Tuesday, November 23, 2021

King, the starved horse, 4 weeks after arrival.


20211026 New Arrival - Lynda Beal

Silver King intake photos 10-26-21

Hello, Everyone!

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday we have SO MUCH to be thankful for.

On 10-26-21 we brought a starved gelding home when the owners said they could not put weight on him and the local authorities had been out to their house several times and had given them our name. We offered advise on how to feed him to gain weight, but they were more interested in us taking him, so take him we did.

Our friend Lynda, who originally contacted us on 9-20-21, when she saw him while out at a yard sale, named him Silver King and we want to be sure he is treated like a king too.

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Weight on arrival and weight today 11-23-21

Since his arrival we put him on a refeeding diet recommended by U.C. Davis Veterinary School, had blood drawn to see if results showed a reason he would not gain weight, did a fecal test to be sure he wasn't loaded with worms, tested for sand in his stomach. Three veterinarians have seen him and all confirm his bloodwork shows long-term malnutrition. The fecal and sand tests were all negative so there is no obvious reason why he should not have a full recovery.

Using our 3,000 pound digital livestock scale makes it easy for us to track his weight gain (or loss) and 4 weeks after his arrival he has gained 155 pounds. Yes, 155 pounds.

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Lynda grooming King while he enjoys breakfast.

Look at him now, you can see him starting to fill out and actually see some muscles. His coat is shiny and clean, and he has a sparkle in his eyes. In addition to his weight gain his demeanor has changed too. When he first arrived he was ravenous and very pushy. He would walk over you to get to his food and didn't want to engage with people at all.

Slowly, now that he realizes food is always there for him, he has relaxed and enjoys being brushed and loved on.

20211117 Bemer treatment

We started treating him with a Bemer blanket and leg wraps which helps open up blood flow bringing oxygen and nutrients to his digestive system, muscles and everywhere. This will promote better healing as he continues to gain weight and recover. Kellie has been out twice now to treat King and others.

We are finding the Bemer blanket and leg wraps are helping several of the other horses too, including Rimson who has so much scar tissue on his neck he needs constant therapy so it doesn't attach to his growing muscles.

Giving Tuesday

This year again we are participating in GivingTuesday the international day of giving. The Maverick Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation-San Diego, will match up to $5000 in donations to help the rescue and we would like to use the funds raised to purchase the Bemer therapeutic equipment so we have our own to use anytime it is needed. The cost of the Horse-Set is $4990.00 so if we can match the entire amount it will be like getting the Bemer for free. Any donations from now through next week will count. We will have more details on 11-30-21, GivingTuesday too.

Mostly today we just want to share how well King is doing with you. The biggest treat of all is watching him lay down to sleep knowing he will have food to eat when he wakes up and is hungry. He no longer fears being weak and unable to fend for himself. Rest is essential to his recovery and his emotional wellbeing. When we see a previously starved horse finally relax, we know they are on the mend and will continue to blossom as they heal.

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to let you know that we are thankful for the opportunity to bring King to the rescue and help him gain his health back and appreciate all you have done to help him.


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King sleeps peacefully, not worry when he will eat again.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

2022 Calendars are here! Order NOW.


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Teddy says, "Get Your Calendars NOW!"

Hello, Everyone!


April calendar girl is Gypsy

2022 Calendars have arrived and they are so very pretty. This year we have included photos of adopted horses and donkeys along with those favorites still at the rescue like Teddy, the General, Buddie and Rimson.

By popular request this years version has a center spine and with beautiful pictures and inspirational phrases.

$25 per calendar plus shipping.

Sunset over Eqwbr

Gold at the end of the rainbow-calendar cover

Just reply to this email with the total number of calendars you would like. Please be sure to include the address you want your calendars shipped to.

We will let you know how much your total will be and your payment options when they are shipped.

Riannes donkeys

December snow bunnies.


We are so humbled by the support and love coming in for the sweet old gelding we rescued 10-26-21, and we wanted you to know he is responding to the good food and tender loving care and is already putting on weight and looking better.

He has been named Silver King because he is being treated like a king.

We will send out a separate email update with pictures, till then we just want to thank you SO MUCH!

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Silver King rescued 10-26-21

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Our new arrival needs lots of help!


20211026 New Arrival - Lynda Beal

Hello, Everyone!

I got a call yesterday while I was out running errands to come look at a horse that had lost weight and the owners were having trouble getting it to gain weight. They told me he was in his 30's based on what the man who gave him to them said a year ago and they couldn't understand why he would not gain weight.

I explained how older horses molar teeth expire and lose all chewing capacity making it difficult for them to chew hay, pellets or anything that requires grinding ability. It would be like us trying to chew steak with no molar teeth.

We discussed some options she had like feeding him a full diet of senior feed (15-20 pounds a day), humanely euthanizing him since he was so old and I offered for him to come to EqWBR. She asked me if I would come look at his teeth to determine his age so I headed to their house.

When I got there and she showed me the horse I was shocked at how thin he was. She said he was thin, but he was truly emaciated. His teeth were totally worn to the gums and he was balling up hay in his mouth and spitting it out, something common with older horses called 'quidding'. She showed me how much senior feed he was getting a day and it was only 3 pounds. No wonder he was not gaining weight.

She agreed to let me take him so I went back home, got the truck and trailer and immediately went back to get this sweet horse. They were waiting for my return, he loaded in the trailer great and we got to EqWBR about 3pm yesterday afternoon.

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It was a cool and windy day and this poor guy had been out in Monday nights rain with no blanket to keep his poor bones warm. We bundled him up and put him in the barn with the outside doors closed out of the wind. He didn't seem to care what we did as long as he had food in front of him.

We had already taken 'intake' pictures, measured his height and weight using our 3000lb digital livestock scale, done basic vitals and set up a small but frequent feeding schedule.

We filled his stall with nice soft bedding so he could lay down and rest if he wanted. Again, when there was food, eat was all he wanted to do.

I have so many pictures of his skin and bones condition, but I don't have the heart to share them. He weighs 20 pounds more than Sable did last year the first time we put her on the scale. He should weigh well over 1000 pounds for his size, not the 742 he weighs.

We have a long way to go to get him well. The vet will be out on Monday to draw blood, the farrier will do his feet later this week (it is clear they have not been done for many months, if at all) and we have him on the refeeding diet recommended by UC Davis Veterinary University. Getting his health back will take 3-6 months.

If you would like to help with a donation towards his medical bills, feed and health care cost it would be so appreciated. Senior Feed is almost $25 a bag right now and he will need 3 bags a week, alfalfa, hay, supplements and so much more.

Just click the donate button to make a tax-deductible donation for his care.

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I went out to check on him a little bit ago and he was trying hard to fall asleep. His eye lids kept dropping, but in a new place staying alert is their nature. We hope he settles in quickly and realizes he will have food, warmth, protection and lots of TLC.

Thank you so much for helping this sweet old guy!


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

We are hauling lifesaving water to the animals again.


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6-8-2021 We started putting water in the Apache-Sitgreaves Natl Forest. This is Lynn Pace's truck dumping 1000 gallons.

Not much snowfall this past winter and very little rainfall so far this year is creating another exceptional drought and the need for water to be delivered to the national forest to keep all the animals alive till hopefully the monsoons start. Many people have been hauling water for weeks now and on June 7th we finally got the call from the local forest service office asking if we could help again this year like we did in 2018.

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Lynn dropping 1000 gallons of water in an earthen tank

Assigned two specific locations to put our troughs and water, we were also asked if we could assist another permittee (you must have a permit from the forest service to leave water troughs or deliver water) because she had to go out of town for an emergency. Lynn Pace, White Mountain Water Hauling started putting water in that earthen tank the 6-8-21.

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Don & Cathy donated a 275 gallon water tender

That evening Lary and I picked up a 275 gallon water tender donated by Don and Cathy. Having this in my truck allows us to fill and top of our water troughs placed in the forest as needed and to provide in other location if needed. Huge thanks to both of them.

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Wednesday, June 9th, with troughs loaded on our trailer, Jineane Ford of White Mountain Radio's Z92 morning show and I drove seven miles down a bumpy forest road to drop off and fill our first trough. The fittings I had purchased to attach a hose to the nozzle didn't work so we unhooked the utility trailer, backed up to the trough and let the water flow into the trough, luckily almost all of it made into the trough.

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Alexandria helping me lug troughs and fill with water

Thursday, June 10th, our grand-niece Alex and I made the trip to our second permitted location with more troughs and more water. This location also has an earthen tank so the animals have the choice of our troughs or water in the tank. Temps have been in the high 90's so there is some evaporation in addition to the decline as they drink.

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Hall Tank - our permitted location has some water but is getting low.

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Lary & Karin filling troughs.

Early Saturday, June 12th, we got some help from Zeke and Deb who delivered water to this tank and topped off our black trough. Our oblong, metal trough had a slow leak so we loaded up several troughs and replaced the leaky one, dried and resealed it.

This was family day as my 86 year old mother and our sis-in-law rode with Lary and I. We topped the newly placed round trough off and headed to a different location to drop one of our troughs off to a friend, Mike Radford, who is hauling to a nearby tank running low. We left a 400 gallon trough for his use and delivered three other troughs to another permittee so he could place and fill them as he needs giving him an additional 1050 gallons capacity.

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Lynn Pace continues to drop water with her large trucks. She has put a total of 20,000 gallons in the earthen tank for Betty (another permittee) and has now started to put 20,000 gallons in Hall Tank over the next 10-14 days (2000 went in today, 18,000 more to be added) and keeping our troughs full. In my report to the forest service today we have put 24,075 gallons of water out since 6-8-21. Huge thanks to Zeke and Deb who put 1100 gallons out for us and will now be back to helping Betty at their permitted location.

Screenshot 20210612 Gray Mtn call for help with water

On Saturday I saw a plea from the Grey Mountain Horse Heroes for additional water to help the herds north of Flagstaff and on Sunday spoke with Beth who has been coordinating both water and hay for the wild horses in that area. Wanting to help we have sent $1000 to their water hauler, Mark at Right Water to make an extra 4000 gallon delivery each of the next four weeks. He has been going out once a week lately and can now increase it to two. To help them have more water capacity we purchased a 700 gallon water trough from Olsen's Grain in Flagstaff at a cost of $435.63, which was taken up to the horses yesterday. Also, to help with the lack of grazing grasses through our Hope's Legacy Emergency Food Fund we purchased $1000 worth of hay for the Gray Mountain horses too.

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So far in this past week we have invested $4337.63 in the trough, water from water haulers and fuel for our smaller water tenders delivering to our permitted locations. Cost per 1000 gallons is $60. We anticipate the need will last another 4-8 weeks so any donations to help continue to provide water and troughs till the rains come will be much appreciated.

While the pictures here are of horses, we know that deer, antelope, elk, birds, small cats and other wildlife have also been drinking the water. Your support to help provide water for ALL the animals is needed and so very much appreciated. To make a tax deductible donation just click our Donate Now! button and scroll down our donation page to use PayPal, Debit/Credit cards, Venmo and there are instructions for sending checks.

Together we can keep the lifesaving water flowing and help prevent dehydration or worse yet death as we have seen in past years. We thank you in advance for your support and sharing this need with your friends.

Let's do this!!!!!!

Christine and everyone at EqWBR

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Quite the character - Ned.


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Ned's arrival 7-3-2020

Some of our beloveds are with us for many, many years and some for what seems like too short of a time. How ever long they are with us they are loved. Ned came to the rescue July 3, 2020, at the request of Nature Jeffries, many months after his owner passed away. He had been loved by all at Nature's boarding facility for many years and being quite the character even at his 30 years of age he just needed a soft landing to live out his day.

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Ned's bi-weekly weigh in

Arthritic on arrival and a little on the slender side, we started him on Previcox to help with any pain. We did his dentistry to find he had few molar teeth left to chew with (not unusual at age 30) so we transitioned him to a senior feed diet and he gained almost 50 pounds while here. Trimming his feet was a little tough because he was weak on his hind end so we were patient to not cause any stress.

Ned was blanketed from the rain and snow and in the bad weather remained in an interior stall of the barn, warm and dry. Anything we could do to keep him comfortable.

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Happy 31st birthday Ned!

On February 17, 2021, Ned turned 31 years old and we celebrated with special treats. You can tell from this picture he had nicely put on weight.

We added in several supplements donated by Absorbine Company to help with pain, his feet and his overall health.

He loved his senior feed for breakfast and dinner and would sing to anyone in the barn while waiting for the food to be put in his feeder.

Like I said, he was quite the character.

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2-27-21 Ned and Willow

Ten days after his birthday he was frolicking around the pasture feeling his Wheaties and took a tumble. We did not see what happened even though we were standing there in the pasture watching all the horses, but saw he was down and immediately rendered help. He scraped up his face and pulled many muscles when he fell on the ground. The vet said it was mostly soft tissue swelling, superficial scrapes and that he would be sore while he healed.

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We adjusted his pain management. Kelli from Animal Krackers came out immediately and we designed some body work that would help his muscles loosen up and heal and our volunteers all learned out to apply liniment in the various places needed. Ned was started on Summit Joint Performance which Kelli donated on his behalf.

Slowly Ned started to recover and was back to singing at meal time, roaming around the pasture and seemingly back to normal.

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Ned by Leslie Brucker taken August 2020

Sadly, last week he quickly declined. Ned no longer sang at meal time, took a long time to eat and just did not seem engaged at all. His hind end was dog-tracking so we felt that maybe he laid down and struggled to get back up, hurting himself while doing so. He would stand off by himself and lean up against a wall to sleep. All the signs were there that he was in great pain. On 5-28-21, Dr. Guss came out, confirmed our suspicions and we made the heartbreaking decision to let him go. I told him Poco, Dreamer, Autumn were waiting for him and there would be no pain in heaven.

He is now Running In Paradise (RIP) pain free and happy to be with his old friends.

Forever beloved in our hearts sign


20210531 Ned Sign made by Stevie McAdams

Said goodbye, turned around
And you were gone, gone, gone
Faded into the setting sun
Slipped away
But I won't cry
'Cause I know I'll never be lonely
For you are the stars to me
You are the light I follow

I can hear those echoes in the wind at night
Calling me back in time
Back to you
In a place far away
Where the water meets the sky
The thought of it makes me smile
You are my tomorrow

Sometimes I feel my heart is breaking
But I stay strong and I hold on 'cause I know
I will see you again,
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me
'Till I see you again-
"See You Again" by
Carrie Underwood

Thank you to our volunteer Stevie McAdams for this beautiful horse-shoe sign in his memory.

Ned you are so very loved!

Registered name: Contenders Nieto
2-17-90 to 5-28-21

Thank you to all who have supported, cared and loved him.

Christine and everyone at EqWBR