We received that sad news that Chance the pony passed away at his foster home. Chance came to us in very bad shape, a result of extreme neglect. He was surrendered to the Rescue by a caring individual. He recovered well though and thank you to his foster family for caring for him for quite a number of years! Hannah came back from foster temporarily as she had gone completely off her feed. We had her teeth checked and it turned out she had a very sharp spur sticking out the side of one tooth, causing her to develop some abscesses and sores on the inside of her cheek. It must have been very painful to chew, which is why she pretty well stopped eating! Our vet said she'd never seen anything like it as it wasn't a fracture but an actual growth. Thankfully she was able to grind it down and Hannah is back to eating well and enjoying her mash. Cisco received a serious kick from Sasha at his foster home that resulted in quite a large swelling in his groin area. After a round of pain medication he seems to be fine, though the swelling hasn't gone down much yet.
Torque and Snips are back from foster, unfortunately not in the best shape. Another instance of someone looking at them from a distance and thinking they're fine, when it's obvious as you run your hand along their sides that they've got no fat on them at all. They are both doing well now and gaining weight.
Gracey has been adopted to a wonderful home, thank you Betty! At the end of December we took in three horses - Ellie, Plume and Tawny. Ellie is an older (20+) mare, very underweight and louse-infested, with an injury to one leg (we were told she'd gone over a fence). We had her stifle joint xrayed but it was inconclusive. It is quite evident however that Ellie has Cushing's Disease as she has the bleached long coat that is indicative of the disease. We have had her tested to confirm but the results will take a couple of weeks to come back. Plume and Tawny are weanlings, both very pretty, though wormy. They were pretty well un-handled but are starting to settle in. Plume had her first butt and chest scratching session with me today. Tawny is a bit more shy still.
In January we took in another older mare. Emmy is a Peruvian Paso, 19 years old. We were contacted by her owner as she was in a perilous personal situation and she feared for the safety of her horse. Thank you to Greg from Just Passing for doing the quick save by driving down to pick her up for us on short notice. Emmy does seem to have suspensory ligament issues in her back end. Our vet feels it may be related to Emmy's poor physical condition (lack of protein) as she is quite underweight and had been nursing a foal. We've started Emmy on weekly acupunture treatments and she seems not to mind it. Joanie is still not healing up properly from her original injury that she had when she came in several years ago. Carmen who fostered her for most of 2013 had a fair bit of success cleaning it up but after coming back to the Rescue Joanie developed more infection in the wound. We have started a regimen of injecting antibiotic directly into her leg to try to clear it up. If this doesn't work, come spring we may look at debriding the leg completely and starting over. This morning, after the first injection yesterday, Joanie's leg seemed very itchy! I hope that means it is working. Thankfully Joanie has remained sound in spite of this injury.
I had Dr. Erickson take a quick look at Torque when she was out for Emmy, Ellie, and Joanie, as Torque has always had one eye that is 'weepy'. Surprisingly (or not!) his eye didn't look that bad when she was here, but we'll keep a watch on it and may do a tear duct flush on him in the spring. Django has developed a small sarcoid on his chest so we've started treating it with Xxterra.
Bailey and Jax were returned to the Rescue due to a relationship breakdown of their adopters. They both look great but do still need a lot of work as they didn't get that much handling as far as I can tell. Preston was supposed to be coming back to the Rescue but his adopter found him a good new home. Sundance, who was adopted out 9 years ago, will be coming back to the Rescue in a couple of months, due to divorce.
I hope to get the new horses posted on the website soon. Tawny, Plume, Jax and Bailey will be up for adoption while Emmy and Ellie will most likely be available for fostering only.
I have posted our latest newsletter, check the 'newsletters' tab for the link.
Our annual general meeting is being held here at the Rescue on February 8th. Check the 'events' tab for more information. Please RSVP if you can attend.
Thank you to Janna So for sponsoring Tulip the pig, and to Jadwiga and Vanessa for sponsoring Django and Zane! Thank you to the Greygates Foundation of the Vancouver Foundation for the $1,000 grant.
Please let us know if you find any missing links or other errors on the website as you navigate through the pages. We're still ironing out the wrinkles of the new site!