Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas

by Easy R Equine Rescue
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
Provide Quality Care for Rescued Horses in Texas
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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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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Day 1 when we met Flynn
Day 1 when we met Flynn

In May 2019, Easy R received a call from the local sheriff's department informing us that photos were about to be texted. As the photots came through, we saw a heart-breaking situation in which a small horse was tied to a trailer home amongst a great deal of trash, pipes, furniture. He was thin, his mane was terribly matted, and in a few photos, the rope he was tethered to was tangled up in metal panels on the ground.  He had no water (in May it is already hot in West Texas) and the only food he had was the weeds on the property.  Most alarming were photos of his feet. They were grotesquely overgrown. It was obvious that his basic care had been neglected for many, many months.  It's possible his feet had not been trimmed in a year or more. In addition, he had scars on his back and sides that evidenced he had been ridden in a very poorly fitting saddle and/or without a saddle pad.

Even though someone had called the situation into law enforcement, no one in the neighborhood was willing to give any details about who owned the horse or why he was abandonded.  Only that he had been there for a few weeks. The sheriff deputy informed Easy R that an order had been issued by a judge to pick up the horse and locate a rescue that might be willing to take him.  We were willing and Easy R staff went to meet the horse at the local sale barn where he was being held.  Fortunately for us, we have several foster families who are willing to help at the drop of a hat.  Families who say yes.  Families who, because of their willing hearts and hands, enable us to say yes to horses like Flynn.

In the past 9 months, Flynn has been in two foster placements.  The first family (Carol and Sara) named him Flynn, started his feeding program, provided safe shelter, green pastures, farrier care, and the beginning of trust building.  Even though it was obvious by the scars on his back and sides that he had been ridden before, it was also obvious he was extremely distrustful of people and evaded all physical contact at first, understandably so.  In August, Flynn was transferred to a local boarding barn (great friends of Easy R) in order for a staff member (Heather) to begin working with Flynn on a almost daily basis, assessing his skills, teaching him new things, promoting trust, and starting him under saddle (in a correct, humane way). 

We have learned he is around 7 years old, is most likely a pony or mixed pony breed, is still leery about touch but willing to try, still not too sure about the farrier, loves horse cookies, is very kind and slow around small children, wants to bask in the sun, gets along with other horses, and is starting to appreciate his time with Heather. And she adores him. He is being ridden almost daily and learning and adjusting to many new things.  Soon, he will be ready for an adoptive home where he can continue to learn, gain confidence and skill, and continue on in his training.

When we look back on Flynn's 9 months with us, we are so incrediby grateful for all the foks who, thus far, have been a part of his recovery: law enforcement, foster families, service providers, volunteers, and YOU! Your donations make this possible.  Financial support is why we can say yes to calls about horses like Flynn.  And, unfortunately, we will continue to get calls about neglect and abuse cases.  But fortunately, we can say yes.  Thank you so very much for your support.

Terribly overgrown hooves
Terribly overgrown hooves
Tied to a trailer home amongst trash
Tied to a trailer home amongst trash
Scars from ill fitting saddle and/or no saddle pad
Scars from ill fitting saddle and/or no saddle pad
Flynn and Heather
Flynn and Heather
He is so sweet with small children
He is so sweet with small children

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Divine's poor body condition upon arrival
Divine's poor body condition upon arrival

Divine came to Easy R Equine Rescue in October 2018.  Her owner had fallen on some unforeseen and difficult financial circumstances; and unfortunately, wasn't able to keep up with adequate feed and care. Divine was very thin and being chased off any available hay by the other horses where she was being kept.  After seeing photos of Divine, we agreed to assist in her care, but eventually the owner requested we take custody of her.  Determining that her situation was not going to improve any time soon, we chose to take her into the Easy R program.

She is a 20 year old Off The Track Thoroughbred, and was being ridden in playdays by the owner's children prior to her decline into poor physical condition. Her demeanor was gentle and she was well-behaved.  Fortunately, a supporter of Easy R immediately expressed interest in Divine and volunteered to foster her and start her road to recovery.  The foster parent is a small animal veterinarian at a clinic which also has a large animal veterinarian on staff.  Divine received all the medical care she needed, including a Caslicks procedure to prevent recurring uterine infections. 

Divine steadily gained weight and strength.  The foster parent's college-aged daughter spent several months with her, riding canyon trails and even competing in a few local beginner level hunter/jumper shows.  At an adoption event in May of this year, Divine caught the attention of a young couple with a 9 year old daughter.  And, as is often the case, it was love at first sight.  The parents wanted to try out the situation by boarding Divine at a local riding facility and having their daughter take riding lessons to determine if it was a "good fit".  Well, it's been a great fit.  After the fence is completed at their country home, Divine will become a permanent member of their family, making a little 9 year old girl very happy.   We love happy endings.

We absolutely could not do what we do for horses like Divine without our supporters, donors, volunteers, and foster families.  Thank you so much for being part of our team!  Happy holidays to each of you!

Extremely underweight
Extremely underweight
Significant improvement in condition
Significant improvement in condition
Prepping for a trail ride
Prepping for a trail ride
Won a ribbon at a local show
Won a ribbon at a local show
Nothing better than being loved by a little girl
Nothing better than being loved by a little girl

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Meet Dakota
Meet Dakota

Dakota is the newest horse at Easy R Equine Rescue. We received a call from a land owner about 6 weeks ago who reported that his renter had moved out of town with the promise that he would come back to town to pick up his horse.  Four months passed and he never came back for him.  Fortunately, Dakota was on a piece of property where another renter threw hay for him and gave him water, so he wasn't as thin as most horses we get.  But it was obvious that the basic responsibilities of horse care had been neglected.  His feet were long and cracked.  His tail hair was so extremely matted that when we tried to get it untangled, most of it just fell off.  The halter had been on him so long that it had made a scar on his nose.  And per report of the land owner, Dakota had been in the field without companionship of another animal for 3 years.  Horses obviously survive without the presence of other horses, but they are herd animals and most do much better with a companion.

As with most of the horses we get into the rescue, we know nothing about Dakota's history.  When the dentist visits, we will get an idea of his age, which we suspect is in the early 20s.  He has a deformed right eye and has limited sight in that eye. He turns his head to look at things and people out of his left eye, which has caused what looks to be some muscle and bone imbalances--possibly arthritis. He choked on hay the first time we offered it, which indicates that his teeth are probably in terrible condition.  So, he is getting softened alfalfa pellets and senior grain until the dentist can see what is going on in his mouth.  He will be vaccinated, de-wormed, given supplements to help with joint comfort and probiotics to assist with good digestion. 

What is most wonderful to watch is Dakota's  interaction with Ranger and Magi, the two horses at his foster home.  He likes Ranger.  But he loves Magi! He follows her around like her shadow.  And because she is such a sweet, kind horse, she doesn't mind.  She lets him go where she goes. As a herd animal, it has to feel so comforting to, after 3 years, have companions.

Dakota will get the best care at Easy R Equine Rescue.  And hopefully, someone will be interested in providing him a wonderful adoptive home.  He deserves one.

Meeting his new friends
Meeting his new friends
Limited eyesight in damaged eye
Limited eyesight in damaged eye
Feet prior to the farrier visit
Feet prior to the farrier visit
Must feel good to have that halter off
Must feel good to have that halter off

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Location: Lubbock, Texas - USA
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