nights we blanket them as needed so Buddie doesn't burn up his calories trying to stay warm and during the warm sunny days the blankets are off so he will grow his winter coat. These two spend so much time together and it is fun to watch their friendship grow.
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It will take many weeks before he his muscle and fat do a better job of covering his bones and by winter he should be at a normal weight for his age.
It has been too long since our last email to everyone but you can see we have been very busy. When we decided to purchase a friend for Rimson we had no idea we would get one with so many issues. When he arrived and we saw his condition we knew he landed in the right place so we could get him the care he truly needed. Another little blessing at the rescue.

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

Monday, August 12, 2019

Week old foal attacked by cougar, saved by Equine WellBeing Rescue

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Lary carrying the injured foal 7-7-19
Late in the day on Sunday, July 7th, we got a call from a family in Lakeside, AZ, 30+ miles south of us explaining that an injured foal was in their yard and they didn't know what to do with it. They didn't think it would live through the night. They had called the sheriff's department because the foal walked off the Apache reservation where the fencing was down, had crossed a gravel road (Rim road) and into their yard. After speaking with the authorities they contacted us for help.
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Upon arrival we realized he was a new born foal, perhaps a week old. They told us a cougar had attacked the small herd of wild horses and chased them away. The colt was miraculously alive and left behind, no one saw what his mother looked like. Twice he was standing in the road and others put his inured little body back on the tribal side yet he found the strength to walk across the road and into their yard. He was carried into our trailer and when we got to the rescue Lary carried him into a stall. En-route we contacted Dr. Helzer and determined he would die if hauled hours away to an equine hospital so we bottle fed him mares milk-replacer, gently cared for his deep wounds and let him rest, keeping a close eye on him till the Dr. Helzer, Tammy, arrived.
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From what we were told it had been 24 hours prior to our picking him up since he had been attacked by the cougar. Then he wandered around without any way to nurse because the herd did not return to the area.
He was so weak that during the surgery to clean and repair his wounds no sedative was needed, just lidocaine to numb the wounds. He had a very deep wound over the jugular area of his neck and it was a miracle the cougar missed his veins and arteries. In addition to all the neck wounds, he had some scratches on his body and a very deep puncture on his right hind leg in the thigh area.
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Lary assisting with IV fluids
Repairs were made, a catheter placed and IV fluids administered. Detailed instructions were given to us as I continued his round the clock care. We were relieved to find out he could drink the milk replacer out of a bucket and with IV fluids we administered 4 times a day he quickly started to perk up. He was also getting pain meds, 2 kinds of antibiotics, probiotics and ulcer meds for his stomach and several supplements in addition to cleaning and dressing his wounds several times throughout the day and night.
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His neck wounds made drinking difficult even while healing.
We immediately posted his needs on Facebook and I have tried so hard to get an email and blog post done, but the few hours I have had not caring for him or the other equine I really needed to just catch my breath.
Much of the time at first it was eat, get his treatments and sleep, needed rest to heal. David and Ruth, having a colt of their own, sent our foal a large teddy bear to keep him company. As he got stronger his wounds started to heal, he gained weight and grew taller. So many neck wounds he had trouble swallowing for quite a while.
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Thank you David & Ruth for the big teddy bear.
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Thanks to our friend Raymond Patterson at, (long time supporter of the rescue) we were send a set of Silver Whinnys that were modified to fit his neck and with the silver woven throughout help with the healing process and help protect his wounds from any flies.
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Getting bigger and stronger
Steadily each week he has gained weight and gotten stronger. With the use of Dr. Helzer's dog scale we were able to measure his weight gain every other day till we were sure his gain was stable. By August 5th, he was 101.9 pounds. He had gained over 50 pounds since his arrival and had grown 2 inches in height. The only big issue was the puncture in his right hind leg was causing him to not be able to carry his weight for long periods of time. We kept watching closely for issues related to the puncture.
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Abscess site post surgery
Last week he was running and bucking on one of our daily walks and was truly full of piss and vinegar but by night time his leg was swollen and the next morning I contacted the vet because it felt like a large abscess directly in front of the puncture site. That was on Friday, August 9th and sure enough when aspirated it was an abscess, probably brewing for many weeks and broken to the surface by his bucking. More surgery. We lanced it, flushed the incision site, treated and installed a drain tube to help any residual infection come out.
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Learning to walk with a halter and lead line
We continue our walks 2-3 times a day and dress the surgery site and neck wounds at the same time and they all seem to be healing. He is on antibiotics again but no more pain meds or other medicines. He has been getting great supplements, probiotics, colloidal silver and is now eating hay, foal feed and we can see his growth continue. In the past week he has gained 14 pounds and grown another inch and he can put weight on his hind leg. Thankfully we can now feed every six hours and that seems to work well....I can get a little sleep.
We have named him Rimson because he crossed Rim Road to Dennis and Gail's house and this is considered Rim Country. Meet Rimson, "Son of the Rim Country".
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Photo by Leslie Brucker Photography
People have been sending well wishes from all over the world, France, England, Australia, Canada and across America. If you would like to send Rimson a card the address is: Rimson c/o Equine WellBeing Rescue, 8369 Buckskin Trail, Snowflake, AZ 85937.
He has quite a few followers with our daily posts on Facebook and he wants to tell everyone how much he appreciates your prayers, all the volunteers and practitioners stepping in to help, donations, the wonderful gifts and cards. Many have come to visit, some from out of state.
In fact, so many have wanted to visit that there is no time remaining in the day so we have decided to host an open house on Saturday, August 31st, from 10am - 2pm. Just a short and simple event so you can have the opportunity to see the rescue, meet Rimson and the other 24 horses and donkeys, and learn a little more about our mission to help equine in need. More details to come on that very soon.
Rimson is not out of the woods yet. He has another week of meds and a few weeks for his latest surgery to heal, but we can now say we anticipate a full recovery. We keep a constant eye on him and he is up to it he meets the horses and donkeys over the fence and knows he is not alone. He has sure touched many hearts, especially ours.
If you would like to help Rimson and the others here at the rescue with a donation there is a button below to click. With 24 horses and donkeys in our care every dollar is appreciated so very much and you know they are put to very good use.
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Photo by Leslie Brucker Photography
I would like to give a huge thank you to my friend Leslie Brucker for the beautiful and charming pictures of Rimson which tell his story so well.

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