On September 22 we welcomed Lazarus into TLER. We had been contacted by the Riverside Department of Animal Services regarding a badly neglected horse in need of placement. His feet were shod and very overgrown. AC had owners remove shoes and have him trimmed. Thank you to G.H. for covering intake cost and Cristine S. for being his monthly sponsor. Thanks to them we were able to offer a home. We picked up Lazarus at a small residence. How and where was a horse being housed? We found him behind the house in a 12 x 12 corral, full of manure, no water, no shelter, no food. Lazarus dragged us out of the place and lterally jumped into the trailer. JUMPED! The vet felt his age was in mid 20s but according to his lip tattoo he is most likely Wazzu Willy at 19 years old...his teeth look so much older! He is underweight and very lame on his front hoof. We had his hoof Xrayed and he does have mild rotation of the coffin bone (mechanical founder), bad seedy toe, and a toe crack. Individually these things would not be a big deal. Together they are causing a lot of discomofrt. Maybe an abscess brewing as well? Andy, our farrier, came out and put pads and shoes on. This will help with stability. Hoping he is more comfortable soon. In the meantime, he is putting on weight well.
We say goodbye to our one of our sanctuary residents, Sundance. Sundance was discovered by a friend wasting away in a backyard with other horses, out of view of the public eye. We hiked in and discovered the horses emaciated, no food, dirty waters, standing in poop, rain rot coats,...a mess. We took pictures and forwarded them to Animal Control. Long story short, Sundance to came to us. She began putting weight on, battled cellulitis and skin problems, and eventually made a full recovery. She had a very crooked front leg that made her a companion only. So, she joined our sanctuary. In her late teens, the crooked leg became arthritic. She was kept comfortable and pasture sound on previcox. I called her 'My Special' and she loved getting her carrot with her pill in it every day. She loved that I would sneak her grain. She would 'flamingo' for treats and hold her leg up like a flamingo. She had doe eyes and was so kind. Children loved her and she loved them. Recently her arthritis got worse and we were unable to keep her comfortable. I held her head cradled in my arms. As she drew her last breath she heard I Love You, and was gone. She was so loved and given a great last chapter in life. I just wish it could have been longer. Loved and missed always. So easy to dwell on the grief and sadness. Rescue is difficult but thankful for the gifts we are able to give these horses, from a great life, to a dignified ending. It is worth it. They are worth it. Love you Sundance
Welcome Hodor. Hodor is a young Yorkshire X who found himself in need of a home after the sanctuary he was residing in was closing its doors. His options were auction or the family that came to raise him for meat. Thanks to his generous sponsors, we were able to offer sanctuary. Hodor is very social and loves his walks. He even has his own Facebook page! We are looking for a House of Hodor for him because, as you know, 'winter is coming'(Game of Thrones quote. Couldn't help myself). So, keep your eye out!
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Dolly is our mini pony recovering from founder. A couple of months ago she developed painful abscesses in her front hooves that just wouldn't resolve. It was a big setback. We started her on antibiotics and am happy to say we are back on track. Although, she will need radiographs soon to how well her hooves are doing. The radiographs will run about $300 and we could use your help! We are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost.
Miss Kitty, one of our sanctuary horses, was just evaluated under saddle and found to be AMAZING. at 25 she is sound, dead broke, and smooth as butter. Really nice girl.
This past weekend I noticed a painful swelling on the side of Franky's face. We put him on bute and made an appointment for the vet to check him out. He was seen yesterday and does, indeed, have an abscess. So, he is on a course of antibiotics. We are hoping that does the trick!
Our monthly feed bill is $6000/mo
Our monthly farrier bill is $800-1000/mo
Our previcox bill is $100/mo
Our monthly vet bill varies but $500/mo average
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At the beginning of March, RCDAS had a large confiscate case. 24 thoroughbreds were rescued from starvation and neglect. Because of the nature of the case, they have been released to rescue only. We wanted to help. So, we started a GoFundMe to raise the funds to rescue Music Award, one of the 24 horses. Well, yesterday we discovered she had already been taken by a rescue. That's great news! So, we are now taking the raised funds, with permission from donors, to rescue another. Yesterday, we visited the shelter and fell in love with Souci. There are three at that particular shelter and let me tell you, not easy picking. I wish we could take all three. How do we decide? well, Souci practically crawled in our pocket and she is infamous for not trailering. She had had an adopter but she wouldn't load. That kind of red flagged her. She also has an eye issue. I'm not sure how much of an issue it is, or whether it is treatable, but she has some white spots in one eye. Those two factors made her more urgent than the other two. It's tough choosing. I wish we could take all three. Stay tuned for Souci's arrival.
The Three Amigos
Where do I even begin with this story? Toby, our rescue's namesake, and love of my life, was a show horse. Before he was rescued he was a stallion and sired one baby. She was a girl named Little Bit. Fast forward 8 years. I get a call from a friend named Lyn. She was contacted about several TWHs that needed to be rehomed. They have been well cared for and loved but owners had moved and had been boarding. She felt it was time to place them. Well, Lyn connected the dots, discovered one was Toby's baby, and called me. She is all that is left in this world, aside from memories, of Toby. I said Yes, yes, and YES! speaking with the owner she asked if I would take Little bit's mom. She is 24 years old and has never been separated from Little Bit...YES! Then, she asked about Rowdy. Rowdy is an 8 year old TWH. He is a hunk of a handsome guy. How could I say no? So, he will be looking for a home. They arrived yesterday, are settling in. Miss Kitty will join our sanctuary group at the rescue. Little Bit will be our personal horse(not a part of the rescue), and Rowdy is available for adoption.
Tortuga joined the established league of geldings yesterday. The castration was a little less than routine and our veterinarian had to return and place some sutures in today. He is non the worse for wear and will be able to return to the pasture tomorrow. Darby has been fostering at Terin's house while her two babies were here for training. She returned last weekend and hasn't missed a beat in training. Be sure to check out her profile. She is available for adoption and I can't believe she hasn't been snatched up! Sadly, Cali was returned by her adopter through no fault of her own. We offered to let Cali stay for a little while to see if her adopter could get back on her feet. Unfortunately, it is not a possibility and Cali will be looking for her new family. She is such a sweetheart and I hope she is able to find her forever home.
Latest Goings on
Lilac, our 3ish year old Quarter pony has been diagnosed with liver disease. She was rescued 9/14 from auction by Forgotten Horses Rescue. She was so sick the vet was called out to the auction to treat her. In addition to just general neglect, Lilac had sever infestation of worms, full of sand, and infection. She was under FHR's care for 30 days until she was stabilized. At that time she was blind and I offered to take her as a sanctuary horse once stabilized. She came to me 10/14 and did have visual problems, but as she regained her health, her vision restored. She was a happy go lucky girl until her best buddy, Ensign, passed away. She began to lose weight, was lethargic, just a general failure to thrive. At first we chalked it up to depression, then ulcers, treated her with no improvement, and finally a full veterinary work up. She was diagnosed with a pretty severe case of liver disease. While there is no treatment for the liver itself, you can treat the cause and try to support the liver while healing. The tough part is finding the cause. We still are searching for answers, but Lilac is on a supportive diet with supplements. She had an ultrasound done and was found to have an enlarged liver, kidney, and stomach. She also has polycythemia. Over the months she has greatly improved and our next step is a biopsy and blood thinning. Both should happen in the next couple of weeks. We are doing all we can and she is improving. Prayers she continues in the right direction.
We welcomed our newest sanctuary resident, Domino, this month. He is a 25 year old appaloosa pony. He is swaybacked, missing teeth, and laminitic...our kind of guy! His very loving family was no longer able to keep him and horses in his position have limited options. We are very happy he has landed safely here with us.
Sadly, Bluemoon (aka Moonshine) has returned through no fault of her own. She is getting some time to relax in the pasture and then we will start training to prepare her for adoption. So, keep an eye on her. She's a cutie!
Franky's Big Day
Well, Yesterday was Franky's big day. It was discovered that Frank was a cryptorchid last week so yesterday morning he went into Temeku Equine Hospital for abdominal castration. He loaded like a dream but seemed so confused when I had to leave him at the hospital. His face screamed "Why are you abandoning me!?!" The surgery went well and Franky is recovering nicely ......as
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Lots of things happening here at TL. We acquired Darby, a QH mare, from Auction Horses Rescue in January. She was in foal and gave birth to Jubilee 3/10/14. Jube is a cremello and was born blind. She has detached retinas. She doesn't let it bother her one bit and has become an expert at navigating her paddock. She loves attention and will answer you when you call her name. We see great things in her future and will be looking for her lifetime companion as she gets closer to weaning.
Welcome Misty's new baby Brego. this darling little buckskin colt came into the world on 5/27. He is starting to warm up to us ( Misty too!) and we hope to incorporate them into the baby herd soon.
Cowboy is an unexpected rescue that arrived 5/27/14. He was found by a neighbor after wandering onto his property. He is 25 years old with arthritic knees. We have started him on previcox and he is doing great. He has joined the pasture group and buddied up to Legs. we decided to make him a sanctuary guy and he will live out the rest of his golden years at Tobyu's Legacy.
Founder and caregiver at Toby's Legacy Equine Rescue