Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all of our Veterans- you built, fought for and defended our wonderful country and all of us Americans salute you and your families! Thank you to all of the Americans who are currently serving in the Armed Forces- we all support and love you!

Tomorrow is another day and we are heading back to a local library to participate in the Best Friends' "I Read to Animals" program. We are going to try to give little Daisy a break and we will try out our little Mini, Mojo, and of course, his best pal, Aztec the Alpaca. Should be interesting!

- Posted from the road on my iPhone!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday's Adventures and the Brat Pack Babies Adoption Videos

It was a crazy day yesterday at Shiloh, tons of volunteers and visitors.


People were out looking to adopt horses, Banjo was adopted (yay!) and Sully has a pending adoption.

Here is something interesting- this is Mojo, Sitka, Bacon Bits and Jimmy Dean napping together in Sitka's Barn Stall...

Daisy spent some time with newcomer, Ochocinco.

Elisa started to work with Twerp. He is so great, gentle and willing, well trained and quiet. He does have someone interested in adopting him and we are hoping it works out for him.

Little Dude and Canyon were bathed under City Center...

Sleetwood Mac out in the Big Pasture. He is looking and feeling great.

Helga bathed her favorite horse, Hutch...

She did a great job- Hutch is really starting to look great and his personality is coming out. It's nice to see...


sally worked on Peace Pipe in the stocks. He is actually feeling a bit better and his appetite has improved. Looks like his antibiotics are helping...

As always, the City Center was the hub of activity.

Our hardworking volunteers worked with the Brat Pack babies and I was able to video each one. BIG THANKS to the baby volunteers- you are all helping to make a huge difference in these young horses' lives. We always say that a rescue is no place for a baby to live, once they are ready, they need to move on to new homes and futures where they can get all of the attention and training they deserve.

Each baby is learning to lead, pick up their feet, etc. They are all available for adoption to new homes. Some were born at Shiloh to rescued pregnant mares, some were recently rescued off of the feedlot as weanlings.

All are healthy and friendly.



Willing, Born at Shiloh to Inspirada.



Lucero, born at Shiloh to Amiga.


Sherlock, came from the Fallon Feedlot. He was gelded last week.



Fancy, a feedlot filly. Still learning to lead, etc.

There Is Something Freaky Going on!

Daisy and Aztec in Best Friends' News

A link to a Best Friends' Article featuring Daisy, Aztec and the "I Read to Animals" program at our local libraries.

Daisy and Aztec will be heading to another "I Read to Animals" Event on June 1st...

Friday, May 28, 2010

I was lost, but now I am found...

This morning, when the horses were being fed breakfast, a thin black mare was spotted standing by the Duplex's outer fence. She was trying to get to the hanging feed bucket on the fence...

It looks like a horse who was dumped in the desert. Five days ago, we were contacted by a neighboring ranch who had been told by Power Company workers who were working on power lines in Sandy Valley, that some loose horses had been spotted in the Valley. But, we never saw any, nor did the neighboring ranches on our side of the Valley, and no one came looking for their loose horses. We all just assumed that it was someone's horses who had gotten loose and were eventually caught (with all of the ranches in the area, this does happen from time to time).

Then, this morning, there stood this mare. She is in very poor condition and had cactus spines in her legs. She was very dehydrated and hungry. She let us walk right up to her and bring her into the gate. We don't know what happened to the other horse or horses who were seen by the power company workers. There isn't a sign of them anywhere.

There she stood, right by the feed bucket.

Please let me in...
We moved her into the Medical area where she promptly drank water and ate some hay.

She was pretty stressed but with some quiet time, clean water and food , she settled down a bit. She is a very friendly mare. She does have shoes on her front hooves, but her hind hooves are over grown. She is very thin and approx 8-9 years old.

Poor girl, what a story she could tell.


This is her brand- can anyone out there research it for us? We think the two numbers on the bottom are 8 and 5, so we have named her "Ochocinco" (eightfive in Spanish and the name of one of the latest Dancing with the Stars contestant!)...

A Super Busy Few Days!

I will let the photos speak for themselves- Enjoy!


Around the Ranch:

Twister and Vortex in Kinder Care...

Trigger wandering in the Barn aisle...

Toluca and Ember in Okay Corral...

Snafu, Moses and Avalon...

Thursday was Vet Day:

We had Indio checked as she was acting a bit colicy that morning. She was tubed with oil and water and watched through out the day. By the end of the day she was passing manure normally and by Friday morning she was passing oil.

We had Cowboy x-rayed. Dr. Schur found some ligament damage in his hip area which is causing his lameness. He is on stall rest for 30 days and then he should be able to go back out into a pasture where he can enjoy a good horse life...

We had Image checked, he is starting to lose weight and just doesn't feel like himself. The x-ray showed more sand in his intestine and he does have a significant heart murmur. He is on another special feed now to try to clear the sand out and he will be rechecked in a month or so.

We had Peace Pipe checked as he is just not gaining weight and seems so depressed. Dr. Schur suspects a low grade infection from his horrible castration procedure he had before his rescue. He is now on a strong antibiotic and was moved into the barn where he is close to us and where we can give him lots of attention.

She checked his teeth as well, his teeth were okay but he does have ulcers under his tongue. Dr. Schur also drew blood to check his liver function...

Marley, now renamed Helios by his adopter, Vic, was gelded. He did great and was feeling very good today.
Next up for Brain Surgery was the Curly colt, Sherlock...

He's down and dozing...

Dr. Schur getting ready to start...
All of the day's volunteers gathered to watch- you never know what you are going to learn when you volunteer at Shiloh!


Meanwhile, Daria taught a Basic Horsemanship Class under City Center. (Left to right: Jet, Sage, Sy, Little Dude and Heavenly.)
A nice big group! The horses enjoy the attention as much as the students...

Old man, Sy, loved every minute of it!

So did Sally's Sage and Little Dude...

Heavenly too!

Breeze is looking so much better. In fact, she was moved out of the Barn and into the Bungalow Kinder Care area where she can enjoy a nice big turn out and private stall for foaling.
Over in Kinder Care, Dr. Schur checked her out. She said one more month to go!

And, over in Isolation:

Happiness...

Cute little Rubix!

The gray mare, Orleans...






Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stuck in a Bush and a Move...

You just never know what to expect each day when you run a rescue!

This morning, Aztec used a Mesquite Bush over by Mesquite Manor as a scratching post and got his hair stuck in the thorns!
Poor guy- he couldn't move!
He stood quietly while we all worked on getting him unstuck...
A branch was all twisted up in his hair and we had to use scissors to get it out!

His hair remained on the branch...

But little Aztec was no worse for wear and wandered off to find more trouble...

We moved the big wooden run in shed out of one of the pastures...

Off to the other side...

Into the turn out opposite Mesquite Manor...

And, welcome to the new Brat Pack pen! The yearlings now have tons of room to stretch their legs and play together.

Now the attached Bungalow turn out is the new Kinder Care area. Each mare and foal now have a double sized pen with indoor stall with straw bedding and access to the turnout. When the foals are all born and are old enough, they can play together in this space as well. Locksley and Pippi enjoyed the bigger space...
Locksley really enjoyed exploring it...

After a while, they headed back into their private stall...
Next out was pregnant Vortex.
She didn't feel like moving too much though!
Tomorrow, we will move pregnant Breeze out of the barn and into Kinder Care. It's much more interesting over there for her, she will have a view of all of the daily activity at the rescue.
The Sheriff in the Gummies...

Ciento in Easy Street...

Slewus in Okay Corral...

More Okay Corral...

Another shot...

The Eagle Scouts did a great job fixing up the Saloon's shelters on Saturday. Next weekend they will paint them. That's Truce checking out their handy work.