2/27/01 - They're all (Dakota Mahogany,
Valentine Secret, & Excellent Luck) in a good place
where they're getting lots of love and attention---the gelding
and wobbler have bonded with Barbara of Pegasus, and the yearling
is developing a bond with her husband (the one who always stands
guard over his feed so the others can't get to it.) All we ask
of them is that they relax, enjoy life, eat well and heal.
John is beginning to bond with the yearling, who apparently
has a fear of humans after going through the trauma of two surgeries.
John stands by and guards the yearling while he's eating so
the gelding can't come and try to eat his food. The wobbler
and yearling also have learned that carrots are delicious, so
the gelding is no longer getting triple rations. In short, all
good news; we can rest assured that these three are getting
Valentine Secret is really frightened. We put them together
by themselves in a semi large enclosure in quarantine. It has
worked out well as the two older ones protect Valentine Secret
and make him feel more comfortable and safe. Also, the two older
ones have bonded. I took a picture of the three of them lying
down together side by side. They love their buckets full of
grain, natural glo, bran, vitamins and herbal remedies, but
I don't think
the two younger ones have ever had carrots - so the stifle injury,
who loves carrots, eats theirs.
had their hooves trimmed. Dakota still had shoes plus loose
nails in his hooves and his hooves were extremely long. They
also had their shots and wormers. John (my husband) was able
to bond a little with the foal at that time but for the most
part he is very distrusting of humans (not my husband). It's
going to take time.
They have toys in their enclosure and the older ones encourage
the foal to play with them. He follows their lead and they handle
him like a mom would. Considering what they have been through
and all their physical problems, I think they are doing very
7/10/01 - Excellent Luck, the 2 year old wobbler that the
Exceller Fund and UPF rescued a few months ago, passed away
the other day. He was fine in the morning, but died shortly
after lunch. The vet thinks he had a tumour on his spine.
thanks to you and a bunch of other great people, he was spared
the long ride to Bel-Tex, and had five wonderful months of love
and care in a facility that catered to his every need. He was
very much loved and will be missed.