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Geronimo One Week Update

We have had Geronimo for one week and time has flown by.  Here is what we have accomplished this week with him:

He got a bath, he got his feet trimmed, the vet came to x-ray his feet,  and his hind legs were treated for mites!

His biggest issue is his foundered foot-it shows sign of previous abscessing and x-rays revealed severe rotation of the coffin bone as well as sinking.  He is such a trooper for enduring approximately 2 years with his foot like this. The other front foot is actively abscessing and we are working to rid him of the infection.

G LF 3-5-16 G LF xrayIt has been difficult to determine if he has stringhalt in the back legs as his snappy hock action while not all of the time, is still present. The way he has to walk with his front feet very well contributes to the stringhalt like action of the hinds.

 

He has a big fluffy shavings pit that he likes to lay in several times a day when he needs a break. He receives 3 meals a day and as much Bermuda hay as he will eat.  He also loves Triple Crown’s Safe Starch chopped forage for snacks!

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We are working as the weather permits to upgrade & improve our paddocks to be able to move him over next to some other horses. He is fine where he is as he can see them but will likely be even happier with neighbors.

He is a gentle, loving horse who is willing to please. I feel honored to be able to care for him.

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

Welcome Geronimo!

As many of you know, we began helping Geronimo in December as part of our “Christmas Cheer” program. We were unable to take him into the sanctuary at that time but wanted to see what we could do for this special boy.

He had worked as a carriage horse in Nashville for approximately 17 years, struggling with some lameness issues and then foundered on his left front foot about 2 years ago.  He is a very sweet guy and is estimated to be between 30 and 32 years old!

Even though we had assessed him and were trying to put measures in place to make him more comfortable, it became clear that to help him the most would require bringing him into our sanctuary.  While we are operating at capacity, it just seemed the right thing to do was to find a way to make it work.

For the time being, he will be in our quarantine paddock, which has shelter, until other accommodations can be completed.

What are his needs and what will they cost? (This is not an all-inclusive list but what we do know at this time)

Feed $100/month, Hay $175/month, Previcox (for arthritis) $75/month, Hoof Trims $40/month, Supplements for pain and gut health $60/month as well as Shavings for soft bedding, possible rubber stall mats and about $1,000 of pea gravel or other footing to resurface a paddock for him.

He will also need Vet care-radiographs for his feet to determine the severity of the founder, Dental care as it has been many years since his teeth were checked and he drops a lot of feed.

How can you help Geronimo? As a 501c3 charitable organization we rely on public donations to carry out our mission of helping at risk senior horses. We would love for you to commit to a monthly sponsorship or become a monthly donor!   www.ferrellhollowfarm.org

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Stay tuned to learn more about this sweet old man!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

 

 

Tribute to Snow White

On 9/1/15 we said good-bye to our lovely Snow White.  She had been rescued in early 2012 from a kill auction, thin, dirty, and discarded with terrible feet that needed a lot of work.  We brought her to our sanctuary a few months after she had been saved to be a companion for Siegfried.  The two instantly bonded and became inseparable-we called them our Royal Couple-beautiful and regal.

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Over the 3 years she was with us she suffered from various conditions-the previously foundered foot that needed rehab, and Cushing’s Disease.  Thru it all, she remained strong and we gave her everything she could have wanted, mostly the love she may have not known in her younger years.  She was a grand old lady, at least 35 years of age, and we miss her dearly-and Siegfried certainly does as well.  They shared that once in a lifetime bond that can not be replaced.

We are expecting her final costs (vet bills and cremation) to be around $1,500.  If you feel so inspired to help with that, we would certainly be grateful.

Rest easy old girl,  your troubles are now behind you!

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Please take a few moments to watch the Tribute Slideshow we have put together in Snow White’s memory.

Thank you,

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

Senior Horse Sanctuary Holiday News

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We have had a very busy month, and it does not appear to be slowing down!  Our Open House event on 11/22 brought out a great crowd of people, the weather was perfect and the horses enjoyed the day!

 

 

We have several items for sale that are great for gift giving! Photo book-marks of the horses, photo notecards, and photo charm jewelry-contact us if you are interested in making any of these purchases!

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We also have our Benefit Wines available-they are available by ordering online here:

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If you would like to purchase holiday gifts for the horses, visit our Wish List for ideas! Items can be purchased from the listed websites and shipped direct, and store credit at our local feed stores or gift cards are always welcomed!  Monetary donations are needed as well so that we can continue to provide the best possible care to our senior horses–your donations are tax-deductible as we do have 501c3 tax exemption status!

Horsey News:

The change in seasons has brought about an array of issues for the horses which have been quite costly.  Buddy had a colic episode which appeared to set off some ulcers, Shiloh‘s COPD became out of control where he could not breathe (or eat), and Mikey has a cancerous growth on his eye that is being removed this week.  Four vet visits in two weeks is a lot to endure!  Then there are the seniors that have such digestive upsets that it is costing a fortune on trial and error supplementation to find what will work to clear those issues, Siegfried‘s battle with hoof abscesses and Snow White’s intolerance to her Cushing’s medication!

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I have dedicated my life to giving these sweet souls what others would not, and I truly appreciate everyone who joins me in my crusade 🙂

Peace to all!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

 

Good-bye Tess

We had to say good-bye to Tess today.  She was 31 and had lived a very good, long life with us–for the past 7 years!  She was a loving matriarch-always taking on the motherly role and watching over her charges.  We will miss you sweet girl!

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Arthur & Max-Rescued 7-19-14

When we became aware of these two horses plight for life and no one was stepping in for them, we had to try to save them.  Thanks to the amazing supporters we have, we were able to and they arrived mid day on July 19, 2014.  Their condition was SHOCKING!  Photos of them from presumably the week before showed thin, old work horses, but that was certainly not the case when they came to their forever home at our sanctuary!  They were skeletons, emaciated and weak.  Arthur was suffering from extreme exhaustion, so much so, all he could do was lay down, even though he was turned out in a big grassy pasture, he had no strength to eat.  He was fighting for his life!  No horse should ever have to endure whatever these sweet boys had gone thru.  Scars from years of hard service to man, passed around from dealer to auction to kill buyers. We don’t know their real story, only bits and pieces of what was told to us, true or not.  One thing was certain-we would do whatever was necessary to try to bring them back to health!

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Arthur is a Belgian in his late twenties (we think) but his teeth are worn and he still needs to have a dental exam.  Initial vet exam revealed that he is indeed suffering from stress and some inflammation.  In the first two days, he would only take a nibble of food that was offered to him, so our priority has been finding something to tempt his appetite and offer him small meals frequently.  By day 3 he was able to eat 3 small meals and has started to graze and be more interested in his surroundings.  Arthur is a sweet boy, but it will take him some time to trust that he is indeed here forever and no more harm will ever come to him.

Max is a Percheron in his early twenties and he has terrible teeth that do interfere with his eating.  He has a good appetite and will at least try to eat what is offered.  His thin body is riddled with scars and he has some issues with his back end on the left side.  He is a very big boy (18.2 hands tall) and several hundred pounds underweight.  He has an upper respiratory infection and is being treated with antibiotics. Max is friendly, curious and likes attention.

Since their arrival, both boys have had their feet trimmed and seen the vet.  A dental exam will be soon.

Arthur and Max are required to stay in a Quarantine area for 30 days since they have been at auctions and have an unknown medical history-we maintain strict protocols to make sure we do not infect any other horse at the sanctuary.

We hope you will follow the boys progress-we try to update our supporters via Website, Email, Blog entries and Facebook posts.

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Please continue to support our efforts with senior draft horses!  Here are some ways you can do that:

Donations-Recurring or Monthly donations are needed to provide all of the care they need-Feed, Hay, Supplements, Medications, Hoof Care, Vet and Dental work expenses add up!

Sponsorship-Sponsor one of the boys where your monthly contribution will help feed and care for them!

Donated Goods-check our website Wish List for needed supply items!

*Our sanctuary is closed to the public except for our Open House events*

* Persons interested in becoming a volunteer will need to send an email inquiry, be scA&M 7-23-14reened to see if you are a fit for our organization and are required to complete an application*

Thank you!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

Life with Liz

Life with Liz is challenging.  Imagine the life she led for at least 12 years: pregnant every year, confined to a standing stall with her urine being collected for 7 months out of an 11 month pregnancy, with little human interaction, her foals just a “by-product” of her preganancies.  Now that she’s off the “pee line” she’s been forced to conform in a domesticated soceity but was never taught how to handle that.

Liz  Doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy drugs to hundreds of menapausal women and one of the most commonly used drugs is Premarin (Pregnant Mares Urine).  Wyeth (a division of Pfizer) manufactures Premarin and this is how it is made: Mares are kept pregnant year after year, and for 7 months of their gestation, they are confined to standing stalls and wear a urine collection device at all times.  Once they give birth and the foals are weaned, the process starts over again.  Foals are considered a by-product of the industry and go to auction, and when the mares can no longer conceive, they too are shipped off.

Even though the PMU ranchers must follow a code of practice,  were horses put on this earth to be exploited in this way?  If they are lucky enough to escape the slaughter pipeline when used up, there seems to be only two options for them: 1-turn them out on large tracts of land where they do not have to be handled by humans, and are no longer expected to reproduce and give urine and live their life freely, or 2-attempt to win their trust and gentle them to humans.

Liz2In Liz’s case, I would take 1 step forward, and at least 2 backwards for months.  Then, when it was time for full turnout, things seemed to even out.  I was farther along with her training, and some days it seemed she was almost “normal”.  Then Spring came, and her hormones likely out of whack from not being bred, she has become extremely reactive and fearful to touch.  What do we do?  Calming supplements, herbs to help ease her cycles, how long do we wait, what is acceptable?

The relationship I have built with Liz is one of mutal respect.  I respect that she is the way she is, but also I have a few expectations of her.  They are not unrealistic.  Some days to her they must seem so.  She trusts and respects me to a point.  No one else has this from her, and likely never will.  She is pychologically damaged by the life she was forced to live by a money hungry pharmaceutical company and it is more than challenging.  Lovely Liz, you are at our sanctuary for life–you have a good one now and I think you know it 😉

Please take the time to educate yourself, your family and doctors on the PMU industry and just say No to Premarin!

http://www.horsefund.org/pmu-fact-sheet.php

http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/big-pharma-wins-again-fda-approves-aprela-under-new-name/

http://alexadry.hubpages.com/hub/The-Truth-Behind-Premarin

Thank you!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

Photos curtesy of Sue Doyle

Welcome to the Sanctuary Sam!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe evening of 6-25-14 we welcomed Sam, a 22 year old Percheron gelding into the sanctuary!  Three years ago, Sam was discarded at the Camelot auction in NJ presumbably because he was blind.  Fortunately he was rescued and then adopted into a loving home.  Sam has retinal detachment and glaucoma in his left eye, which is white and completely blind.  Sight was failing in his right eye as well, but a corneal implant procedure was done to restore his sight, knowing it would only last a few years at best.  Six months ago when his implant began to fail, and he started loosing sight in the right eye, his loving home felt their steep terrain was not safe for him to navigate.

Sam is a very sweet and loving boy.  He interacts very well with people.  He was transitioned into the pasture with Henry and Ruby (also blind) and they have been very welcoming and kind to him.  Sam is still trying to figure out his new surroundings and routine, and in the meantime is being showered with attention, love and has a very safe and secure place to now call his forever home!

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary is a 501c3 non profit organization, and your contributions allow us to continue to provide outstanding care to these special needs senior horses–thank you! Cindy Daigre, Founder

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Good-bye sweet Maggie

Seven years ago a woman came to visit the farm and see if what we had to offer was what she wanted for her senior mare, Maggie, who needed retirement care at that time.  They had been long time companions and she wanted her taken care of during her golden years.  All of the years Maggie has been here, she enjoyed everything that we could offer her, despite the continual health challenges of aging.  Her dental health continued to decline, not being able to eat hay for the past 3 years, but we lovingly tended to her thru seven winters!  She came into this spring looking radiant, but in recent weeks began to decline and was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She had just turned 33 in March!

All who met sweet little Maggie fell in love with her-she enjoyed affection and grooming and most of all, her best buddies-first it was Willie, a chestnut gelding who has passed on, then for the past year with Ruby & Henry, who she has adored! We were truly blessed for being allowed to care for Maggie in her long and peaceful retirement.

Maggie, you will be greatly missed by all of us at Ferrell Hollow Farm, your human family and everyone who ever knew you-rest in peace now sweet girl-we love you!

Cindy Daigre, Founder, Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary www.ferrellhollowfarm.org

 

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Henry’s 1 Year Anniversary

It was one year ago, May 1, 2013, when Henry arrived to our Sanctuary.  He was at New Holland auction in Pennsylvania, and had been sold to a well known kill buyer and headed for slaughter.  A group called Sun Dew Saves Horses were posting him out as “aged Belgian gelding” to see if anyone would pay the inflated kill buyers price to save him from a terrible fate.  It appeared that no one was interested, so we stepped in! We had 2 days to raise funds for his bail and secure transport and get him to safety.  Will our wonderful supporters, we made it happen!

Please consider supporting our efforts to help senior draft horses like Henry who have been used up and discarded have a chance at a happy, peaceful forever home with a donation or sponsorship!   www.ferrellhollowfarm.org

Enjoy the SLIDESHOW of Henry’s 1st year at Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary!!