|"Lary's Houdini Jet" 5-30-03 to 5-2-14 RIP Handsome!|
Unlike many rescues, we keep our numbers small. We have to say 'no' more than we would like and that is so hard. I get calls, emails and messages weekly being asked to help one or two horses and sometimes numbers well over 100. We simply can't help them all. We don't have the funding, we don't have the room and will never put the needs of those here aside to take in horses in the heat of the moment when we can't provide for them. We help in other ways through networking, transport and behind the scenes assistance and financial support that most never know about and that is just fine with us.
What many people don't realize when they ask us to take on horses that have suffered starvation, neglect, abandonment or abuse and want us to rehabilitate, nourish and provide a permanent home for, is we don't know the extent of their health deficits or the side effects of their prior living conditions. Some horses come from other rescues who have started their rehab and others we rescue ourselves, the long-term ones are unadoptable, many very old and most simply unwanted.
The hardest part of providing this safe haven is that final day decisions for horses at EqWBR fall on us. When people ask us to take on a sanctuary horse, they are asking us to make the difficult judgement when that last day is.
We chose the name "Equine WellBeing" because we have a profound connection to each horse as we feed, rehab or nurse and provide for their individual needs. They get something that horses in many rescues don't, personal time and special attention that is simply not possible with large numbers. We notice tiny nuances in their behavior, moods and over all health, both mental and physical.
We have a fabulous volunteer and friend Dee, who for many years was a small animal vet assistant and recently started helping us while at the same time fulfilling her life long dream to be around horses. Her keen eye noticed Tucker was off when she came to feed and the vet was called out immediately. He was having symptoms of possibly a stroke in addition to colic, wobbly while standing, laying down and discomfort of his tummy.
When Dr. Christianson arrived his vital signs had worsened and she determined there was a blockage in his digestive tract and the best thing to do was let him go. Based on what I had observed over the past few weeks and she saw while here, we suspect he had one or more tumors had not only caused the blockage, but possibly the odd behavior changes of late. It is hard enough to let one of these beloved rescues go, but not being here at the time was very difficult for us and the sense of failure is on the heart.
Tucker came to us in November 2013, having been rescued very underweight by friend Dana Stark who did awesome putting weight on him. He was brought here to live out his days. Tucker was 31 years old, blind in one eye and loved his food. With few teeth left he would drop food out of his mouth and it was comical to watch him eat. He always had plenty of soaked food but still loved to quid his hay leaving little balls of hay he had sucked on all over the pasture and barn. You could tell everywhere he had been.
|Gwen & Max leading Tucker around the big pasture...best buds!|
We want to thank Dee for her dedication to EqWBR's horses and being here for him all day, Dr. Christianson for dropping everything and making the 70 mile drive here to help Tucker and one of our kind neighbors named Doug, for rearranging his overbooked day to come bury Tucker that afternoon. Every one's willingness to help these rescued horses is amazing and so deeply appreciated.
I was told that he walked out in the field by Maverick's grave and stopped at a sandy place in the cooling shade of a tree. He then laid down and rolled like he enjoyed that perfect spot, sat up relaxed and sighed. Tucker seemed to know he was well loved, that those were his final moments and was at peace with it. Dr. Christianson helped him gently cross over the rainbow. A calm moment to end a long and hopefully, mostly happy life.
The hoof prints to his grave will forever be etched on my mind. They were the last I saw of him. For those of you who know the poem "Footprints In The Sand", to me, where Tucker's hoof prints end is the place God carried him home.
RIP Tucker we were so blessed and honored to care for you. You have touched our hearts deeply.
|Tucker 1983 - May 15, 2014 RIP Lovely Old Man!|
Thank you all so very much on behalf of Autumn, Babee, Danny, Fancy, Gwen, Liam, Max & Ruby.
Christine Griffin, Founder & President
Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc.
A 501c3 Public Charity
Checks can be sent to PO Box 2722, Snowflake, AZ 85937.
We are a 501c3 Public Charity #45-2835562 so your donations are tax-deductible.
Members of: Unwanted Horse Coalition, Homes for Horses Coalition, A Home for Every Horse program, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assoc., Fleet of Angels and many more.
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Recipient of $2000 food grant in 2013.