On 9-18-14, we rescued a yearling stud colt named Triton from people running a pony riding service where pictures on their Facebook pages clearly showed horrendous training practices with young, defenseless horses. We tried to negotiate the release of a yearling filly, but they jacked up the price so we had to walk away. The picture below shows the makeshift stall and depressed looking filly on that day. We did not for get her or the other skinny horses left behind.
On Sunday, Monique, who adopted TWH Baxter Black last year and facilitated Triton's rescue, along with Shannon who is fostering Triton, made the trip to pick Sheree up and trailer her to HaraNova Ranch where she would be fostered till mid-October. The draining in her nose continued.
I consulted Dr. Kari Christianson about the drainage and we discussed various things it could be, but the most likely was a partial choke like we initially thought. No emergency call was needed because again she was so calm and did not appear distressed. Monique's called her vet first thing Monday morning for him to come diagnose and treat her symptoms. Monique let him know that when she drank water, it came right back out her nose. The possibility of a cleft palate seemed much greater and probable, even though it is extremely rare in horses, especially ones this old.
Her cuddly demeanor was in part from her gentle attitude, but mostly because she had a low grade fever and pneumonia and had been sick for some time. Looking at the picture from 9-18-14 above, it's clear she was ill then. The heartbreaking decision to put her down was made and so many tears have been shed since.
These people were so eager for money that they sold her knowing about the huge hole in her mouth and played off her current illness as her being such a gentle horse. They took the money and watched this filly go down the road without a second thought to their unscrupulous tactics and lies. We are thankful that her trip was to loving, caring people and not others who would have just sold too because her nose wouldn't stop running.
|Sheree meeting Baxter Black|
The authorities were notified of the horses in poor health after we rescued Triton. With the many calls they get and without pictures of the skinny horses on the property the complaint was not processed immediately. They have since been notified of the death of Sheree and we have been promised it will be looked into. We pray her life will save the others and her death not be in vain.
We incurred unexpected medical bills in addition to the $400 we had to pay to buy her to safety. Any donation to help with these costs (approximately $1000) would be so appreciated. You can use this donate button