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Sebastian’s Last Hurrah

A celebration of a life we lost too soon. Sebastian was a joy to everyone who met him.

Sebastian’s Last Hurrah

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Sebastian’s Dental Surgery

Sebastian has a condition called EOTRH,  Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis Syndrome, which required all his remaining front teeth to be extracted today.

Although it looks as though we were using a torture chamber, Sebastian was as comfortable as he could be during his procedure. He only really fussed at us once after what seemed to be the most difficult tooth to remove. As always, Dr. Myran was patient with us asking a lot of questions so we could learn while he was working – and for allowing the pictures. 

Sebastian went to grazing almost immediately and definitely appreciated his soaked hay. After about three hours out of sedation he decided he really needed a quick run around the pasture.

Tonight at dinner he dove right in – he gets soaked pellets anyway – and let us know that he’s not sweating this stuff we’re all so worried about. He’s already much happier, except that he can’t go back in his pasture with his buddies just yet.

Between Friday’s surgery with Penny and today’s surgery with Sebastian, we had a Veterinary bill of $677 that was unplanned. Please consider a tax deductible donation towards this cost so that our hay funds remain secure. Our PayPal is the easiest way and doesn’t charge any fees if the Friends and Family option is used, comment Sebastian or Hay. We always accept check, money order, cash, and in kind donations.

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Vet Visit

We scheduled a Vet visit with Dr. Myran today for what was only supposed to be dental exams. The visit ended up being a well check/surgical/x-ray day instead!

Winslow arrived with a damaged eye but it has been quickly changing structure (non emergent). He still has his eye and it’s progressing normally. We’ll recheck in the Spring unless something changes before then.

Blue has been lame off and on since Friday so he was next on the list. He is showing signs of arthritis and will be on a medication for the remainder of his lifetime.

Penny has been snotty for the past few days and will continue to be separated for a few more, no huge issues noted. Hopefully she will clear herself. She arrived to us with a small growth on her right front leg. In the past two weeks it has doubled in size. Dr. Myran felt it was time to remove it. Thankfully it does not look like it requires a biopsy. He’ll let us know if the opinion changes.

Last on the injured list is Sebastian. Sebastian is taking his old man status seriously. We thought we were focusing on his left rear leg, instead we’re focused on his teeth.  We knew he had some arthritis, but has progressed to create calcification on both rear legs. He doesn’t seem to mind a lot 😉 he’s stoic about most things. Sebastian’s teeth tell us a different story after some x-rays. He has a severe case of Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis Syndrome, EOTRH, and will be having all of his remaining front teeth extracted on Monday.

The rest of the herd did not require any dental treatment at this time. The herd was spirited this morning in the cold weather and as always, Dr. Myran proved why he is our Veterinarian of choice.

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Purina Pet Days at Tractor Supply

Yesterday we attended the Purina Pet Days event at the Hinesville Tractor Supply. Cheyenne and Sebastian attended with us. Sebastian did not want to leave his field and all his friends in the morning.

We were able to meet a lot of new people and explain who we are and why rescue is needed in the community. There were a lot of children who wanted to give the horses some love and may have been the first time they’ve been that close. We hope that some of the new people we met will join us as volunteers or potential homes for one of our herd. When it got warm we took the horses out individually to get a shower (neither liked being separated and showed their displeasure).

Amanda Murphy Photography was out at the farm last week and took some beautiful pictures of the herd. She used the picture she took of Shady and created a fabulous 8×10 watercolor canvas for us to raffle over the past 24 hours.

8x10 watercolor canvas
8×10 watercolor canvas

The winner of the raffle is a great little boy named Colton Langan. He and his family just moved here from a large city and Colton has taken to the ‘country’ lifestyle very well. He was decked out in his boots and cowboy hat yesterday when we met. Congratulations Colton! We’ll be calling you shortly to arrange delivery of your picture.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle, we appreciate your support! Pictures from yesterday will be coming soon, keep a look out.

As always, spread the word that we are in need of volunteers for every part of the caretaking process and we have horses available for adoption.

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Wild Ones!

Today we had our first ’roundup’ of the wild ones for Coggins and vaccinations.

We do not have a squeeze chute so we repositioned the corral panels so we could improvise. The burros and Sabih are still rather wild (we mostly like them that way) so extra attention is needed when trying to handle them.

We have been practicing with the burros so they knew they would be safe and not offered any pain while they were in the closed in spaces. Because of that practice, the burros went into their corners quite easily to wait on our Vet, Dr. Myran from Countryside Equiine Medicine and Dentistry.

Once all the excitement was done Sebastian and Baydom were also seen. Both had their Coggins pulled and Baydom is getting his health certificate for his travels to Texas.

We got finished just as the rain was starting. So happy we didn’t have to add that into the mix while we were working.

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Repairs and Visitors

Today we had a lot of help from a great friend.

Brian arrived to assist with the fence repairs that Sabih and Peanut tore down. It was only around 60 feet but we had to remove wood posts, replace them, stretch and reattach fence. All accomplished in less than one hour. We then moved over to the other pasture where we had a gate malfunction and replaced a hinge. Then, just because he loves his hands in a garden, Brian helped to reposition some wild onions and garlic.

Judith and Max (German Shepherd) arrived to spend some quality time with Sebastian. He loves when she comes because he gets so spoiled. Sebastian got most of his winter coat removed and got a bath. Did we mention lots of treats? Max wanted to play with Val and Athos so badly but they really aren’t canine friendly.

We had a storm or four but had enough time in between to ensure everything was accomplished. Great day overall.

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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!