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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!

G Nap 3-5-16On nice days he is allowed to come out of his paddock to graze in the barnyard for about an hour and this makes him quite happy.  He is always pretty willing to return to his paddock for a snack and then a nap!

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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

 

 

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

 

Welcome Little Mikey!

On Sunday September 29, 2013 we welcomed a new senior horse into our sanctuary!  His name is Little Mikey, and he is anything but little!  He is 19.2 hands tall, 22 years old and is a Belgian draft.  Mikey worked as a carriage horse in Key West, FL his entire life, until he was no longer needed or wanted and turned out for a year with no care.   He worked with his sister in FL, but was separated from her and was traded for a car.  He was to be sold to be put back into work, but a nice couple intervened and kept that from happening.

Mikey has severe scratches on all four legs, a skin condition not uncommon in Belgians, and will need daily treatments for some time.  He has an old injury on his left hind leg as well as arthritic joints.  His feet are not in good shape and will be started on our barefoot trimming rotation very soon. He is very sweet and loves people.  He has separation anxiety from being taken away from his sister, so he needed a place where he could develop a lasting bond with others.

He will receive nothing but all the love and care that he deserves here and we are excited to have him.  If you want to follow Mikey’s progress, check out our daily updates on our Facebook page or sign up for our email updates.

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Thank you!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

http://ferrellhollowfarm.org/

Spring 2013 Sanctuary Updates

Spring has finally arrived, things are turning green, early flowers are blooming, and the horses are shedding their winter coats!

Sieg 3-27-13  Several of the horses have presented additional challenges the past couple of months.

Eagle‘s Cushing’s Disease was not able to be managed well over the winter, despite our many efforts to do so.  A recent vet visit and blood work confirmed that a significant increase in his medication was needed.  Special thanks to volunteer Paula for giving Eagle his spring body clip!

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Siegfried, who recently turned 24, has been battling abscesses since early February.  First the left hind foot, then the left front foot, then the right front foot.  All abscesses have occurred in the white line, so picking up his feet is a necessary, however quite challenging, part of his treatment.  Even our vet agreed that there was no time to waste when picking up and working on this big fella’s feet!

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Big Mack has presented with more issues surrounding his arthritic knees and left stifle injury.  We are giving him extra supportive care in attempts to keep him as comfortable as possible.  He also has blown out an abscess in his right front foot! Mack 4-13-13

Shiloh has issues with his respiratory condition from Spring thru Fall, and allergies exacerbate his coughing, so he is on supplements to address that condition and help reduce the coughing spells. Shiloh 4-24-13

 

 

 

 

 

In early March we accepted a new senior into the sanctuary–she is completely blind in both eyes and we named her Ruby.  She is a big draft mare and requires special management for her disability.  She is very sweet and enjoys attention, but has some issues with touching her head ,ears, and the handling of her feet.  She is getting healthier by the day and has made a new best friend in Maggie, one of our eldest horses. Ruby pm2 4-17-13

On a positive note, you won’t believe your eyes when you see the transformation that Tom has made in the 4 short months he has been here.  Arriving in December in an emaciated state, infested with lice, look at him now!  He is coming out of his shell and looking fantastic!  He is a big boned, elderly Percheron who is quite handsome! Tom 4-20-13

 

 

 

 

 

We currently have a long list of Needs!  Our donations are down and our bank balance is meager.  We need your help and there are many ways to do so, even if you don’t have money to give!  We keep our WISH LIST current and by clicking the link will see what we are in need of!

In the next week we will need to order more  medication for Eagle, and prescription anti-inflammatory medication we use for several of the horses arthritic conditions.  Our hay supply is low and fingers crossed we make it until the first cuttings are ready!

Just some of our monthly costs to support our Sanctuary Senior Horses:  Hay $1,200, Feed: $800 Trims: $355 Supplements: $1,200 Medications: $200, not to mention supplies such as shavings and topical products (all on our Wish List).

Some of the supplement items we buy from Bulk Foods: MSM, Vitamin C, Tumeric, Garlic.

Our choice of Vitamin/Mineral supplement from Horse Tech: High Point for Grass.

If you have horses, know of folks that do and use any of the Triple Crown feeds, please collect the Proof of Purchase (POP’s) from the back of the bag for us.  We are able to redeem them for cash towards our next feed purchase!

If you conduct a bit of on-line shopping, please use iGive.com to support our charity!  Hundreds of merchants donate a percentage of your purchases to charity and issue monthly checks.  Just sign up, and choose Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary as your charity of choice!

We have several on-going Fundraisers that we would love for you to be a part of!

If you are in the area, our next Open House is Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Come see what we are all about, I don’t think you will be disappointed! Open-House-Flyer-proof2 (2)Feel free to share this post to interested friends and family!

Cindy Daigre, Founder

 

 

FHF Year in Review

2012 has brought both tears of joy and sorrow for us.
In June we lost Slim, July we lost Striker, and in October we lost Francis. Thru the grief and sadness, we were able to open our sanctuary to 3 more needy old souls this year: Shiloh, Snow White and Tom.
Thank you for your continued support of our sanctuary work for these senior horses. Please enjoy the Slideshow!
Cindy Daigre

Farewell Francis

I can hardly believe that I am writing this. Francis has been in my heart for so long, I don’t remember life with out him around. He was a grand carriage horse, working in NYC for most of his life and I was so blessed to be able to care for him in his senior years. He was spoiled and he knew I would (and did) anything for him. He was always one of our more special needs horses, with feet and leg issues from years past.
Four months ago he started a downward spiral and we just could not get him well, despite our most valiant efforts. He was already so compromised, it was incredibly challenging to work on his back feet. There in lies the problem-I had my vet out this morning to take x-rays of his right hind foot, and my suspicions were confirmed. He had deep seated white line disease and rotation and infection in the coffin bone, which was very painful. His left hind leg had dropped due to bearing more weight than it should, and the suspensory ligament was damaged, resulting in that foot also breaking down. So we had to say good-bye and release him from the pain 🙁
Francis had a wonderful retirement at Ferrell Hollow Farm, he was such a sweet, special boy. Mary, Siegfried and I will miss you terribly, and already do.
If you would like to contribute to Francis’s final expenses, please use the Donate button on the website. http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.org/

Francis