When Maya went to feed the horses at Sassafras farm
Monday morning there was a now arrival waiting! Sometime in the early
morning hours of June 20th Amber gave birth to a happy and healthy
colt. He does have some malformation of his lower legs, but we are
hopeful that he will grow out of that!
Our latest addition we named Amber
in honor of the woman
who saved her life. On Saturday, April 9, 2011 Maya received a phone
call from Cindy at Central Virginia Horse Rescue asking if we had room
to take in a very underweight, pregnant, Tennessee Walker mare with a
snotty nose, who was at the Spring Valley Auction. Maya said that yes,
we could find the room and promptly called Amber T. who was at the
auction to figure out the logistics. Amber T. explained that the horse
had not been taken off of the trailer so she had made some inquiries and
discovered that the mare could not go through the auction as she did
not have a coggins. When the owner was asked what he would do with the
mare if he was not able to sell her that day he said that he would just
shoot her. The owner also stated that she was 3 months pregnant.
Amber T. not only purchased Amber
from the man but also
paid to have someone trailer her the two hours to Afton and then upon
arrival made a generous donation to help with Amber's
vet bills. This mare has a chance at a wonderful life now, thanks to Amber T.
Dr. Giunta came out on Monday April 11th and determined that Amber
has pneumonia, has a body condition score of 2 1/2, and is actually
more like 6 months pregnant, she was not able to get a very good view of
the foal so there is some concern that with Amber's
condition the foal is not alive. Amber
is being treating with Excede, a slow acting antibiotic. We were not
able to vaccinate her on the 11th as she was in such poor health.
Dr. Giunta came back out on Friday, April 15th and with a different
ultrasound probe was better able to see the foal. She was able to find a
good strong heartbeat which was wonderful news. Due to what she was
able to see of the fetus (we did not think that Amber
going to appreciate having her belly shaved so she was not able to see
the head which was too far forward) the current guess is 6 to 8 months
got another shot of Excede as well as the
Pneumabort K vaccination today. Dr. Giunta will be back out on Tuesday
and hopefully we will be able to do a few more vaccinations then.
We were able to finish vaccinating Amber
on Dr. Giunta's last visit, so now all that is left is to continue to work on her nutritional needs and get ready for her baby.
Below are two photos of Amber
taken on April 28, 2011, just under 3 weeks after her arrival at Hope's Legacy.
arrived at Hope's Legacy on March 25, 2011. She was an
owner surrender (with Animal Control assistance). She is very skinny
and tied in a yard with only moldy hay to eat. She was so excited to
leave that she practically dragged Maya down the road to the trailer.
She has settled in nicely to her quarantine field and is now enjoying
the green grass and open space. Faith
is believed to be 13 years old and has been adopted!
Whisper has had a rough life, she was rescued two years ago from
the New Holland Auction and then adopted to a woman in Virginia who was
not able to give her the care she needed. Rather than have her taken
by Animal Control her owner tried to find a new home for her, but after
finding someone kind enough to allow her to keep Whisper in their field
she just dropped her off and left. Whisper arrived at Hope's Legacy on
March 12, 2011 and has settled in nicely with Sassafras. She is very
shy and reserved but we are told that when she was in PA she did
actually do some beginner lessons.
arrived at Hope's Legacy on November 28, 2010.
She was spotted on Craigslist by Central Virginia Horse Rescue and they
coordinated her rescue and delivery to Hope's Legacy. She came with the
name Sassy but since she is being fostered at Sassafras Farm we changed
her name. She is a very sweet girl but very skinny. The vet scored
her as a 1 on the body condition scale, she just hides it under a lot of
hair and a fat wormy belly (her worm count was very very high).
Sassafras two months after her arrival
Sassafras on arrival at Hope's Legacy
arrived on July 31, 2010 after running loose in Beech
Grove for several months. She was very nervous around new people but is
starting to get more comfortable with us.
came to us on July 5, 2010 after showing up in the
middle of the night at MountainSide Petting Farm in Afton. She did not
have a name when she arrived but some of the Rodes Farm Stables Summer
Camp kids came up with the name Firefly for her and it fit her
Firefly has been adopted!
Lucy (30 year old Belgian Mare) and Prince (27 year old Belgian Gelding)