It has been some time since we have last updated our blog; the last couple of weeks have been more hectic than normal, with lots of adoptions and unfortunately even more surrenders. Amelia, Buttercup, Libbie, Jasmine, and Dorothy have all found homes in the last six weeks, which is fortunate as we have taken eight horses in the same time frame.
Some of the horses coming in have been from troubled circumstances, and will need a lot of help in the coming months. New arrivals Kit, Tulip, and May are all much thinner than they should be, and they are struggling with intestinal parasites and skin infections as a result from lack of proper care. But the good news is that they have already started to rebound in the past week. Because they are young horses, we’re hoping that rehabilitation process will be relatively speedy, although we know that the refeeding process must be done slowly and carefully.
The horse in worse shape is Murphy, a 16 year old Quarterhorse who is close to a 1 on the Henneke Body Condition scoring system (the others are all in the 2 range). His teeth are in poor condition for his age, and he is experiencing some lameness at the moment which we hope will improve as he progresses in the rehab process.
The next few weeks and months will be challenging for these horses, but we’re hopeful that all will go well. We’ll keep you abreast of their stories through our blog and Facebook, so be sure to check back soon. And if you’d like to contribute to their medical care through our Ashton’s Hope Fund, click here!