TIER was contacted by Riverside County Department of Animals Services on 3/21/2016 asking if we could take in any of the horses seized 3/4/2016 in Nuevo, CA. Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens viewed the horses on 3/3/2016 determining the conditions justified seeking a warrant. One horse was euthanized on 3/3/2016. In addition to the poor condition of the animals, the grounds were badly maintained and there was a lack of food. The horses were eating their own manure.
On 3/23/2016 TIER went to RCDAS Jurupa Valley facility and selected 2 of the seized horses to bring to TIER. The decision was very difficult as all the horses from the seizure were in bad condition. TIER took in the 2 most in need of help. Welcome home MAISIE!
7/3/2016 - Update-Turnout Time
Iris & Maisie have been here almost 3 1/2 months.  They are doing well and slowly gaining weight and muscle.  Iris has had a hard time with the heat and usually stays in her covered stall during the hottest part of the day.  Both of them sweat considerably and get hosed off to remove the salty layer of sweat.  Iris, because she is black, ends up looking kind of ash colored.
The girls were turned out in the arena area so they could be together, move around more and not be stuck in their pens.  They have become healthy enough to turn out so that their muscles will get more use and build up a bit.  Iris drinks a lot of water, while Maisie drinks 'normally'.  These girls have a strong bond and stick very close to each other.  Maisie seems to know that the vision in Iris' right eye is not good and tends to stay near that side.
We have increased the amount of soaked pellets they get daily and have started adding 4-way grain.  They are each getting 6-7 large flakes of hay a day (WOW!).
4/26/2016 - The Toothfairy came
Dr. Johnson & his assistant Crystal came out to help Maisie & Iris with their dental issues.
Surprisingly, Maisie's mouth structure was much better than the younger Iris's.  Genetics do play a part in those things though.  Her teeth were in need of the services that Dr. Johnson provides to be able to chew more comfortably, and grind/process her food into a form which can be digested easier.  We should see a significant increase in healthy weight gain in the coming months.
Truthfully, I expected Maisie to be a bit more anxious than she was because she's somewhat of a edgy mare.  Once Dr. Johnson & Crystal talked to her she was calmer and the sedation helped too!  She was a really good girl and did not pull on Crystal while Dr. Johnson did his work.
Exam & Treatment Invoices below for further detail. Cost for Maisie's dental was 315.00.
4/2/2016 - Medicated Bath for terrible fungus
Poor Maisie had rainrot/fungus all over her.  The water ran brown when rinsed off.  Thanks to Stephanie M., Diana, and helper Seth, she got a medicated bath and conditioner for her mane and tail.
She is so thin!  Mostly angles, not many curves.
A little Wash Rack Reassurrance helped.
And now she sparkels, shines, does not have all that yuck on her and can get back to important things like EATING!
3/26/2016 - Vet Check-Very Underweight & Irregular Heartbeat
Maisie was seen by Dr. Silverman recently.  You could see the sadness in his eyes as he looked at her before the examination.
She is SERIOUSLY underweight and has an irregular heartbeat that we hope will resolve once she becomes healthier.  Respiration, Bowel Sounds were good.
Maisie did have a vaginal discharge, but after doing an exam, Dr. Silverman did not feel she had an infection.  Most likely she was in heat and mucous membranes are overproducing due to finally getting some food and water.  She is drinking and eating well.  When horses do not eat, they do not drink and get dehydrated.  When they are starved, the body puts its focus on keeping the heart beating...slowly, everything else shuts down. (hair growth, mucus membranes, organs, etc.)
She does have rainrot/fungus and once it is warmer she will be getting a medicated bath or two.  Dr. Silverman felt that her teeth would not significantly benefit from having them floated.  Due to her age and the condition of her teeth, Dr. Jacob Johnson (Equine Dentist) will be out as soon as we have funds for this.  It will cost 300 at a minimum.  She will probably have to have some teeth extracted so she can chew/process her feed better.
3/25/2016 - Foot Fairy Gives a Hooficure!
Our Farrier came out to assist Maisie with her grossly overgrown feet.
The frogs of her hooves were so long that they had rolled over and it just had to be like walking on rocks for a very long time.
Fortunately, she does not have any abcesses at this time.  I wouldn't be surprised if she does develop one at a later date.  We have found that many of the horses that we bring in that have suffered long term neglect do develop abcesses once they are getting fed/cared for properly.  The toxins that have developed from not getting fed correctly need someplace to go and that is usually via the feet and abcesses form.  Keeping our fingers & hooves crossed that she does well since she does have decent feet now that they are trimmed.
3/23/2016 - Maisie Arrives!
Thanks to Stephanie MacGregor who transported our new arrivals home. We had planned to take only one mare, but we ended up getting two of the girls that really needed a soft place to land. It was so very difficult to choose which ones would come to TIER as the 7 remaining horses at Riverside AC need homes! Thanks to AC staff (Lesley-for contacting us), Nancy & Amy for their assistance thi morning at the shelter.
Introducing...MAISIE, 22 yr. old Thoroughbred mare. She loaded on the trailer with no problem. She traveled well and was excited about her new surroundings.
Our Farrier will be here Friday to help this girl with her poor feet. She has an abcess and is limping.  Our Vet will be out Saturday to give her a Health Check. Maisie has a vaginal discharge and may need antibiotics. .  For now, she is eating well, drinking and getting used to her new surroundings.
Stephanie gave each mare a light brushing to get the mud and yuck off. But, we didn't want to brush too much hair out because they still need their coats (even though they are yucky) to stay warm.
Thank you to the donors who have stepped up to help us help these two lovely girls. We did get two mares, so expenses have risen. If you are able to assist the ladies, we would certainly appreciate it!