Rudy came to us in December along with 5 other surving herdmates, from Wasco County. At 10 months of age he was not only severly malnorished but also loaded with internal parasites and ticks. All of these things contributed to his stunted size & development.
He has now been gelded, dewormed & is living at a ranch where a trainer can touch him daily. We are pretty sure he had never been touched by a human prior to coming to SEO.
He comes from what appear to be working quarter horse stock but we will not know for several months if he will ever reach a size large enough to be ridden. Its is hard to adopt out young rescue horses and even more difficult if we are unsure of their adult size.
Hopefully, with quality food & deworming Rudy will continue to grow and make up for his rough start in life. We estimate that he will be in our program for 12 - 24 months due to his age & current condition. We estimate the total cost for getting Rudy healthy and ready for adoptions will be around $3000.
Today only during Global Givings matching bonus day, all donations up to $1000 will be matched 30% until the $75,000 runs out. That means that we can raise the $3000 that Rudy needs with only $2300 in donations.
Together we can give Rudy a chance to become a useful, wanted horse in our community.
Intake season, as we have named it can be depressing and overwhelming. The questions of "how can people do this?", "how are we going to find enough adoptive homes? ", "how will we be able to responsibly take more horses on?", "do we have enough fosters and haulers for this seizure?", "will equine neglect ever slow down?" etc. etc. It is a lot to take in, especially for an all-volunteer group with jobs and families.
We used to say Thanksgiving was the start of intake season but this year we have already taken in Mocha, Shasta & in addition to the 21 horses from a seizure in Rainer, Oregon that Oregon Humane Society investigated. The number of horses under our care quickly went from 37 to 60. That’s a lot of hay over the winter!
These thoughts where all going through my head as we caught and loaded those 21 horses a few weeks ago. Then I stopped and looked around at the horses in their current living conditions, looked at the bones I should not be able to see and looked into their kind yet scared eyes. We are making a drastic difference in these animals lives. They are going to be warm, feed regularly and soon healthy. They will learn to trust people and then they will be some of the most loving and appreciative horses around. What we do is important and so is taking the time to stop and love on one of those horses whose world we helped changed for the better.
We can never say thank you enough to our supporters and wish you a wonderful holiday season!
This has been a truly wonderful adoption season for our horses. We have found great forever homes for 19 of our rehabbed horses so far this year!
Included in this photo are Shadow and Elvis from "The Bickleton 4", a severe starvation case from this winter, a couple from joint efforts with Oregon Humane Society, as well as from Clackamas, Klickitat & Wheeler Counties.
Our annual Trailride at Willamette Mission State Park was a great success & upcoming events include fundraisers at the Canby Tack Sale in October & Poker for Ponies in November.
Thank you again; we cannot do any of this without your continued support!
This is a special time of year for SEO. Our worst neglect cases come to us in the months December through March. During the next few months hours upon hours are spent feeding, brushing, providing them with needed veterinary care, and gaining their trust.
As spring time comes our way, the horse’s dull & unthrifty hair coats shed out. The beautiful metamorphous revels healthy and shiny horses glad to be in foster homes that care deeply about them.
It is during this time of year that the horses have enough energy and spunk to show us their true personalities.
Sofie & June: Guarded but both are willing to learn
Elvis: A ham who has found his forever home
Ellie, Capri & Lilly: Beautiful young girls who love people and attention
Noni & Clifford: Trustworthy, solid horses that must remember some kind humans from their past.
Reba & Faith: So full of confidence they don’t even know they are a year behind in growth from chronic malnutrition.
Izzy: A tremendously calm and patient young mare with tons of potential
Bingo: An old man still willing to learn after years of neglect
Howard: A brilliant, kind mind that allows people into his space after years of being a lead stallion in the wild.
Mr. Bigs: He is alive! He has spunk in those eyes that we are starting to see
The adults are now heading into training so they can receive a solid base of knowledge and provide reliability for their eventual new owners. All the time, money and energy that has been poured into each of the horses is visually paying off.
Summer, our favorite season, is adoption time. These special horses will find their forever person. Watching them bond and fall in love with each other will give us the motivation and energy to start the process all over again this coming winter.
Thank you for choosing to give to these horses. They have a community looking out for them. Just the way it should be!
“ On The Road to a New Life”
The Bickleton 4 horses came to us from a law enforcement call. A neglect complaint was called into the sheriffs office and upon investigation the deputy suggested a volunteer surrender of the horses. Within hours of the phone call, Sound Equine Options volunteers hit the road with 2 trailers to take ownership of Shadow, Elvis, Sassy & Clifford.
The horses lived at a snow covered, high elevation with no shelter. In their condition, lying down on the cold snow would have dropped their body temperatures to a deadly low level. With lack of adequate food and water, the horses were spending all their energy on standing and fighting to stay alive. Unfortunately, they had to digest their own fat and muscle reserves to survive. One horse had already died at the location before we arrived.
After the 3 hour trailer ride back with SEO, Elvis stumbled out of the trailer weak and tired. Once in stalls with dry warm bedding they collapsed in relief and exhaustion.
After a week of careful observation and slowly building up the horses caloric intake, they were moved into loving foster homes. Over the last 7 weeks they have been gaining weight and the spark has returned into their eyes.
As with most horses that have experienced extreme malnutrition, they came into SEO’s program with rough coats that lacked any oil. Their skin was dry, irritated, flakey and infested with lice. Once the horses have been gaining weight and there are enough calories available to go into their coats, the shedding starts. Foster moms have been putting in countless numbers of hours grooming and removing piles of hair. Currently the horses are halfway through the shedding process and we anxiously await the arrival of their new beautiful, healthy coats!
Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of the Bickleton 4. They are on the road to health, training and wonderful new forever homes!
YOU are the reason we can help them. Thank you for your continued support!
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