Apr 8, 2021

No More Bad Days for Sunny

Sunny upon arrival
Sunny upon arrival

Sunny came to Easy R Equine Rescue in late February in dire condition.  She was extremely underweight and malnourished.  She lived in a rural town about an hour away, and luckily for her, a concerned citizen repeatedly addressed her condition with her owner until he agreed to relinquish custody.  She was accepted into a local boarding and training barn as a foster.  We rely heavily on foster placements for the Easy R horses, and we are so grateful to have ones that will say "yes" when we have need for placement.

We started Sunny on a regimented refeeding program of very small amounts of alfalfa hay several times a day.  It is very important to use a safe refeeding approach with such underweight and malnourished horses; otherwise, it could be deadly for them.  A veterinarian examined her shortly after arrival and determined she is approximately 4 years old.  And bloodwork revealed her organs are all functioning properly--about which we are very relieved.  Oftentimes, very underweight horses can already be in organ dysfunction or failure as a result of the malnutrition. 

Sunny has become a favorite at the barn.  Everyone loves grooming and petting her and taking her out for daily short walks around the property.  At this time she has progressed to eating a normal amount of hay--and boy does she love it!! She is slowly putting on weight, shedding her long winter hair, and getting a little gleam in her eyes.  We don't think we will have a difficult time at all finding a wonderful adoptive family for this girl. 

When we receive horses like Sunny, it is tempting to focus on the cruelty of some human beings.  But it is also a great reminder of all the wonderful people in the world.  Such as the man who was determined to get Sunny into a safe place; the barn owner who immediately said yes to fostering her; all the people who stop by her pen to love on her and take her for walks; and people like you who give of your financial resources so we can say yes when we get a call about horses like Sunny. We are optimistic about her future and pray there will be no more bad days for Sunny.

She loves attention
She loves attention

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Nov 23, 2020

Nugget is a Little Guy with a Big Attitude

Fire (Nugget) and Ice before coming to Easy R
Fire (Nugget) and Ice before coming to Easy R

In April of 2020, we received a call from a lady who had been caring for two horses that had been severely neglected by the previous owner.  She had done all she could to help them regain some weight, provide vaccinations, good food, etc.  But she was coming to the end of her resources, and didn't know what to do since one of the horses just wasn't putting on much weight.  We took both horses into Easy R Equine Rescue.  One was a full size horse named Ice, and the other was a pony named Fire.  Fire was placed into a foster home, and as is often our process, we encouraged the foster family to pick out a new name for Fire.  In a few days we were informed they would like to name him Nugget.  Which seemed a very appropriate name for a pony his size. 

Nugget was still a stud, so his first visit with the vet was to be gelded.  He also received vaccinations and a general exam.  His weight was still a concern. He just wasn't gaining as he should with the amount of food he was receiving.  Our intake process always includes a thorough dental exam and floating of the teeth.  Once Nugget was sedated and his mouth examined, it was clear why he wasn't gaining any weight.  For one, he was older than we were told--probably in his early 20s and his teeth were not in very good condition.  And two, he had obviously, at one time, lost an upper tooth, which caused the lower corresponding tooth to grow long.  REALLY long.  Long enough to be piercing his sinus cavity every time he bit down.  There was a hole up into his sinus that was impacted with food.  And infection.  What pain that little guy must have been in!! And that long tooth kept him from grinding up much food and absorbing nutrients. 

After two dental visits 6 months apart, the long tooth is now the same height as all his other lower teeth.  He still has a hole in his upper jaw, which will probably never close up.  This hole will make him suspectible to more infections and hay impactions.  But we will keep a close eye on the situation and make him as comfortable as possible.  As we hoped would be the case, Nugget started gaining weight and feeling better.  He was more active and alert. And boy, did he have a big attitude for such a little guy! Due to some herd dynamics with Magi, we recently moved Nugget to another foster home.  After he was told by his two new pasture mates that he was NOT going to be in charge at this new place, he quickly settled down and settled in.  Horses like Nugget need clear boundaries and expectations.  And that's what he is getting not only from his very experienced foster family, but also from Gravy and EZ (his two new horse buddies). 

We don't know Nugget's history.  He is tentative and wants to evade being caught.  But he is really warming up to people and finds a good grooming rather relaxing and enjoyable. And he loves his senior grain! Nugget is available for adoption and hopefully a family will come along that can provide him a nice pasture and a lot of TLC and companionship.

Getting to know his new friend Magi
Getting to know his new friend Magi
Visit from the dentist
Visit from the dentist
Gaining some weight
Gaining some weight
Some loving from current foster "brother"
Some loving from current foster "brother"
A new hairdo
A new hairdo

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Jul 23, 2020

Ollie Goes To Surgery

Such a cute boy!
Such a cute boy!

Ollie came to Easy R Equine Rescue over a year ago.  He was barely 5 years old and had been racing at the tracks since he was 2.  Sold at an auction and purchased by a woman who let him get extremely underweight, Ollie needed a lot of TLC.  After an exam by an equine veterinarian, it was determined that at some point in his short life he had already had a fractured hip, in addition to issues with his feet and an open wound on his other hip.  He was kind of a mess  But a cute, curious, personable mess! Ollie got along well with other horses and people, and kept his foster parents laughing at his antics.

All of Ollie's external injuries healed, a farrier was able to keep his feet comfortable with therapeutic shoes, and he gained much needed weight. Because of his gentle nature and his history of being ridden, we decided to place him with a local trainer to assess his skill set and knowledge base.  Just because a horse has been ridden on the track doesn't necessarily mean he has all the training he needs to be safe for riders in other disciplines.  The trainer immediately acknowledged his endearing personality and curiosity, and he became one of the barn favorites.  Within a few weeks though, it was obvious by not only the trainer but also the farrier that Ollie was experiencing pain, mostly likely in his knees. The farrier could hardly bend his front legs at the degree needed to trim and put on shoes.  With that information, we set an appointment with an equine specialist at a regional vet clinic.  X-rays showed that this young horse already had arthritis in both knees and a sigificant bone chip off his front left knee.  Surgery was the only thing that was going to fix the problem.  Knowing the surgery would be expensive and the rehab process labor-intensive, we proceeded with the surgery.

After the surgeon was finished, he called to update us.  Not only did Ollie have the one large bone fragment chipped of his knee, he had SIX other bone fragments floating around in there.  The bone fragments had shredded the cartlidge as well.  All the fragments were able to be removed successfully and the surgeon cleaned up the cartlidge in the joint.  The hardest part to hear from the surgeon was that this sweet, gentle horse had had this injury for a long time, meaning he was raced on the track with the injury. 

Fast forward a month to now.  Because Ollie has an INCREDIBLE foster family, he has been completing his rehabilitation process at their home and is progressing beautifully.  And because of his wonderful personality, he is the perfect patient. His knee is healing well and he is gaining mobility in it. 

Ollie's entire bill was $2500. Because we have wonderful and generous donors like you, we were able to immediately say yes to the surgery without having to worry much about the cost.  We can't describe how grateful we are to our supporters.  The horses that come into our rescue have been through a lot of difficulty, and sometimes, actual abuse.  Without you we couldn't provide them the rehab services needed to bring them healing and restoration.  Thank you for being part of Ollie's success story.  And, by the way, the foster family has fallen in love with him and will probably make him a permanenet member of their family. 

Meeting new friends at the trainer's barn
Meeting new friends at the trainer's barn
After knee surgery
After knee surgery
Knee is looking good!
Knee is looking good!

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