It has been a year since we rescued this little foal and her mom, and brought water and troughs to this small herd of horses in desperate need during last years exceptional drought. Steve and Leslie Brucker saw this small band of horses on the White Mountain Apache tribal side of the fence line along the national forest, where the wild horses in the Lakeside Ranger district had been receiving trucked in water by us for a few weeks. They contacted us and together we went in to action to save this little herd.
Priority number one was to bring them all water and then to rescue this sweet foal and her very sick mother. This is Sydney watching over her mother who was too exhausted at that point to stand.
With great effort a small group of us were able to load both Syndey and her mother into a horse trailer and bring them to the rescue. Sadly Momma's body was already shutting down and there was nothing we could do to save her. At least Sydney was not left in the forest at just a few weeks of age without her mother and trying to survive on her own.
This is a recent picture of Sydney growing up happy and healthy at the rescue. We chose the anniversary of her rescue to be her birthday...the start of a new life filled with love and lots of TLC.
To help us celebrate and in an effort to help us provide for all the equine at the rescue, An anonymous donor has offered $500 in matching funds for donations to the rescue. We can't thank everyone enough who already sent us a donation for the four neglected horses we rescued this month and the Feller's donation was offered with this challenge to hopefully double their donation and help defray the medical expenses of the four neglected horses and feed and care for the rest here at the rescue.
Update on Rocky the stallion...he was castrated on 6/21/19 and is recovering well at our fellow rescue Healing Hearts Animal Rescue in Cave Creek (who we work closely with on many rescues. They are providing the space and hands-on help and we are paying all expenses till he is recovered from his surgery and can be moved to the rescue. Kix has started Microcurrent therapy by Rebecca at Simply Equine Co and he will be getting treatments twice a week in addition to the massage therapy I am doing daily. Jenna at Hope Botanicals has sent us 16 day supply of CDB horse pellets to see if that will also help . We are hoping, praying that we may see some positive change for him in the next few weeks.
If you would like to help us celebrate Sydney's first birthday and raise funds to help with all the equine by making a donation to meet the Feller's matching funds challenge, just click the button below and meet their challenge.
We appreciate all you do to help in so many ways.
Happy, Happy birthday sweet girl!!!!
Many, many thanks for all you do to help the rescue! Christine