JANE - Big, bold, and beautiful describes Jane. A Belgium that arrived at Sunburst Farm along with a blind Pertron. Shown in the picture above Jane is galloping with her pony friend Classey Tassey. Jane was jealous of her blind partner and was a trouble maker, because of this, we paid very special attention to her. Breaking gates and knocking down doors was a big part of her forte. Out of condition and unable to work a full riding lesson. We put Jane on a diet and began a conditioning program. First, just 10 minutes at the walk and a little trot work. Then we built the trot work and she could work for almost a full half hour. Now, we needed to rebuild confidence on the turns and circles. Jane is so big, she has trouble bending those turns! And who shows up? Miss Lauren. 14 years old, a big smile and a love for that pretty horse. It didn't matter that she could only work ½ hour. She took twice as long to brush, bathe, and to pull all the dirt out of beautiful feathers. This was no concern to Lauren. Lauren’s Mom and Dad recognized that Jane and Lauren were meant to be a team. And so, Christmas Day, December 24, 2007, Lauren adopted Jane. The team progressed to the point that Jane now jumps 2-6 easily and Lauren has progressed to 2nd level dressage. Extended trots, collected canters,and lateral movements. Jane and Lauren are in the ribbons for their competitions and Jane loves it all. What a great success story for both horse and rider.
ZEUS– One of the farm workers purchased Zeus right off of the transport truck. He was black, tall, had presence and boy, was he thin. April called and asked if she could board Zeus here. When he stepped out of her van I said “April, he needs a lot of groceries”. You could count all of his ribs and you could see the hip bones. And so we started feeding him hay. Lots and lots of hay. And oats and a little bit of corn every day. Now, Zeus is big and beautiful. A wonderful riding horse. Too strong at the canter or lope. But terrific at the walk and trot. Now he is in a horse training program with Rosemary to remind him of his old training. Zeus acts outside and in his stall around food. He threatens with his back feet. A warning to all that “This is my food – I need it – Stay Away”. We are working on correcting this. It can be fixed, but the fix is a slow, time consuming overlay to old habits. After all, Zeus was in starving condition when he arrived here and remembers.
SWEET HEART (SWEETS) - Poor Hair Coat, Skinny, Skinny, Skinny. I was not sure if Sweetheart would make it through winter. We took the standard action – worming, blood work-cbc, immunizations brought up to date and started giving her food. Lots of food. The horse dentist was called and she was floated. Still she remained thin. We added a higher protein to her diet. Improved – but still thin.
We gave her medications. 1 month, 2 months, 3 and 4 months. Lots of dollars spent, but there was not much improvement.
The Vet looked at me hard and said, Rosemary, if she does not improve soon, we may need to put her down. We don’t want her to suffer. We brushed her, we walked her, and we started supplements for weight gain. We gave her parabolic for her intestines to help her gastro intestinal tract to be more efficient in its digestive processes. YES, SUCCESS! Sweetheart was making the turn around! Two more months have gone by and Sweetheart looks so much improved, you would hardly know she came into Triple H as a horse rescue. We are continuing to give her supplements and we watch her closely. She is still brought in for extra food at noon. A big Thank You to everyone that helped her. Especially Tiffany, who was diligent in making sure that she had plenty of TLC (Tender Loving Care).
BUDDY- Just needing a new home where he would be loved and allowed to be all that he could be. Lame, thin, and what a beautiful attitude. We started out by bringing in the farrier and trimming up his feet. We knew from his history that he had caught a foot in a fence and stood patiently for a couple days for someone to help him at his previous farm. The entire hoof shed out, lots of farrier work and lots of extra care was taken by that previous farm to ensure that he have the best chances to recuperate. Now, Buddy needed good food and a program to begin reconditioning. He loves being ridden and he has a terrific attitude with people. Grooming time and personal attention would be the magic for his success. And so the people come and brush and feed and give him love. Still on the path to recondition
Buddy still has sensitivity in his foot when ridden to long and perhaps too much weight. We are still unsure of what Buddy can and can not do. But with time and patience Buddy is sure to let us know with that fantastic Can Do attitude and those loving brown eyes. Nickering and lowering his head for the little children. Always happy to accept a caress or some oats (his favorite food). A happy snort when he is placed on the double ties for grooming.
SAVANNAH - ….Ring, Ring, Rosemary, could you take a horse that needs a home- fast? It is one of the local veterinarians. Well I guess I can make room. What is the story? There was a death in the family for a local farmer, her husband took care of the horse. Mom has been in poor health for some time and really can manage now. They family just has no time now and the farm is being sold – tomorrow is the close. They had hoped to place or sell the horse to a good home. Can you help? OK.
In comes Savannah. Not too big, small quarter horse size, pretty shaggy hair coat. It’s late December and cold and it has been very blowy here. Still Savannah looks a little depressed. Maybe, the death in the family or lack of recent attention. Need to keep an eye on her. The owners drop off a file, WOW, she has registration papers! Lippizanner! Double WOW. She is a little light weight for lippizan horse. Maybe she just needs a few more calories. We’ll add some extra oats. Dr. John Poe, DVM arrives to update immunizations, blood workup and give a general physical. Teeth problems are identified. Very sensitive in the mouth. It turns out that Savannah has a hole in her upper jaw bone. A perforation from a tooth that has grown too long. And now, the jaw has an infection. Dr Poe lays Savannah out in the stall, completes all of the work leaving with a big pat on the neck and instructions to give antibiotics and orders to rinse her mouth daily. Savannah immediately picks up body mass and weight and appears to have a lot more feistiness out in the paddock and in the barn. We begin to work with her ground manners. Lippizon horses are known to be a bit pushy. And Savannah is true to that blood line. But she is a quick learner and a very loving horse. She loves any attention given to her. Brushing, Feeding, getting a bath. Within 2 months, she is able to be saddled and ridden. She really is nice under saddle. A good mover. Fun to ride. Someone has spent some time with this horse. Now, as we get close to July, it is time to find Savannah a new home so that another needy horse can be helped.