- TIER was contacted today by Norco Animal Control in regard to
a mare that was found running the streets. This mare was horribly
thin and weak in the hind end. She is a sorrell mare, large/oblong
star, white on left rear, appx. 17 - 20 yrs. old, appx. 15 hands.
Control has put a good amount of weight on her in the month or
so she has been with them, but she is still in need of groceries
as you can see from her picture. No one has contacted Norco Animal
Control regarding this mare. In the beginning, she was very weak
or loose in the behind, but seems to be much stronger now....although
you can still see weakness in her rear movement at times. She
is pushy and willful and does not seem to care too much for other
horses. While we were taking her picture, a deer wandered
into her pen (there are many different beautiful animals at Norco's
facility in need of homes!!) and this mare is definately not a
deer lover. She chased the deer out and even kicked at it!
This mare needs a home NOW! If a home is not found within a week,
this mare will in all likelihood be euthanized. Due to the fact
that she is not rideable because of her weakend back end, she
would be a companion only horse. Her adoption fee is $100.00.
Adopters would need to sign an adoption agreement with Norco Animal
Norco Animal Control - (909) 737-8972
5/14/01 - Yipppeeeeeeeeeeee! This strong minded mare has a
new home with Dianna C., a new name Joyful Tiers, aka: Joy and
she will also have some new buddies who are anxiously awaiting
her arrival at Dianna's!
would like to personally thank all of those who expressed interest
in helping Joy. Hats off to the caravan ladies who will be assisting
with transporting Joy to her new home in the lap of luxury, love
and fellowship. Thanks to all those who offered advice and support
for this neglected, abandoned mare. Thanks to the TIER webmistress
for putting Joy's information and pictures up as quickly as she
did (even though she had 15 guests at her home when I sent her
the info.....she took the time out from her hobnobbing (HA!) to
make sure the mare's plight was on our website!). Thank you to
new mom Dianna for really reaching out to help a horse in need.
special thank you to Norco Animal Control for making us aware
of the situation so that we could hopefully assist in finding
this girl a home!
many thanks to all of you who are there for the horses! Your support,
advice, guidance, caring, understanding of the desperate need
of the horses and willingness to act have helped so many horses
to find homes with loving humans. Because of YOU....these horses
are more than a memory of a picture and wording. They are living,
breathing, loving friends with homes that truely care about them
for who they are....rather than what they can give. Because of
this is TEAMWORK! Wooooo Hoooooo!
- 8:47 am
Joy will be leaving the pound today at about 11am. Lisa will have
her over for a slumber party tonight and then drive her to Fresno
tomorrow. Joy will take a 2 night vacation at the Sunnyside Ranch,
her own personal horsey hotel, and then Dana will bring her to
N CA on Mon. Guess I better get out a map to find how to get to
Galt. That's where I'll pick Joy up Monday afternoon. A hop, skip
& jump and she'll be home in Oroville! Well, maybe not hop,
skip & jump as that would be a bit rough on the old girl.
The excitement is building.
- 11:43 am
Just wanted to let everyone know Joy is hear with me know. I just
pick her up from animal control. She is so sweet. She loaded great.
I know she will be ok for her journey tomrrow. Dianna what a perfect
name you gave to her. She was such a Joy to load and the kindest
eyes. I will let you all know how our journey goes tomrrow. we
are going from Norco to Fresno. Have a great day all. I know I
will with Joy in my backyard.
- 7:47 pm
Hi all I just got back from Fresno. Joy is at her first destination.
We got her their safely. She made the trip with no problems. She
gets to rest for 2 days before going too her 2nd stop. Thanks
for everyones support. She is partway home.
Makes 2nd Leg of Trip!!!
5/21/2001 - 6:09 pm
Hi everyone! Just thought I'd give a little update on Joy. Sandy
and I picked her up in Fresno at Sunnyside Ranch this morning
and headed to Galt. Joy was a pleasure to load and a wonderful
trailer too! We stopped half way through the journey to give her
a little rest before we continued on. Then we met with Dianna
in Galt to make the final leg of the journey. After a quick rest
there and a nice cool drink of water (Not to mention lots and
lots of carrots and pictures from her new mom) she loaded into
the next trailer like a trouper and off she went to her new heavenly
pasture!!! I am so glad I was able to help out in rescuing this
cute little girl! I will have to see her in a couple months when
her feet are trimmed, her teeth are floated, and she has a couple
hundred more pounds on her! She'll be
you so much Dianna for taking this little girl into your home
and your heart!!!
- 10:54 am
Well, Joy is home. I have to say that if I'd known she was in
such poor condition, I wouldn't have risked the trip up to me.
She tapes at 745 lbs and my vet says she should be closer to 1200.
Big, big, girl. I cried for a good part of the trip from Galt
to Oroville at the thought that anyone could do this to any animal.
Joy's in a pipe barn, airy & cool and out of the flies, with
tons of shavings so she her bedsore hips will heal. She was rolling
before I had the halter off! She immediately got a sloppy mash
of beet pulp with a dash of grain for flavoring and some much
needed electolytes. So far she's gone through every blade of a
bale of grass hay and the vet says to keep it coming! My vet will
be out next week to float teeth, vaccinate, etc. He took a quick
glance at Joy's teeth and thinks she's closer to 13-15 yrs. He
also thinks the hindend weakness is from starvation and should
continue to improve with feed. He actually likes her and said
she should make a really nice riding horse once she's back in
good health. It was nice to see her eyes sparkling and perky this
morning since they were dull and forelorn last night. I think
she knows she's home! Thank you for all that you do and for sending
Joy my way! And Lisa's right, I did pick the perfect name.
Tiers has come home!
5/22/2001 - 11:27 am
First, I would like to thank all the wonderful people who made
it possible for Joy to come home. Joy's in a pipe barn which is
airy and out of the flies. She was rolling in the shavings before
I even had a chance to remove the halter. It was a good thing
I happened to have a large halter because she's a big girl. Really
looks big with all my arabs. She got a very sloppy beet pulp mash
with a little grain and some much needed electrolytes as soon
as we got home. She's had her head buried in grass hay and has
gone through an entire bale. My vet took a look at her and said
to keep grass hay in front of her at all times. He really liked
Joy and said she'll make a nice riding horse once she's healthy.
He says the hindend weakness is from starvation and won't be a
problem as she gets fed and stronger. A quick
glance at her teeth has him thinking she's not as old as it was
thought. He puts her at 13-15. Next week he'll be out to float
& really check her teeth and to vaccinate. I was a little
worried at the dull eyes last night but she was bright, perky
and calling to my other girls this morning. I think she'll be
just fine and I'm sure she must know that she's home!
5/29/01 - Joy's Surprise!
she's not pregnant. She's GAITED!!! That's right, Joyful Tiers
is gaited. Had her hooves trimmed Sat. morning and she no longer
trips over herself. Turned her out in the arena and away she went
at a gorgeous running walk. I kept wondering why she looked like
she was sorta pacing with a dash of trot and now I know. Her hooves
were so long with such bad angles that she couldn't "do her
thing". Taped her on Sun. and she's at 807 lbs. A gain of
60 +/- lbs!! Boy can she pack away the groceries. Found out yesterday
that she loves watermelon. She's finally settling in and getting
comfortable in her new home. She put her head in my stomach for
the longest time yesterday while I stroked her face. When Joy
first home she had no ground manners and would either try to drag
me along or walk over me. Her behavior did a turn around on Sun.
She walked quietly beside me and gave me space. I think she finally
realized she was home and had no reason to fear what was
happening next in her life. The vet will be out tomorrow to float
Joy's teeth, vaccinate her and give her a thorough checkup. As
soon as he gives the ok (after quaranteen period), Joy will be
able to go on pasture with a buddy.
6/5/01 - You can tell that somebody (a young girl?) loved
this big girl at one time. She loves having her head held, body
rubbed, ears pulled, etc. She lowers her head for the halter and
flymask. And she's such a begger for ANYTHING anyone is eating.
She's a real talker. She's settled down and is no longer in a
frenzy to eat, get out of her stall or to return to her stall.
She just meanders around the arena every evening like no big deal.
Her ground manners have much improved. She no longer tries to
drag me or walk over the top of me. Kinda nice! Everyone who sees
her thinks she's a wonderful mare. She LOVES the attention. One
more week and she can go in a bigger stall where she can meet
her future herdmates over the fence. Joy's still a stick horse
but her belly is rounding and her ribs are getting less sharp.
The sores on her hips are healing. She might get her much needed
bath this next weekend. We're going slow with everything so as
not to shock her and her system. But she did get her teeth floated,
rabies & other vacs, and 1st worming. My vet says he's positive
that she's no older than 14. What a great surprise as I have hopes
for a full recovery knowing we aren't battling time, as well as
6/11/01 - Here's Joy right after we got home. She was rolling
as I was emptying the shavings bags. She's doing great.
6/28/01 - Well, here I am in the middle of a herd of arabs
and what do I hear? Some friend of mom's saying he sure likes
that big red mare and wants to be first in line if she's ever
for sale. He he, I'm the big red mare! And I'm never going to
be for sale again. But what an ego boost to hear someone wants
to buy me. I'm making sure that all these little arabs know that
I'M MISS POPULAR!! Oh,life is good.
7/18/01 - Joy's doing great. She's gained a little over 200lbs,
1/2 of what she needed, and is looking good. Her hind end is starting
to look rather large (potential for huge is there) and her gaskins
are getting quite muscular. She's no longer weak in the hind legs
and trots quite sound when keeping up with her herd. Keeping up
with her best friend (3 yr RueCeska) on 15 acres is toning her
up quite nice. I call Joy my "other arab" because she's
learned to twirl her head at feeding time, tries to raise her
tail while running and last night she was snorting & popping
her eyes out at the unseen goblin RueCeska was snorting at. I'm
thankful Gail has the reputation she does so that animal control
contacted her about Joy; I'm thankful to all the people on this
board who encouraged and supported me in getting Joy; I'm extremely
thankful to Lisa and Dana for their efforts in getting Joy to
N CA; and I'm especially thankful to Joy for coming into my life.
11/5/01 - Joy's doing great. What a sweet mare. You should
see her following me around the pasture like a big dog. And you
should see her run with the herd now. She feels so good that she
can keep up with the front of the pack. Although she really would
rather mosey. She's sooooo laid back. I just love the big red
3/25/02 - I thought you'd like to see Joy 10 1/2 months later.
Her self-appointed protector, RueCeska, is never far from her
side. It's really fun to watch Joy run with my herd of arabs.
And sometimes she leads the pack!
11/10/04 - Most likely Joy suffered heart failure or
aneurysm 'cause there was no sign of struggle, rolling, etc. As
far as her age, she was somewhere between late teens & mid
20s. AC in Norco had her as 21 & the first vet to look at
her here thought she was mid teens. Not all that old either way,
but life was none too kind & I'm sure it took a permanent
Friday night/early Satruday morning, my "other arab",
Joy, crossed the rainbow bridge. There were no signs of struggle
or rolling, so I know she went peacefully in her sleep. Everyone
called her my "other arab" because she really thought
she was little & dainty like her arab friends. It was always
fun to watch her, trying to fly around the pasture in her gaitedness,
pretneding she too was arab. She never did master getting her
tail up over her back though. Joy was loved by not only me, but
all who met her. She was quite amazing in her ability to forget
the cruelties & neglect, and always sought out petting &
attention from anyone who came into her pasture. I'm going to
miss that big ol' stubborn mare slamming her big ol' head into
my chest. Run free Joy.