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Busy Day!

We’ve had a busy day today!

We started with the farrier for half the herd – everyone is improving in this half.
Then Dr. Myran from Countryside Equine Medicine and Dentistry came out to visit Avery, Blue, Nick, and Penny.
Everyone jump for joy with us when we announce that Avery and Penny are NOT bred! They just have humongous grass bellies.
We are exploring suggested options for Nick to have front shoes to relieve some of his discomfort. This should be entertaining with him.
And last but not least Blue got a check up because he is just not gaining weight like we expect AND he managed to stab himself with something in the pasture. Yes we checked and could not find anything he could have done it with. Apparently it ran away as soon as it stabbed him. He’s already swelling and trying to get infected (we found it yesterday) so Blue gets some antibiotics to go with his topical treatment and cold hosing. Blue also had most all his teeth done today. We can definitely understand why it’s been taking so long for him to eat. Recheck in three weeks if not before. Blue will require additional dental work in a few months as Dr. Myran felt it was not prudent to take it all at one time.
As soon as Dr. Myran left we loaded up the trailer on what was hoped to be a pickup. Unfortunately we had to see Dr. Myran again at that location so we could help the horse cross the Rainbow Bridge. :'(
As always, THANK YOU Dr. Myran for being a great Veterinarian and helping us meet our mission goals!
We rushed back for feeding and to make it to Tractor Supply’s Friends and Family Event before closing tonight. We now have all of the fence and most of our fence posts for our upcoming installation. Now we need gates, galvanised pins, and poly tape electric fence insulators – and lots of assistance!
We ran inside after the rain started pouring 🙁 Tired fully explains our day.
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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.


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.


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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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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Such a busy day!

Today was a very busy day at the rescue!

First and foremost


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!