#40 Bay Roan QH filly. Turned 2 yrs. old this month. Hate to say this, but she is broke to ride. She was ridden before she was old enough and, as a result, she has been hurt. She also has ringbone in her right front. So, they rode her too early, made her lame in the rear, watched her develop ringbone at 2 yrs. old and threw her away!! Rescued 5/19/99
Once home I put her in the arena alongside my gelding Splash. They became instant friends with never a squeal or kick from either of them.  That evening she went into the stall alongside him where they could buddy up even more. After that whenever I'd feed they would both go into one stall and eat together until it was all gone, then move over to the other stall to eat that meal! Meanwhile my 3-year filly Peach was in another pasture behind the barn.  Rosebud has never been around electric fences (which is mostly what I have for interior fencing and most of it isn't even hot). She decided to visit Peach so just puts her neck under the fence and lets it slide over her back. She goes thru two fences that way and spend 3-4 hours grazing with Peach. Then wonders how Splash is doing to reverses the process! My two guys just can't figure this out and they know those fences hurt when touched and stay away. Her third day I had to go buy lumber and put up a real fence to keep her in the paddock at night with Splash.<br><br>Her feet were trimmed her second day and she had a very hard time walking and picking up her feet, as she didn't want to put weight on her left front. Apparently when she was born with a crooked leg a cast was put on to straighten it. When she walked she would take a tiny step with that leg, never placing it farther ahead than the right leg (which is straight down from her shoulder). I had a lady trained in the Tellington-Jones Ttouch technique come to work on her so we could discover where she hurts. She also showed me how to continue with gentle massages daily with her. Surprisingly I haven't been able to find one spot on her body that reacts in pain so far!  I noticed after several days of massaging that when she's grazing in the pasture she's placing that left front a little further forward than she had been doing and was walking better. A friend came over and as we watched the girls in the pasture she noticed that the way Rosebud moved was just as if the cast was still on. I'm surmising that as a baby with a cast she never learned that she was able to use that leg normally. I'm guessing that she's always been in small enclosures and didn't have much chance to exercise and graze, so never learned how to use that leg. Over time protecting it has very much become a habit more than anything else. Also, from lack of use, no muscles have developed in the left shoulder. But now, as she's relaxed grazing, she's not thinking about it so very naturally that leg is extending as she moves forward for the next bite. I've also begun stretching that leg out forward every night so that her muscles can be stretched out, and for her to feel the sensation of what the leg is capable of. She seems very comfortable when I do this and doesn't try to pull it back do I know it doesn't hurt her. Usually when she trotted or galloped she'd go on three legs, holding the left front up. Yesterday for the first time I saw her both trot and gallop a short distance on all four legs! It's the most marvelous thing I've ever seen in my life.  Daily there is progress, and a think it's mostly due to the fact for the first time in her life she's being allowed to just be a horse.<br><br>Sometimes she now will stand on that leg and put full pressure on it, so I don't think it's hurting her. I plan on having her legs x-rayed to see what's going on inside to know the best way to work with her. She still has her protective, grouchy times which come at unexpected moments. It's hard to tell how much is being aggressive from fear and how much is just because she needs a little training in ground manners. But we'll figure it out and turn her into a model citizen!<br><br>Thank you from the bottom of my heart everyone who helped this little girl have a chance to discover that there is grass to eat, good buddies to spend the days and nights with, and people who will treat you with kindness and care. Miss Rosebud send her love to you all!
This is an update from Nancy. Nancy drove from Washington to California to pick up Rosebud and take her to her new home. This, my friends, is rescue! Love, patience, tolerance and care does wonders!
I'd been watching the poor girl sit at the feedlot for over and month and it was just breaking my heart. After rescuing two others this year I didn't have the funds to save her, but it tore me apart thinking that she'd lived two years so far, and none of them had been a good experience. I called Gail in desperation after about five weeks and said if there was any way to save her I'd come pick her up and give her as much love as I could for as long as she was able to get around somewhat comfortably.
Much to my surprise she called three days later and said two wonderful ladies (Gigi & Jean-Marie) had put up the ransom money to save her and that I should get myself to L.A. and get her! What wonderful gift that was, both for Rosebud and myself and miraculous things are happening!!!
When Gail and I went to the feedlot to see her, the day before we were to head north, Rosebud walked right over to the fence to see who we were and acted shy, but friendly. That was the first time she'd shown an interest in people and I was very encouraged to see that her mind was still interested in life. The next day she loaded into the trailer like a perfect lady and we began the three day trek home. I kept a feedbag right by her head and stopped every 2-3 hours to give her water and visit with her. By the end of day one she was loving the attention so much that a 10 minute break usually turned into hour because she would rest her head in the crook of my arm, close her eyes, and just soak up the loving. Never once on the trip did she act up for go on the defensive. In the evenings when I'd give her grain with bute I'd rest the pan on one knee. She'd take a bite or two then start investigating my leg, hands, arms, face, hair (everywhere she could reach) with the cutest little nose wiggles. We became good friends on the trip and it's made a huge difference in how well she's settling in now.
Well, thanks to the generosity and huge hearts of 3 exceptional women, Rosebud (Rosebud is the filly's new name!) went home today! Yee Haw!! Two wonderful ladies came together to pay her ransom price (Thanks Gigi and Jean-Marie!!) and another fine lady from Washington (Nancy) drove down and picked up this little girl today to take her home! Rosebud already has a vet and farrier appointment set for next week after she gets home! She is still mad at people, more like afraid of being hurt, but she walked right in that trailer this morning! She is on the defensive when you try to catch her. Pinning her ears, sometimes trying to bite or kick. But as soon as you get a halter on her she is okay. Nancy fed her a little grain with some bute for the trip because of her ringbone and shoulder. I did receive a call from Nancy this evening saying that she went into the trailer to feed and water her and Rosebud would eat a little and then move over to Nancy for some cuddling! Isn't that wonderful??? Nancy is working her magic and Rosebud is responding.
Nancy plans on keeping Rosebud in a large pen for her first week in Washington and just going out and sitting with her so that she will get used to Nancy and know she won't be harmed. Looks like Rosebud knows that already!
A very big thanks to these wonderful ladies who teamed up to save a filly who needed help. Rosebud only needs a chance. Due to her injuries from abuse, she will probably never be rideable. But, she will live a good life in Nancy's pasture with Splash and Peach, Nancy's two other horses. Splash is another feedlot rescue that Nancy gave a loving home to.
Without Gigi and Jean-Marie, Rosebud would have been sent off to an auction this last weekend. Because of these two angels of mercy, Rosebud has the chance to be the best she can be. A living, breathing, loving horse!