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Cinnamon has been Adopted!

It took us nearly three years to agree that Cinnamon was ready to go to a forever home because she was not treated well before her arrival. When we did decide to place her as available we knew that she needed more individual time and attention than what she was getting with us.

Cinnamon has been adopted by a military retiree who needs her as much as she needs him. She immediately dropped her head to him and nuzzled for a long while. Cinnamon does not bow to anything. She will get the time and care she so deserves and hopefully will help to heal her new person.

We will miss Cinnamon – Shady is quite upset with us – but know that she will be in good hands.

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Farrier training 101

Half the herd was trimmed today, the difficult half. Very frequently our new arrivals have been through experiences that do not make standing for a farrier fun or they simply haven’t had the proper training. Once again Kasie proves why she’s our excellent choice to keep our herd on the proper footing.

Niache started us out because she loves her Kasie! She ground ties beautifully. Shady and Cinnamon came next to get that pasture completed. No issues found with these three. We missed the picture of Cinnamon.

Next came Penny because we knew she would be difficult but easier than her brother. She only required a little work before she was ready to stand with the lead in a back pocket for all four feet.

Penny

Lady and Blue were up next with a check in for Nick.

Lady is definitely thrush free! Apparently her new location is a plus. She is a lot shorter in the toes and was daintily walking back to her pasture.

Blue had a small bit of thrush in one hoof but stood great. Considering that he didn’t want to be touched at all upon arrival we think he has finally realized he is safe.

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Nick has an ugly absess he’s working through and did not get trimmed.

Last but definitely not least Hiawasse was up. He wanted to dance instead of trim his hooves. Finally after some discussion he learned that Kasie wasn’t going to hurt him either and cooperated.

We do work with the horses on picking up their feet but it’s not nearly the same as having all of the equipment and an extra person about. We’re happy to have found a partner who is willing to help us make the horses better citizens while taking good care of their feet.

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Vet Visit

Dr. Myran visited us this morning to ensure everyone was current on their vaccinations and Coggins. He also checked out our new arrivals and gave us some good and so so news.

Cheyenne is doing so well that she is able to go back into rotation with light exercise.

Sebastian is cleared for same light exercise once his topline fills just a slight amount more.

Blue and Lady are as we all expected and just need some groceries. They have determined that Nick is their buddy and love the back pasture.

Dr. Myran suggests that Avery, Hiawasse, and Penny are all at least 20 years old and Moses is around 18. Penny’s leg wound and Hiawasse’s eyes will have to be watched for cancer growth as they are both prone. Moses is clear for exercise with proper padding and saddle fit, we just have to ensure he does not drain from his old withers injury.

All of our new residents need some additional groceries but otherwise seem to be in good health. Fly masks will be fun trying to keep on these guys since quite a few are having allergy / conjunctivitis reactions. Let the scavenger hunts begin!

 

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A Trip to the Chiropractor

Today we had our first experience with an equine chiropractor, Dr. Karen Voss, for Cinnamon. She is very knowledgeable about the needs of equines. We were concerned that we were not going to be able to get any treatment accomplished because Cinnamon was very nervous being out of her space and continued to push through to stay on the move.  Once we figured out how to get her attention and standing still, Dr. Voss completed the treatment protocol based on what we felt were her issues. We’re not disappointed. She recommended an exercise regimen that we’ll need to follow in order to see any results.

We need your help! For the next 7 weeks we will be following a strict exercise schedule on Cinnamon. The times/dates will be posted on Volunteer Spot so sign up for your spot today! These will only require around an hour of your day.

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Such a busy day!

Today was a very busy day at the rescue!

First and foremost

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

to Ayla, Brian, Jill, and Chris for coming out and helping with all the various chores that were accomplished today!

We started the day removing fence that had been damaged, this is a job all by itself.

Then we were all needed to round up Daisy, she didn’t want to be caught today. (More details in a separate post)

Then Brian went back to fencing while Jill was exercising Cinnamon, Shady, and Baydom.

Of course Fancy had to get in on all the excitement and first figured out how to open a ‘horse proof’ gate. Then she got her head stuck between the gate and the post.

Cinnamon does NOT behave like she is in pain. She does however behave like she has an old hip injury. She crosses her rear left leg in front of her right. So… further examination and hopefully explanations to come.

Shady just was not accepting a bit today. After further review he is due for a dental. He was then ridden with his halter and lead ropes so he could still get a decent workout. Shady is so very responsive when he’s not misbehaving.

Baydom DOES know how to trot! He requires a lot of prep and redirection but he wants to please his rider, he really wants to run too.

South Eastern Equine Rescue in Hahira, GA came by to pick up Ms. Leiva. This was bittersweet. Leiva is such a great big baby! She will definitely be missed but we are very happy her road to recovery with her feet will begin on Monday. Sabih is already missing his buddy.

Ayla and Chris grabbed Niache and worked on some trust building. Niache is a complete gem once she gets that lead rope on her. She knows it’s time to work and her war with people and horse takes a pause. Ayla rode Niache bareback and actually got a trot out of Mrs. STUBBORN.

The front fence near the entry gate was completely removed. An additional walk through gate and wood posts were installed. By the time renovations are done all the T-posts will be replaced with wood posts. We only have around 400 remaining.

We wanted to move Sebastian in with Sabih but he still doesn’t appreciate Gibbs the goat. Instead Cheyenne is hanging out with him to see if they will click ok. Did we mention Sabih is missing Leiva?

Sir John had a really good day and enjoyed his cuddles from our visitors. We found out some of the history on Sugar from one of her original owners. 

Do you remember we said a busy day? Early bedtime after a good muscle soak for the humans tonight!

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Productive Day

Today Cinnamon and Spirit both got a good workout. It’s good that we currently have three riders giving exercise to those who are trained.

The biggest YAY! was that through lots of bribes we were able to get a halter back on Sabih. He is a completely different horse with that halter on him. He allowed quite a bit more cuddles after.

Sabih

On the bad side, Peanut decided that he was scared of some random thing and reared. He backed up until he fell over. He paused a few minutes on the ground checking himself out before he got up limping. He’s in prison for the night so we can make sure he scared himself more than hurt.