|Posted by Teresa13 on May 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM||comments (2)|
Sinbad is doing excellent! We are very proud of him, and he has come a long way. His little quirks and behaviors have disapeared and he is doing just wonderful. My Daughter Breanna rides him almost every day after school , and on the weekends. We have had a trainer coming weekly to work with both of them. It was amazing the confidence she brought to Breanna and Sinbad . They are a perfect fit. I have some beautiful pics of them both, I will post later. This past weekend ( memorial day weekend) Breanna rode him in the Gresham trail ride, and camped out. He did great! We weren't sure he was ready, but he enjoyed it very much. He's just a very loving and sweet boy, we are forever grateful that we have his as part of our family!
Arrived at the farm around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Drove straight back by the campers to put clothes in camper for the weekend. Noticed Thunder laying down, called his name, of course he got up right away, didn't think anything of it. Got busy doing chores, lady came to see Razzy, Dave & I went out for lunch. Got back here's Thunder laying down behind the shelter, he got up, laid inside the shelter, up again and back down again. Okay this is NOT right, got his halter & lead and proceeded to do the best thing I've ever known for a colicing horse, WALK. Worked him in the round pen Dave worked him harder. Still kept trying to lay down. Called the vet. She came, was just in Wautoma anyways, so didn't take too long. Gets there Thunder's heart rate is very fast, temp 100(average). Decided to tube him and he had all kinds of crap come out. Then pumped him full of mineral oil. We're watching him, suddenly heard a noise by Simba, I've heard it before, he got his foot in the trough we put the hay in, so I didn't think anything of it. Then he's tearing around like a crazed colt. He lays down in the doorway of the stall, gets up lays down inside the stall, he's kicking and throwing himself down, so here we go again, what are the chances? OMG We get in there vet gives him one pain shot and Simba does NOT react at all, still trying to get away from me, rearing, kicking, wants to just go, so she quickly gives him another half dose and FINALLY he settles down enough. She tubes him, not so full like Thunder but he's still fighting the tube. He's obviously in more pain and discomfort than Thunder was in. Got Thunder in the barn for the night. He's also dehydrated. Checked before bed and everyone was still good. Got up this morning and big poop in by Simba & Thunder. Thunder still hadn't drank any of the water we put in for him. Gave them both just a little hay Simba seems fine but Thunder not so fine. He's sluggish and just not himself quite yet. After farrier came he checked and huge poop and Thunder's much more active and alert, head up instead of hanging to the ground. So him and DJ are talking all afternoon. Vet said to keep Thunder quiet and if necessary put him back in herd. So with DJ stressing & Thunder answering his every call, I had no choice, didn't want DJ to colic on top of the two already! So put Thunder out and he rolls of course but gets right back up. Then I see he's laying down again, I'm thinking OMG this is too much but he gets up, still not himself. He's walking the fenceline, he hasn't done that in a very long time. He's chasing the other horses even DJ this is not him either but I had to get home and do laundry for work and all. I think he'll be okay. I'm going to have someone check on him later tonight to see if he's down or what he's doing.
UPDATE: 5/23/11 Both horses are doing very well. What a scare!
|Posted by BTFL on May 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM||comments (0)|
I just wanted to share a few things with you. Recently I responded to an email from someone looking to purchase a horse. I told them about a few we have and his response surprised me somewhat. He said he would not adopt because if he's a trainer & if he works with the horse and finds it isn't a good fit, then returns it, we are making a profit and with the donations we get in, and this is all tax deductible forus, he just won't do that cause he'd be out the money and time and the horse. I'm not sure why a trainer would need to return a horse if it doesn't fit, if he works with it properly why would it not become a good fit in time?
I'm not sure how many of you agree with this but let me explain a few things.
First off we are NOT 501C yet so we do not get tax deductions. We haven't received ANY donations except those we received for Simba's surgery last year and a few non monetary donations. However, we have received hay donations from a very dear friend (thanks Denise). Everything we do comes out of our own pockets and we are simple people, like most of you, living from pay check to pay check. We do NOT make profit when horses are here for months at a time without having any finding good homes. When they have been here for 2-3 or more months, the adoption fees are much less than the cost we incurred during their stay.
Some examples. Justice, our very first horse & Hope.... Justice had to have his hooves trimmed ($25) he also needed to be gelded ($150). He was well fed for many months because of his condition. He was with us from June 2010 until March of this year. When we were getting his weight up he was eating 6-10 lbs of senior feed per day (12.99/50lbs), 2 small scoops of rice bran ($31/50 lb), 4-5 small scoops of beet pulp (11.99/50lb), weight builder ($19.99/32 day supply), 2 cups of corn oil and free choice hay. This regimen continued for several months. With Hope, although she went straight into foster care, her foster home had to have the vet out with the farrier because obviously she had never been trimmed in her life and needed tranquilizers in order to get her hooves done. She was also on senior feed and weight builder.
We have only taken back one horse so far and were able to find him a different home but if this is considered a profit, the others outweigh this profit.
Take Sinbad the bay Arabian. When loading him, he got hurt and we needed the vet out for stitches. Simba the blind colt had very extensive eye exams. Big Red was adopted for no adoption fee and he had a lamness exam. Bently had a chiropractic exam. Most of the horses that came in had to be wormed, teeth floated, and farrier work right away. Trainers had to work with most of the horses, this was paid for by us.
I'm not complaining, I love this, it gives me a purpose. The horses are all special in their own ways and have specific needs of their own. We do what we can for each case and the outcome is our reward, its not about the money to us but those fees help care for the ones still here with us and those to come, those waiting in line patiently for an opening.
If anyone has any questions or wants to talk with some of the families about how the adoptions went or how the surrender went, please feel free to contact me. We try to make surrenders as easy as possible for the owners. Some have taken good care of their horses but for whatever the reason turned to us for help.
|Posted by Susan PW on January 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM||comments (1)|
I was in the paddock last weekend, I thought about this all week... Justice came up, stood in front and to the left side of me, lowered his head and placed his chin on my shoulder blade; the weight of his head resting on my shoulder. What a great feeling! I kissed him on the cheek and thanked him for making my day!
|Posted by BTFL on January 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM||comments (1)|
BTFL website is currently having difficulties with some blogging and picture uploads...We will get it up and ready ASAP
|Posted by BTFL on December 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM||comments (0)|
Beyond the Fence Line will be hosting its very first Holiday gift and bake sale. We are very excited and hope to start a tradition with this event. Santa will be there! Simba the blind colt will also be there to meet everyone. If anyone would like to bake something for the sale or contribute any holiday gift items it would be greatly appreciated. Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Just a little information about BTFL .... Our inspiration stemmed in 2005 with 2 horses I lost, you will find a link to their story on the horses past page. It would have been something to have a place I could have taken them to save their life but there was no option as you will read. We are now thankful to have the ability and resources to offer an option to those horse owners and horses in need of help. A friend and horse trainer wrote a poem for me called Beyond the Fence Line and so the name of this rescue. In June 2010, we took on our first 2 rescue horses, Hope & Justice. This poem inspired the paragraphs about our rescue on the main page and has become our inspiration. Since June, we have rescued 10 horses and adopted out 6. Thank you for all the donations and work that you all are doing for us. We do appreciate it.
|Posted by Susan PW on August 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM||comments (4)|
I had 80 lbs of fresh Senior Feed that I did not need any longer. I donated it to BTFL to help build up the in-coming skinnies! I know that BTFL needs buckets/feeders so, part of the feed was sent in a cleaned, 5 gal, Strongid-C bucket w/ lid. I encourage all of us to look around for items that we no longer need or use and possibly donate them to help care for the horses that need help. Little things will add up to great things. Thanks!
Simba had his visit with the Vet today in Hortonville. His diagnosis is "bilateral congenital cataracts".
His treatment: Due to the severe nature & visual impairment caused by Simba's cataracts, it is suggested to have surgery performed or to humanely euthanize him.
His future/fate is in my hands at this time. Someone please could/would you help me to understand why a blind horse cannot have "quality" of life, happiness, be healthy, active, & safe?
People, we need your help. If you'd like to help Simba's Eyes, please contact us and/or donate here. The surgery is right around $3000 and would be done at the teaching hospital in Madison. The outcome I'm told should be good and the cataracts will never come back again.
pictures of him are under the heading here our rescue horses then rescued horses.
|Posted by BTFL on June 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM||comments (3)|
Hope is currently in Foster Care with someone who loves her very much! We are happy to see her being loved and cared for. More then likely she will be adopted by her Foster Mom, this is exciting news. We will be out to see her in a few days to take new pics and get updates.