Born approx. 6 a.m. June 1st. After attack by stallion.
Meeting new mom, hopfully !
Do I have a feel good story for you all this a.m. ! June 1st about 8:00 a.m. I was wandering around my yard with my tea in hand when something moving caught my eye just outside my back fence. It was a new born foal, still unable to stand without toppling over. I looked around, no mom. A few of the wild herd males watched from a distance. I kept talking quietly to him and took pictures. Eventually a big stallion came over and pushed and nudged the little guy for a while trying make him leave the placenta on the ground. But baby was staying close to the smell of mom. Guess his papa decided it was best to kill him than leave him to die a slow death, these are wild ponies. So, much to my horror, big horse grabs baby horse buy the shoulders and snapped him around hard trying to break his neck ! Standing beside a pile of cut branches and behind a chain link fence I might add, I grab a long one and screaming and cussing my head off I whip the hell out of this huge stallion and luckily he had a poor grip on baby and baby flies away and flops on the ground, dead I thought ! Big horse swings back around and tries to stomp baby so I whip him in the face again ! That's was it, him and waiting herd thunder off into the hills and I never did see mom, ever ! Baby is not dead, he is shivering and bleeding and going into shock. So I keep talking to him thinking he`s dying. Suddenly his whole body jerks hard and he stumbles to his feet and tosses his tittle head, well, now I`m in tears ! How can I not do everything possible to help this tough little guy ! So I googled up a wild horse and find a breeder breeder up on Wild Horse Mountain Rd in Summerland, British Columbia.
Shelly White... my hero ! http://www.curlystandardplace.com/index.php She is an angel ! In less than an hour her and friend Lorraine are her with horse trailer, soft ropes and salve for his belly button, and rescued the baby horse. As of this a.m. 24hrs later, he is guzzling goats milk like crazy, Shelly`s nursing mare at the ranch is slowly but surely warming up to the little foal, so hopefully he will soon be nursing from her. Today he goes for his plasma IV at the Vet, so he will then have his immune system up and running. So far so good, hes not out of trouble yet but its looking good for the little guy ! I will post
what pics I have and more to come when I get Lorraine`s camera pics too. Well did I make your day ??? I hope so ! ♥ :)
PS The gash in this shoulder was till bleeding when we loaded him into the horse trailer, needed stitches. I`m sure the Vet will take care of all that today.
by Lynn Paterson
warm, fed, safe and loved, at last.
48 hr update on new born foal, now named "Rocky Fortune", Rocky for short.
He has had his first visit to the Vet, and had his plasma IV to jump start his immune
system. He did not need stitches in his nasty shoulder wound, ointments and gauze
wrap seems be be enough for now. Rocky is learning to drink his milk from a pale, as
this is the easiest way to keep him fed right now, especially at night. He has to be fed
every few hours, like all new born babies. Attached is a pic of him meeting his soon to
be new mom, hopefully, if all goes well. The nursing mare is checking him out. You can
just see the legs of her new foal at the right edge of the pic. Last is a pic of baby boy finally
sleeping in his new home, well fed, safe and loved .. :) will get more pics when I visit the
ranch on Wild Horse Mountain Rd. I will volunteer my time there too if they will have me.
Shelly says Rocky is already looking better and has grown and filled out in just a couple
of days !
Thank you God and Shelly for giving this baby a chance at life ....
by Lynn Paterson
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