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Phone: 951-943-0627

 
Prince (Prince)
On Saturday night, I attended a used tack and horse auction in order to purchase used halters, feeders, etc. for the rescue horses. An older, gray, Arabian gelding who was only able to walk on 3 legs was brought in. After much negotiation, I was able to pay for this horse before they sent him through the auction ring. We had to have a vet come out to make sure this lovely old gentleman of a horse could be transported. The vet okayed transport and "Prince" is now at TIER. (He was named by a 10 yr. old boy who accompanied one of our volunteers on our quest to pick up telephone poles to be used for a hay shed.)

Updates

11/5/2004
God Blessed us with Prince to share our life and love.

A gift from Heaven, he came from above.

He taught us of courage and to never give in.

He brightened our days time and time again.

It broke our hearts to lose him, but he did not go alone.







For a part of us went with him the day God called him Home.

He is always there playing in our hearts and minds each day,

And the joy and memories he gave us can never be taken away.

If tears could build a stairway

And memories a lane,

We would walk right up to Heaven

To be with him again.



Our Wonderful Prince Crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 10/14/2004.


Be kind to the animals for they are the True Innocents!


2/24/2004

The elegant Old Soldier is finally putting on weight again. Prince was Grace's next door neighbor and biggest fan. They would stand head to head over the fence, dozing in the sun and gossiping. When they were turned out together, Prince would dutifully follow behind her and, should another horse try to come up to Grace, he would go into a possessive frenzy and run them off!!


On the day that Grace crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I put my arms around his refined neck, held my face against his thinning mane and while I sobbed, I told him the heartbreaking news that she had left us. After a short moment, his dainty Arabian head jerked up and while his huge liquid eyes looked off in the distance, blasted the air with several long, high pitched neighs. He pulled away from he and began running the fence that had divided his and Grace's pen. Suddenly he stopped, eyes wide, nostrils flaring and looked at me as if asking me to confirm what I had just told him. Through my tears I once more told him Grace was gone. I stepped towards him to try to console him and myself, but he lowered his head and walked away as if to say he wanted to be left alone. Truthfully, I do not know if he understood what I had told him, but he had never behaved that way before, nor since. In my heart, I think he knew exactly what I was saying.


I kept a close eye on him as I knew how attached he was to Grace and feared he might go into a depression that would cause him to leave us too. We have witnessed horses that have a deep attachment, love for each other, go into depression when their partner leaves or passes away. The remaining partner has been known to just give up or give in and not want to eat, not want to live without their friend. I feared this might happen to Prince. Although Prince is older and we are quite sure he has experienced the loss of companions previously, he "wears his heart on his sleeve" so to speak and usually attaches quickly and strongly to mares that are his neighbors.


As expected, Prince began to decline in weight. For the first couple of days, he did not finish his breakfast or dinner portions. We added some supplements along with his usual ration of vitamins and prayed. When Dolly arrived, I put her in Grace's old pen in the hopes that he would find a new friend and perk up. Oddly, he showed little interest in her other than to charge the fence when she was near. In the past he was always excited to be next to a mare and make her his new object of undying admiration.


Slowly, he began to lose weight and I feared he would become ill. Twice he exhibited signs of colic and I administered medication. He was eating all his feed, yet he was still losing weight. He had eventually accepted that Dolly was his new neighbor and would stand next to her along the fence line. But, when I would turn Dolly out he did not do his frantic pacing like he normally does when his friend is out and he is not. He didn't get excited at all.


Finally, he began putting weight back on and calling to me when I came out to feed. He began trying to rub his head on me as he used to do and is much more lively. Perhaps, after all this mud dries up, (we sure have had the rain!!) I will be able to turn he and Dolly out together and he will have found a new friend. For now, we are just pleasantly relieved that he is putting weight back on, and making sure that I know it is a RULE for gray horses to lie in the mud so that they look like a brown and white horse!! HAAAA!

3/22/2000

His broken scapula has healed well, although it is somewhat unsightly. He is now able to be turned out and let me tell you....he's feeling good! He dances in place constantly while turned out. He flys around the round pen and yells at Honey to come play with him. He does not appear to be favoring the shoulder at all!  Yeah! Prince!

12/8/1999

Prince is putting more weight on the leg with the injured shoulder. He is now nickering when we come out (whether we have food or not!), there is no more swelling and he is putting on a little weight. We are not trying to put alot of weight on him right now (although he could use it!) because of his shoulder. He is getting plenty of vitamins, garlic, devils claw, glucosamine. He was on Bute twice a day for the first week, but has been weaned off that. On the days he appears to be stiffer and in discomfort, we do give him some Bute. But there aren't alot of those days...thank goodness. His next door neighbor is Pear, the pony with the broken down pasterns. We think she is the one who has been teaching him to nicker to us because she is such a talker!! HA!  And, Prince is the first horse here that she has not screamed at! That cantankerous old lady Pearl yells at everyone...except Prince. I think it is because she knows he is hurt and because she thinks he is quite handsome!

11/24/1999

We had our regular vet visit Prince yesterday (November 23, 1999) and it seems our new addition has a broken shoulder and elbow. When Prince arrived at the auction, he had fresh saddle marks on him, so it is assumed that the injury had occurred that day. Someone had an "accident" on Prince and their solution to his plight was to get rid of him quickly, send him to an auction and get the last dollar out of him!


Thanksgiving Coincidence? I think not. Because of people like you, horses like Prince have a chance. A chance to be what they were intended to be. A living, breathing, loving horse!


We at TIER thank you for your support and for keeping the spirit of Thanksgiving alive.

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